2020 Planning Committee

Lani P. Shaw, Chair
Margo Bouchet
Khyla Craine
Sarah Davidson
Darryl James
Kevin Judd
Valerie Maholmes
Kwame Reed
Donald Thigpen
Cynthia Wilson

Wednesday August 19, 2020

7:30 a.m. 
Swimming with the Polar Bears
at Inkwell Beach                

Join the polar bears for swimming, exercise or breakfast and beach relaxation.                           

6:00 p.m. 
Pre-Illumination Walking Tour of the Gingerbread Houses 

Join other BOTV attendees and friends for a walking tour of the gingerbread houses prior to the start of illumination night.

7:30 p.m.
Grand Illumination Night

Join the Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association for Grand Illumination Night, the crown jewel of the Campground Season. 


Illumination started in Oak Bluffs on Aug. 14, 1869. The event was initially intended as a way of marking the Massachusetts Governor’s visit to the island. Thousands of Island residents and visitors enjoy Grand Illumination each summer, which is a magical night when thousands of colorful Japanese lanterns decorating charming Victorian “gingerbread cottages” light up the night. 

The evening starts in the Tabernacle, and seats fill well in advance. The program also includes Community Sing and music by the Vineyard Haven Band, as well as the ceremonial lighting of the first lantern.

Free Event. Goodwill offering encouraged. 

Thursday August 20, 2020

7:30 a.m. 

Swimming with the Polar Bears at Inkwell Beach  

Join the polar bears for swimming, exercise or breakfast and beach relaxation.   

11:00 a.m. - until

Spend the Day swimming with family and friends at Inkwell Beach

Friday August 21, 2020

8:00 p.m. 

Oak Bluffs Fireworks 

Fireworks display at Ocean Park hosted by the Oak Bluffs Fireman’s Civic Association. Band performance starts at 8 p.m. and fireworks light up the sky around 9 p.m. 

Saturday August 22, 2020

10:00 a.m. 

Chicken & Waffle Brunch & CLE

First CLE: Building Wealth and Preserving your Legacy

This seminar will focus on strategies for building wealth through investing and real estate. The seminar will also discuss estate planning techniques such as drafting wills and establishing trusts. 

2nd CLE
2020 Elections & Redistricting  CLE

Co-Sponsored by the YLD

Sunday August 23, 2020

10:00 a.m.

Church at Union Chapel

55 Narraganset Avenue, Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts

Union Chapel is an Interdenominational church welcomes all islanders and island visitors. The church hosts a series of inspirational preachers throughout the summer from all over the United States with diverse backgrounds and religions. 


Organ Prelude starts at 9:40 AM 

Sunday Morning Service starts at 10:00 AM

Arrive early in order to find a seat. 

For more information, visit: www.unionchapelmv.org

Monday August 24, 2020

7:30 a.m.

Swim with the Polar Bears at Inkwell Beach 

Join the polar bears for swimming, exercise or breakfast and beach relaxation.