Night of the Grand Illumination
Grand Illumination Night is an annual tradition since 1868 in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. Held at the Oak Bluffs campground —a historic community of summer cottages, known as “the gingerbread houses” because of their ornate architectural details and festive colors— the occasion falls on the third Wednesday in August. For one night, residents celebrate by decorating the cottages with strings of lights, paper lanterns, and parasols. The even begins shortly after dark, with a mass lighting. The atmosphere is festive, with live music, and a choir playing sing-along songs in the tabernacle throughout the evening.
Summer, August 20th, 2014