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2022 Summer recap

Labor Day Weekend officially brings the summer season to a close in New England. The warm weather will continue to bring people to the beaches but the summer-state-of-mind shifts back to reality when I return to the office on Tuesday so I thought I’d recap what has been a wonderful summer.

MAY: Hello Captiva Island
Our first large group vacation since the COVID-19 outbreak took place over Memorial Day Weekend. Our friends David (taking the selfie), Mark (next to him in the green polo) and Rodney (in the back with the I ❤️ Fig Newtons shirt) organized this amazing trip. It was a great start to the summer season.

JUNE: Summah in the City
We spent most of June in Boston and highlights included going to a few Red Sox games at Fenway Park and going to M Street Beach (a.k.a. Kiki Beach) in Southie on the weekends. I love Boston in the summer.

@Fenway Park with Paul
Goofing around before the crowds arrive

JULY: Ptown & Brazil
We spent the July 4th holiday in Provincetown relaxing at our friend Marco’s beautiful home, and seeing friends, including the proud new owners of the Crown & Anchor, Paolo Martini and Jonathan Hawkins. They’ve done an amazing job since purchasing this inn, restaurant and entertainmnet complex, and I couldn’t be happier for them.

New owners of Crown & Anchor, Paolo Martini and Jonathan Hawkins
Hanging with DJ James Cerne at July 4th Crown & Anchor Pool Party

Then it was off to Belo Horizonte, Brazil to celebrate Sergio’s Mom’s 90th birthday at the end of the month. Kudos to Sergio for pulling off an amazing party. Below is a selfie I took to show off Belo Horizonte (Sergio’s hometown).

Belo Horizonte, Brazil

AUGUST: Back to Provincetown for Carnival
After unpacking from Brazil, we turned around a week or so later to go to Provinctown. We spent Carnival Week enjoying drinks and meals with friends, seeing a few shows, and visiting “Boys Beach”. Below are a few photos from our week at Carnival. BTW, Carnival 2023 theme is Land of Toys so start thinking about your costumes.

I’ll definitely miss the summer of 2022. Much thanks to Mother Nature for giving Boston and much of New England one of the best summers in recent memory.

SOLD: Provincetown’s Crown & Anchor

If you live in Provincetown or follow one of the many Facebook groups about Provincetown this is old news to you, because yesterday The Provincetown Independent shared that the gay landmark, Crown & Anchor, had gone under agreement; purchased by Jonathan Hawkins, and his partner / boyfriend, Paolo Martini.

The innkeeper, entertainment, and liquor licenses were all transferred from the previous owners Dougal and Murray to Martini and Hawkins at a licensing board meeting this past Tuesday, October 12th. While I don’t know Hawkins or Martini personally, several of my friends do. Hawkins has lived and worked as a producer in Provincetown for several years. His partner, Martini (what an appropriate name for an owner of the Crown & Anchor) is an executive at Cambridge-based, Moderna Inc.

What makes me happiest about this transaction is that it was purchased by a local, gay couple who live in and love this town. The Provincetown Independent correctly points out that in recent years there has been a great deal of corporate consolidation of gay bars, hotels, media etc… It is good to see that Ptown continues to march to the beat of its own drum and has somehow managed to keep this important venue locally (and gay) owned.

I want to thank Dougal and Murray for all the work they’ve done to make the Crown & Anchor such an excellent venue and wish the new owners Martini and Hawkins much luck and success.