Friday, August 3, 2018

Old Fenwick Friends

Photo by Salt Water New England

9 comments:

  1. Style :) They say money can't buy style but in our times sure as hell wish it could!

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  2. For all you Muffie apostles not completely in the know regarding (very) old school Prep bastions, Fenwick stands for Fenwick Ct. This tiny borough sticks out into the Sound and, as recently reported, boasts 52 full-time residents. Emphasis on full-time. One summers in Fenwick, you see. Median price of an unpretentious cottage in Fenwick: $2.9 Million. Daddy or Mummy has to have: (1) inherited wealth from the early-to-mid 19th century, including the deed to the house; or (ii) acquired the home from family friends in Black Point who just couldn't, how do we say this delicately, seem to pay the taxes. This is a summer locale so exclusive that the unwashed hoards who descend on Nantucket or MV in the 21st century would think they had landed in coastal New England in the 1940s. I know all of this from a visit to a friend of a friend's house there in the summer of 1973. It was fairly clear from the instant I stepped out of the car that I had entered a world previously unknown to any member of my family, or for that matter, 99.999999999% of the United States. If there are aristocrats in our country, this is where their summer house is.

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    1. Sounds like the caption bothers you. Hard to see how it matters with the two women looking simply divine.

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    2. I am always amazed at our propensity to make an entire story, including all the details, out of a couple of simple words.

      I have many memories of Fenwick. None include aristocrates, unwashed masses or unpaid taxes.

      Here are some of my memories:

      I remember the waves crashing over the causeway and fearing we'd be swept out into sea in our car! I remember my first kiss at night on the golf course with a pretty girl and the joy of waterskiing on the Conn River. I remember playing softball and forever losing the ball in the tall grass, and when older, having cocktails on the porch with a gentle breeze at dusk with that same pretty girl from the golf course. Oh, yeah!

      Aiken

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    3. You might also remember throwing darts at the Monkey Farm...

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  3. The woman on the left(off-shoulder top &drop earrings looks a little like Lee Radziwill.

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  4. Thank heavens for places like the Hamptons, ACK, and MVY. Places like Fenwick, et al can carry on in obscurity.

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  5. Since I read about Fenwick here awhile ago I picked up A. Scott Berg's biography of Kate Hepburn. Much of it takes place in Fenwick and her life there is crucial to the roles the place played in the arc of her life... and in the end it's somewhat sad. He's an excellent biographer of Max Perkins, Sam Goldwyn and Charles Lindbergh.

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