Eric Roth

Eric Roth The family tends to gather for meals not in the more formal dining room, with its coffered ceiling and Oriental rug, but in the kitchen nook, a bright space with big windows that overlooks a green swathe of lawn. Most of the room is filled with one of Jaxtimer’s favorite pieces of furniture—an antique pine table given to him by his mother-in-law, Marie O’Neil of Hyannisport, who bought it when the old Stoneleigh Gables Hotel in Hyannisport closed, around 1960. “She’s the best mother-in-law in the world,” Jaxtimer says.

Outside the kitchen nook at the front of the lawn is a bluestone patio with a firepit of native fieldstone. The front lawn beyond is also the place where the Jaxtimers hold energetic football games, including a traditional Thanksgiving day game with hotdogs on the side, all leading up to the traditional turkey dinner. The space holds more stories of home, family, and community, and E.J. Jaxtimer couldn’t be happier. “I really enjoy what I do,” he says. “I’m very lucky.”

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Mary Grauerholz

Mary Grauerholz is the communications manager of the Cape Cod Foundation and a freelance writer.

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