In the middle of Ocean Park in Oak Bluffs sits the Bandstand, so much the centerpiece of Oak Bluffs that it appears on the town seal.
As beautiful as it is to look at…
…there is work that needs to be done to bring it back to its original glory and to also take care of safety issues. According to an article in the Vineyard Gazette, the Dunkl family who own Chilmark Spring Water stepped up and devoted themselves to the restoration of the Bandstand.
The Dunkls are no strangers to caring for old Vineyard structures. Years ago they were hired to do renovation work on the Flying Horses, built in 1876 and brought to the Vineyard in 1884, the same year the bandstand was built.
I think it’s great that the Bandstand is being lovingly restored and expect that it will stand in the middle of Ocean Park for another 100 years or so.