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S: Martha's Vineyard - August 15-22, 2010Brian is Internet Famous!

BC: Martha's Vineyard August 15-22, 2010 | Photobook by Gloria Lester

FC: Girlfriends and Family Week at Martha's Vineyard August 15-22, 2010

1: We are on the 6:00 A.M. Ferry from Woods Hole, MA to the Vineyard.

2: Thank you for being a friend. Travel down the road and back again. Your heart is true, you're a pal and a confidant. And if you threw a party, invited everyone you knew. You would see the biggest gift would be from me and the card attached would say, thank you for being a friend. | The Golden Girls in Oak Bluffs

3: Oak Bluffs is the center of the historic African American community on Martha's Vineyard. It is the first black-oriented resort in the country. Historians say that much of the land owned by blacks was bought during the depression by the domestic workers who came with the white families for the summer. Later, as their children and grand-children became some of the most prominent African American leaders in the country, they became host to famous black writers, politicians, judges and artists. | The famed Inkwell beach is located in Oak Bluffs. Some say it was named by Harlem Renaissance writers who came to the Vineyard and found inspiration near the water and thus named the beach 'The Inkwell".

4: We just finished breakfast at Linda Jean's.. Our townhouse isn't ready for check-in yet so we are walking around the neighborhood looking at the beautiful, old Victorian homes. .and the famed Inkwell Beach.

7: Our 'Dream House' Located on Seaview Ave with a view of the Inkwell. And it's owned by a Sister!

8: It's mid-day and we are relaxing at the summer home of Gordon & Christina while our townhouses are being readied for check-in.

9: Gordon & Christina

10: Carol Freeman & Pam Sullivan | Delores Williams & Grace McWhorter | Our Townhouse 31B Pequot Street Town of Oak Bluffs

11: The Daniels & The Motleys 29 Pequot Street Town of Oak Bluffs

12: Carole & Carol touring the town by bike.

13: Angie & Keith out for their morning jog.

14: Soaking up the sun! | Dylan, Nicole, Jordan, Kayla

15: "The friends we meet on the path of life make the trip worthwhile."

16: Strolling along Ocean Ave - Checking out the million dollar plus summer homes .

18: Peter Norton Summer House 87 Ocean Ave Oak Bluffs

19: The Corbin Norton House | The summer home of Peter Norton, Computer AntiVirus software developer. From Martha's Vineyard Magazine - Spring/Summer 2007 BY LAURA D. ROOSEVELT | ... “My children are half black,” says Peter, “and we thought Oak Bluffs would give them an opportunity to summer around other kids like them.”

20: In the 1930s Oak Bluffs became the center of 19th Century Methodist movement. Members of the Methodist church would come each summer to pitch their tent and have open air Christian revivals. As the meetings became more popular, returning visitors began replacing their tents with small wooden houses with ornate molding and bright colors, known as Gingerbread cottages. Many of the 312 gingerbread-style houses have been passed down from generation to generation; the land on which they sit is owned communally.

22: For sale: Extremely bright pink house in Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard. Gingerbread cottage style, built circa 1864, 2 bedrooms, 770 square feet. Exterior has 14 different kinds of filigree trim, including many pink hearts. Price includes pink wall-to-wall carpeting and pink and white furnishings, but no land, no insulation, hardly any storage space, creaky slanted floor. Seller requests that buyer keep the house pink. Buyer must be willing to tolerate tourists peeping through the windows at all hours. | Gingerbread Houses of Martha's Vineyard

24: Each year residents of the Campground hold what is called "The Grand Illumination". For one special night (usually in August) residents place ornate Chinese lanterns around each gingerbread cottage. The lanterns remain dark until after dusk. At an appointed hour, people gather in the Tabernacle for a sing-along. At the end all the lights go out and thousands of Chinese lanterns spring to life in a brilliant cascade of light through out the campground. The celebration ends after visitors walk through the campground enjoying the sights and sounds.

27: I Love My President!

28: When President Obama and family summer at Martha's Vineyard, they not only enjoy beautiful beaches, but a social scene that includes some of the nation's most successful black artists, thinkers and entrepreneurs. Obama’s longtime mentor, Harvard law professor Charles Ogletree, has a home in Oak Bluffs. So, too, do Washington power broker Vernon Jordan (the great uncle of Obama friend and adviser Valerie Jarrett), Spike Lee and former HHS Secretary Dr. Louis Sullivan.

29: President Obama and The Black Elite Connection

30: The Next Centerfold

31: The Swimsuit Issue | 2010

32: Angela hanging with the Golden Girls at South Beach

33: "Our memories of South Beach will linger on long after our footprints in the sand are gone"

34: Life is Good!

35: Best summer ever!

37: Let's become little old ladies together...the kind of old ladies who wear silly hats, and get away with acting outrageous in public places.

38: "Friends are the sunshine of our life"

39: It's Always Play Time at The Beach

40: The Aquinnah Light-house stands in one of the most picturesque locations in New England, atop the 130-foot multicolored clay cliffs at the western shore of Martha's Vineyard on the Wampanoag Indian reservation.

41: The Aquinnah Cliffs Overlook

42: HAPPY BIRTHDAY | Valerie celebrated her birthday with Dinner for four at Sweet Life and a cake at our house.


44: Pig Racing Crowd | The County Fair

45: Fun Day at the Fair

47: Parade of Tractors

49: The Motleys' | The Daniels'

50: Our Last Evening at The Vineyard

51: Cook, Eat, Enjoy the Sunset | Bonfire

52: Where friends are... Smiles are generous. Kindness is multiplied Conversation is treasured. Memories are made.

53: Where friends are... Trust is cherished. Laughter is healing. Life is fulfilling. Years are celebrated.

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