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Tivoli, I love it
Archie Stewart, master kite builder and an American Kiteflier's Association national champion, helps launch a kite up into the sky. Photos by Ralph Stewart
This past Sunday, Circuit Avenue was lined with crowds of people in place of vehicles, fingering through racks of $5 Martha's Vineyard T-shirts and reuniting with people they had not seen throughout the summer bustle. The smell of crab cakes and shea butter wafted through the crowds as the vendors of Oak Bluffs put on a display for the masses, and celebrated the busiest day they will have until next July 4th.
Jenna Skilling admires her kite as she flies it in Ocean Park.
Though Sunday turned out to be perfect weather, the crowds seemed lacking, according to vendors. "When it's on Sunday, it's never as busy," commented Sharon Kelly, owner of The Secret Garden. Ms. Kelly enjoyed the day outside her store hosting a book signing for her children's book, "Coco's Vineyard Vacation," with fellow children's author Ilana Mackin and her book about the Flying Horses, "The Greatest Place on Earth."
Jen Perrin, left, and Tammy Matchem make fresh-squeezed lemonade to help raise money for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Martha's Vineyard.
To involve the restaurant community a little more in Tivoli day, Mr. Glover and Dennis DaRosa, president of the Oak Bluffs Association, decided to host the first Tivoli Day "Wait Staff Olympics." Although 12 people had signed up, because of sickness and work schedules only three showed up and competed. All three competitors were from Season's. "It was an idea that came out of some of the restaurant owners who were talking to Dennis," said Mr. Glover. "It seemed like a great way to get the restaurants involved and highlight the fact that they're there."
Atop her mobile carousel creation, Taylor Brasefield moves up Circuit Avenue during the children's parade.
There were two events in the contest at 3 pm. The first involved carrying a tray of cups filled with Chilmark Spring Water from the end of Circuit Ave. near the Slice of Life to Season's and back, through the dense crowds. Points were given for time and for the amount of water remaining in the cups. For the second event, the contestants were given an unfamiliar menu and had two minutes to memorize the specials. Brie Barstow, who placed second in both events, was the overall winner.