Cape Cod

The Mystique of Lighthouses

Having lived in New England for most of my life, I’ve developed an affinity for lighthouses. Whether it’s the Portland Head Light in Maine, the Boston Harbor lighthouses, the five lighthouses on Martha’s Vineyard: (East Chop, West Chop, Gay Head, Edgartown, and Cape Poge), or the hundreds of others that dot the eastern seaboard . . . it matters not.

For, even at the tender age of 62 — though still young at heart — I find these timeless structures not only fascinating, but also fraught with stories that are limited only by one’s imagination. If lighthouses could talk, can you imagine what they might reveal?

What is it about a lighthouse that beckons us to it?

A rhetorical question, you say? Perhaps.  But, is it not possible that the attraction lies in not knowing?

I happened upon an interesting article about lighthouses and lighthouse keepers . . . check it out.

 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

 

                                                                                                                                                                                         

‘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