July 3, 2012 |
President Obama won't be spending his summer vacation in the well-heeled haven of Martha's Vineyard as he has done for the last three years, according to sources familiar with the White House decision. The Obama team isn't supplying a reason for the decision not to go to the island -- a convenient and security-friendly place for presidents to visit that is better known by the rest of the country as a playground for the privileged. The sources spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the president's plans.
January 22, 2012 |
It's almost a rule of screwball comedy: The person you can't stand at first inevitably grows into a confidant or even a mate. Though they didn't become quite that friendly, playwright Molly Smith Metzler and one Martha's Vineyard trophy wife got close enough for comfort — and so simpatico that the woman became a major character in Smith Metzler's play, "Elemeno Pea," which opens Feb. 3 at South Coast Repertory. Smith Metzler, a middle-class native of sleepy Kingston, N.Y., had traveled to the Vineyard on a post-collegiate lark in the early aughts with the vague notion of gathering material for a newly hatched playwriting career.
August 24, 2009 |
President Obama heads to the island resort of Martha's Vineyard today for a family vacation likely to be interspersed with talk of -- and work on -- his drive to pass a healthcare overhaul this fall. The president, First Lady Michelle Obama and their two daughters are set to spend the week at the well-appointed Blue Heron Farm, a private estate they are renting from a family of Republican political donors. The 28-acre spread affords the Obamas access to the sand and surf, along with something else they don't get much of when they travel as a foursome: privacy.
August 23, 2009 |
A weakening Hurricane Bill spun northward, churning up rough seas, creating dangerous riptides and closing beaches to swimmers on the Eastern Seaboard, including President Obama's planned vacation spot, Martha's Vineyard. The Category 1 hurricane was expected to pass the mainland well off New England, but was still packing high winds and waves. By the evening, Bill had maximum sustained winds near 85 mph and was about 250 miles south-southeast of Nantucket, Mass., according to the National Hurricane Center.
August 14, 2009 |
Before he leaves for his summer break in tony Martha's Vineyard, President Obama will spend a weekend in the decidedly more populist, middle-American terrain of the national park system. No president can afford to look elitist amid an economic downturn, which makes the business of choosing a vacation spot a delicate one. Obama will be splitting the difference, in essence. He'll spend the last week in August at a $20-million estate in one of the most private spots on the Vineyard.
August 28, 1999 |
President Clinton bet on a golf game Friday, but a sudden rainstorm mitigated his gamble. As a result, Martha's Vineyard remains U.S. territory. The president, who has played golf this week with bankers and college friends, was joined by royalty Friday. The competition was Prince Andrew, Duke of York, who was visiting friends in New England.