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My daughter Deb and I decided in June of 1993 to treat ourselves to The Taste of the Vineyard. It’s put on every year by the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust. Restaurants, caterers and beverage purveyors from around the Island gather under tents to present some of their specialities to be tasted. We’d never gone before and it seemed like a fun and different thing to do. Off we went to the Vineyard for a glorious long weekend of eating, shopping and tasting. The weather turned brutally hot all along the Eastern seaboard, it verged on 100 degress which is unusual for mid June. A few hours before the Taste was to begin welcomed thunder storms rolled in and dropped the temps about 25 degrees. The evening was cool and clear and perfect.
We donned our new outfits and headed over to the grounds of the Preservation Trust which are located at the Dr Daniel Fisher house in Edgartown. The house is a beautiful Federal style home surrounded by lush gardens. It’s gorgeous.
We gingerly and hungrily entered the tents where all foods and drinks were on display. Lots of eager tasters were already there. We got our dishes and start wending through the crowds. We found seats and set about our tastings.
The tables were set with crisp white tablecloths.. in the middle of the tables were mounds of sand with seashells and rocks scattered about and a large hurricane lamp with candle sitting in the middle of the sand. Simple and tasteful, much like the occasion. The bite sized portions of appetizers and entrees were just satifyingly enough. Had to leave room for the abundance of dessert samples after all.
But… the thing that mostly interested me was trying for the first time the Frozen Cappuccino from Espresso Love one of my most favorite places on MV. I returned to our table with my cup, eager to taste what smelled and looked delicious. I set it on the table… or at least I thought I had… but no, I had sort of placed it precariously near the edge and it landed in my daughters lap, almost the entire cup of cappuccino!!!!! On her new skirt !! One that she loved and had hoped to wear many, many times. I felt awful, I still do… it was an accident. I mean after all I myself had gotten a drop or two on my new shoes. We cleaned her up as best we could and I believe she went and got me a second cup of frozen cappuccino. I set it down on the table and… it hit the rocks and there before our eyes it oozed from the rocks and sand onto the table cloth. It looked like the tide had come in… it wasn’t pretty and it was embarassing. Could it be that maybe the third time would work! I had to find out so off I went for the third cup of frozen cappuccino. I walked carefully back to the table, avoiding being bumped or nudged. I approached the table… Deb grimaced… I held the cup tightly in both hands… I bent to set it down… and… I did it, I made solid contact with table. I then raised the cup to my lips and actually got to taste the frozen cappuccino and I have to tell you… it was good, it was very very good, it was joy to my tastebuds. I loved it and I still do, I try to have one at least once during every trip to MV. And of course I feel compelled to apologize each time to my daughter for her long lost beautiful skirt.
This blurry picture of the two of us was taken at the end of the evening. At least we’re laughing… probably at my humungeous, but then trendy glasses.
… and Carly has a new CD, Never Been Gone, out to prove it.
Carly has re-recorded 10 of her hits and added 2 new ones. The songs have been updated to accommodate the natural changes in Carly’s beautiful voice. As long time fan of Carly’s I wondered how I would like the different arrangements. Not to worry, they’re spectacular and in my opinion will delight anyone listening to them. You don’t have to even know the originals to enjoy these songs..just sit back, close your eyes and let Carly’s lush and beautiful voice wash over you.
I had the pleasure of hearing Carly’s new rendition of “You’re So Vain” a couple of years ago at Joe’s Pub in New York City at a small concert she was giving. Carly brought the house down and everyone said she HAD to record it… and she has, and it’s pure genius as are the other songs on this CD.
The Right Thing To Do It Happens Every Day
Never Been Gone Boys In The Trees
Let The River Run You’re So Vain
You Belong To Me No Freedom
That’s The Way I Always Heard It Should Be Coming Around Again
The Martha’s Vineyard Fiber Farm has changed…
It is now Juniper Moon Farm and has moved to Virginia.
Best wishes for success and happiness in Virginia to Susan, Erin and the flock.
Thursday, Aug 13th at 5:30 and 7:15pm at the Capawock Theatre in Vineyard Haven —
DocuTunes is premiering its first feature-lenght documentary.
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The time has finally arrived. The Bunch of Grapes is re-opening after the devastating fire of last July 4th, 2008.
Grand opening hoopla is set for Saturday, July 4th.
This is actually one of the 2008 babies but the 2009 additions are arriving almost minute by minute.
The kid babies are going to be named after fonts. Baby boy Arno was the first to arrive, on April 13th … followed by baby girl Bell on April 14th. And today, less than a few hours ago two sets of twins, don’t know what they are yet but they’ll be C and D font names.
CLICK ON THIS LINK to read Susan’s blog and see some of the baby pictures… but be warned, you might melt all over the computer screen.
Martha’s Vineyard/Hudson Valley Fiber Farms has good and not so good news.
The not good news is that there won’t be an MV Fiber Festival on the Vineyard this April. You can read Susan’s blog post about it by clicking here.
But wait, there’s still good news… their Hudson Valley Fiber Farm IS having its Shearing Day on May 9th.
This post is an update to the one on Feb 6th titled “Islander Update”.
According to this article, at timesunion.com, the beloved Islander ferry was sold on Monday, Feb 23rd on Ebay for an estimated $23,600. According to the purchaser, Don Slovak, who is expected to pick up the Islander in the next few weeks, he doesn’t know if he’ll sell it whole or scrap it.
A sad ending for a work horse of a vessel who, even though not sleek or graceful, for 57 years brought her own special beauty to the waters surrounding the Vineyard. The Islander will continue to exist through paintings, photographs and in the memories of those who loved her. There was just “something” about her…
An article in today’s Vineyard Gazette isn’t good news for the beloved ferry, the Islander. The Islander was retired in March of 2007 and since that time has sat idle in New York harbor. She was supposed to travel back and forth between Governor’s Island and Lower Manhattan. But now some issues have arisen and the Islander will supposedly be put up on Ebay in a week or so. If indeed this true it is an unfitting end for the Islander and sad for those who loved her. The article starts out saying:
“Failboat: Islander Is No Longer Seaworthy, Course Set for eBay
Less than two years after her final Vineyard voyage, the once-beloved ferry Islander is floating unwanted off Governors Island, N.Y. waiting to be auctioned off on eBay like so much attic junk.
She is scheduled to appear on the shopping and auction Web site on the morning before Valentine’s Day. There is no reserve bid.
It was supposed to be a new lease on life for the old girl. When the board of Governors Island stepped into buy the ferry in 2007, some dignified sunset years looked in store for the 57 year-old vessel, plying the few hundred yards of calm Hudson waters between Lower Manhattan and the tiny New York bay island.
But she never even made a single journey.”
You can read the entire article by clicking here.