GLOUCESTER—Three decades after leaving high school and their childhoods in North Attleborough and Wrentham, David Machado, Kristen Mayo, and Evelyn Howe had found one another again. David and Kristen married.Kristen and Evelyn took their high school acquaintanceship to a deeper friendship. They visited and chatted often.
They decided to spend Sunday together. The couple drove up from Rhode Island to visit Howe. They had breakfast; then they chatted. After lunch, they set out on an exuberant mile-and-a-half stroll to one of Howe’s favorite places on earth, Brace Cove, a rocky grotto of coastline near Eastern Point, with breathtaking views of the ocean and a sprawling brick manor looking out to sea.