A little red chair touches our heart ……
Beth Colt, owner and innkeeper of the Woods Hole Inn was inspired by a little red chair that she found in her local swap shop. Over the cold winter months she took a picture of this red chair perched out on a frozen pond in Woods Hole and posted it on Facebook. This simple image journeyed all over cyberspace, and landed in the in-box of a California-based photographer, who was inspired to come visit the Woods Hole Inn in the off season. Since then the red chair has become a symbol, a metaphor for connections made across invisible boundaries. For Beth, the red chair was an invitation to come explore yourself in a quiet and beautiful place. It is an open seat at the table of relaxation. It is the beckoning hand of civilization, marking the edge of the wildness of nature. It is the dialogue between artists and innkeepers, dreamers and shop-girls, lost travelers and those that welcome them into warm beds.
Beth decided to share her symbolic chair with many other innkeepers so that the many beautiful parts of Cape Cod can be seen in a unique prospective. And so this spring, the red chair will travel from Woods Hole to Provincetown and back. The journey will be chronicled on a web site that Beth is updating. In each B&B, the red chair will be treated as an honored guest. Innkeepers all over Cape Cod and the Islands will share with you the unique landscape that the red chair will be fortunate enough to enjoy.
And so, the little red chair came to stay with us at Brewster by the Sea and the Captain Freeman Inn this past week. Since my husband has become quite the accomplished photographer, we were very excited to take our new found friend to all of the lovely spots in Brewster and to catch his perspective of the chair with nature. You can see our travels and pictures on Byron’s blog.
After two fun filled days, we knew it was time to pass on the symbolic chair to it’s new destination in Chatham with our innkeeper friends, Jill and James at the Captain’s House Inn. We were thankful that this little chair allowed us to take some time together and to appreciate all of the beautiful nature we have surrounding us on Cape Cod. As it happens too often in life, we get so involved in our day to day tasks that we don’t take time to “smell the roses”…thank you little red chair for giving us the opportunity to appreciate all of the beauty we have around us on Cape Cod.