New York City residents refer to their hometown as “The City”.
Islanders refer to the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society’s Annual Livestock Show and Fair as “The Fair”. My personal style sheet requires that the “MVAS Livestock Show and Fair” be referred to as “The Fair”.
When the goldenrod, cardinal flower, hibiscus and mallow bloom, that means it’s late summer, and time for The Fair.
Dispatch Number One is from inside the Main Hall, where exhibits are displayed. Dispatch Number One is of fabrics, mostly quilts. There are some incredible quilts being made in the world today. Many of these works are truly museum-worthy.
In the great space of the Main Hall, quilts hang from partitions, from rafters and from beams.
Some quilters are patient patternists.
Some are exuberant colorists.
Here is the front.
And here is the back.
Many quilters use squares and geometry to “hang” their compositions upon.
For some reason, regarding all these color choices reminds me of a poem.
We will digress for a moment, in honor of William Carlos Williams.
so much depends
a red wheel
glazed with rain
beside the white
How different is each variation on a theme.
Some eschew the foundations of regular, formal structure, and quilt abstractly.
The Fair is one of the great summer events on the Vineyard.
On our way to the “Carny” Midway, we head out the East doors.
We take one more look back inside