A neighborhood place to get a drink, share some food, watch sports or just relax after a long week. This is the essence of a good pub, one that stands the test of time, or at least a number of decades. Seasons in Oak Bluffs fit this description for 27 years, and for many of those years offered a whole lot more, too.
On Sunday, Feb. 3, Seasons will bring football fans together for one last Super Bowl. At closing time the doors will shut on another era on Circuit avenue.
Seasons came into being in 1986 and for most of its existence played host to countless bands and events as it included the Atlantic Connection, which closed in 2006. The Atlantic Connection hosted both big time and locals acts. Neville Staple of the Specials played there. So did NRBQ and Bobby Bland, who played with B.B. King. There were arm wrestling championships, talent shows and theatre productions including a version of Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, one of the longest running off-Broadway plays. And for nearly two decades the lip syncing contest sponsored by WMVY brought in upwards of 300 patrons each year.
But if one thing in life is certain it’s that change is a constant — even here on the Vineyard. Before it became Seasons it was Checkers, for a short period of time, and before that the legendary Boston House. Before that Munroes; the list is long.
Down the street David’s Island House became The Island House when piano man David Crohan embarked for Boston years ago. Anyone remember how tasty a slice was from Nick’s Lighthouse or digging into the hash and eggs at the Pilot House, guaranteed to cure any Saturday night blues remaining on Sunday morning? How about listening to folk music at the Mooncusser, buying fudge and chocolate lollipops at Hilliards, motorcycle boots from Take It Easy Baby and doing the laundry at Takemmy Laundry, now the site of the Offshore Ale Co. And not far from Circuit avenue, right on the beach across from the Inkwell, the Seaview Hotel provided thirsty beachgoers a haven just a few steps away from the sand. Condominiums now rub shoulders with the ghost of Johnny Seaview, the legendary bartender there.
Robert Murphy, who co-owns Seasons with James Ryan, told the Gazette, “it’s just time.”
“It’s a bittersweet thing,” he added. “We’re trying to move on, but it’s also extremely difficult.”
Cheers to Seasons. Cheers to the next chapter.