Illumination Night is a fun and beautiful Martha's Vineyard tradition whereby members of the "little house" community in the Town of Oak Bluffs collects and displays paper lanterns of every size and description. The whole community comes out to enjoy the show and admire the little summers cottages and the lanterns that are hung from the porch. We hope that you will think that this is a fun idea and will join us on Saturday September 5th (Labor Day week-end) in lighting up your vintage trailer with some paper lanterns that you have collected of the summer, and eventually, over the years.  We think this would make a wonderful, and beautiful, Labor Day Tradition here at the park.

As Pinecrest's "ILLUMINATION NIGHT APPROACHES" Learn the History of Paper Lanterns

Who Invented Paper Lantern?

Paper lanterns are special kind of lanterns that originate from China and Japan. They are made from paper or silk, with frame from bamboo or wood and a lit candle inside as a source of light. Modern paper lanterns have battery-operated lamps. Traditional paper lanterns were made in the image of myths, things from nature and or in the spirit of local culture. Modern ones have many more different shapes: from traditional dragons to pop icons. They symbolize joy, celebration, good fortune and longevity, and they have role as protectors from evil.

Earliest data show that creating of paper lantern started in China somewhere in 230 BC. Myth says that Emperor Ming, after a dream he had, sent a scholar to India to get Hindu scriptures. When the scholar got back, emperor ordered building of a great temple for scriptures and ordered in it many of paper lanterns to symbolize Buddha’s power. Today paper lanterns are associated with festivals and (for the west) one of the characteristic symbols of the east. During the Lantern Festival in China, which is celebrated on the 15th day of the first moth of the lunar year, people bring many paper lanterns in order to honor the first full moon of the year. Children go with paper lanterns to temples and solve riddles on the lamps. This is the last ritual in the celebrating of Chinese New Year.

One more festival is known for its use of paper lanterns and that is Mid-Autumn Festival that celebrates ending of the harvest. It is celebrated in China and Vietnam. There, paper lanterns symbolize sun, light and warmth, and prayer to the Sun to come back after the winter. East is not the only place that uses paper lanterns in its rituals and celebrations. During Christmas it is tradition some Hispanic communities to place paper bags with lit candle in it in long rows. That kind of paper lantern is called “farolito” or "luminaria”. They are placed with intention to lead spirit of a Christ child to the home of one who placed those lanterns. In the time of Festa della Rificolona, festival that is held in Florence, Italy on the 7th September in a place of the great fall market, children carry paper lanterns while other children try to shoot lanterns with pea-shooters. Some places, like restaurants and stores, hang paper lanterns for atmosphere, as decoration or to attract customers.

Although an old tradition, paper lanterns resisted time and are still here because they carry powerful symbolism.

The Pinecrest Vintage Prom Party: 2015

The Annual Site-Holders Summer launch party lifted off in flying colors. This year's theme: Vintage Prom! This was a wonderful opportunity for site-holders to get to meet and better know each other. The decorations were fun, the costumes were elaborate, the music was festive and the bonfire was heart warming. Something for everyone!

Prom Event: EXTRA INFO

Join us in your best vintage prom costume between 7 and 10pm in the Paradise Lounge in the Pinecrest Retreat Clubhouse. This is a wonderful way to start the season, mix with other Members and meet the owners and staff at Pinecrest.
Light refreshments will be served, please BYOB, music will be provided by a friend of Jill & Wilson. This is an event for Siteholders and there guests only.

PS: As this is the SUMMER OF MUSIC please consider bringing an instrument or singing a song (the piano is raring to go!).

Julian Listed as one of the TEN MOST BEAUTIFUL TOWNS in California!

When thinking of California, many visitors are familiar with cities such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego. The Golden State is also home to many picturesque small towns and villages that will inspire every visitor. We've put together a list of some of the loveliest places to be found in California, from coastal charmers to mountain beauties.


Founded after the Civil War by those seeking fortunes, Julian is a historic mining-town nestled in the Cuyamaca Mountains among oak and pine forests in Southern California. Today, the town is known for its historic sites and apple orchards, which produce sweet varieties that are in turn created into mouthwatering pies, ciders, and other sweet delights. From specialty stores to art galleries to historical museums to outdoor adventures, it is a town with something for everyone. To learn more about the history of Julian, stop by the Julian Chamber of Commerce to pick up a History Hunt card, which will guide you to various places, including the Pioneer Cemetery and Julian Jail, where you can search for answers to questions all the while learning more about this charming town.

Julian, CA, USA

SEE THE WHOLE STORY HERE: http://theculturetrip.com/north-america/usa/california/articles/the-10-most-beautiful-towns-in-california/?utm_source=emails&utm_medium=external&utm_campaign=240215californiaother


Ever Wonder About the Pinecrest Seal?


"DIE UFT DER FREIHEIT WEHT" reads the text inside the PCR seal. It's German. But whaty does it mean? Well, a rough translation is "FREEDOM IS ALOFT IN THE WIND". Which is nice, but still needs some explaining, perhaps. To get a better perspective on what these words mean in their original context, let's take a look at another word from Norway that eludes to the same spriit: Frilutsliv. Friluftsliv translates directly from Norwegian as "free air life," which doesn't quite do it justice. Coined relatively recently, in 1859, it is the concept that being outside is good for human beings' mind and spirit. "It is a term in Norway that is used often to describe a way of life that is spent exploring and appreciating nature," Anna Stoltenberg, culture coordinator for Sons of Norway, a U.S.-based Norwegian heritage group, told MNN. Other than that, it's not a strict definition: it can include sleeping outside, hiking, taking photographs or meditating, playing or dancing outside, for adults or kids. It doesn't require any special equipment, includes all four seasons, and needn't cost much money. Practicing friluftsliv could be as simple as making a commitment to walking in a natural area five days a week, or doing a day-long hike once a month. 

Read more: http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/blogs/7-cultural-concepts-we-dont-have-in-the-us#ixzz3P8j3KBFr



The world is getting complicated. So we all do what we can to make Peace in our own ways. a little bit here and a little bit there. We think building community is a good way to help build peace... and one of the best ways to build community is through music.
 That's why we are working on a summer at Pinecrest that is sprinkled with music and song. We're letting you know now so that you can break out your old guitar or fiddle or harmonica or whatever, and dust it off. Play it! Then bring it to Pinecrest for the summer. We will be working on a few tunes too! And will also be inviting some special friends and guests to come an lift the mood with song. Be there in 2015, the Summer of Music!