Grand Illumination Night ‘Fun’draiser

Bowl, eat, and paint to raise money for 150-year tradition.

In this file photo, a bowler sends a ball spinning down the lane. - Sam Moore

The Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association (MVCMA;, together with the Barn, Bowl and Bistro and Paint Corner Art Bar, will host a “Fun”draiser to benefit a 150-year Island tradition, Grand Illumination Night. According to a press release, the event, held on Sunday, July 10, at the Barn, Bowl and Bistro, will feature two bowling sessions, Dine-to-Donate, and lantern painting with Paint Corner Art Bar in the evening.

Since its inception in 1868, Grand Illumination Night has steadily increased in size, and annually attracts nearly 15,000 people to the Campgrounds. Net proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to help offset costs incurred hosting such a large-scale event, and help keep this amazing tradition going.

Bowling sessions: 11 am and 1 pm

Please call 508-627-9700 or email for reservations by July 8. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your session for check-in. Entry fee of $50 includes shoe rental, appetizers, soft drinks, and 75 minutes of bowling. Up to four people per team, per lane. Prizes for first, second, and third place overall scores.

Dine-to-Donate: 11 am to 3 pm

The Barn will generously donate a portion of its food proceeds from 11 am to 3 pm.

Lantern Painting: 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Paint Corner Art Bar is offering a special-edition lantern-painting class. $55 admission includes paper lanterns (two per person), all the painting supplies, and expert instruction.