Most locals know at some time there lived a colony of mystics, misfits and more on our local dunes. Yes, the same dunes now crawling with ATVs. Jan Scott, the mother of the South County Historical Society readers’ theater, has woven together a fascinating and most informative hour of a few of those Dunites.
This three-person show is an overview of the history of the Oceano Dunes from the time of the first World War through the 1970s. They staked out their living sites and built homes. They lived on clams and oftentimes what they could poach from local farmers.
You will meet Gavin Arthur, who became the most well-known Dunite. The IOOF Hall across the street from McLintocks is the location of the play. The walls are lined with photographs of the Dunites and their homes from the 1920s into the 1930s. This free show brings to life an important aspect of living in the Five Cities area.
You owe it to yourself to get involved with local history brought to life. “The Dunites” runs every Saturday at 2 p.m. except July 4. The month of August will be a more in-depth play titled “The Face of the Clam.” I know after seeing these plays, you will have much more feeling for our ever-shifting dunes.
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