3 Carnes Lane

The writer and politically active stand-up comic Kate Clinton (b 1947), whose audiences are nationwide but who can be found each summer at the Crown & Anchor, owns a building on Carnes Lane that used to be the shed for No. 3. Her partner, Urvashi Vaid (b 1958), is a longtime human rights activist and a former foundation executive. “In newer neighborhoods,” Clinton wrote in Don’t Get Me Started (1998), “roads cut into fragile sand dunes are named Pilgrim Heights, Standish Way and We Were Here First Lane. We, in the old Portuguese section, call ourselves Linguiça Gardens, and unlike other transient, rental sections of town, we are here to stay.” More history»

7 Carnes Lane


Quiet Carnes Lane is home to the indomitable, inimitable, irrepressible Jay Critchley (b 1947), an artist, political activist, civic advocate and all-around sui generic figure; one of those people whom you almost cannot imagine thriving anywhere else. His works have included imaginatively stinging rebukes to the gentrification and commodification of the town; and his anger is evident that A-list arrivistes seem so eager to turn their backs on any references to the town’s transgressive past. But Critchley is no cynical bomb-tosser. His devotion to Provincetown is especially evident in the event with which he’s now most closely associated: the annual Provincetown Harbor Swim for Life & Paddler Flotilla, which has raised over two million dollars for local AIDS services, women’s health providers and youth organizations. More pictures and history»

7 Carnes Lane

7 Carnes Lane, Jay Critchley's "Just Visiting for the Weekend," by David W. Dunlap (2009).

7 Carnes Lane, Jay Critchley’s “Just Visiting for the Weekend,” by David W. Dunlap (2009).

Jay Critchley, by David W. Dunlap (2009).

Jay Critchley, by David W. Dunlap (2009).

Quiet Carnes Lane is home to the indomitable, inimitable, irrepressible Jay Critchley — artist, political activist, civic advocate, and all-around sui generic figure. His works have included imaginatively stinging rebukes to gentrification and commodification. His devotion to Provincetown is evident in the annual Harbor Swim for Life & Paddler Flotilla benefit, which has raised over $3 million for health and social services since 1988. He bought this property in 1978. In 1997, he turned an old cesspool in the yard into the Septic Summer Rental, complete with a bed, nightstand, and TV, as a commentary on the living conditions facing artists and old-time residents as real estate values escalated. The yard also includes one of his best-known works: the sand-encrusted station wagon (bottom) that he parked in the MacMillan Wharf lot and titled Just Visiting for the Weekend.

7 Carnes Lane, looking straight up from the cesspool, by David W. Dunlap (2009).

7 Carnes Lane, looking straight up from the cesspool, by David W. Dunlap (2009).


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