The call came in this morning. Would I be available this afternoon, the caller inquired, so that the caller and his wife could present me with a handmade scarf, fashioned with yarn from A Great Yarn in Chatham. It was a token of appreciation for the video profile I did of the shop's exclusive collection of yarn inspired by the Disney feature film "The Finest Hours". Would I be available? Are you kidding?
The Finest Hours is based on the true story of the greatest small boat rescue in U.S. Coast Guard history. On a February night in 1952 a handful of brave Chatham men took off into a vicious nor'easter to rescue merchant marines stranded offshore. Against impossible odds the rescuers brought home nearly all the seamen.
The Finest Hours opens in theaters nationwide Friday. Tomorrow night at the historic Orpheum Theater in Chatham, I will wear a black cocktail dress and my Finest Hours handmade scarf to a special preview and gala afterward at the Chatham Bars Inn. It's a sell-out and the hottest ticket in town right now. If you go, look for me. I'll be the one with the colors of "an angry sea" around my neck and proud of it, too.
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