2010-08-05 / Editorial

A tourist in your own town


Be honest, Jamestown residents – in the time that you’ve lived on the island, have you taken advantage of all that’s offered right here?

I know for sure that I haven’t.

Case in point: Though I’ve driven past it literally hundreds of times, I’ve never stopped my car and explored the Jamestown Windmill.

Sad, isn’t it?

Fortunately, I’ll get another chance this Saturday, when the Jamestown Historical Society hosts its “Windmill Day” from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. At around noon, the JHS will raise the cloth sails on the vanes and turn the bonnet to catch the wind.

That’s something you don’t see everyday.

Dick Donnelly will also be on hand at 11 a.m., cooking up jonnycakes for all visitors.

In case you wouldn’t have guessed, I’ve never tried a jonnycake either.

Too often, we move through our days on “autopilot” – from one obligation to the next, getting here, going there. You probably know the feeling: You arrive at work in your car, but can’t quite remember the details of the drive.

But the beauty is in the details, especially in a place like Jamestown.

We’re into August now and soon, summer will have passed us by. Before it does, I plan to hit the beach at Mackerel Cove a few more times, enjoy a drink and a nice meal at one of the island’s delightful dining establishments and maybe – just maybe – spend an afternoon strolling through a few of the island’s shops, exploring crafts and gifts made by some of the talented artists who call Jamestown home.

Who’s with me?

– Dara Chadwick

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