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August is THE month to be on Martha’s Vineyard… not just because it’s the last full month of summer but it is a month jammed packed with special events.
My favorite is Illumination Night which this year is Wed, Aug 14, 2013. Last year I did a post about my memories of Illumination Night… CLICK HERE to read it .… and CLICK HERE for information on this year’s Illumination Night.
The 152nd MV Agricultural Fair is Aug 15 – 18, 2013… CLICK HERE for information.
On Friday, Aug 18 you truly won’t want to miss the Oak Bluffs fireworks at Ocean Park… CLICK HERE for information and to view fireworks finale from a few years ago.
These are just three of MY favorite things to do on MV in August… CLICK HERE to check out the MVOL.com calendar of events to see all the other fun and interesting things going on.
As a summer kid on the Vineyard August was always a special month for me. Although my mom and I would arrive for the summer in June it wasn’t until August that my dad joined us until Labor Day when we’d all come home to New Jersey.
In the 40′s and 50′s August was filled with days at the beach, nightly rides on the Flying Horses, ice cream at the Frosty Cottage on Circuit Ave, popcorn bars at Darling’s also on Circuit Ave, trips to my mother’s cousins home in Indian Hill, band concerts in Ocean Park and community sings every Wed at the Tabernacle.
In the 90′s and 2000′s it was about introducing my grandchildren to August on the Vineyard. Days at the beach, rides on the Flying Horses, ice cream at any number of places in Oak Bluffs and Edgartown, bicycle rides, miniature golf, and being together.
August on the Vineyard is truly awesome.
- by Joan -
Upcoming Illumination Night is Wed, Aug 15, 2012. It has always been my favorite event of the summer
Going to Illumination Night is a thrill for me no matter my age.
I think I was 2 and 1/2 the first time I went, 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 simoutaneously 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.
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…
Full sized snippet pictures ~ part 5.
Illumination Night again because it’s my favorite event :) (Illumination Night this year is Wed, Aug 15)
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Some of the places and things I love about the Vineyard.
Ocean Park Bandstand.. Illumination Night.. post card.. Edgartown waterfront.
Gay Head cliffs.. writing in the sand.. Edgartown lighthouse.
Menemsha sunset.. the beloved ferry Islander (retired in 2007)
The Tabernacle.. Oak Bluffs beach.. Gay Head lighthouse.. Old Whaling Church.