Wishing for Rain on the Vineyard by
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Prompted By Rainy Days

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We’ve spend many lovely summer vacations on Martha’s Vineyard and I’ve written about some of my memories of that idyllic island.  (See Menemsha Sunset,  and Carousel)

Of course we reveled in sunny days when it was glorious to be at the beach or on the water,  and just as delightful to stroll in town shopping, antiquing, or lunching al fresco.  And when the sun went down we’d head for the movie houses in Edgartown or Oak Bluffs.

Big movie-lovers,  back home when our son was young I’d take him to “cry baby“ screenings during the day.  And we loved meeting friends for brunch and afternoon movies on leisurely weekends.  But on the Vineyard, we discovered,  the movie theaters are shuttered during the day as it wouldn’t pay to open when everyone is at the beach.

And so after a week or so of sunny skies we’d find ourselves wishing for at least one day of inclement weather.  Then the theaters would open for daytime screenings  – and what better to do on a rainy day on the Vineyard than wait for the lights to go out and the movie to start!

– Dana Susan Lehrman

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This retired librarian loves big city bustle and cozy country weekends, friends and family, good books and theatre, movies and jazz, travel, tennis, Yankee baseball, and writing about life as she sees it on her blog World Thru Brown Eyes!

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  1. pattyv says:

    Nice glimpse of a week at the Vineyard. This summer has been far from idyllic, either too many storms or icky sticky heat. You made me remember what it used to be.

  2. Betsy Pfau says:

    Yes, Dana. The perfect rainy weather Vineyard activity. This theater has been mobbed this season with Barbie-philes, rain or shine (I know you didn’t care for the movie).

  3. Khati Hendry says:

    Interesting that the movie house opened up depending on the weather. Overall, it seems like the sunny days on the Vineyard were delightful enough that missing a movie wasn’t too hard to put up with. But I understand the rain wish too.

  4. Jim Willis says:

    I can see why you all hoped for at least one rainy day a week on the Vineyard! For some reason, it’s always been easier to remember good movies that I saw on rainy days, especially if the mood of the film was somber. I remember one I saw in Newton Upper Falls, MA, in 1992, when I taught at Boston College. The film was called “Passion Fish,” starring Mary McDonnell, Alfre Woodward, and David Strathairn, and was one of those films that made you think about life. And that’s always easier to do on a rainy day.

  5. You made me feel how a break from a sunny day at the Vineyard could be pleasant with a comforting rainy day seat in a theater.
    For me, however, is my mood of feeling cheated: I had paid money to vacation. Why end up in a theater that I could pay less for at home than for a trip to a sunny beach? But you did set the scene that would calm me down. I do not have family like that.!

  6. Laurie Levy says:

    Movies and rainy days are a perfect mix. Too much perfect weather is just not fair to those of us not vacationing somewhere beautiful.

  7. Dave Ventre says:

    The Vineyard – all of the Cape, really – is a magical place. Only been a few times, but always loved it.

    Never saw a movie there, though!

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