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Book Festival and Church …

Back to Morristown for the second time this week.  This time for the first Morristown Festival of Books. 

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What a gorgeous day and beautiful spot for the festival.  It was held on the grounds of the Vail Mansion, built in 1916 by Theodore Vail.

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We wandered across the street to St Peter’s Episcopal Church where there were author talks going on.   I love the architecture of churches and so I may have taken a few pictures or twelve or fifteen :)  Here are just a few.

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A lovely day.


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Barnegat Lighthouse – New Jersey

Barnegat Lighthouse

 I went away for a few days recently to Long Beach Island, New Jersey with my best friend.   I had never been to Barnegat Lighthouse so off we went to see it.

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Upon entering this is the first sign I saw.  That’s a lot of steps !

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 The inside is well lit and very kind of yellowish/orange.

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I started my trek upward and after what seemed forever I stopped and took this picture.

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Looking out of the window from that dizzying height.

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Another shot of the lighthouse.

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(CLICK HERE for Barnegat Lighthouse info)


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Then/Now And Again …

       1984    –    Ocean Park   –   2012

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 1990’s  –    Oak Bluffs Wharf    –  2010

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1980’s  –    Old Sculpin Gallery    –  2010

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1980’s  –    Trinity Methodist Church    –  2010

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1960  –    Gay Head lighthouse    –  2013

 

 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…

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…below is a close up although it’s a bit fuzzy. That is the CORBIN-NORTON house ..
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before it was restored to its original splendor by Peter Norton. Twice !

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The original restoration was finished in the 1990’s and then in Februay of 2001 it burned to the ground.

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Like the Phoenix, it rose from the ashes and is again the grand dame of Ocean Park.. here it is all decked out for Illumination Night.

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Illumination Night Memories …

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Illumination Night is Wed, Aug  20, 2014.

It has always been my favorite event of the summer… going to Illumination Night is a thrill for me no matter what my age is.

  I think I was 2 and 1/2 the first time I went to Illumination Night.  I’m embarrassed to say that even with my annoyingly good memory, I don’t remember it. My first memory of Illumination Night involves wearing a particularly pretty dress so I’m thinking I was around three or four, which would have been around 1946.

My dad, mom, god-mother and I would have an early supper and then walk to the Campground. My dad and I would stroll around looking at all the beautifully decorated gingerbread houses while my mother and god-mother would chat with friends and relatives.

At 8 o’clock the Vineyard Haven Band would begin playing and the always fun community sing would start. Patriotic songs like, America The Beautiful, Yankee Doodle, Battle Hymn of the Republic are always stirring and emotional. It took me a couple of years to learn the words to all the songs and I still get messed up on a couple of the rounds like John Brown’s Baby. The band playing the Star Spangled Banner and the rousing Stars and Stripes Forever are always crowd pleasers.

But as much fun as that was it was only a precursor to the main event. The Tabernacle and Campground go dark… the crowd cheers. The lighting of the first lantern and then all the gingerbread houses are simultaneously aglow with Japanese lanterns. Everyone oohs and ahhs and stream out of the Tabernacle to walk through the magical fairyland the Campground has become. My dad would carry me on his shoulders so I could see everything… I felt like I could touch the stars.

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After seeing all there was to see we’d head out onto Circuit Ave to either the Frosty Cottage for ice cream or Darling’s for popcorn. Always a tasty ending to a perfectly enchanting night.

Like I said, no matter your age, Illumination Night is fun for everyone. Just look at these faces from 1998…

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 From the Vineyard Gazette:

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Links.

Martha’s Vineyard Campmeeting Association

 

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If you’re on the Vineyard this Wed, Aug 20, 2014 you should go and experience Illumination Night.  :)

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