HYANNIS – [HN NOTES] – The following HN Video was taken last evening (Tuesday) just before dusk. It was shot mostly from one vantage point, in front of the Egg & I restaurant. HN doesn’t often get the chance to film people and pets simply out enjoying Main Street, my true Alma Mater and neighborhood since the 1960s. It’s a very special place for myself and many others.
Those who grew up here are very protective of this particular neighborhood that also happens to double as a place for families to respectfully visit and enjoy. Those from my generation who grew up here remember downtown Hyannis long before there was a mall or large supermarkets. We remember this was once a place where a mother could raise her children without the need of an automobile. Everything was within walking distance. We bought our groceries downtown. We bought our school clothes downtown. Sports gear, books, and school supplies were all bought downtown. We walked to the dentist. And we reluctantly walked to the doctor’s office for our inoculations. Main Street took care of all our basic needs. There was really no reason to go anywhere else.
As we grew older, many of us worked either downtown, along the docks, or maybe way over at the hospital. We walked to schools, sports, and church.
And many of us did not have air-conditioned homes or cable TV channels, so we’d walk to the nearby Hyannis beaches, where we were taught how to blow bubbles and swim. At night we’d walk to Main Street to cool off with an ice cream, or maybe a movie at one of the two theaters. The Zayre department store had the best AC in town. My friends and I would beat the heat by looking through the latest record albums in the music section.
It was a wonderful, simple life in Hyannis. We were truly blessed. And for that reason, Main Street is sacred ground for many of us. It’s a place that always needs to be protected, just like any other village on Cape Cod. And I know some of us “boomers” can be really critical on how our beloved neighborhood is managed and cared for… as we should be! But these notes are not meant to go too far into all that. These HN Notes are meant as an introduction to the following HN Video, random shots taken last evening, where one will see people safely out enjoying themselves. It will hopefully warm the hearts of all who grew up here. And with a little imagination, some, especially those from my generation, might even recognize some basic video elements that are timeless when looked at with the correct lens. Some hopefully will see that Hyannis can be just as it used to be when zoomed in on tight… just like it used to be in the “old” days, when we all safely roamed, never dreaming of ever leaving these very same family friendly, nurturing streets.
We can go back in time. It is possible.
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