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A Taste of Freedom

Notes from Land's End: Oct. 17

October 18th, 2011

Fall weekends in Provincetown are always a trifecta of events along Commercial Street. Women’s Week, Fantasia Fair and our Occupy Provincetown demonstration brought a crisp awareness to the freedoms we have here on the Outer Cape.

By noon, Saturday’s weather was glorious. Visitors and locals roamed the streets, joining the nation in a protest for the rights of the 99%.

By noon, Saturday’s weather was glorious. Visitors and locals roamed the streets, joining the nation in a protest for the rights of the 99%. In sharp contrast to Occupy Wall Street, where demonstrators were arrested, Occupy Provincetown was a safe place to support those Americans who struggle with exorbitant student loans, underemployment and rents beyond the average person’s means. It was humbling to see people chant, sing and shout out to take notice that every citizen needs to join in the efforts to tax the 1% of exempted rich individuals and large corporations in the United States.

To the beat of Occupy Provincetown’s drummers, couples walked hand in hand, enjoying the last days of Women’s Week. Lynn Mogell, Irene Rabinowitz and Donna Flax were at the Firehouse Headquarters, greeting women from all over the world who came to enjoy their relationships within the safety of Provincetown’s acceptance of diversity.

At the Crown and Anchor, a line of women, with one dressed in his interpretation of female: the sharp suit, wig, hose and tasteful heels, waited to go into a show. Promoter Michele Karlsberg, author Lynn Ames, 2011 Innkeeper Woman of the Year Lynnette Molnar and I just looked at each other, and laughed.

Only in Provincetown!

We are so fortunate to live in and get to visit this magically diverse place. Please do your part by making your voice heard. Here are the ways to do it:


“Out of a total of 2,796 registered voters, 863 cast ballots in the May 3, 2011 Annual Town Election.” reported Doug Johnstone, Town Clerk. Please vote, Provincetown. If you are not registered, and are eligible, go to Town Hall and do it.


Our State Representative, Sarah Peake, and Senator Dan Wolfe, work tirelessly to champion the causes, concerns and people of Provincetown, the county of Barnstable and the district of Cape Cod and the Islands. You can help them by writing letters as a call to action on taxation, economic development, green energy measures or anything that concerns you.


With all its foibles, our little town governs itself. If you want to impact change, get started in your own backyard. If you want to impact change, get started in your own backyard. This month, there is a special town meeting Monday, October 24th at the TOWN HALL starting at 6p.m.
Know other ways to make a difference? Email me at laurashabott@gmail.com and I will post them.

Disclaimer: The point of view and recommendations within the above blog are those of the author.

“Notes from Lands End”, by artistic bon vivant Laura Shabott, is a weekly account of the people, places and events that make our town so special.

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