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New author Kevin Parham has collapsed a lifetime of summer memories into one remarkable book titled The Vineyard We Knew: A Recollection of Summers on Martha’s Vineyard. The unheated small cottage his grandmother acquired would become a place of summer refuge for Kevin and his extended family for decades. Now he has done what most people only talk about doing: Kevin has published a new book about his summer adventures on this celebrated Massachusetts island.
Before President Bill Clinton’s summer vacations...before President Barack Obama’s summer vacation...there were Kevin Parham’s summer vacations on the “Vineyard.” We’ll talk to Kevin on today’s show and preview what millions will experience from Gay Head to Edgartown to the Inkwell straight through Labor Day.
It’s all about Martha’s Vineyard on today’s edition of Focus On Empowerment.
Purchase Kevin's book at www.thevineyardweknew.com
Martha's Vineyard (Wampanoag: Noepe) is an island located south of Cape Cod in Massachusetts, known for being an affluent summer colony. It includes the smaller Chappaquiddick Island, which until 2007 was part of the same land mass before becoming detached by a storm.
Often called just "The Vineyard," the island has a land area of 100 square miles (260 km2). It is the 58th largest island in the United States and the third largest on the East Coast of the United States. It is also the largest island not connected to mainland by a bridge or tunnel on the East Coast of the United States.
It is located in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as a part of Dukes County, which also includes Cuttyhunk, as well as the island of Nomans Land, which is a US Wildlife preserve, and was a US Naval practice bombing range until 1996. The Vineyard was also home to one of the earliest known deaf communities in the United States; consequently, a special sign language, Martha's Vineyard Sign Language (MVSL), developed on the island.
The 2010 census reported a year-round population of 16,535 residents; however, the summer population can swell to more than 100,000 people. About 56% of the Vineyard’s 14,621 homes are seasonally occupied.
Martha's Vineyard is primarily known as a summer colony, and is accessible only by boat and air. However, its year-round population has grown considerably since the 1960s.
A study by the Martha's Vineyard Commission found that the cost of living on the island is 60 percent higher than the national average and housing prices are 96 percent higher. A study of housing needs by the Commission found that the average weekly wage on Martha's Vineyard was “71 per cent of the state average, the median home price was 54 per cent above the state’s and the median rent exceeded the state’s by 17 per cent.”
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