LETTER: ‘The Old Man and the Fountain’

Tony Sacco


August 22, 2013


The street has its lights, garbage cans, and sewers, but is rare to find a water fountain in Cape Charles.

Imagine an old man nearing 90 in front of the Palace Theatre on a blistering summer day, filling the air with music of many years ago, accompanied by the sounds of water spurting at the top of the fountain and returning from the bottom in a perpetual ecstasy of affection with itself.

The mosquitos and flies biting those with short sleeves, the gang of motorcyclists wheeling by with blaring muffler pipes, muzzling the lyrical melodies specified in an instrument of pride from the gray baldish instrumentalist perhaps making his last performance before he joins the angels of strings.

Inside the climate-controlled theatre, a proud gentleman on stage in uniform of a Confederate soldier reads letters from loved ones. They were fighting a war between the American states that destroyed millions of lives.

The old man standing outside in front of his vehicle with license plate CV-12 (the identification of the USS Hornet aircraft carrier of World War II that engaged the enemy in the Pacific Ocean) received three war medals to save the human race from domination.

Now less than a million remain out of 18 million that served gallantly in the war. [Read more…]


TUESDAY 8/27: Field and Stream Writer Discusses Fishing at Accomac Library

Friends of the Eastern Shore Public Library present “Fishing Virginia’s Eastern Shore” 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 27, at the Accomac Library, 23610 Front Street. [Read more…]

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