It's mid August and we are in the throws of "The Week" on Martha's Vineyard. The week where Illumination Night, The Agricultural Fair and the Annual Oak Bluffs Fireworks Celebration all take place in a matter of a few days. Traffic is heavy, our 44th President and First Lady Mr. & Mrs. Obama are here on vacation, along with lots of other well known celebrities getting their Vineyard fix. Bill Murray and Peter Simon gave us some media drama and excitement after some shenanigans at Lola's Restaurant in Oak Bluffs last week. And most of the Island's local business owners are hoping to retain what summer staff they have left, while they strive to make big sales through Labor Day to help them get through a New England winter.
on July 27th Hustle & Thrive Company and NAMIC New England had another wonderful and successful event with the 2nd Annual Evening of Entrepreneurship & Media event held at The Crossroads Gallery. We had a dynamic panel of women that brought a truck load of entrepreneurial education, raw emotion and shared journeys that inspired the crowd. Catered by the fabulous Cardboard Box with wine sponsored by Jim's Package Store, both located in Oak Bluffs, our evening was complete. New friends and connections were made and it was an amazing way to head into a busy August.
As a year-round Island resident, I was also proud to have played a small role in i-Fashion Magazine's Summer Fashion Show at the Harbor View Hotel by helping to include our local business community in their event. It was a beautiful afternoon on the porch overlooking the Edgartown lighthouse, showcasing Lloyd Crawford's L'Antonio Resort Wear line, accompanied by Dr. Laura Quiros my amazing friend and Diversity and Inclusion business partner. Local models and vendors participated in the day's festivities and everything and absolutely everyone was so beautiful.
Both of these events fell during Legacy Week On The Vineyard. Founded by my good friend Sheryl Wesley, Legacy Week highlights HBCU's, school pride and their alumni through various events across the Island. And if you are part of the Black Travel Movement's HUGE Facebook following, you already know that they plan to include the Vineyard in their travels July 20th-27th 2019 to coincide with next year's Legacy Week activities. Don't be surprised if Island hotels and rental homes start to fill up before THIS summer even comes to an end!
I may have had some of the most fun during Legacy Week at this Wakanda/Black Panther Movie themed kid's party. Who had more fun, me or the kiddos? I already know the answer and there's no shame in my Wakanda game! (M'Baku did not show up though, damn it)
There's still a little bit of summer left to enjoy all that the Island brings us, so I plan on enjoying every moment left before my favorite season (Fall) is upon us. Then it's all about football, hoodie sweatshirts and pumpkin spice after that.
What's your favorite thing about Martha's Vineyard in the summer?
As always, if I can ever be of any help to you and your business,
don't hesitate to reach out!