Doris Clark shares:
This is the second reunion that I put together for United Airlines Flight Attendants. The first one was in 2005 at the Mansion House. Back then, communication was so very different. I invited my friends and they came. This time, I used social media with FB and Twitter. There were several Flight Attendants that I had not known before they signed up to come. As Flight Attendants do, we bonded immediately.
We had absolutely beautiful weather throughout the 3 days. We stayed at the Mansion House again and took full advantage of the restaurant, health club, pool and spa. We also took a Zumba class. There was a tour of the Island, clambake and a shopping and Champagne spree. We absolutely made the day of Bryn Walker across from the Mansion House. They probably had their best day ever!
I retired from UA 15 years ago and really miss my flying buddies. We eat, sleep and drink with each other for the life of your career. I missed the family-feel of my 26 year flying career. So I put together the reunions. The next one will probably be every other year from now one. We are too old to wait 7 years.
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It’s hard to believe yet another Summer is coming to a close on Martha’s Vineyard. It has been a wonderful season, with mild, sunny weather throughout with some of the best beach weather in recent times. The end of summer is a time of mixed-emotions, we are always sorry to see yet another summer gone but are also excited about transitioning into early fall, the “Secret Summer” on Martha’s Vineyard. Ask most Vineyarders what their favorite time of the year on the Island is and they will likely answer September (or February if they are trying to really keep it a secret). The throng of eager August visitors have headed home, leaving the beaches open and free. The already warm waters of Martha’s Vineyard reach their peak temperatures now and there is no better feeling than an early evening swim followed by a beach book in the waning September sun. And contrary to a common belief, there is still many events and activities in September and the cooler weather is perfect for nature walks, birding, kayaking and hiking. And best of all, Mansion House rates drop after the peak season and our popular Stay Three nights and the Fourth is Free resumes in September. Come share the Secret Summer with us at Mansion House.
The 67’th annual ‘Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass & Bluefish Derby’ is under way and every other vehicle on the Vineyard seems to be graced with fishing rods. Locals call this season from mid -September to mid – October, ‘Derby Fever Time’ as the incidence of calling in sick or of not being able to reach your plumber, electrician or contractor (as well as your lawyer, physician or dentist), reaches epidemic proportions during the Derby’s 5 weeks.
However, even if you don’t fish, it’s also the best time to visit the Vineyard! Aside from the terrific weather, uncrowded streets, beaches and restaurants, attending the twice daily weigh-ins at Derby Headquarters at the Junior Yacht Club on Edgartown Harbor between 8:00 – 10:00am and again between 8:00 – 10:00pm offers a perfect taste of the real Vineyard life. Enjoy the experience of seeing and chatting with the salty fisherman (and women),as they bring in their catch after a long day or night on the beach, is a treat. Just don’t ask ‘where they caught their fish’, as the answer will always be the same – ‘ in the mouth’.
If you do fish, feel free to ask Sherm Goldstein at Mansion House for tips on locations, tackle and techniques. Sherm has fished the Derby for over 30 years and has twice served on the Derby’s Executive Committee.
Come September the Main Street sidewalk invites an old fashioned stroll and a great way to spend the day. A perfect Vineyard Haven walkabout should start with a leisurely lunch at Zephrus, perhaps a lobster roll paired with a seasonal draft beer. From there, head across the street to Brickman’s, a Main Street institution since 1913. Brickman’s is home to some of the best clothing on the Island, including the famous (or infamous) brick-red pants and shorts, long associated with the Island, sailing and summah’. Step out (shopping bag in hand) and head further along Main to the newly relocated Bunch of Grapes Bookstore. This Summer the bibliophile’s mecca moved across the street to a larger location, formally The Bowl and Board. Browse the new, airy shop for the perfect beach read or explore their extensive section of books on Maratha’s Vineyard. Vineyard author Tom Dunlop and photographer Alison Shaw has just released their new book “The Chappy Ferry” which offers fascinating insight and detailing into the little lifeline to Chappaquiddick. Stop and people-watch for a spell on the benches by the Capawock movie theater and then head into CB Stark Jewelers to peruse their glittering selection of custom Island-themed jewelry. Keep walking Main Street and enjoy the quiet and beauty of the residential section; make sure to pause at Owen Park and catch a cool breeze on the town dock.
Of course, there are dozens more shops along Main Street, from kitchen gadgets at Leroux to Island souvenirs at Mardell’s…and then there’s the fudge at Murdick’s and the Red Velvet cupcake’s at Sweet E’s. All the sweets and treats on Main Street Vineyard Haven though, those will have to wait for another post, when I haven’t had such a big lunch at Zephrus…
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