Let there light in Oak Bluffs: The campground prepares for Illumination

Frederick "Rick" Huss gets a lantern out of storage. Mr. Huss's family has owned "Precious Porches" cottage for 100 years. Some of their lanterns are over 150 years old. — Photo by Jamie Stringfellow

It was colorful in Oak Bluffs today, as residents of the Martha’s Vineyard Campmeeting Association (MVCMA) cottages decked out their porches with paper lanterns for tonight’s Grand Illumination.

The first Illumination, sponsored by the Oak Bluffs Land and Wharf Company, was held on August 14, 1869, and was intended to promote the company’s new housing development around Ocean Park.

We think it’s almost as much fun to watch campground residents prepare as it is to watch the lights go on. Before the switch is flipped, there’s a singalong around the Tabernacle at about 6:30 followed by music by the Vineyard Haven Town Band.

For more information, visit mvcma.org