Boatbuilder Nathaniel Benjamin gets a hug from Simon. ''We custom-build wooden boats from small rowing craft to a 65-foot schooner,'' says Benjamin, who calls himself a ''wash ashore'' (island slang for someone who went to the Vineyard and stayed). He says Simon helped his company get its lease in 1978. "McDonald's wanted to buy this property, but people like Carly, James [Taylor], Mia Farrow, and other concerned citizens led a grass-roots rebellion against it,'' Benjamin says.
(Bill Greene/ Globe Staff)