Christmas Season, 2011

Christmas in the 1880′s was not the garish consumer feeding frenzy that it is today. It was a time to consider blessings and celebrate the birth of a savior. Attending church through the advent season was looked forward to by all.  I am so happy that I was able to present a reading at the very church in Wellfleet that Eva attended.  I say Eva, because the original Methodist Church burned down in the 1890′s, and  the replacement, which is now more than a century old, was known only to Eva; Henry had already been lost at sea.

It gave me goosebumps to read from the book while standing in front of the pipe organ that Eva listened to every Sunday, and I looked out at the pews, full of people a century removed from the folks that built the church. The light from the stained glass windows is always warm and rich, embracing and peaceful.  Do visit the Wellfleet Methodist Church whenever you have the chance.

I’ve also had the pleasure of visting several reading groups on Cape Cod.  Yes, I’m back!  I’ve driven across country once again, this time from Montana to Cape Cod.  I have salt water in my veins, and am always called back to the Cape.

Reading Eva and Henry at the Wellfleet Methodist Church; the very church they were members of.

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4 Responses to Christmas Season, 2011

  1. naureen jenkins says:

    Hi, Our book group is reading your book for our jan 18th meeting in orleans . Any chance that you could attend. I loved your book

    • Tutty says:

      I just buhogt a Kindle and was excited to come across your book in the Kindle store. When I was a child in the 1950 s and early 60 s, my family spent five summer vacations in Paine’s Hollow, staying in the house owned by Elizabeth Cole. She and my mother had grown up together, neighbors in Hyattsville, MD. Elizabeth generously offered her South Wellfleet house to my parents as an inexpensive vacation. My brother, sister, and I found Cape Cod to be an ideal place for childhood fun. We built sand castles at the beach, swam in Gull Pond, walked the back road to the bay, and played explorers in the woods behind the house. My mother took us to Wellfleet Library, where we checked out armfuls of books. Across the road from Elizabeth’s house were Esther and Ken Cole. We called them Aunt and Uncle. Down the road was Alice Cole Broadbent, who appeared in your book as a toddler. She was the only person around who had both a TV and phone, so her house was a good place to visit. We called her Aunt, too. Elizabeth’s house, then called Hollowhurst, was also a source of amazement, from the claw/ball bathtub to the woodburning Kalamazoo stove in the kitchen. In the living room were pictures of two stern-looking people, the man with a Captain Ahab beard and the woman with center-parted, slicked flat hair. My dad only referred to them as Grandpa and Grandma Paine who had owned the house a hundred years before. I found their pictures quite scary. From research on, I’ve figured that these people were Isaac and Catherine Paine, parents of the Aunt Elizabeth in your book. In 1996, I took my two youngest kids on a long road trip to Cape Cod and we stayed with Elizabeth Cole, who had retired and was living there year-round. Elizabeth had always considered herself as my honorary aunt and we’d kept in touch through letters and various cards. She also came to visit my mother in Texas several times. So it was wonderful to see her again and introduce my own kids to Paine’s Hollow. Of course, things had changed in the thirty years since I’d last been there, but for me, it still held that marvelous charm. Elizabeth is gone now, but reading your book was like another trip to CapeCod. I loved learning about how those hardy people lived on the Cape back when Hollowhurst was new. I expect that Isaac and Catherine Paine experienced many of the same things as Eva and Henry, distant cousins of my much-loved Elizabeth Cole. Thank you for putting Eva’s and Henry’s story onto paper.

      • admin says:

        Thank you, Tutty, for that description of Paine Hollow. I never knew Alice. I do appreciate hearing about intersecting lives of people who have known and loved the pivotal people of Paine Hollow. Yes, Elizabeth Cole was such a wonderful person. We do miss her in the Hollow, and she took such great care of the little library upstairs in the Pond Hill School, which is now being restored. Pass the word along that Eva and Henry can be read electronically. Such changes we have seen! Irene M. Paine

    • admin says:

      On March 23, 2012, you can have breakfast with me! The Cape Cod Writer’s Centers sponsors “Breakfast with the Authors” at the Cape Codder Resort in Hyannis, Massachusetts. Click on this link:

      I’ll talk about the book Eva and Henry, A Cape Cod Marriage, and you’ll also hear from two other authors!

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