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Martha's Vineyard

(vĭn`yərd), island (1990 est. pop. 8,900), c.100 sq mi (260 sq km), SE Mass., separated from the Elizabeth Islands and Cape Cod by Vineyard and Nantucket sounds. As a result of glaciation, the island has morainal hills composed of boulders and clay deposits in the north, and low, sandy plains in the south. The English were the first to settle the island (1642); they engaged in farming, brickmaking, salt production, and fishing. Martha's Vineyard became an important commercial center, with whaling and fishing as the main occupations, in the 18th and early 19th cent. In the late 1800s the island, with its harbors, beaches, and scenic attractions, developed into a summer resort. It is divided into the towns of Chilmark, Edgartown, Gay Head, Oak Bluffs, Tisbury, and West Tisbury. Much of the island's interior is set aside as a state forest. In the late 1980s the small Wampanoag tribe, based in Martha's Vineyard, took legal action to reclaim ancestral land in Gay Head.
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Martha's Vineyard, MA, July 01, 2016 --(PR.com)-- Readers of all ages, races and backgrounds are invited by Renaissance House: Retreat for Writers & Artists in Martha's Vineyard to celebrate Independence Day by being a part of one of the most powerful speeches of all time in America -- "What Does the Fourth of July Mean to the Negro?" by legendary human rights activist Frederick Douglass taking place at the historic Inkwell Beach in Oak Bluffs on Monday, July 4 at 12:00noon.
Martha's Vineyard, MA, June 14, 2014 --(PR.com)-- Renaissance House: A Retreat for Writers and Other Artists in historic Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard will host the Renaissance House Salon Series featuring some of the Island's leading authors and poets Tuesday nights from June 17 to July 15 at 7:30pm at Renaissance House, 31 Pennacook Avenue.
Martha's Vineyard, MA, January 21, 2014 --(PR.com)-- Applications are now being accepted for the 13th season of Renaissance House: A Retreat for Artists and Writers taking place June, July and September 2014 in historic Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.
Martha's Vineyard, MA, July 30, 2013 --(PR.com)-- Renaissance House: A Retreat for Writers and Other Artists in Martha's Vineyard will host a presentation on writing about cultural cuisine by Jessica B.
Martha's Vineyard, MA, July 24, 2013 --(PR.com)-- Renaissance House: A Retreat for Writers and Other Artists in Martha's Vineyard will host a presentation on mystery writing by Cynthia Riggs, author of the Victoria Trumbull series, on Tuesday, July 23 at 7:30pm at the Renaissance House, 31 Pennacook Avenue in historic Oak Bluffs.
Martha's Vineyard, MA, July 03, 2013 --(PR.com)-- Renaissance House: A Retreat for Writers and Other Artists in historic Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard celebrates July 4th at 4pm with a free pot luck picnic and group reading of Frederick Douglass's famous speech “What Does The Fourth of July Mean to a Negro?” on the Little Bridge on State Beach in Oak Bluffs.
Martha's Vineyard, MA, June 24, 2013 --(PR.com)-- Renaissance House: A Retreat for Writers and Other Artists in historic Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard will celebrate its 12th year by hosting special cultural workshops and presentations from June to August with some of the Island's leading writers, poets and filmmakers.