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July 4 -Edgartown Fireworks
July 4-Edgartown 4th of July Parade (5pm)
July 4-Children’s Parade at the Tabernacle (10 am)
July 8 – Tisbury Street Fair
for the gazillion other things happening on MV for the month of July.
How often have you walked past these anchors by the harbor in Edgartown and given any thought to how or why they are there…
…other than being used as a great photo-op.
I know I never gave it much thought until I saw a little article about them in the Marthas’ Vineyard Magazine a couple of years ago.These four rusted anchors belong to the Norton family who owned a home across the street. But why are they there?
According to the article in MV Magazine:
“in the 1930′s coastal schooners would sometimes lose their anchors to accidents or storms… town fisherman would also occasionally snag and damage their nets on them. Whenever possible, the fishermen raised the offending anchor and brought it ashore. “
“Samuel Norton collected these anchors and sold or gave them to summer people who put them on their lawns or near their boathouses as ornaments.”
I guess now when I walk past them I’ll think about where they came from and about how many people have taken pictures by them over the years.
This is me with my dad on Martha’s Vineyard. Notice how with most dads he’s letting his daughter crawl all over him. And notice too what a great seat a dads lap is.
My dad, at 6’2 was literally and figuratively someone I looked up to. He was born in Newark, NJ and became a police officer there. One of the memories of my dad is how handsome and proud he looked in his uniform. Part of his time in the police force he worked in the emergency squad, he loved helping people and was always good at it.
My mother grew up on Martha’s Vineyard and after his first trip to the Island my dad was hooked. Every summer my mom and I would head to MV the beginning of June and my dad would join us for the month of August. He seemed so happy and at home there… he did yard work, painted the house, cooked, read, went clamming and crabbing, relaxed, went to the beach… just simply enjoyed himself.
My parents made their last trip together to the Vineyard in 1975. My dad went back to MV a couple of times after my mother died but of course it wasn’t the same. Funny thing is that everytime I’m on Martha’s Vineyard I feel the closest to my dad and mom… I guess the spirit resides where it was the happiest.
Just to show that the sitting and climbing on dad thing is generational, or inborn or just a fun thing … here’s a picture of my husband Bob with Deb & Patty when they were little.
Ocean Park ~ Oak Bluffs
The time has finally arrived. The Bunch of Grapes is re-opening after the devastating fire of last July 4th, 2008.
Grand opening hoopla is set for Saturday, July 4th.
Another Ferry Tale …
The Islander wasn’t the first of the ferries that plied the Vineyard waters to find its potential new lease on life dashed (read article from Gazette here.) There was the Nobska.
The Nobska was launched on March 24, 1925. She made her maiden voyage on April 9, 1925 and sailed the waters between New Bedford, Woods Hole and Martha’s Vineyard until 1973.
As this article from the June 2, 2006 Vineyard Gazette mentions, she was state of the art for her time and the Islanders immediately fell in love with her. The Nobska was one of the last coastal steamers in America, she made her last run in September 1973…the following May of 1974 she was listed on the National Register of Historical Places. In June of 1975 she was sold and stripped of everything except her main engine and became a restaurant in Baltimore. The restaurant failed and the Nobska sat alone and neglected for several years.
In 1988 the Friends of the Nobska acquired her and she returned to New England. During the next 10 years support for her ebbed and waned but eventually efforts to restore her came to an end. In 1995 the Nobska was towed from New Bedford to the Charlestown Navy Yard and there she stayed until June 2006 when the dock was needed for the Constitution.
I remember trips on the Nobska and the Islander and to me they were vessels of dreams and promises of adventures to come. There’s just something about that 45 minute sail from Woods Hole to Martha’s Vineyard that transports you not only physically but mentally to another time and place.
For the fourth in my series of MV trivia questions I thought I’d do a photo one. I’ll try and make this one easy.
Think you know the answers ! Leave a comment to find out if you’re right
Edgartown Harbor from my room.
Last weekend I was in New York City and visited Grand Central Station, mostly to take photos of this magnificently restored building. I thought I had never been there before…but in looking around something clicked in my brain !
When my mother and I would go to MV every summer we would take a train from Pennsylvania Station in Newark, NJ to, as it turns out, Grand Central Station in NYC where we would change trains.
We would have to run from one end of the station to the other to board the New York/New Haven & Hartford’s train on the Old Colony line called the Day Cape Codder, which would take us all the way from New York City to Woods Hole, MA. That’s right, all the way to Woods Hole.
The train stopped at what is now the staging area for cars waiting to get onto the ferries. The tracks ran under the overpass in the left corner of this photograph. It was literally only steps from train to boat. A comfortable and luxurious way to travel in the days when lots of people didn’t have cars and the road system left a lot to be desired anyway. The trains had dining cars with each table dressed in fancy tablecloths and crisply ironed napkins. The waiters and conductors were always the same and seemed to remember me from year to year… made me feel special and grown up. Train service to Woods Hole ended in the 1960′s.
The ferry, the Nobska/Nantucket would take us to MV.
Landing here in Oak Bluffs our relatives would be there to greet us and three glorious months on the Vineyard would begin.