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The New Oak Bluffs Fishing Pier

A beautiful addition to the Oak Bluffs waterfront is the new fishing pier.

The pier is not only a great place to fish, but it provides wonderful views of the Steamship Authority ferry terminal, the Oak Bluffs waterfront, and the entrance into Oak Bluffs Harbor. It also happens to be the largest recreational fishing pier in Massachusetts.

But rather than describe it in words we will let a few pictures tell the story…

For more information on the Fishing Pier see: Oak Bluffs fishing pier is bathed in praise


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Martha’s Vineyard Sound Festival

The Martha’s Vineyard Sound Festival, an international indie music festival, will take up residence for the first time in Waban Park in Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard on July 12, 2014 from 3 PM to 10 PM. For those of you familiar with OB Waban Park is right across the street from the Town Beach.

The lineup for the festival includes:

  • John Cruz
  • Dukes County Love Affair
  • Dwight & Nicole
  • Good Night Noise
  • Alex Karalekas
  • Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish
  • Lexie Roth
  • Ben Taylor
  • Willy Mason
  • Will Evans of Barefoot Truth

Additional artists will be playing at the Dive Bar (Peg House), the Ritz (Mike Benjamin, Rich Brown & Paul Size, and Funkwagon), and DJ App and Euphony will bring it all home at the MV Sound after party at the Island Bar & Grill.

The Martha’s Vineyard Sound Festival will benefit Our Island Collaborative (OIC).

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Big Week On Martha’s Vineyard

It is finally upon us – the biggest week of the summer on the Island of Martha’s Vineyard. Why is this the biggest week? Because three of the largest and most anticipated events of the summer happen this week.

Picture of a Decorated House - Grand Illumination, Martha's VineyardGrand Illumination
First up is Grand Illumination on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 in Oak Bluffs at the Campground and the Tabernacle of the Martha’s Vineyard Campmeeting Association. The Illumination is preceded by a community sing at the Tabernacle. Grand Illumination has been delighting residents and visitors since 1869. This is always great fun for the entire family.

Picture of a Poster for the Martha's Vineyard Agricultural FairMartha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society Livestock Show and Fair
West Tisbury plays host to the 152nd annual Agricultural Fair from Thursday August 15, 2013 through Sunday August 18, 2013. Always a great time the fair attracts big crowds through its run at the Fairgrounds in West Tisbury.

Oak Bluffs Fireworks in Ocean Park
On Friday, August 16, 2013 Oak Bluffs will put on their spectacular fireworks display in Ocean Park. The fireworks are preceded by a concert by the Vineyard Haven Band in the Ocean Park gazebo. Also a great family event.

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Video of Grand Illumination – Martha’s Vineyard

One of the joys of late summer on Martha’s Vineyard is Grand Illumination which happens in August at the Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association in Oak Bluffs. We had the opportunity to attend the 2012 edition of this marvelous event and kept the camera rolling. Enjoy…

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Video of August Oak Bluffs Fireworks on Martha’s Vineyard

This is a video of the annual Oak Bluffs fireworks display that takes place every year the Friday of the third week of August in Ocean Park in Oak Bluffs, MA on the Island of Martha’s Vineyard. This video was filmed on August 17, 2012.

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Big Week on Martha’s Vineyard

It’s the week that visitors circle in their calendars well in advance. It’s the week that locals dread because of the increased crowds and congestion. It’s the third week of August on Martha’s Vineyard…

What is so special about the third week of August? It is the week when many of the Island’s biggest events take place.

Chilmark Road Race – The week kicks of with the 35th running of the Chilmark Road Race. For runners, the Chilmark Road Race is one of the summer’s highly looked after events and the unofficial warm-up for the Falmouth Road Race which happens the next day off-island back in Falmouth. The 5K (3.1 mile) Chilmark Road Race will start at 10:30 AM on Saturday, August 11, 2012.

Picture of a Decorated House - Grand Illumination, Martha's VineyardGrand Illumination – How often to you get to attend an annual event that first happened in 1869? When you attend Grand Illumination at the Campground in Oak Bluffs that is exactly what you will do. This wonderful throwback to a bygone era starts with a community sing and band concert at the Tabernacle which is followed by the illumination of hundreds of colorful Chinese and Japanese lanterns adorning the houses of the Campground. Grand Illumination this year happens on Wednesday, August 15, 2012. It starts around 7 PM with the band concert and community sing with the lantern lighting happening at dark.

