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Awesome Awe-gust …


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   .101_3019… 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 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 –


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 “Awesome Awe-gust …

  1. WOW!!!!!! fabulous!!!!!!! thanks for the link to the fireworks…!!!!!!

  2. Do you know, I think we have never been to the Vineyard in August. Always July, June or May. Maybe next year we’ll have to change that, because I have yet to witness illumination night in person, or the agricultural fair, which I know I would love. Loved reading your memories…such a great way to spend a family summer.

  3. Community sings were one of my favorite things growing up. They were led by Mr. Buddington who also conducted the Vineyard Haven Town Band.

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