August involves many micro-luxuries: sunflowers, fresh lemonade, the smell of suntan lotion, watermelon, and the joys of going to a state fair. What’s that, you say? How can attending a state fair be a luxury? You’re kidding, right? Nope. Here at Dandelion Chandelier we love agricultural fairs, state fairs, street fairs, and carnivals of all kinds. We particularly love the annual Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Fair. What’s not to like? The smell of barns full of hay and lowing cows. The sound of carnival barkers and a septuagenarian Dixieland band. The cries of roosters and happy little kids. And cotton candy. We are all about pink cotton candy. For the skeptics, doubters, cynics and naysayers, here’s our list of 10 reasons that a visit to a state fair during the month of August is one of life’s sweetest luxuries:
Heading to Martha’s Vineyard anytime soon? Are you prepared for the questions certain to greet you shortly after your arrival? Questions like: “Are you renting? Or do you own?” “Are you staying up island?” “Are the Obamas still here?” “How long will you be on the island?” (You must never, ever say that you are “in” MV – that’s a dead giveaway that you are a day-tripping arriviste. You are “on” Martha’s Vineyard.)
Is it still true what they say about the black upper class and Martha’s Vineyard? I get asked that question a lot, especially during the month of August. Because everyone is there. And those who aren’t want a window into this incredibly special milieu. In case you’re wondering: yes, it’s truer now than ever.
You don’t love professional sports, but your livelihood and/or personal happiness depends upon your being able to converse intelligently about it. It’s a common dilemma with a simple solution: you need to learn a new language. You need to learn how to talk sports. And we’re here to help! The TWIST is our weekly Dandelion Chandelier guide to what’s happened on the field, on the court and on the ice — read it every week and we promise you’ll know how to talk about sports like a champion.
If you love gardens, sculpture, grace and beauty, head to the New York Botanical Garden on the next fine day that comes your way. Artist Dale Chihuly has installed site-specific glass sculptures there for the first time in ten years, and it’s definitely worth a visit. And we’re not just saying that because one of them bears a striking resemblance to a dandelion chandelier. Seriously, it may sound like hyperbole, but this particular exhibit is one of those don’t-miss events in the life of the city that will linger in your memory long after it’s gone.