June 1999 MV - BLACK DOG visit to Martha's Vineyard
Our house warmly greets us, both inside and out, for our stay 'Up-island' at West Tisbury, the heart of the Island, on Martha's Vineyard. Additional information about our house can be found at Andrew Dickerman's web site at: www.vineyardhouse.com. We had a very large, airy house with a deck surrounding three sides. The large kitchen was fully-stocked with all the tools necessary for Dan to cook delicious meals. His hardy band of cooking assistants kept the kitchen full of delicious aromas and his dish washers kept the kitchen clean. The open living area looked out over the woods surrounding the house. Two bedrooms flanked the living room, each with a bathroom. Downstairs contained a TV room with a kitchette and bedrooms on either side with another bathroom in between. Our alarm clocks were most often the bob-o-links and whippoorwills that sang to us early most mornings. (The second photograph courtesy of Dan D. Sunday, June 20)
The south side of our house bore the main patio across its breathe. The east side continued our patio to the north side that led us to our front door. (These photographs courtesy of Dan D. Sunday, June 20)
A nesting osprey on the path to the Long Point Wildlife Refuge that leads to West Tisbury South Shore Town Beach. Our house is located about one and one half miles south of Long Point on a sandy one-lane road. Long Point Wildlife Refuge is a remnant of the original prairie that covered 40 miles of Martha's Vineyard less than 100 years ago. The 633 acres of Long Point encompasses the eastern side of Tisbury Great Pond, all the land surrounding Long Cove Pond, the southern Shoreline of Big Homer's Pond, and nearly a mile of barrier beach. Long Point was acquired in 1979 by The Trustees of Reservations who has protected its biological treasures and provided the public with the opportunity to enjoy this special property. (Monday, June 21)
We found that the West Tisbury South Shore Town beach has plenty of surf and solitude. We walked and drove to the beach by following Watcha Road east to the north entrance of the 633 acre Long Point Wildlife Refuge. Hughe's Thumb Road led us south through Long Point following parallel to Long Cove until we reached the Ranger's station. From there we walked past Hughe's Thumb Pond and on to the beach and the Atlantic Ocean. (Monday, June 21)
Chris is hard at work fixing us hamburgers. Does he perform surgery with a similar technique? (Monday, June 21)
During the week, Laura and Bill visit the Chicama Vineyards, the Island's only winery. It is the first winery in Massachusetts that was allowed to sell its own product at the farm. At Chicama, there are lovely acres of vinifera grapes, a winery, and a small shop. Laura and Bill took the tour of this famous establishment, that included free samples of their wines and a few exuberant guests that sneaked extra samples when the young guide wasn't looking.
Historic tidbit: Our West Tisbury location on the Vineyard is a lovely, quiet area. The name 'Tisbury' came from the English birthplace of the elder Mayhew, a Bay Colony businessman who bought Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, and the Elizabeth Islands for 40 pounds.
'No epe' is the beautiful Algonquin name for the island of Martha's Vineyard, meaning 'the island in the streams'.
Historic tidbit: The charming town of Chilmark was called by native peoples Nashowakemmuck, meaning 'the half way house'. Europeans named the town after the English 'Childmearc', a village from the time of King Athelstan.
The Island of Martha's Vineyard is seven miles off the southeast coast of Massachusetts, 20 miles from the city of New Bedford, 80 miles from Boston, and 150 miles from New York City.
One of our reoccurring visits was to the Farmers' Market at the old agricultural hall in the center of West Tisbury. The Wednesday event is always a wonderful photographic experience of the results from the Island's vibrant farming community. Selling commerce brings growers to the grounds, but there is also a long-standing tradition in participating at the newly restored agricultural hall, now owned by the Martha's Vineyard Preservation Trust. As one participant said, "The Farmers' Market is a group of old friends."
The name 'Chappaquiddick' is from the Algonquin word Tchepiaquiden-et, which means 'the separated island'.
On Friday night, the group dines at Striper's on the Water at 52 Beach Road, Vineyard Haven. We have a delicious and mobile meal. And who brought the wonderful wine? Later in the evening Amy, Julia, Tom C., Bill, Tom P., Steve, and Lisa go to the Hot Tin Roof, a nightclub located at the entrance to the Martha's Vineyard Airport. The entertainment for the night was The Brewbakers. Tom C. was frequently seen dancing the night away.
Our last morning on Sunday was an array of packing, breakfast, and cleaning. Dan left first thing in the morning. Bill took Tom C., Julia, and Tom P. to the Vineyard Haven ferry with Tom P.'s bicycle on top of his bike rack. Steve, Lisa, Amy, and Chris rode a taxi to the VH ferry. Chris had to return to the house via a taxi after forgetting his CDs. We all got off the Island, already anxious to return next year.
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