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Recently I went on a house tour in Mt Tabor, NJ.
The exterior of the houses are mostly Victorian gingerbread. The interiors varied from traditional Victorian to modern. All of them were beautiful.
CLICK HERE to see more house pictures on my blog ‘Through Jersey Eyes’
It all began with this little snippet in the Vineyard Gazette in September of 1990. My daughter Deb likes Harry Connick Jr and I’m a huge fan of Carly Simon, I have been even before I knew of her Vineyard connection. This seemed like a perfect weekend getaway for us but how could I manage to get tickets when I live in NJ and they were only on sale on the Vineyard !
I did it. I was determined and when it involves the Vineyard my determination is un-stoppable. So off we went. There were a few glitches along the way concerning MV accommodations and ferry reservations so we decided to stay in Falmouth on the mainland and just go to the Vineyard for the day of the concert.
It was a spectacular September Sunday afternoon on the Vineyard, the Campground was filled with happy concertgoers bustling around.
Before the concert began we were talking with a woman sitting next to us who was going on and on about how excited she was to be seeing Carly Simon. She said she had chatted about it with her seat mate on the small plane she had flown over to MV on that afternoon. She told him she had no idea who Harry Connick, Jr was, but that she was mainly there to see Carly.
When Harry stepped onto the stage she gasped and said “oh my god, that’s the young man I was talking to on the plane.” Just a tad embarrassing.
At 3pm Harry stepped on stage and the concert began. His band was fantastic and Harry’s voice velvety smooth. After about an hour or so of great music the lights were turned off. The only illumination was the sun shining through the stained glass windows around the perimeter of the Tabernacle !! And out stepped…..
CARLY. I was beside myself. In actuality though the person beside me was Carly’s mother!! I have seen Carly in concert several times since then but seeing her on the Vineyard and at the Tabernacle was something really special for me. Harry and Carly sang a few songs together, their voices meshed beautifully.
Carly did a few songs alone and then way too soon it was over. What a fantastic day, one we’ll never forget.
After the concert we had ‘drinks’ with the band at the Oyster Bar in Oak Bluffs… us and about 100 other people… then we headed to Edgartown for dinner.
Too quickly our lovely day on the Vineyard was coming to an end. We drove back to Oak Bluffs for one last look at the now darkened Tabernacle. We had booked a late ferry and it’s one of the few times I’ve sailed at night. The sky was star filled, a cool breeze was blowing and a young man on board was strumming his guitar and singing softly. Perfect day.
One year ago this month Ramble began his journey visiting knitters around the country. He has been hosted by 13 out of 24 knitters in such states as NJ, NY, MA, CT, ME, OK, PA and MN.
Deb and I adopted Ramble in 1984 from a shop in Edgartown. For 25 years he sat quietly on a shelf on a bookcase in our family room… and I say quietly because during that time he lost his ‘baaaa’ noise.
CLICK HERE to read my update on Ramble from March 2010.
CLICK HERE to read Ramble’s blog. He’s had many interesting and fun adventures. Also read about how his box arrived at one destination and Ramble was not in it !!!
Martha’s Vineyard (actually all of New England) is known for it’s …
Stone walls …
An ancient stone wall through the woods.
Flowers seem to love stone walls.
Stone wall with fountain.
Oak Bluffs stone wall meets ocean.
And fences …
Edgartown fence with cat-o-nine tails.
Menemsha snow fence.
Oak Bluffs iron fence with roses.
Wooden fence in Aquinnah.
Edgartown white fences.
Peeking through a fence.
Seventh in my series of Vineyard trivia questions. Some of these are repeat questions from previous trivia posts.
1 – What year was the Vineyard Gazette first published.
2 – What is the name of the local Portuguese sausage.
3 – Which town is the only town in the world with its name.
4 – Which is further north, West Chop or East Chop.
5 – What is unusual about the Civil War monument in Ocean Park in Oak Bluffs.
6 – Name the Island’s 5 lighthouses.
7 – What is the name of the Native American tribe on the Vineyard.
8 – What is Oak Bluff’s zip code.
9 – What is the name of this building and what town is it in.
10 – What is the name of this restaurant in Vineyard Haven.
11 – The Old Sculpin Gallery is in what town.
1 – The Vineyard Gazette was first published in 1846
2 – The local Portuguese sausage is called linguica
3 – Edgartown is the only town in the world with that name
4 – West Chop is further north
5 – It is of a confederate soldier
6 – Edgartown, Cape Poge, Gay Head, East Chop, West Chop
7 – Wampanoag’s
8 – 02535
9 – Union Chapel in Oak Bluffs
10 – Black Dog Tavern in Vineyard Haven
11 – Edgartown
CLICK HERE for previous trivia questions
This is the September picture from the MV calendar I put together for 2010
The delightful entrance to Edgartown Books.