Picture of a Martha's Vineyard Ag Fari PosterMartha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society Livestock Show and Fair – Not to be outdone by Illumination Night, the first Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society Livestock Show and Fair was held in 1858. This annual tradition, run by the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society, will kick off this year on Thursday, August 16, 2012 and run through Sunday, August 19, 2012.

Picture of FireworksOak Bluffs Fireworks – The truly spectacular Oak Bluffs fireworks display in Ocean Park also happens in this big week. This year the fun will kick off at 7 PM with a concert by the Vineyard haven Band at the Ocean Park Gazebo with the fireworks to follow at dusk.

This is a great fun-filled week with something for every member of the family. The only downside (if you ignore the crowds), is that when it is over there are only a few weeks left to summer…

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Your Floating Hotel Room Awaits on Martha’s Vineyard

Picture of the Cockpit of the Sailboat MS ResoluteWhat to do with a sailboat that you cannot sell? Turn it into a floating bed and breakfast, of course! That’s exactly what Susan Brooks Stephenson and her husband, John, did with their 40 foot island cutter – creating “A Bed and Breakfast Afloat” on the Island of Martha’s Vineyard.

Perhaps some back story is in order… Seven years ago John, a very successful but burned out professional photographer, wanted to “chuck it all” and pursue his passion for sailing. He convinced Susan to give up her successful corporate job to join him in a sailing charter business – Sea Witch Sailing Charters which operates from Martha’s Vineyard during the summer and St. Thomas when the weather turns cold. This left them with the problem of what to do with his old sailboat the MS Resolute. When they could not sell it Susan came up with the idea of a floating bed and breakfast.

The boat, or should I say B&B, is berthed on the quiet eastern side of Oak Bluffs Harbor in a section that is away from the hustle of the roadside harbor front but still a very short walk to everything. It is also a very short walk from the Steamship Authority’s Oak Bluffs ferry dock.

Picture of the Galley of the Sailboat MS ResoluteThe MS Resolute is perfect for two people but can accommodate up to 4. It sports a galley (kitchen), salon (living room) with amenities such as a flat screen TV, a bathroom with a shower, a cockpit (outdoor area of the boat) for alfresco dining and relaxing, and a V-berth (bedroom) with a queen size bed.

A Bed and Breakfast Afloat, which is the island’s only floating B&B, makes for a very different, and for many, very enjoyable lodging experience. As Susan points out, it makes for a great way for someone thinking of getting into sailing to “test out” on-board living. For some she says it is a little too cramped, but for most it makes for a unique and enjoyable vacation experience – and the views of Oak Bluffs Harbor cannot be beat!

2012 will be the 4th season for the MS Resolute as a lodging venue. The season runs from mid-June through the end of September. Susan expects to be open June 15 or the week after for this season.

So if you are looking for a different and unique way to experience Martha’s Vineyard, check out the Bed and Breakfast Afloat.

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Big Weekend on Martha’s Vineyard – Fireworks and Agricultural Fair

The third week of August is always a big one on the Island of Martha’s Vineyard. It starts with Grand Illumination on Wednesday and then almost literally ends with a bang…

The annual Oak Bluffs Fireworks are this evening (Friday, August 19, 2011) in Ocean Park. This is one of the most spectacular fireworks displays I have seen anywhere. If you are on-island you will want to make your way to Ocean park to see the fireworks, especially if you have kids. The fireworks are preceded by a performance of the Vineyard Haven Band.

Also going on this weekend, the 150th annual Agricultural Fair at the West Tisbury Fair Grounds. The “Ag Fair” started yesterday and runs through Sunday.

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Martha’s Vineyard Grand Illumination

Want to participate in an event that dates back to 1869? Well that is exactly what you can to this evening at the annual Grand Illumination at the Tabernacle and Campground in Oak Bluffs, MA.

The evening starts with a community sing and a concert by the Vineyard Haven Band. This is followed by the lighting of the lanterns.

The event is great fun for the entire family.

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4th of July Week to End Big on Martha’s Vineyard

When the week starts with a parade and fireworks where is it to go from there? How about ending with a street fair and an Arts District stroll? Well that is exactly what is on tap for the end of this week. Vineyard Haven (Tisbury) will throw its annual birthday party for itself with the Tisbury Street Fair on Friday July 8 on Main Street. This will be followed on Saturday with the Oak Bluffs Arts District Stroll from 4 PM to 7 PM. A great way to end a great summer week!

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