With apologies to Patti Page, if you’re fond of sand dunes and salty air, you’re sure to fall in love with old Cape Cod Community College. Or at least be intrigued by the photos taken on campus from 1961-1966.
We don’t usually drill down to the community college level, but oddly enough, due to the photos time and place, they seem more inviting to the traditionally minded then many current campuses.
Cape Cod Community College in West Barnstable was the second college founded in the 15 school Massachusetts Community College system. It was founded in 1961, and according to its motto, has been a source of “Light, Liberty and Learning” ever since. The college is located mid-cape, near Hyannis, the home of island outfitter Puritan, which advertised in the College yearbook the Foreseer.
In the absence of any facts, and just looking at the pictures, I can imagine that the summer residents have left, leaving just local and regional students who live in dorm housing. A newborn school with old-looking buildings and even older-looking administrators, staff and professors. Tweed jackets and briar pipes reign supreme. Behind clouds of Burly And Bright tobacco they speak in a brogue reminiscent of the whaling captains of yore. A school too young to have any traditions has beanie-clad freshman do deferential rituals that are surely aped from more establish colleges. There are parties and fall touch-football games.
The yearbook photographer in two photographs sets up a curious juxtaposition, both internally and between them. One photo suggest a college of maidens who shy away from cameras by hiding behind a Playboy magazine. Another photo of a female student’s luggage suggests a two-year party fueled by folk music and White Horse Scotch. Makes me wonder if she felt a pang from the lyrics, “If you spend an evening, you’ll want to stay, watching the moonlight on Cape Cod Bay,” or whether that’s emotion reserved for those of us who daydream over yearbooks that aren’t theirs. — CHRISTOPHER SHARP