by Brent Harold
Strange Interlude of the Tree In The House
an Outer Cape Cod off-season companion
The eight or nine months stigmatized as the “off-season” is a side of outer Cape Cod unknown to many of our summer visitors. Like a report from the dark side of the moon, The Strange Interlude of the Tree in the House captures the flavor of the so-called off-season—the poignancy of an October swim; a winter solstice meditation; rising to the occasion of the winter holidays with the mall an hour away; the politics of Christmas; the fallacy of the new year; the pulse of a small, isolated town in January; indispensable winter chores; rooting for storms and other compensatory pleasures of an outer Cape autumn and winter.