Prompt: Do you have a secret spot that you seek every now and then? A location in a faraway city that brings you joy? We all have connections to these kinds of places: places of solitude, of refuge, of wonder.
Everyone who knows me knows my favorite place in the world is Martha’s Vineyard and here is my favorite spot to be when I’m in my favorite place.
I live in NJ but my heart and soul live on MV… and on MV they like to live here at the Tabernacle in the Campground . It is my favorite spot on the Island… an oasis of serenity and calmness in the middle of the Vineyard’s most bustling and lively town, Oak Bluffs. This magnificent iron structure was built in 1879… in 1979 was listed in the Natl Register of Historic Places… in 1999 a major restoration began, and in 2000 it became a project of Save America’s Treasures. Those are some of the facts of the building but not necessarily what constitutes the heart and soul of it.
Inside the Tabernacle is a banner that says “truly God resides in this place” and so he does. I am profoundly attached to the Tabernacle and visit it several times every time I’m on MV whether it’s in the heat of the summer, or the cold of the winter… I just magnetically gravitate there, I have no choice.
The Tabernacle.. Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard
These are only three of the memories I have of the Tabernacle.
As a summer kid I spent many hours here at Bible school…take a minu
te to read about my tussle with a church bell… CLICK HERE
The middle of August every year is Illumination Night. It begins with a community sing in the Tabernacle and as the skies darken the Campground is transformed into a fairy land. Every gingerbread house is decked out in Japanese lanterns… it’s a magical and special night. CLICK HERE
And then there was this concert, my very first time seeing my favorite singer/songwriter, Carly Simon who was appearing with Harry Connick, Jr. What better place then on the Vineyard and in the Tabernacle. I still get goosebumps. CLICK HERE