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This is the house of my godparents, the house of my childhood summers, the house that holds a special place in my heart.
This is the house that I drive past each and every time I’m on the Vineyard. This is the house that looked sad and showed its age… the house that needed people to see its potential and give it the TLC it deserved for so long.
Then one day I got an email…. it was titled something like ‘we bought your house’!! They had had their eye on the house for awhile and when it went on the market they bought it. The house couldn’t have been luckier. This couple and their family obviously love this house and have already made it more beautiful than its ever been… and they’re not even done yet. I firmly believe that certain houses have a ‘soul’… maybe it’s my deep connection to this house but when I saw it recently it looked happy and even better there was a feeling of warmth and contentment when you walked inside.
Look at the house now …take a close look at the detail work and how they’ve made it stand out.
I recently met the new owners and had the pleasure of going into the house and stepping back into time… this is some of what I saw…
When I walked into the living room the first thing I recognized was the mirror over the fireplace… it had previously been in the dining room over the sideboard. The sideboard, dining room table and china cabinet are all original to the house and they are still beautiful.
This house was built around 1907 – 1911… we think my godparent’s were the original owners but one thing’s for sure… a lot of the furniture is original…like for instance…
… the iron beds and some of the side tables.
But the one that I really got emotional about was in this room pictured below… the only twin bed in the house… MY BED… the bed where I spent every summer of my childhood.
To get to my room in those days I had to climb the steep stairs which led to a long, long hall … at least it seemed like a long hall then …
however, on the nights I listened to ‘The Shadow’ on the radio with my godfather the hall seemed like this.
Me and the house, 1950 and 2013… not much difference in my height
Thank you my new friends for letting me revisit the past, to share with you what little I know about the history of the house, and thank you to you and your family for giving back to this house the heart it had been missing for so long.
The Gay Head Lighthouse has stood on the picturesque cliffs at the western most tip of Martha’s Vineyard since 1856. It is now only 45 feet from the edge of the eroding cliffs and is in danger of falling into the sea.
In 1799 a wooden lighthouse was built. In 1856 it was replaced with the current brick and sandstone lighthouse and fitted with Fresnel lenses.
The lenses were replaced by electrically generated lenses in 1952. The old lenses were given to the Martha’s Vineyard Museum in Edgartown.
This past weekend (Oct 13) I was on MV and decided to drive out to Aquinnah… and when I got there I saw these signs…
I’d never been inside the Gay Head lighthouse and was excited to be able to do so, and also help in a small way support the campaign to help raise the money to Save The Gay Head Lighthouse.
Come and join me for my tour inside the lighthouse…
Reached the first level and stepped outside…
These are the stunningly beautiful breathtaking views …
Final set of stairs and the view from the top …
What an awesome experience…
***To learn more about how to donate to Save The Gay Head Lighthouse CLICK HERE
**To read the history of the Gay Head Lighthouse CLICK HERE
Saturday Sep 14, 2013 is Tivoli Day in Oak Bluffs. For anyone who doesn’t know, or remember the Tivoli building in Oak Bluffs, I’m reposting a blog entry below of my memories of it.
Every year in September, Oak Bluffs hosts its annual street fair and block party known as Tivoli Day. Where did the name come from… and where can you find the Tivol on MV ! You can’t, only memories of it remain.
The two story, full block Tivoli Dance Hall stood from 1901 until 1964 where the Oak Bluffs Town Hall is today. The bottom floor housed shops and an ice cream parlor. My godmother worked in the ice cream parlor and I always enjoyed visiting her there… one time in particular jumps to mind. I was 3 years old and had newly mastered winking and was anxious to put it to use. Sitting at a table behind my mother and facing me was a sailor. Being that I was wearing a sailor dress I figured we had something in common and so I began winking at him… it did not take long for my mother to notice. She turned around and as she did the young sailor headed for our table. He smiled and said he was alone on the Vineyard for the day and wanted to tell my mother how charming he thought I was. (Blushing here). Not only did my mother invite him to join us at the table but she invited him home for dinner (this was the mid 1940′s). I was amazed at how powerful this winking thing was. I don’t know if we ever kept in touch with him but obviously I’ve never forgotten him… but I do keep the winking thing to a minimum.
The entire second floor of the Tivoli Dance Hall was just that, the dance hall. It was huge, at least in the eyes of a 4 year old being dragged there against her will for a dance lesson. I loved all the windows and how far you could see out of them, I liked the clicking noise my shoes made on the floor, I liked the brand new sundress I had on… but, I did NOT like the group dancing part. I remember reluctantly getting in line with the other victims, er children, but my feet did not move, they planted themselves firmly in one spot and stayed there. Everyone danced around me but I did not care to join in. My mother was not happy with me… not only didn’t I dance or even talk… but we didn’t even come home with a sailor for dinner.
1-What takes place in this building in Aug.
* THE AG FAIR
2-What town is this.
3-Where are Mytoi Gardens.
4-What harbor is this.
* OAK BLUFFS
5-What building is this in Oak Bluffs.
* UNION CHAPEL
6-Which lighthouse is this.
7-Where is this church.
* THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH – OCEAN PARK – OAK BLUFFS
8-Where is this bulletin board.
* ALLEY’S GENERAL STORE – W TISBURY
9-At what restaurant can you get a wooden nickel.
* NEWES FROM AMERICA – EDGARTOWN
10-What building is this and what town is it in.
* ARCADE BUILDING – CIRCUIT AVE – OAK BLUFFS
How did you do ?
This past Saturday Deb and I ventured to the charming small town of Blairstown, New Jersey for our Saturday morning coffee outing.
We couldn’t help but notice the Blairstown Theater right across the street. It was built in 1913 as a silent movie house and was restored and painted bright blue in 2005… it definitely is an eye catcher.
Walked around town and enjoyed the beautiful architecture.
I think though that my favorite spot was Blair Walk and waterfall by the old mill.
- by Joan -
In the town of Hamburg, New Jersey stands an old mill and a gingerbread castle.
The Gingerbread Castle sits silently at the end of this driveway, surrounded not by a moat but by barbed wire fencing and ‘do not trespass’ signs.
Come closer and take a look…
Once upon a time, back in the late 1920′s, the Gingerbread Castle was the centerpiece of an amusement park built next to the Wheatsworth Mill. The Gingerbread Castle was in continuous operation until 1978… it reopened briefly in the ’80′s and then closed for good in 1989.
Fairy tale characters used to abound here… now, sitting alone on his wall only Humpty Dumpty remains.
The Gingerbread Castle is slowly fading away…
eventually only memories will remain.
Sadly there is no happy ending … just, the end.
- by Joan -
(CLICK HERE to read about the Gingerbread Castle and Wheatsworth Mill)