Americana Afternoon. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl

July 03, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

Americana Afternoon

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Americana Afternoon 20220625 850_0033Americana AfternoonA warm afternoon view of a gingerbread cottage at the Martha's Vineyard Campground Association in Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard.

As the afternoon heat rises, refuge is sought in the shade. We are walking through a time before air conditioners. Residents of the old "Cottage City" retreat to the cover of their porches. Pitchers of iced tea and lemonade make their appearances on side tables.

Peels of music come from the old tabernacle fill the air. Their choir is practicing for the evening camp meeting service. The tunes make their way through the gingerbread adorning the cottages. In the distance, a ferry whistle signals a departure for the mainland. The sights, sounds, and smells of cultivated flowers weave together, frozen in time.

This is a nineteenth century afternoon experienced now. It is island Americana, and it renews the mind and soul.


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