Recently, we spent the day on Martha’s Vineyard, an island off the coast of Massachusetts made famous by its early settlement and long history, its wonderful beaches, and for its long being the playground of the rich and famous. (For example, President Obama and his family were vacationing there on the day that we visited. And no, surprisingly, we were not invited for tea; no doubt he was not informed until too late of our presence. His loss, says I.)
The entire series of photographs comprise five postings: 1) gingerbread cottages, 2) villages, 3) beaches, 4) by the water, and, 5) Gay Head point. The ‘Like’ button is only on the first set; that way you are free to enjoy the pictures at your leisure but will not need to keep coming back to ‘like’ them one over the other.
The main village of Martha’s Vineyard is Oak Bluffs. In the mid-1800s there began a tradition of a religious camp ‘revival’ meeting being held there each summer. Eventually the large revival tent was replaced by an open air meeting hall, known today as the Tabernacle (see the first picture). The smaller lots surrounding the big revival tent were where individual families pitched their smaller tents; these small, roped-off tent lots were, in their turn, replaced by tiny cottages as the families returned year after year. Over time, these cottages became both larger and more ornate with a distinctive style that came to be referred to as gingerbread cottages.
Before viewing the photographs, I would also like to invite you to visit the poetry blog, the Book of Pain. As always, special thanks to my dearest Lyn, She Of Great Taste In All Things But Men, who does most of the photo selection. Thank you for dropping by the Book of Bokeh.
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