Gaining a New Perspective on Annual Cottagers Tour

The popular Cottagers Annual House Tour, which had taken a sabbatical due to the pandemic, is back and enchanting as ever. This year’s event takes place on Thursday, July 18 (rain or shine) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Cottagers, Inc. Celebrates the Past and Looks to the Future

The Cottagers, Inc. of Martha’s Vineyard kicked off a capital campaign last week to restore Cottagers’ Corner in Oak Bluffs with a Sundown Soiree at Featherstone Center for the Arts.

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Hospital Benefit Planned by Oak Bluffs Cottagers

The Cottagers will hold a sale at Hartford Park in Oak Bluffs on Friday, Aug. 2 for the benefit of the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. Their tables will include gifts, food, white elephants, grabs, hot dogs and tonic. Mrs. John J. Goldsberry is serving as general chairman, Miss Dorothy West, Mrs. Frederick White, Mrs. Wilmer Lucas, and E. W. Finley, who is president of the Cottagers.

There will also be tables in charge of the following: Mrs. David Rappaport, special benefit, a doll; miscellaneous, Mrs. Herbert G. Louis; aprons, Mrs. Anna M. Ryan.

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Cottagers Join Harbor Homes in Homelessness Cause

Island women escaping homelessness have a powerful new ally in the Cottagers, Inc., the all-female philanthropic group based in Oak Bluffs.

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Cottagers Acquire an Old Town Hall and Many Annals of Old Cottage City and Oak Bluffs

On Aug. 26, 1869, the Oak Bluffs Land and Wharf Company, an energetic corporation which had bought up acres of the lovely woods and meadows and shore front stretches of what is now Oak Bluffs, sold one of those lots, 69 Pequot avenue, to Lydia B. Smith of New Bedford.

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The Cottagers Club Has Been Active in Charity

The Cottagers Club, a charitable organization now well entrenched in its second active year, held its final meeting of the season at the home of Mrs. Alfred Tynes of Boston, where officers were elected for the summer of ‘58.

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Creating a Community: 50 Years of Good Works, Good Friends

From their earliest days, they did good works, and had fun doing them.

The first money they raised, from an informal series of summer square dances, went to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital.

Over the decades, the people and organizations who have been helped by their efforts include Vineyard high school graduates, Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard, the Oak Bluffs Public Library, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Food Pantry, Windemere Nursing Home and Martha’s Vineyard Community Services.

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“Cottagers” Aid Drive for Hospital at Bluffs

The Cottagers Club ended its first active season, well pleased with its donations to the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital auxiliary and the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital as its first charitable ventures.

The Cottagers Club came into tentative being last summer when a group of friends decided to direct some of their combined energies toward some unselfish enterprise beneficial to Island charities. This summer at the first official meeting the enthusiasm was contagious, and thirty-eight members now comprise the active list of the cottagers.

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Beautiful Homes for a Good Cause at Cottagers Tour
David Lott

The 36th edition of the Cottagers’ annual house tour has something for everyone—something old, something new and something green.

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Cottagers Women, Keen of Heart

From the Cottager’s Corner columns in the July 1972 editions of the Vineyard Gazette by Dorothy West:

The Cottagers are now in summer assembly. This diversified group of women, some older and maybe wiser than others, some younger and maybe more keen of heart, are again making an investment of their time and talents at Cottagers’ Corner on Pequot avenue in Oak Bluffs, the center of their commitments.

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