Half the fun of attending the Grand Illumination on the Vineyard is to go to the campground in the afternoon and see the preparations. So much work goes into the decorating of each cottage.
If you only attend the nighttime event, you don't get to see the true colors of the cottages and the lanterns.
I love to see parasols added to the decoration of a cottage.
They vary in shape and design.
You know I had to photograph a cottage named Two Bad Cats.
I am sure I have a photo of this cottage from my last Illumination Night.
Wow, fans, lanterns, parasols, this took a lot of time.
This one had some very interesting lanterns. I love the ones with the tassels.
Pretty pastels on some of the cottages.
Lovely gardens too!
Some cottages had vibrant colors.
Poor puppy! He wanted to go out and play but he was safer on the porch.
The party has already started. Many cottage owners and guests enjoy food and drink on their porches.
Look at the lacy scrollwork, just beautiful!
A pretty combination of colors.
All ready for the festivities.
I need to look up Klonschnack.
I had just enough time to take a few shots in the dim light. Nighttime photography is not my forte.
Before the lights were illuminated there was a community singalong at the tabernacle. A musical journey through American History and lots of patriotic songs.
Ok, are you ready for some lanterns?
Some were made of silk and actually illuminated by real candles.
Some had very interesting shapes and fringe on the bottom.
Some were very old and some were not.
We missed seeing those in costume strolling the area but we caught them on their porch.
They added to the festivities.
Mesmerized by the beauty of the lanterns, I hardly noticed it had started to rain.
During the concert, we were standing under a tree and couldn't feel the raindrops.
We strolled around the main area near the tabernacle and then walked down the small streets of the campground.
I tried to take as many shots as possible of the beauty all around me. It was so magical.
But then the skies opened up and there was no denying it, we were getting soaked and the paper lanterns would not survive the downpour. Luckily, the bad weather held off just long enough to see most of Illumination Night.
And it was worth getting soaked to the skin!