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Nice places to visit but I wouldn’t want to live there. I could however settle in nicely to any of the following.
Read about the school house below by CLICKING HERE
You can’t actually see the gingerbread cottage below but I really love this picture.
1984 Ocean Park 2010
1990′s Oak Bluffs wharf 2010
1980′s Old Sculpin Gallery 2005
1980′s Trinity Methodist Church – Campground 2010
1984 Oak Bluffs 2010
And then there’s this picture of Ocean Park in 1987… look closely at the house in the background to the right of the Bandstand…
…below is a close up although it’s a bit fuzzy. That is the CORBIN-NORTON house before it was lovingly restored to…
…its original splendor by Peter Norton. Twice !
The original restoration was finished in the 1990′s and then in Februay of 2001 it burned to the ground.
Like the Phoenix, it rose from the ashes and is again the grand dame of Ocean Park.
Dawn and Deb – July 18, 1984
Dawn and Deb – December 29, 2007
The trip was a new experience in so many ways. I had never gone away alone with two teenagers, so that was different. I had never driven to MV by myself, so that was different. What I discovered was, that I liked being different sometimes.
We did a lot of things together but the girls also spent time doing their own things while I did mine. It was a nice mix of togetherness and apartness (is that a word). We went to South Beach, to Aquinnah to see the cliffs, shopping, the girls rented bikes one day while I went to the kite festival in Oak Bluffs, we had great weather and we laughed a lot, which is not hard to do around Deb and Dawn.
One incident that sticks out in my mind is dinner one night at The Wharf Pub & Restaurant in Edgartown. We ate early and the restaurant was almost empty. We were in the middle of our meal when our waitress came over to us and said.. “you might want to eat slowly as Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley are on their way in and I thought the girls might get a kick out of seeing them.” GIRLS… forget the girls, I was the one getting all excited. So we nibbled and waited, and waited… and then THEY walked past the window next to our table and into the restaurant. We wondered if it would be possible to say hello to them (it wasn’t), but as we left the restaurant and walked past their table Billy Joel smiled and waved. We giggled all the way back to the hotel and then called home to share our exciting news.
Twenty seven years later Deb and Dawn are still best friends and they still laugh A LOT when they’re together. I’ll never forget that trip and know they haven’t either.
This is the beach in Oak Bluffs, this is where we always went when I was growing up. I remember one time in particular when I was there with my parents when I was about three or four years old.
After playing in the water with my dad and digging in the sand with my mom we started gathering up our blanket and things to leave. All of a sudden my mother gasped and yelled for my father… “my diamond ring is gone” she said in alarm. My dad immediately took charge of the situation by telling me NOT to move, just stay put. I quickly rushed over to the people nearby and told them my mother had just lost her ring in the sand and my father was going to find it. So much for listening. They, along with other beach goers who had heard me, started to get up to help my father look for the ring. “No” he said.. “don’t walk on the sand, if the sand is disturbed any further the ring will sink lower, I think I might have only one chance to find it.” We all held our breaths as he surveyed the situation and then after what seemed like an eternity (especially to me who was staying still) he scooped up a handful of sand. Miraculously there, shining out from the sand was my mothers diamond engagement ring.
I’m still amazed that he found it, how did he know where to look, how had my running through the sand not made it sink lower. I’m sure that ring was being watched over somehow.
In the 1980′s my daughter Patty created a cartoon version of herself named Little Petunia. While looking for something else altogether I came across Little Petunia and thought I’d share her with you.
In the first book Little Petunia gets her first perm.
Years pass and then around 1990 Little Petunia returns. She is now married to Little Mikey and has a baby girl named Little Buttercup.
(You can see that Little Buttercup is a budding artist)
Christmas of 1992 arrives. The Littles will be adding a new member to the family in 1993. Enter their little boy, Little Pooh Bear.
In 1996 they take a trip with Little Grandmommy to her favorite place, Martha’s Vineyard.
Little Petunia is busy raising her Little ones and we don’t hear from her again until 2000 when the Little’s come to visit Little Grammy. Little Buttercup was 11 years old and Little Pooh Bear was 7.
I hope we’ll have a new installment on the Littles and what’s been going on with them the past 11 years.
I was happy to receive this note recently from Little Petunia
(You can click on pictures to enlarge them)
Do you know which picture is NOT on the Vineyard?