2019-07-27 — Oak Bluffs & Vineyard Haven MA

I have to say I had never heard of Oak Bluff until the day before we arrived. The original plan was to head for Vineyard Haven but some significant weather forced us to seek better protection than offered by Vineyard Haven

Oak Bluff was the pleasantest of surprises! A thriving waterfront, a historic downtown and lots of Ice Cream Shops…whats not too love? ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oak_Bluffs,_Massachusetts )

…and time to chill and enjoy a morning cup of coffee. Oh yes, there are limited mooring balls and no anchoring so we chose to share a ball than being assigned a stranger later on.

Wesleyan Grove – “Wesleyan Grove is a 34-acre National Historic Landmark District in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. Also known as the Martha’s Vineyard Campmeeting Association (MVCMA) or the Campgrounds, it was the first summer religious camp established in the United States. It is famous for its many Carpenter Gothic[3][circular reference] cottages with Victorian-style, gingerbread trim.[4]Wesleyan Grove ” ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wesleyan_Grove )

Magnolia peeking out between the houses

The original Vineyard Vines….No, Edgartown was the original

Our favorite Ice Cream Shop….2 visits in 3 days…..

The morning of the “BIG” storm we decided to head in for a trim….insert dark humor here

Returning with the booty…a watermelon!

In the end we survived the storm though we did have a few tense moments…when you are on a mooring ball, not many feet from the neighboring boat and you it is blowing 40knts…you damn well better be a little tense or you are in the wrong business.

Morgan 3-Wheeler – I have never seen one of these before. Very cool ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morgan_3-Wheeler )

I guess one mans junk is another ones art????

Patient shoppers…..

Game night….they did not do well with the colors orange and red…..

Heading around the corner for Vineyard Haven

Annette and Michele made it to the farmers market

Annette has been practicing her SeaGlass wrapping.

Annette and Mary (SV Pegasus) took the bus across Martha’s Vineyard to visit Aquinnah, Massachusetts formally known as Gay Head ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquinnah,_Massachusetts )

Gay Head Light ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gay_Head_Light )

I did not know until researching this blog that Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis had a farm in the area. Her Red Gate Farm is available for 65 million if you are interested.

( https://www.christiesrealestate.com/sales/detail/170-l-239-1906111036074454/red-gate-farm-the-jacqueline-kennedy-onassis-marthas-vineyard-estate-aquinnah-ma-02535 )

Long time readers know Greg & Marie Rogers (SV Second Sally) taught us most of what we know and gave us our start in cruising. Its was great we were able to meet up in Vineyard Haven

Having SV Second Sally (Greg & Marie), SV Pegasus (Rod & Mary), MV Kindred Spirit (Al & Michele) & MV Magnolia all together called for a party!

Every good party starts with good food which often and particularly this one starts early in the day. Todays main menu is Anthony’s Famous Barbecue Pizza. The beer based dough spends several hours resting and raising in the darkened but warm engine room. For more details see ( http://a2baker.com/magnoliablog/?p=4143 )

The dough is rolled and placed on the grill for to bake one side

The crust is then flipped and the desired topping applied

10 minutes later…poof pizza for the gang!

Early the next mornings it was time for Kindred Spirit to head for home. It was has been an amazing couple weeks shared with Al & Michele.

Kindred Spirit underway and heading for Groton CT with Second Sally behind..

Next it was time for Second Sally to get underway, they will be along the Maine coast in a couple days.

Annette and Mary went for a morning walk & shopping before Magnolia got underway for the trip across Vineyard Sound to Hyannisport, MA on Cape Cod.

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