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2018 Annual Guide: Cuttyhunk

2018 Annual Guide: Cuttyhunk, Annual Guide 2018 Cape Cod LIFE |

Photo by Paige Biviano

Cuttyhunk has a rich history, and Garfield knows it well. As he drives his red four-wheeler down skinny roads and across unpaved paths, he points out various ways the island has changed, how it functioned during wartime and other points of history, and the homes that dot the island—including all the other businesses. Cuttyhunk, he explains, changes with the season: In the winter, there are approximately 25 residents on the island, but in the summer, that number swells to almost 2,000 people when including visiting yachtsmen enjoying the characteristic serenity of the area.

Garfield spends most of his time either on the water or patrolling the island, making sure everything is running smoothly. “I wear many different hats and do a lot of work for Cuttyhunk, so I’m familiar with all the different nuances of the island,” he says. “I meet all sorts of different people and solve all sorts of different problems, which makes for some very interesting days.”

One of Garfield’s most important roles is as Cuttyhunk’s shellfish connoisseur. He leads his team through the harvesting process, collecting thousands of oysters almost daily to provide to local restaurants, events that his company caters, his own take-out restaurant—open for the summers on Cuttyhunk Pier—or his floating raw bar that services the boats in Cuttyhunk harbor.

“When you’re sitting on your boat having your first cocktail of the day, we come up and offer you that day’s fresh catch, from oysters to shrimp, and you never have to leave the comfort of your boat,” Garfield says.

At the end of the day, he’s always thinking of ways to better his community. “People like to talk about a sense of place,” he says. “This is mine—when I come into that harbor, I always think, ‘It’s good to be home.’”

Allyson Plessner is the staff writer for Cape Cod Life Publications.

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