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One of Chappy’s favorite places in town.
Heading right to the bins of biscuits – pizza flavor is one of his favs. His tail is wagging so fast that he’s a blur of fur.
The lady who works there remembers him and offers him a treat.
But first he has to do some tricks to earn it…
Chappy’s bag of biscuits.
I like this sign at a restaurant right next door …
The Island Theatre (Eagle Theatre) circa 1910.
The Island Theatre – Oak Bluffs
The Strand 2009
The Capawock 1996 – Vineyard Haven.
Movies have been a big part of Island entertainment since the early 1900′s. At one time there were as many as 8 theatres down-Island… of those only the Island, The Strand and The Capawock remain. In 1927 the Island theatre in Oak Bluffs was showing the talkie “Wings” starring the “It” girl Clara Bow. The price of admission was 50 cents on a Saturday night, 30 cents if you sat in the balcony.
For me, as a summer kid on the Vineyard in the 1950′s, a night at the movies was a very big deal. The movies I remember the clearest are the musicals, like “Summer Stock” with Judy Garland, and “Showboat” with Howard Keel. Before even getting to the theatre there was a stop at …
…Darling’s for popcorn. A bag would be fine for an afternoon treat but for going to the movies the choice was always a popcorn bar in such flavors as chocolate, strawberry,vanilla, caramel, and butterscotch. After the ‘show’ a stop at the Frosty Cottage on Circuit Ave for a pistachio ice cream cone finished off the evening. Many nights on the way home I morphed into a singing, dancing movie star…at least in my head
Hi, it’s Chappy. I haven’t visited gram’s blog in awhile and since today is my 11th birthday she invited me to write a post. Here goes.
This is where it all began… me with my brothers and one sister all smooshed up against our dog mom Tawny.
This is mom and dad… Tawny and Buddy. I’ve been told I look more like my mom and have her sweet disposition…but I’ve got some of dad’s sense of fun in me too.
This is my mom, Deb. Oops, I’m skipping ahead here, I wanted to tell you about our first day together. Well , not all of it, some of it was traumatic but that’s for another post someday.
After I said goodbye to Tawny and Buddy we began our long trek across Pennsylvania to New Jersey. You can see I was already in the driver’s seat.
I caused quite a ruckus when we stopped at McDonald’s for lunch. I had no idea I was so cute and I certainly had no idea what wonderful smells and tastes were out in the world. Talk about excitement, I actually stayed awake for awhile.
Finally after days on the road, well it seemed like days to me, what did I know about cars and roads and big noisy trucks that kept waking me up. Mom says it was more like 6 hours… in puppy time that IS days. Good thing I was so rested ’cause when we got home look at all the toys waiting for me… I couldn’t believe it. The six of us siblings had one toy and one tennis ball to play with, I was in toy heaven.
Just look at me… sweet, adorable, just a hint of mischief in my eyes. Yup, I picked the absolute best mom and family in the world. But enough of the mushy stuff.
The pictures below weren’t my idea… gram snuck them on here when I wasn’t looking. Really, I have no idea how they got here but go ahead and enjoy them… I like the ones of me with mom the best. Okay, bye for now, Chappy signing off
Happy 11th birthday Chappy
Happy birthday America.
(to find out what is special about the flag second from the right on the bottom… CLICK HERE for Through Jersey Eyes)
Assorted dolls and stuffed animals enjoying State Beach.
Deb’s doll Buttons at in the front with the pink hat, at age 44 is the oldest. Buttons is one of the most beloved dolls I’ve ever known. She likes to wear hats but no shoes, and around her neck is an amethyst necklace and a gold necklace.
To the Button’s right is her constant side-kick Lucky. At age 36 he’s lost a little of his vibrant colors but not his love of life. Around his neck is a green scarf one of Deb’s first knitting attempts, and he also sports a real dog collar from our first dog.
To the right of Lucky is Molly, my American Girl Doll that I got when I was 55… a number of years ago
In the back row on the right is Cindy, she was adopted from the Secret Garden in Oak Bluffs 20 or so years ago. At her feet is a Black Dog pup and next to him are Ty, the bear from Boston, and Mittens a puppet dog with a hilarious sense of humor.
They say you’re never too old to have a second childhood and I say, you’re never too old to love and enjoy your childhood playmates – even if you got them during your second childhood
(PS – this is my 600th post)