4th of July on Martha’s Vineyard

EBOT-DG-3-sm1With the 4th of July, just over a week away, I can’t help but to start to get excited! There is so many things happening on island, and it’s never too late to start making your plans. Whether it is a big family bbq, a day spent lazily on the beach, or taking part in the traditional 4th of july activities, there’s something for everyone. Below you’ll find some information on two of the biggest events on Martha’s Vineyard.

4TH OF JULY IN EDGARTOWN A tradition that has lasted several decades, the annual 4th of July parade starts promptly at 5 pm. The parade begins at the intersection of West Tisbury Road and Pinehurst Road. Next it takes a right onto Main Street and then a left onto Pease’s Point Way (next to the monument). It follows Pease’s Point Way and then takes a right onto Morse Street, a left onto Fuller Street and a right onto Thayer Street. At the end of Thayer it takes a right onto North Water Street. Next it takes a right up Main Street and pauses in front of the reviewing stand (in front of the Whaling Church). It continues up Main Street and then takes a left onto the West Tisbury Road and finishes at the Edgartown School. The fireworks typically start as soon as it is dark (typically 9 pm)

STARS AND STRIPES FESTIVAL Considered one of the most exciting shows of the summer, the 4th annual Stars and Stripes Festival is a rocking music festival that takes place at Flatbread Company near the airport. Tickets are $30 In advance / $35 Day of Show, 21+ Show ID.  First 100 guests to arrive receive a door prize! All Proceeds Benefit the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard

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Sandpiper Realty and Rentals makes Best of the Vineyard for 2014

Sending out a big THANK YOU for all of those that voted us #1 Real Estate Agency in the Martha’s Vineyard Magazine contest for Best of the Vineyard.  We are so pleased to work with all of you and so appreciate all of you support!

 

Sandpiper Rentals - Best of the Vineyard Photo by: David Welch http://dwpmv.com/

Sandpiper Rentals - Best of the Vineyard
Photo by: David Welch http://dwpmv.com/

 

Sandpiper Rentals, Inc Best of the Vineyard

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Best of the Vineyard

 

We’re looking forward to another great season and hope you will stop by our new location, 62 Winter Street, and say hello!

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Feature Friday ~ Stunning Chilmark property in Abel’s Hill With A Great Discount!

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 This Stunning Chilmark property in Abel’s Hill is in a convenient location with great proximity to association beach and tennis, yet not far from Chilmark and West Tisbury town centers. Surrounded by open rolling hills with Japanese gardens and fire pit, this home offers great privacy to lose longing for it. Just steps to wonderful walking trails this truly is an excellent Martha’s Vineyard rental offering. With the week of 4th of July, AND the week of the Ag fair available, you can’t afford not to miss out on these specials! Rent two weeks for the price of $8,000 (usually $10,000) or stay just one for the price of $4,500 (usually $5,000).

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What’s going on this weekend

This weekend is shaping up to be a fun one!

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The kick off for the social season starts Thursday with the highly anticipated Taste Of The Vineyard. Tickets are sold out, but if you hear of someone selling them (try checking out the Facebook group MV Stuff For Sale) snap them up asap because this is the one party you won’t want to miss. The Taste Of The Vineyard, or simply “The Taste” as locals call it, is a gourmet stroll through 85 different venders from the island offering you succulent amuse-bouche, or one bite tastings, and incredible libations of all varieties.

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Also starting Thursday, is the annual Classic Cars Weekend. For the 21st year in a row, the Boston Area Roadsters gather at the Wesley House and around the Harbor of Oak Bluffs all culminating in an annual poker run to Aquinnah to raise money for local charities throughout Martha’s Vineyard. All around the island you’ll see antique, classic, and hot rods galore in this fantastic, fun for all ages gathering.

 

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Feature Friday ~ An Equestrian’s Dream in West Tisbury

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Property #1086 

With availability for the coveted fair/fireworks/Illumination night, you can not go wrong. An attached barn AND an indoor ring makes this West Tisbury home a horse lovers dream! Plenty of space for horses and humans alike, this home offers privacy, modern amenities, and a key to the exclusive Quansoo Beach. The Luxury property backs up to the bike trails and overlooks pastures.

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Feature Friday ~ Waterfront Sengekontacket Home

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They say never judge a book by its cover. The same can be said for this splendid Sengekontacket cottage. Inside this home you’ll find cozy furniture, and sweeping views of Sengekontacket Pond. Located right on the water, nearly every window has a wide angle view of the water, and the Atlantic in the distance.

