Life off the Leash
Spring/Summer Season 2020:
If you have ever been to the Vineyard during the Winter months, you know first-hand know how quiet our island becomes. As part of the natural ebb and flow of the seasons, souvenir shops close their doors, boats are pulled from their moorings, and summer homes are boarded up. As I drink my coffee at the Tavern, locals may stop by to catch up and do so without the urgency to get from one place to the next. Just when you start to get used to the sleepiness, there comes a bustle of activity in the Spring as we all prep for the excitement of the season ahead. We were fortunate in that this past Winter was a mild one, and we had anticipated an early arrival of island visitors. But as our country weathers a storm of a different nature, traveling and visiting has taken a necessary backseat to keep our family and friends safe and healthy.
If you ask me for stories from my years of sailing, I’d be happy to tell you about my boats. Then I’d tell you of my favorite harbors, perfect evenings, and about summers spent teaching sailing lessons aboard the Shenandoah. I’d tell you stories of the people I’ve met, and of course, I’d talk to you about my family and my dogs. But there are also tales of bad weather and choppy seas, and despite even my best planning, sometimes there were difficult waters to navigate. But with the help of my crew and maybe some good luck at my side, I always made it back into port safely. The one thing that I can say for certain is that we will weather this storm together and make it back into port safely once again.
I welcome the day sometime soon when our Tavern once again becomes a meeting place for friends to gather and catch up with one another, celebrating milestones, or simply enjoying each other’s company. I look forward to opening the doors of our General Stores where visitors may find just the right thing to take home that will fondly remind them of their visit. And I hope that everyone remembers to take the time to check in with each other, order the dessert, go for that long walk, take a long way home, throw the ball to the dog one more time. It’s weathering times like these that remind us how very special these life off the leash
~ Captain Robert S. Douglas
Founder of The Black Dog Tavern Co.