MV Obsession

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


Photo A Day Challenge: Souvenir…

Souvenir shop on Martha’s Vineyard.  Can you spot the one thing not Vineyard related 🙂




A Mystery T …

The mystery unfolds …


I spotted this t-shirt in the window of a store in Edgartown about 20 years ago. I liked the cartoon depictions of MV landmarks and also the cute characters enjoying themselves. It seemed like a perfect shirt… I wanted it badly but alas it was around 8pm on an early May evening and the store was closed up tight. I obsessed on this shirt all evening… I could see it in my minds eye… the Flying Horses, the cliffs at Gay Head, Martha’s Vineyard spelled out in semaphore flags, the airport, the lighthouses, the ferries, the gingerbread houses… just about everything was there.

The next morning we got to the store just as it was opening. But wait, the t-shirt was not in the window… where was it ? We dashed inside and I explained to the ladies there that I had seen a certain t-shirt in the window less then 12 hours before and now it wasn’t there. They looked perplexed ! Neither of them knew what t-shirt I was talking about, they’d never seen a t-shirt like that before and would certainly have remembered such a different sort of shirt. I wondered if I’d entered the Twilight Zone ! They reiterated that it couldn’t have possibly have been in their window… they closed the store up the night before and had been the only ones working in the store all day ! I know my dreams are vivid but I didn’t think I was that good.

Oh well, as long as we were there we decided to browse. With a sigh I headed off to half-heartily look around. Cute stuff but… hold on a second, something caught my eye. It wasn’t even with the other t-shirts, it was mingled in with, I don’t remember what, all I knew was that I had found IT. I grabbed my prize and ran to show it to the ladies. They were stunned, they had never seen that t-shirt before !!!! So, I ask you, was it in the window the night before… did someone move it out of the window and onto a rack without their knowledge… is this story made up and… does the t-shirt exist for certain !!!  Stay tuned to find out !!!!


Here’s the shirt today, June 7, 2015.  Owner of shirt wants to remain anonymous as it seems whoever, or whatever moved it in the store still might want to get its hands/fingers/claws on it.



Coffee And Grand Opening …

This is the third post in a row about my Saturday coffee outings with daughter Deb.  This past Saturday we went to the lovely and historic town of Morristown, New Jersey.

 Of course, coffee first.


After coffee we walked around town a little bit and took some pictures including one that was obviously a photo shoot going on.


This clever sign caught my eye …

We then headed over to the new Whole Foods that opened only days ago.

pikage-INHRMGAnother nice coffee outing.

The coffee picture is from a different outing.. just want to say that before any eagle-eyed people notice it… and you know who you are 🙂


Like Kids In A Candy Store …

In my post of Feb 24th…’Painting Party’… I said I had one more birthday gift to collect.  I did that recently with my daughter Deb.  There are actually two gifts to tell about.  One I knew about, one I didn’t.

Dylan’s Candy Bar I knew about… but before we went there we walked a little further down E 60th St to.

Serendipity 3 for lunch.  Why there?  Well, because of their famous, delicious, heavenly chocolate dessert….. Frozen Hot Chocolate, which I adore.

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I would have gone straight for the frozen hot chocolate but Deb said we should at least have a sandwich or something first. They were okay. I only ate half of the chicken salad and Deb’s prosciutto sandwich turned out to be less than fresh… I’m pleased to say that the management generously rectified that situation.


And then…. tah dah… THE frozen hot chocolate.

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Good to the last lick.. and as sinfully delicious as I remembered it… and yes, I drank it all by myself.

You might think we had no desire to even look at anymore sweets.  Nope.  Still had Dylan’s Candy Bar to visit and use my gift card from Deb.

So down the block we waddled to…

Dylan’s Candy Bar

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We were literally like kids in a candy store.

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So much to look at, so much candy it boggled my mind.  And there were other interesting things like this illuminated staircase.

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Miscellaneous this and that… a birthday hat, and yes,  apparently chocolate does aid in healing.

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Um… hmmm…

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Our loot.


Starting at bottom left going clockwise:  chocolate/raspberry bar – chocolate covered pretzel balls – a box of chocolate covered pretzels – chocolate covered krispies and chocolate covered sandwich cookies.

There was one other stop, the New York Public Library, but you’ll have to wait a bit for that post as I’m coming down off my sugar high and think I need to rest a bit 🙂

(CLICK HERE for a sneak peek at the library lions at ‘Through Jersey Eyes’)

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T-Shirts …

According to the Summer issue of Vineyard Style Magazine in their What’s Hot section… this is the hottest T-shirt on MV.

Trendy I’m usually not… but I’m proud to say I have this t-shirt because it’s from the MV Fiber Farm and I got it at their first fiber festival in April of this year.

I got to thinking about my other MV t-shirts of which I have a few… ok, more then a few.

These three are from events that I went to. Illumination Night in Oak Bluffs which takes place this year on Wed, Aug 20th. The Harry Connick Jr/Carly Simon concert at the Tabernacle on Sep 16, 1990. And also at the Tabernacle, the Boston Pops on Aug 4, 2001.

This grouping is of places on MV. The Flying Horses in Oak Bluffs. Espresso Love in Edgartown. Midnight Farm store in Vineyard Haven. The old Tivoli building in Oak Bluffs.

The Black Dog is one of the most famous t-shirts. The red shirt however is from 1987, which is before the well known image of the black dog appeared.

Miscellaneous shirts including the Vineyardosaurus designed by Ronni Simon. A Chappy shirt because our dog is named Chappy. The “It’s A Vineyard Thing” shirt because well, with me everything becomes a Vineyard thing.