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Feature Friday ~ Recent Price Reduction On This Edgartown Home

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Located in the heart of Edgartown Village, this historic home has recently been given some modern upgrades. Throughout the home you will find brand new carpet, fresh paint, new linens, and novel decor. Here is where the old and the new are blended with style and elegance to create long lasting memories on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. With an easy stroll you’ll find yourself in the heart of downtown Edgartown surround by incredible restaurants, fantastic shopping, and a warm, sandy beach that is guarded by an iconic lighthouse.

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The Gay Head Lighthouse, An Iconic Piece of Martha’s Vineyard History, Is In Danger

Perched on top of the famous clay cliffs in Aquinnah, the Gay Head Lighthouse is in danger of toppling into the sea below if it isn’t moved back within the next year and a half. In a race against time, locals are frantically trying to accumulate the funds to get this historic icon moved to a yet to be decided location.

So why the urgency? To move the Gay Head Lighthouse safely, there needs to be a 30′ circumference around the lighthouse to accommodate the heavy impact of the moving vehicles and machinery. Currently there is only 47′, and that is swifty eroding, according to a geological and engineering study performed 2012.

In order to move the 400 ton beacon the town of Aquinnah is applying for ownership from the US Coast Guard, and scrambling to raise over $3,000,000 for the project. The Save Gay Head Lighthouse Advisory Committee is well underway, hoping to raise 2/3 of the funding from private sources, and 1/3 from public events, as well as public and private grants. They hope to be able to move the Gay Head Lighthouse in late fall of 2014 to one of three spots. The final location will be chosen based on geological factors, and many other factors. If everything goes to plan the actual move should take about 1-2 weeks.

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In 1796, thanks in large part to the whaling and shipping industries, Massachusetts State Senator, Peleg Coffin, put in a request to Congress to have a lighthouse installed on Martha’s Vineyard overlooking what is known as “Devils Bridge”, a shallow dangerous passage in the Vineyard Sound. By 1799 the Gay Head Lighthouse was constructed and helped many a sailor on their voyage. Just a short 45 years later, the lighthouse had to be moved back 75’. John Mayhew of Edgartown was in charge of the move, and the total cost at time was $396.75.

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Due to weather and erosion, the original octagonal shaped building had to be replaced in 1885, to what is now the iconic brick building we know and love today. At that time, Gay Head was listed as the 9th most important lighthouse in our country. Because of this, and the timing of needing to be replaced it was the first United States lighthouse to receive a Fresnel lens, making the light the most visually powerful lighthouse yet.

In order to differentiate itself from the area’s two other light houses – one at Sankaty Head, and the other at Montauk Point- the Gay Head Lighthouse changed from flashing white to flashing three whites and a red in 1874.

Things remained relatively the same for many years with the lighthouse until 1954. With electricity starting to replace kerosene in the early half of the 20th century, it was only a matter of time until our beloved lighthouse was converted to an electric lamp.

Now we are at the end of a fabulous chapter of history for this iconic lighthouse. Within the next couple of months we will be turning the page to a new era of history for The Gay Head Lighthouse; one that hopefully will last another century.

To help save The Gay Head Lighthouse, please visit www.gayheadlight.org

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Feature Friday ~ Everyday Luxury On Cow Bay

Property #7736

Your heart’s desire is right at your finger tips in this sumptuous home on Cow Bay in Edgartown. With opulent decor, a ground sprawling lawn, and a breathtaking view, you will be in the lap of luxury. Spacious bedrooms and a gourmet kitchen only add to the feeling of lavishness.  You’re only a short drive to the heart of the social scene in Edgartown, and have access the private beach on Cow Bay.

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Feature Friday ~ Extraordinary Edgartown Estate

 

Property #60

The best way to describe this house truly is extraordinary. Built in 1870 and renovated and added to in 2010, this pristine South Water Street property combines the old with the new. State of the art kitchen, featuring Viking Stove, granite counter tops, wine cooler and ice machine. Great room directly off kitchen has flat screen TV and lovely seating area to enjoy your morning repast. Formal Dining Room, Living Room and breakfast area all lead out to various decks. Plenty of room for entertaining. Master Bedroom wing is off to the right of the kitchen and features a loft area for an office, that opens up a dramatic setting for the King Bed, built in’s, fireplace, and flat screen TV. Double sink bathroom, walk in shower and two steps down to a laundry room with oversize washer and dryer. Media room on the lower level opens up to patio with outside kitchen, plenty of seating area and salt water pool. The second floor hosts the other 4 bedrooms, 2 with private baths and two that share a bath. King Bedroom has a built in deck overlooking the pool. This breathtaking Edgartown property is just a short distance to shops, restaurants, and the Edgartown Harbor.

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