Grand Illumination Scales Back
Illumination Night will held as planned on August 18, but festivities have been modified and scaled back due to Covid concerns.
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The Illumination
The Vineyard Gazette

The readers of the Gazette will please bear with us this week for the lack of extended news of local affairs. We are publishing the Camp Meeting Herald, daily and it occupies so much of time and labor that we are unable to pay that degree of attention to the Gazette as is our custom. We reproduce a number of articles from the Herald, which are well worth reading.

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Grand Illumination Night Returns
Once again lanterns will be hung by the porches with care as Grand Illumination night returns this summer on August 18.
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Amid the Darkness a Few Lanterns Glow
Aaron Wilson
Skunks outnumbered pedestrians in the Oak Bluffs Campground Wednesday evening on what would have been Illumination night.
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Signature August Events Canceled in Oak Bluffs

The Oak Bluffs fireworks will be cancelled this year due to the pandemic, the town firemen’s civic association said late Wednesday.

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All Aglow in the Camp Ground for 150 Years
Caroline Kaplan
On Wednesday evening the Grand Illumination started the same way it has for 150 years — with a community sing.
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Illumination, Fair, Fireworks: Vineyard Hits High Notes of Summer
Julia Wells

With Illumination Night, the Agricultural Fair and Oak Bluffs fireworks all on the docket, this week marks the high point of traditional summer events on Martha’s Vineyard. It all begins at sundown tonight, with the 150th Grand Illumination.

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Grand Illumination Night

Grand Illumination Night has been a summer staple on Martha's Vineyard since 1869, when the first event was held in honor of the visiting governor of Massachusetts. After sundown on the third Wednesday in August, lanterns of all kinds cast a magical glow over the charming gingerbread cottages at the Martha's Vineyard Camp Ground.

For 2021, Grand Illumination will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 18. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Tabernacle with an introduction and the Vineyard Haven Band. 

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Keeping the Lights of Tradition Glowing at Grand Illumination
Katherine Gianni
The Martha’s Vineyard Camp Ground celebrated its 49th annual Grand Illumination Night on Wednesday.
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Again An Old-Fashioned Oak Bluffs Illumination
Vineyard Gazette
Stars sparkled, pink and gold and orange lanterns bobbed, and a soft wind played among the chimes in the Camp Ground Wednesday night for the 104th annual Illumination Night.
 
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