MV Obsession

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


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Girls Having Fun …

In July 1984 I took my daughter Deb and her best friend Dawn to Martha’s Vineyard

Dawn and Deb – July 18, 1984

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Dawn and Deb – December 29, 2007

The trip was a new experience in so many ways. I had never gone away alone with two teenagers, so that was different. I had never driven to MV by myself, so that was different. What I discovered was, that I liked being different sometimes.

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We stayed here at the Kelley House.

We did a lot of things together but the girls also spent time doing their own things while I did mine. It was a nice mix of togetherness and apartness (is that a word).

We went to South Beach

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Of course to Aquinnah to see the cliffs.

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The girls rented bikes one day while I went to the kite festival in Oak Bluffs, we had great weather and we laughed a lot, which is not hard to do around Deb and Dawn.

One incident that sticks out in my mind is dinner one night at The Wharf Pub & Restaurant in Edgartown. We ate early and the restaurant was almost empty. We were in the middle of our meal when our waitress came over to us and said.. “you might want to eat slowly as Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley are on their way in and I thought the girls might get a kick out of seeing them.” GIRLS… forget the girls, I was the one getting all excited. So we nibbled and waited, and waited… and then THEY walked past the window next to our table and into the restaurant. We wondered if it would be possible to say hello to them (it wasn’t), but as we left the restaurant and walked past their table Billy Joel smiled and waved. We giggled all the way back to the hotel and then called home to share our exciting news.

Twenty nine years later Deb and Dawn are still best friends and they still laugh A LOT when they’re together. I’ll never forget that trip and know they haven’t either.

– by Joan –

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My Friend Seamond, the Author …

100_3862 “I am, and always will be, a lighthouse keeper’s daughter.  I had the good fortune to be born to a different kind of childhood.  I didn’t recognize this fact back when I was small.  I thought that everybody lived like we did on our little island of Cuttyhunk, Massachusetts, which in itself was a life apart…” Seamond Ponsart Roberts.

These words were spoken by my dear friend Seamond Roberts who just had this book published.

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Seamond grew up here at West Chop lighthouse on Martha’s Vineyard – can you think of a more perfect spot to spend your childhood.

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A couple of years ago I did a post about her called ‘Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter’… CLICK HERE to read it.

My copy just came today and I haven’t read it yet but I have heard many of Seamond’s stories and they are delightful, riveting, heart breaking, touching and humorous… you’ll love it.

“EVERYDAY HEROES:  The True Story Of A Lighthouse Family” (available on Amazon.com)

Come back and let me know how you liked it… better yet if you want to email Seamond contact me for her email address… she’d love to hear from you… she told me so 🙂

– by Joan –


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July Calendar Picture …

Assorted dolls and stuffed animals enjoying State Beach.

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Deb’s doll Buttons at in the front with the pink hat, at age 44 is the oldest. Buttons is one of the most beloved dolls I’ve ever known. She likes to wear hats but no shoes, and around her neck is an amethyst necklace and a gold necklace.

To the Button’s right  is her constant side-kick Lucky. At age 36 he’s lost a little of his vibrant colors but not his love of life. Around his neck is a green scarf one of Deb’s first knitting attempts, and he also sports a real dog collar from our first dog.

To the right of Lucky is Molly, my American Girl Doll that I got when I was 55… a number of years ago 🙂

In the back row on the right is Cindy, she was adopted from the Secret Garden in Oak Bluffs 20 or so years ago.  At her feet is a Black Dog pup and next to him are Ty, the bear from Boston, and Mittens a puppet dog with a hilarious sense of humor.

They say you’re never too old to have a second childhood and I say, you’re never too old to love and enjoy your childhood playmates – even if you got them during your second childhood 🙂

(PS – this is my 600th post)


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Forks And Friendships …

 My friend Will Jones and I were always looking for things to keep us busy and out of trouble during our summers on MV.  Someone showed me how to make little flowers by using yarn and forks… I immediately showed Will.   We set about our tasks, me at my house, he at his.

The next morning Will’s mom called my mom asking if he was at my house ?  Seems she went looking for a fork and couldn’t find any !!!  A few moment later Will was at my door, and yes, he had all his mother’s forks with him and they were filled with yarn.  Seems I had neglected to show him how to get the yarn off the forks to make the little flowers…

                  

 Will had carried those forks from his house way on the other side of Oak Bluffs …

  up Circuit Ave …

 … to my house where we freed his mother’s forks of their yarn.  I have no recollection of what we did with the yarn flowers.
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(Will’s mom – my mom)

Our moms were childhood friends, as were Will and I.  Our moms graduated from Oak Bluffs High School together (long before the regional high school was built).  Our moms moved to Newark, NJ after graduation and it was there that they met their future husbands, our dads, who were also childhood friends. ( In 1907 Will’s mom, Bertha Carter, was the first child born in Oak Bluffs after its name change from Cottage City.)

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(my dad – Will’s dad)

Will and I spent every day of the summer together. We went swimming, rode the Flying Horses, read, drove our parents crazy and were inseparable. For many years his parents owned a bowling alley in Oak Bluffs across from the Flying Horses.  Long before automation the pins had to be set by hand, I even did it from time to time myself.

Being a summer kid on the Vineyard was the best thing in the world… it still is.

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Will is older than I am by 18 days and I never let him forget it.  We still see each other from time to time and talk a lot about our childhoods on the Vineyard.


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Just Girls …

In July 1984 I took my daughter Deb and her best friend Dawn to Martha’s Vineyard

Dawn and Deb – July 18, 1984

Dawn and Deb – December 29, 2007

The trip was a new experience in so many ways.  I had never gone away alone with two teenagers, so that was different. I had never driven to MV by myself, so that was different. What I discovered was, that I liked being different sometimes.

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We stayed here at the Kelley House..where you’ll find the restaurant the
Newes From America,
one of the best places to eat on MV.

We did a lot of things together but the girls also spent time doing their own things while I did mine. It was a nice mix of togetherness and apartness (is that a word). We went to South Beach, to Aquinnah to see the cliffs, shopping, the girls rented bikes one day while I went to the kite festival in Oak Bluffs, we had great weather and we laughed a lot, which is not hard to do around Deb and Dawn.

One incident that sticks out in my mind is dinner one night at The Wharf Pub & Restaurant in Edgartown. We ate early and the restaurant was almost empty. We were in the middle of our meal when our waitress came over to us and said.. “you might want to eat slowly as Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley are on their way in and I thought the girls might get a kick out of seeing them.” GIRLS… forget the girls, I was the one getting all excited. So we nibbled and waited, and waited… and then THEY walked past the window next to our table and into the restaurant. We wondered if it would be possible to say hello to them (it wasn’t), but as we left the restaurant and walked past their table Billy Joel smiled and waved. We giggled all the way back to the hotel and then called home to share our exciting news.

Twenty seven years later Deb and Dawn are still best friends and they still laugh A LOT when they’re together. I’ll never forget that trip and know they haven’t either.