Summer Ends at this Quaint Coastal Campground
In less than a week, seasonal residents at Second Beach Campground in Middletown, R.I., will pack up their RVs and leave behind another summer full of friends and memories, the Middletown Patch reported.
The campground closes for the season on the 19th, and vacationers, many of whom have called the place home since May, will say farewell to the neighbors they have come to regard as family. On Tuesday (Sept. 14), the Beach Commission received campers' request to extend the next 2011 season through the end of September, adding a couple more weeks to their summer homes away from home.
"This is the beach home I can't afford. We love it here," said Ed Mello, a retired firefighter from Fall River.
While the campers expressed regret at leaving behind friends, when asked what they would miss the most, one answer prevailed.
"I'll miss the beach. I'm going to miss going to sleep listening to the surf," said Connie Schatz. She and her husband have left their home in Massachusetts to summer at Sachuest Point for more than 20 years. "We'll also miss our friends. It's a small campground, so we all know each other."
Schatz' husband had a stroke last year, she said and noted, "Everyone has helped us out. We never could have done it without them."
As the crisp fall winds blew through the campsites, campers gathered around picnic tables in sweatshirts and jeans. "It was a great summer, the weather was wonderful. The temperature was the best we've had in years," said Charlie Shutts, who heads back to his home in New York next week. "We love the ocean, and Middletown is a great place. There's so much to do."
"We had a beautiful summer," added Elizabeth Flynn. "And this campsite is close everything, including great places to eat."
Campers listed Carmella's Pizzeria, Anthony's Seafood, and Canfield House as a few of their favorite spots to dine out in the area.
This was the first summer here for one camper named Gloria, who was impressed by both the scenic beaches and resident campers. "It's like an earthly piece of heaven. The beach and all these great people, they've made my life a lot richer," she said. Gloria, originally from Great Britain, will return to Attleboro with her grandson next Sunday. "Since I've been here, I've never met a stranger. These are truly amazing people."
The Second Beach Campground closes Sept. 19 and is scheduled to reopen again in May.