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Friday, August 22, 2014

Martha’s Vineyard lights the night with lantern tradition

Martha’s Vineyard hosted its “Grand Illumination Night” on Wednesday, an annual tradition since 1868 when multitudes of paper lanterns are lit for one night in a historic neighborhood known as the “Camp Ground. The event typically takes place the third Wednesday in August and was first held to mark the Massachusetts governor’s visit. Residents decorate cottages with Chinese and Japanese lanterns, and the community holds music events during the night.

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Martha’s Vineyard hosted its “Grand Illumination Night” on Wednesday, an annual tradition since 1868 when multitudes of paper lanterns are lit for one night in a historic neighborhood known as the “Camp Ground. The event typically takes place the third Wednesday in August and was first held to mark the Massachusetts governor’s visit. Residents decorate cottages with Chinese and Japanese lanterns, and the community holds music events during the night.