Holy Ghost Feast Honors Portuguese Tradition
Mark Alan Lovewell
They came by the thousands. The word at the annual Feast of the Holy Ghost was that on Martha's Vineyard, everyone can be Portuguese for a weekend.
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The Club That Does What Needs Doing
Chris Burrell

The Club That Does What Needs Doing

By CHRIS BURRELL

Not a drop of Portuguese blood flows in Barbara Humber's veins. Her ancestry is Scottish and Irish, but hand her a pile of linguica, garlic and potatoes, and she can cook up a genuine batch of sopa.

Ms. Humber is just one of a growing number of Islanders who have not only joined the Portuguese-American Club in Oak Bluffs but now play pivotal roles in it despite a glaring deficit: They aren't Portuguese-Americans.

The reasons aren't really that complicated.

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Island’s Living Room Awaits At the PA Club
Mark Alan Lovewell

There is nothing sleepy at the Portuguese-American Club in Oak Bluffs this winter, or any winter.

While many of the Island’s summer restaurants and clubs might slip into a state of hibernation, at the PA Club the music is loud, the television is playing and the heat is on. Someone has a story to tell.

The club, off Vineyard avenue, is the Island’s community living room, dining room and kitchen. For many of members, the place offers a second home, a second living space. The oven is seldom off.

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The Ceilidh on Vineyard Avenue

The Ceilidh on Vineyard Avenue

In Scottish, it’s called a ceilidh (pronounced kay-lee), which literally translates as a visit or gathering where friends and family share songs, stories and dance.

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Fathers, Sons and Holy Ghost Festival: Families Carry On Portuguese Tradition
Liz Weiss

The scene at the Portuguese-American Club Saturday night smelled of fresh fried dough, sweet bread, marinated shish-kebabs over the fire, Cacoila (Portuguese stew), and of course, of sopa, the soup that Islanders of all heritages associate so much with this annual celebration of the Feast of the Holy Ghost.

“It takes a lot of people to make it all work,” said longtime coordinator Tricia Bergeron. And a lot of people volunteer, year after year.

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Island Radio, Holy Ghost Fill Red Stocking Fund With Flavor
Jonah Lipsky

With a sold-out venue and nearly 1,600 people set to descend on the Portuguese American Club in Oak Bluffs tomorrow, the Big Chili Contest 2010 is bigger than ever. And the event sponsored by Vineyard radio station WMVY is sure to produce more smiles than ever for all parties concerned, from the chili chompers to the chilly children who receive clothes that the Red Stocking Fund buys with the proceeds.

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Tricia Bergeron Plans a Feast Fit for Queen
Ivy Ashe

On Wednesday morning, the Portuguese-American (P.A.) Club in Oak Bluffs is nearly unrecognizable: It’s quiet both inside and out, a far cry from the exuberant bustle that will surround the modest building on Vineyard avenue this weekend during the annual Holy Ghost Feast. The only sign that the Feast will take place soon are two small tents standing in the parking lot.

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P.A. Club Revs Motor, Offers To Host Run to the Rock

The Oak Bluffs selectmen Tuesday heard the Holy Ghost Association’s preliminary proposal to host the Martha’s Vineyard Harley Riders’ annual Run to the Rock Event, a fundraiser for Island charities, at the P.A. Club building.

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