The Vineyard We Knew

Kevin J. Parham:

I’d like to thank Susanna Sturgis for her wonderful review of “The Vineyard We Knew—A Recollection of Summers on Martha’s Vineyard.” Her candid assessment is greatly appreciated!

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That's author Kevin Parham at bottom right of the photo, with his cousins Charlene and Vincent Guess.

That’s author Kevin Parham at bottom right in the photo, with his cousins Charlene and Vincent Guess.

Everybody elsewhere knows all about Martha’s Vineyard. They’ve read about it on the newspapers. They’ve seen it on TV. The president vacations there, right?

Plenty of books mention the Vineyard, or use it as a backdrop. Few are those that see Martha’s Vineyard from the inside.

These books are precious. Such a one is Kevin Parham’s The Vineyard We Knew: A Recollection of Summers on Martha’s Vineyard (Plymouth, MA: Pria Publishing, 2014). Shelve it next to Through a Ruby Window, storyteller Susan Klein’s tales of growing up on Martha’s Vineyard in the 1950s and ’60s. On the other side put Jill Nelson’s Finding Martha’s Vineyard: African Americans at Home on an Island. 

Halfway through the book the chapter “Turbulent Times” reminds us what was going on in the wider world, but the heart of 

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A Review Of “The Vineyard We Knew” …

Originally posted on MV Obsession:

If you’re looking for a summer read about the adventures of a summer kid growing up on the Vineyard in Oak Bluffs  in the 50’s and 60’s…. this book is for you.

Even if you’re not on the Vineyard and just want to read a really, really charming,  and interesting book, this book is for you.

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I just finished reading this book “The Vineyard We Knew: by Kevin Parham . I enjoyed it immensely because like Kevin, I too was a summer kid on the Vineyard in Oak Bluffs during the 50’s and early 60’s. Our paths never crossed, and even though I’m quite a bit older than Kevin, we did do some of the same things and go to the same places. Flying Horses, Darling’s popcorn, Oak Bluffs beach (now known as the Inkwell) but I only knew it as … the beach … lol. If you enjoy stepping…

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 The Vineyard We Knew—A Recollection of Summers on Martha’s Vineyard

is Now Available!

 

                                                                                                                                                Martha’s Vineyard Isn’t Just for the Rich and Famous. . .

(Boston, MA)  When one thinks of Martha’s Vineyard, what often comes to mind are images of movie stars, politicians, and power-brokers—all living the leisurely life of ostentatious opulence.

However, long before Ted Kennedy drove his car off Dike Bridge on Chappaquiddick in 1969, and the tourist explosion of the 1980s, this once-remote Island was where a scant number of working-class families escaped the drudgery of everyday life.

The Vineyard We Knew will take you on a memorable trip back in time.  It’s a candid, yet engaging story about summers on Martha’s Vineyard during the turbulent 1960s as seen through the eyes of a young boy, his siblings, and cousins who navigate the challenges of a humble existence while under the aegis of their strict grandmother.

This book is for those who know and love the island of Martha’s Vineyard, as well as anyone with fond memories of their youthful summers.

 

Nikki Giovanni—acclaimed poet, author, and educator, praised The Vineyard We Knew as “A totally wonderful look at a community that has been much too silent about its contribution and possibilities.”

Author Thomas Dresser stated: “These passionate memoirs, written in a fluid style, capture the appeal of the Vineyard.”

 

Kevin Parham is an author and professional musician who spent every summer as a child on Martha’s Vineyard. As a result, he knows the island as well as can anyone not born and raised there.

Pre-publication copies of “The Vineyard We Knew” are available at: www.priapublishing.com

 

The Vineyard We Knew by Kevin Parham – First edition (5.25 X 8) 318 pages, 33 illustrations ISBN: 978-0-98494-850-5

 

                                                                                                                                                                                         

Realizing Your True Potential

Clear Your Mind of CAN'T

Throughout the course of our lives, we are constantly faced with having to make decisions—some of which are important and could potentially affect our future, while others are inconsequential, and, as a result, are limited in scope.

Many times, however, we resort to accepting the notions of ‘luck’, ‘hope’, ‘fate’, or ‘what is meant to be’, only to find ourselves wishing for the best possible outcome. And how often has an outcome fallen short of expectations?

What many of us fail to recognize is that we are in many respects the architects of our destiny. The very nature of our thoughts, be they positive or negative, can often have a profound effect on future results…but how many of us believe that we can actually influence those results simply by changing how we think?

The ONLY impediment to realizing your true potential is you.

Therefore, if you truly believe in yourself and can clear your mind of the word “CAN’T” and replace it with “I Shall”, then nothing will keep you from reaching your God-given potential.

‘The Vineyard We Knew—A Recollection of Summers on Martha’s Vineyard’

Hello Everyone -

I sometimes think of how fortunate we are to have this forum as a means of communicating with one another. It’s inspiring to see the admiration that many of us have for the island of Martha’s Vineyard—it’s truly a special place.

I’ve been visiting the Vineyard almost every summer for over fifty years, and, as a result, I have a lifetime of memories from my experiences there—some of which I’ve documented in my new book:

‘The Vineyard We Knew—A Recollection of Summers on Martha’s Vineyard’

Coming Soon!

Coming Soon!

It’s an engaging story about the time I had spent on the Vineyard as a young boy during the 1960s.

Pre-publication copies of the book will be available beginning May 6, 2014 at: http://www.priapublishing.com.

The Official Publication Date for the book is July 19, 2014.  We’ll be kicking off a campaign to launch the book soon, and we’d love to have you join us!

For more information about this exciting event, please visit:

http://www.thevineyardweknew.com.

http://www.priapublishing.com

 

There, you can sign up to receive updates and other announcements.

Thanks to you all!

Best regards,
Kevin

Imagination

It is a known fact that anything tangible began as a mere thought…

And thoughts are powerful things…

Therefore, we are limited only by the boundaries we set for ourselves.

Do not limit your potential…dare to dream BIG dreams…

For if you allow your IMAGINATION to fly free…

There’s nothing in this world that you cannot accomplish!