Labor Day weekend was upon us, with crowds and boats likely to descend on Martha’s Vineyard. Find a place to be and stay there through the holiday. That was the plan, so on Friday morning we moved from Cuttyhunk to Vineyard Haven, a short trip of 17 nautical miles. Vineyard Haven makes a nice stopping place. The main street has interesting shops, the bookstore, an amazing kitchen store, a fun “rainy day” store, and the usual clothing and jewelry shops. Oh, and ice cream. At the top of the list is the Stop & Shop close to the dinghy dock – every boater’s dream, well, at lest the crew member who does the provisioning dreams of that.
The timing and direction of the current was wrong for entering Lagoon Pond through the bascule bridge so we anchored on the west side of the outer harbor. None of us wanted to repeat last year’s bridge experience!
We dinghied in to meet Colin and Gail for dinner at the Black Dog. Dinner and a package delivery – Limerick’s vacuflush parts. Thank you, Colin for being the UPS connection!
Saturday was a slow and easy day for me. Don finished the repair work on Limerick, and Al went over to Lake Tashmoo to check out some things on Colin’s boat, Tortuga. It is not often that I am alone on the boat, especially at anchor. By later that afternoon, the timing for entering Lagoon Pond was just right so just before dinner the crews on Kindred Spirit and Limerick took a deep breath, crossed their fingers and requested a bridge opening. From May 15-September 15, the bridge opens by request but only from 8:15-8:45 AM, 10:15-11 AM, 3:15-4 PM, 5-5:45 PM, and 7:30-8 PM, and those times do not always match up with the best current situation.
I always enjoy the arts festivals and the farmers markets on the Vineyard when we are there so, of course I insisted that we all go to the 23rd Annual Vineyard Artisans Labor Day Weekend Festival. It was held at the Ag Hall in West Tisbury, a 2-bus trip to get there from Vineyard Haven. Martha’s Vineyard is not a small Island.
High on the walls of the hall were displays of the past posters for the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society Livestock Show & Fair held in August every year. They reminded me of the Durham Fair posters.
It was hot and humid, even out here in the islands. Not as bad as inland, but bad enough. The only solution was to get in the water. The only problem was that we had seen jellyfish and I am not a fan. Don and Al stood jellyfish watch while I was in the water Thanks, guys!
On our last afternoon in Vineyard Haven, we had lunch at Garde East right on the waterfront. Funny story – Adam and Steph had given us a gift card to the restaurant before the covid pandemic struck and there had been no opportunity to use it in the past four years!
And so our Labor Day weekend in Vineyard Haven/Lagoon Pond came to a close. On Tuesday, we headed to Edgartown.