The calm before the lantern storm. Maria Thibodeau

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Under a new moon and thick summer air, picnickers, families and newcomers gathered at the Tabernacle on Wednesday night to mark the 147th Grand Illumination Night.

Lanterns from around the world, some passed down through generations of Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association families, decorated the porches of the gingerbread cottages in the center of Oak Bluffs. It was a night filled with whimsy, tradition and song.

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