Swim25: Symbiosis

“Living together of unlike organisms” is how one late 19th century scientist described the natural process. It was a time when Provincetown prospered from its relationship to the sea, the height of global whaling, with dozens of wharves embraced by the circular sweep of the arms of the harbor. And many “unlike organisms” thrived. Provincetown […]

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Swim25: 2,500 Prayer Ribbons

Like a migration of birds, once a year in the fall, brightly colored ribbons appear, at first unexpectedly. They flutter silently in the breeze, like birds on a wing, responding to the fluctuations of the wind – shiny and reflective. They are the Prayer Ribbons. Like the Swim for Life itself, the idea of the […]

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Swim25: After the Tsunami

State Troopers and their horses had left a couple of weeks before the 1989 Swim, invited to Town after an unmentionable sign in a quiet march for AIDS awareness sparked a tsunami in the community. The Carnival Parade was cancelled, but ACT UP members marched anyway. People were dying of AIDS. The fishing industry was […]

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