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The Bandstand …


In the middle of Ocean Park in Oak Bluffs sits the Bandstand, so much the centerpiece of Oak Bluffs that it appears on the town seal.

 As beautiful as it is to look at…

 …there is work that needs to be done to bring it back to its original glory and to also take care of safety issues.   According to an article in the Vineyard Gazette, the Dunkl family who own Chilmark Spring Water stepped up and devoted themselves to the restoration of the Bandstand.  

The Dunkls are no strangers to caring for old Vineyard structures. Years ago they were hired to do renovation work on the Flying Horses, built in 1876 and brought to the Vineyard in 1884, the same year the bandstand was built.

I think it’s great that the Bandstand is being lovingly restored and expect that it will stand in the middle of Ocean Park for another 100 years or so. 



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 “The Bandstand …

  1. Joanie: I loved this on the bandstand. It was one of my favorite places on all of MV. Every 4th of July, we’d pack sandwiches, the dog (we had a little white spitz named Doodo-bug) and we’d go at sunset. It was not only to watch the fireworks (which were wonderful) but also to listen to the band. When I first got there, I remember they would have the school bands perform part of the night/afternoon and then the more professionals later on. People would even dance on the grass. (Not myparents, they were too old/staid for that, but we enjoyed watching anyway). By the time it was over, we were thoroughly fireworks watched out, tired and ready to go home, but looking forward to the next year’s great fun.

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