MV Obsession

My obsession with Martha's Vineyard.. phototography..genealogy and life in general and this and that…

Round and Round …


The Flying Horses sit in this building at the intersection of Circuit and Lake Aves in Oak Bluffs.  They came to the Island in 1884 from Coney Island.  I did a post on Oct 23 telling more about them, you can read that by clicking here.

The Flying Horses are not a carousel, or a merry-go-round, they don’t go up and down just round and round. They are flying horses, like Pegasus, and fly to wherever you can imagine them to.  They don’t actually have wings, but as you make the first circuit you feel like you’re about to fly out the open windows.

I flew on these beautiful horses every day when I was a little girl.  The ticket taker was a young man who would never take my tickets !  We tried everything to get him to take them… we brought him candy and cookies and tried slipping the tickets in with them… nothing work.  At the end of the summer I said I wanted to buy him a gift, so off my mom and I went to purchase what I thought was a novel idea .. a tie.  I was 5 years old, what did I know about buying gifts for men… he, by the way was about 13 but in my eyes he was a grown up.  We put the tie in the box with all of summer’s uncollected tickets.  As he came around to NOT collect my ticket I handed him the box.  He smiled.  Ah ha, success… or so I thought.  As we were leaving the Flying Horses he came over and thanked us for the tie and as we turned to leave he handed us the tickets.  I won’t say who he is, just that he turned out to be an official in Oak Bluffs in later years… and someone I’ve never forgotten.


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 :)

3 thoughts on “Round and Round …

  1. What a sweet story. Love you.

  2. In days of yore, when I was a wee one, and even shorter than I am now (2nd shortest kid in my class), I, too, loved the Flying Horses. I NEVER could catch a ring, god or otherwise. Joanie, the same man that helped you with the tickets I am sure is the same one who told me “the secret horse,” the big, tall, black one” from which even short kids could catch a ring. By my third round, I caught the gold ring! I was hollering and the most jubilant kid in the Flying Horses. (I am sure he loaded up 4-5 of them to be sure I got it, but it didn’t matter to me.) I was so happy I wanted to take it home, but when I found out it meant you got a free ticket, I was even happier. When we would go to visit after that, I’d wait and wait for my magic horse to be open. I didn’t want any other. That black horse was MAGIC. By golly, I believe it was. I think it raised up when I was on it just so I could get the rings. I love that place and always will. Seamond

  3. I think you will like the post on my blog today! I even mentioned your blog…I hope that’s okay. I tried to send you an email but I’m having email issues today!

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