Summer Pramer

Tuesday, July 9, 2024

The Tisbury Street Fair that was held last night is an annual summer celebration, crowded and casual, that brings all manner of people together. But it marks a moment in history as well, for it was on July 8 in 1671 that Tisbury was allowed to incorporate. The street fair is a birthday party, and all the more enjoyable for that.

The incorporation of Tisbury did not come without a price, however. Thomas Mayhew was required to pay Governor Francis Lovelace of New York two barrels of good marketable fish as yearly rent. All right, we were outrageously over-charged, but we don't regret it for a moment. Over the centuries Tisbury has evolved into our most bustling year-round town, Holmes Hole has become Vineyard Haven, our principal year-round port of entry, and the active commercial and recreational harbor there is the first and last thing most visitors to the Island see. It's a town that's as varied as the seasons, as lively as a summer breeze, and beloved of us all.

Happy 353rd birthday.


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