A Walk Down Pennacook Avenue
Skip Finley
Pennacook avenue in Oak Bluffs is a street full of stories, the latest of which is a lovely coincidence.
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Rink History of Oak Bluffs Goes Back to 1878, When Everyone Swooped Around on Roller Skates
Vineyard Gazette

The proposed revival of a roller skating rink in Oak Bluffs calls to mind the grandeur of the one that occupied a place of honor in that town from 1878 to 1892.

Roller skating became a craze in the early 1870’s, and the first roller rink in the country was built in Worcester by a wealthy promoter named Samuel Winslow who had invented a new and improved type of skate, in 1876. The idea caught on with great speed, and by the time the rink at Oak Bluffs was completed, just about every able-bodied individual in the country was swooping around on roller skates.

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Tower of History: Renovations Begin at East Chop Light
Louisa Hufstader

Repairs are under way this fall at the East Chop Lighthouse, the historic cast-iron tower that sits on Telegraph Hill, its beacon flashing green-green-green to guide mariners on their way around the chop.

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Vineyard Bookshelf: Historic Tales of Oak Bluffs
Steve Donaghue
From 2012 to 2017, Skip Finley wrote more than 250 columns for the Vineyard Gazette, centering on the history and unique character of Oak Bluffs.
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Oak Bluffs Wharf is Kindled into Destructive Fire
Joseph Chase Allen
A spectacular blaze, the cause of which is not definitely determined, destroyed the freight she and outer end of the Oak Bluffs steamboat wharf late Wednesday afternoon, involving a loss of property owned by Vincent’s Fish Market, on the dock property, the value of which was set at $30,000 and a loss to the Steamship Authority, covered by insurance, not yet even approximated. The fish market equipment was uninsured, according to David Vincent, the proprietor.
 
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In Statue Debate, a Hurtful History Has the Final Word
A. Bowdoin Van Riper
The fiercest, bloodiest wars are those fought not over territory or a throne, but over a way of life.
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Down Comes the Tivoli
Vineyard Gazette
The work of demolishing the Tivoli building on the Oak Bluffs waterfront began on Saturday, and barring adverse weather conditions, the job should be nearly done this weekend.
 
White Brothers Inc., Edgartown, are the contractors razing the building and clearing the lot for the town. The property was purchased some months ago by the town as the site for a new town building, containing offices, an assembly room and quarters for some fire apparatus on the ground floor.
 
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Old Variety Store Is a Survivor's Tale
Skip Finley
The Old Variety Store behind the Flying Horses has come into the public spotlight with the news that the owner wants to tear it down and replace it with a new building.
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Historic Movie Shows Oak Bluffs Through the Years
Tom Dunlop
A two-minute clip of historic scenes were shot in and around Oak Bluffs by three different families between the early 1930s and early 1970s.
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Preservation Society Launches Effort to Buy Flying Horses
Vineyard Gazette
The Martha’s Vineyard Historical Preservation Society Inc. this week formally announced the launching of its campaign to raise $740,000 by Dec. 8 to purchase the land, building and business of the historic Oak Bluffs carousel, the Flying Horses.
 
As part of its agreement with the present owner of the carousel, James Ryan of Osterville, the society has managed the Flying Horses since its opening on the Memorial Day weekend. It is open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
 
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