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Martha's Vineyard, MA: Babson Black Affinity Gathering
Start Date: 6/7/2014Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Date: 6/8/2014End Time: 2:00 PM

Event Description:

It's about time... for a party!!

Join fellow Black Affinity alumni, students, staff, and faculty on Martha's Vineyard for a weekend of fun. Activities will include tours, relaxing at the beach, a BBQ, brunch, and more. 

Hosted by Amanda Strong ('87) and Jane Edmonds (VP Governance)

Saturday, June 7 and Sunday, June 8, 2014

Itinerary (please meet at Nashawena Park for all activities)
Saturday 2 p.m. – Oak Bluffs Tour (optional)
Saturday 5 p.m. – BBQ and Networking*
Sunday Noon – Brunch

* Attire for dinner on Saturday is White and Babson Green.  Island chic (which means tshirts or dresses – your choice).

Nashawena Park Address
19 Nashawena Ave
Oak Bluffs, MA 02568

Directions to the Address Above from OB Ferries 
Head so that ocean is on your left (up hill). You will pass the police station and see a gazebo and Ocean Park. Follow sidewalk next to houses and take second right onto Naumkeag Ave (you will pass the gazebo on your immediate left, and large green house is on the corner on your left). In about .2 miles take right onto Nashawena.  Waban Park will be to your left.  19 Nashawena will be ahead on your right.

Limited free housing is available for Babson students on a first-come-first-served basis. Families are welcome, but space is limited so RSVP soon.

See below for a list of reccomended lodging.
This event is currently at capacity. If you are interested in attending please contact:
Amanda Strong
Call 617-733-0432 or 508-696-1941 (day of) for assistance

75 Falmouth Heights Road, Falmouth, MA 02540 (508) 548-4800 (no cars)
From Falmouth. Parking is a 5 minute walk. Cost is $15/calendar day and you pay up front.  All transactions are CASH ONLY so hit the ATM first. All boats go into Oak Bluffs, so this is the easiest boat to take.  Do not follow boat signs as that is a different boat, get directions from website.

220 Ocean St, Hyannis Port MA 02601
From Hyannis. Both high speed and regular ferries. All boats arrive at Oak Bluffs. Convenient to “jitney” commuter train.  Second best choice. Again, get directions from website.

Steamship Ferry
From Woods Hole. You will need a car reservation ($150 plus passenger tix) if you want to bring a car. Can go passenger only, but allow an extra 30 minutes for shuttle bus ride and follow signs since parking lots fill up.  Convenient to Peter Pan bus, which brings you right to Woods Hole.  Boats alternate between Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven. If Vineyard Haven take the #13 bus to Oak Bluffs.

From New Bedford. Costs $50 or so round trip and can be choppy. This boat alternates between a Vineyard Haven and Oak Bluffs arrival so you may have to take a taxi to Oak Bluffs or take the #13 bus to Oak Bluffs.

Martha's Vineyard Fast Ferry 
From North Kingston, Rhode Island.  Good alternative if driving from NYC.  Bring Dramamine!

MV airport in Vineyard Haven services all major east coast cities. It’s a 15 minute taxi ride into Oak Bluffs

Getting to 19 Nashawena Ave from OB Ferries
Ocean Ave fronts Ocean Park, where you will see a gazebo, water will be on your left.
Getting to 55 Kennebec
From ferries to Ocean Park as above, (you will see the Gazebo ahead) along houses
Take first right onto Healey Way. Offshore Ale will be on your right
Take left onto Kennebec Avenue, house is next to last on the right


Shearer Cottage - mention Babson

Clean and Functional
Nashua House
Samoset on the Sound
Wesley Inn
Surfside Motel
Narragansett House
Tivoli Inn
Attleboro House

Slightly fancier
Brady's NESW
Dockside Inn

Very Nice
Madison Inn
Oak Bluffs Inn


Best restaurants:
Sharky’s for Mexican
Lookout Tavern for casual drinks
MV Chowder Company for chowder and drinks
Sweet Life, Saltwater (Vineyard Haven), MV Chowder Company, Chesca’s (Edg) for nice dinner
Offshore Ale/City Ale & Oyster, Nancy’s, Lookout, Black Dog (VH) for casual/drinks
Red Cat/Ken n’Beck’s or Park Corner for organic local
Linda Jeans, Art Cliff (Vineyard Haven) or State Road Restaurant (VH) for breakfast

Best Beaches:
South Beach Edgartown for waves and scene
Gayhead beach for sand and water
Oak Bluffs or State Beach for kids

Best shopping:
Midnight Farm (VH)
The Great Put On (Edgartown)
Vineyard Vines (OB)


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