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Illumination Night …


Illumination Night is held every year in the middle of August… this year it’s Wed Aug 18, 2010. If you are on MV you should not miss it, it’s an evening you won’t soon forget.

(2010 date for Illumination Night is Wed, Aug 18)

It all begins here at the Tabernacle in the Campground in Oak Bluffs.

The gingerbread cottages are decked out in Japanese lanterns, many have been passed down from generation to generation, many are even still lit with candles.

The evening begins with music by the Vineyard Haven Band accompanying a lively community sing. After the community sing is over all the lights in the Campground are turned off… a special person who has been already chosen lights the first lantern which is then walked up the aisle to the entrance to the Tabernacle and suddenly all the lanterns in the Campground come to life. The Campground is transformed into a magical fairyland delighting…

… kids of all ages. It has always been my favorite event of the summer and it never fails to transform me into a kid again.


Author: mvobsession

I'm married, I have two daughters and two grandchildren and they all love MV. Enjoy my MV blog and contact me if I can answer any questions. This blog started out as strictly about Martha's Vineyard but over the years I've branched out to include other obsessions and interests. I enjoy photography and like sharing my photos here as well. Hope you enjoy :)

6 thoughts on “Illumination Night …

  1. You are sooooo adorable when you turn into a kid again! It almost feels as though I do, too.

  2. Cute comment coming from your granddaughter, huh?! You are adorable, though, when you turn into an eight year-old. Too bad I can’t post a photo comment! Love you!

  3. Illumination night was my favorite event during the summers growing up. Later, when I was teaching in Shanghai, China, I was interested to discover they had lantern day during thier Spring Festival in February. It’s quite a sight and I was reminded of growing up in the Campgrounds. I wonder if we got it from them – something the whalers brought back.

  4. I came upon Illumination Night for the first time quite by accident in 2008. We had sailed into Oak Bluffs Harbor to meet some friends and they told us about this “lighting event.” Well my companion and I thought it might be fun but it turned out to be much more. It is now indelibly inked on my summer cruising calender and I am spreading the word.

  5. Oh, I wish I could have attended this year. I’ll bet it was a lovely night.
    Thanks for the tour, it’s just as I remember it.

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