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A few years ago I took this picture at the Flying Horses of ‘the Vineyard cow.’ I’m not sure if it’s still there or not but it was located in the back corner and you pretty much had to be on the Flying Horses to see this unexpected surprise. It took several go-rounds to see all the Vineyard places depicted on this one of a kind, honest to goodness, Vineyard cow. Take a spin on the Flying Horses and see if it’s still there. I will the next time I’m on the Vineyard.
Here’s a guest post by my granddog Chappy ourBoykin Spaniel, to tell you about MV with pets. Take it away Chappy.
Hi, this is me in the car going to Martha’s Vineyard. I know I look all relaxed and eager to get there but in reality I’m a nervous mess. I don’t like car rides, especially the 1000 hours it takes to get there from NJ. OK, maybe not 1000, more like 6 but in dog hours it could be 1000.
I’ve stayed at two places on Martha’s Vineyard.
Bradys NESW in Oak Bluffs is one. Our room had a huge window with a window seat. Mom and Gram are nutsy over window seats for some reason but I got dibs on it first. I have to say it was pretty darn nice… sunshine, fluffy pillows, the only thing lacking were biscuits. Brady’s NESW is really nice, Brady is a friendly guy who knows a lot about the Vineyard and enjoys sharing his knowledge and helpful hints with his guests. His dog Amie was the first one to greet us and was eager to show us our room…she even stayed to make sure we got settled in nicely. She and I got along great, I even shared a biscuit with her.
The Island Inn also in Oak Bluffs is the other.
Once we arrive at the Island Inn I can stretch my legs, have a bite to eat and get settled in.
See, this is me very, very settled in… in fact I’m so settled I’m almost asleep.
The Island Inn is a great place to stay with your people… the rooms vary in sizes from 1 or 2 bedrooms to townhouse suites, they also have a 2 bedroom cottage. All the accommodations have kitchenettes in them… I love that, I think it’s very important to always have food nearby. The people there have their own dogs who help us 4 legged guests check in. Everyone is super friendly and nice.
I have to say that at first I thought the dogs and kids were a little aloof and then my mom explained to me that this is something called a sculpture. Wow, what a relief that was, I mean there wasn’t any scent I could pick up and it freaked me out.
I love walking around on the Vineyard, the scenery is so pretty… like here in Edgartown near the lighthouse. Even though I can’t see all the colors I’m still amazed at the beauty of Martha’s Vineyard.
And the shopping… the Vineyard is so dog friendly that I’m allowed just about everywhere. There are lots of good stores for dogs… I think my favorite one is Good Dog Goods in Oak Bluffs. The owner Kerry Scott and all her people who work there are so nice. They get right down on the floor and play with me, and offer me treats… I like that in a person. We always bring bags of treats home to NJ … I like that too. And I like this sticker.
The Black Dog is another good place to go … they have a great selection of biscuits and leashes etc… oh and their BD tee shirts are especially popular with people.
So let’s see… I’ve mentioned where we like to stay… and where I like to shop… and how dog friendly MV is… all that’s left is for you to experience MV yourself. Here’s more MV pet information.
This is me on the way home… I am so totally and happily exhaustatated that I’m actually sleeping.
happy 65th birthday to Carly Simon
These are the kind of signs you expect to see on MV. But another kind of “sign” is also associated with the Vineyard… signing for the deaf.
There was an unusally high number of deaf people on Martha’s Vineyard starting as far back as the 17th century. Some early settlers carried the gene for deafness and over the years generation after generation of children were born deaf.
Hearing Had to Learn SignIf you could create a deaf utopia, what would it be like?Everyone would communicate in sign language, both deaf and hearing. Many, if not most, children would be born deaf.Deaf Utopia Did ExistThere actually was such a place once. It was an isolated island off the Massachusetts coast – Martha’s Vineyard…
Martha’s Vineyard created MVSL (Martha’s Vineyard Sign Language) which later merged with the American Sign Language.
Sign language was used freely on the Vineyard by hearing and deaf residents alike. Deafness on MV peaked in 1854 and around 1952 the last person born deaf died.
The book “Everyone Here Spoke Sing Language” by Nora Ellen Groce is an interesting and informative telling of the deaf community on Martha’s Vineyard.
My daughter Deb and I decided in June of 1993 to treat ourselves to The Taste of the Vineyard. It’s put on every year by the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust. Restaurants, caterers and beverage purveyors from around the Island gather under tents to present some of their specialities to be tasted. We’d never gone before and it seemed like a fun and different thing to do. Off we went to the Vineyard for a glorious long weekend of eating, shopping and tasting. The weather turned brutally hot all along the Eastern seaboard, it verged on 100 degress which is unusual for mid June. A few hours before the Taste was to begin welcomed thunder storms rolled in and dropped the temps about 25 degrees. The evening was cool and clear and perfect.
We donned our new outfits and headed over to the grounds of the Preservation Trust which are located at the Dr Daniel Fisher house in Edgartown. The house is a beautiful Federal style home surrounded by lush gardens. It’s gorgeous.
We gingerly and hungrily entered the tents where all foods and drinks were on display. Lots of eager tasters were already there. We got our dishes and start wending through the crowds. We found seats and set about our tastings.
The tables were set with crisp white tablecloths.. in the middle of the tables were mounds of sand with seashells and rocks scattered about and a large hurricane lamp with candle sitting in the middle of the sand. Simple and tasteful, much like the occasion. The bite sized portions of appetizers and entrees were just satifyingly enough. Had to leave room for the abundance of dessert samples after all.
But… the thing that mostly interested me was trying for the first time the Frozen Cappuccino from Espresso Love one of my most favorite places on MV. I returned to our table with my cup, eager to taste what smelled and looked delicious. I set it on the table… or at least I thought I had… but no, I had sort of placed it precariously near the edge and it landed in my daughters lap, almost the entire cup of cappuccino!!!!! On her new skirt !! One that she loved and had hoped to wear many, many times. I felt awful, I still do… it was an accident. I mean after all I myself had gotten a drop or two on my new shoes. We cleaned her up as best we could and I believe she went and got me a second cup of frozen cappuccino. I set it down on the table and… it hit the rocks and there before our eyes it oozed from the rocks and sand onto the table cloth. It looked like the tide had come in… it wasn’t pretty and it was embarassing. Could it be that maybe the third time would work! I had to find out so off I went for the third cup of frozen cappuccino. I walked carefully back to the table, avoiding being bumped or nudged. I approached the table… Deb grimaced… I held the cup tightly in both hands… I bent to set it down… and… I did it, I made solid contact with table. I then raised the cup to my lips and actually got to taste the frozen cappuccino and I have to tell you… it was good, it was very very good, it was joy to my tastebuds. I loved it and I still do, I try to have one at least once during every trip to MV. And of course I feel compelled to apologize each time to my daughter for her long lost beautiful skirt.
This blurry picture of the two of us was taken at the end of the evening. At least we’re laughing… probably at my humungeous, but then trendy glasses.
Boats are important for getting to an island. You can get there by plane, you can’t get there by train, you can only bring your car so far and then you need… a boat.
Drive your car onto a ferry and you’re good to go.
The Rotterdam from the Islander.
The Katama from the Islander.
Boat and whale’s tale.
Boat at night.
3 car On Time ferry.