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(July 2016.)

Herring Cove Tennis Club.

The Herring Cove Tennis Club, with five red-clay courts, was built in 1947 by Hawthorne Bissell and known for many years as Bissell’s Tennis Courts or the Cast Anchor Tennis Courts. This being Provincetown, the courts were also used in the late 1950s for John Kelly’s classes in Russian ballet. The four-acre property was acquired in 2006 by the developers Jim Watkins and Dave Krohn. In 2008, they began opening units of the Herring Cove Village condominium complex. The houses, by McMahon Architects, are punctuated by ersatz widow’s-walk cupolas. The landscape design is by David Berarducci. With the completion of the second phase in 2014, only two courts remain. The tennis building is gone. — From Building Provincetown (2015).


David Mayo wrote on 26 April 2015: Hawthorne Bissell was a true Renaissance man and Provincetown Bohemian. He lived in the house Anne Packard lives in now. I took piano lessons from him there during the winter months. On stormy afternoons, one could hear the water sloshing around as I plodded through my lessons. For a while, Hawthorne taught instrumental music in the Provincetown public schools. He was a bit of a “wild man.” I also took tennis lessons from him on his courts in the West End. At the end of the hour, I would be in a total sweat dealing with his amazing volleys — Hawthorne would calmly leave the courts. He and wife Betty (who always ate burnt toast as some sort of weird diet she was on) ran square dances at the clubhouse during the summers. I remember attending every week — my two favorite partners being Janet Whelan (now Dr. Whelan) and Lucy Davidson, whose father ran an art school in the summers. Hawthorne was also an accomplished flamenco guitar player. Their son, Daniel, had a hard time competing with his very unique parents. Hawthorne always was exciting to be around!

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