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Illumination Night Memories …

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Illumination Night is Wed, Aug  20, 2014.

It has always been my favorite event of the summer… going to Illumination Night is a thrill for me no matter what my age is.

  I think I was 2 and 1/2 the first time I went to Illumination Night.  I’m embarrassed to say that even with my annoyingly good memory, I don’t remember it. My first memory of Illumination Night involves wearing a particularly pretty dress so I’m thinking I was around three or four, which would have been around 1946.

My dad, mom, god-mother and I would have an early supper and then walk to the Campground. My dad and I would stroll around looking at all the beautifully decorated gingerbread houses while my mother and god-mother would chat with friends and relatives.

At 8 o’clock the Vineyard Haven Band would begin playing and the always fun community sing would start. Patriotic songs like, America The Beautiful, Yankee Doodle, Battle Hymn of the Republic are always stirring and emotional. It took me a couple of years to learn the words to all the songs and I still get messed up on a couple of the rounds like John Brown’s Baby. The band playing the Star Spangled Banner and the rousing Stars and Stripes Forever are always crowd pleasers.

But as much fun as that was it was only a precursor to the main event. The Tabernacle and Campground go dark… the crowd cheers. The lighting of the first lantern and then all the gingerbread houses are simultaneously aglow with Japanese lanterns. Everyone oohs and ahhs and stream out of the Tabernacle to walk through the magical fairyland the Campground has become. My dad would carry me on his shoulders so I could see everything… I felt like I could touch the stars.

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After seeing all there was to see we’d head out onto Circuit Ave to either the Frosty Cottage for ice cream or Darling’s for popcorn. Always a tasty ending to a perfectly enchanting night.

Like I said, no matter your age, Illumination Night is fun for everyone. Just look at these faces from 1998…

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 From the Vineyard Gazette:

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Links.

Martha’s Vineyard Campmeeting Association

 

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If you’re on the Vineyard this Wed, Aug 20, 2014 you should go and experience Illumination Night.  🙂

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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 :)

4 thoughts on “Illumination Night Memories …

  1. Great post! I so wanted to go this year but it’s not in the cards. Been 3 times. It never loses it’s magic. I might make a trip to the Vineyard in the Fall.

  2. wow!!!! thank you for the magical moment…..even though i’ve never been, your telling of the event made it come alive for me…..thank you for the smile joan ♥

    • My pleasure. Wish I were going this year but alas I’m not. Luckily I’ve got one Illumination Night on video so I can just watch that 🙂

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