Martha's Vineyard offers up range of social activities

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 8/31/2011, 3:44 p.m.

There is a lot to be said for consistency. Concepts like reliability, stability and knowing what it was, what it is and what it's going to be all come to mind. Such is life on the isle of Martha's Vineyard. You will be so glad to know it is still the same idyllic place it has always been. There is something about the Martha's Vineyard charm that can't be duplicated or found anywhere else in the world.

Fresh ocean air, ponds, long green grass, the cliffs of Gay Head, South Beach, clam strips-the staples are all still in place. Maybe part of the allure is that amongst all of that tranquility is a very active social agenda. Ranging from a salute to Alicia Keys in preparation for the premiere of the play, "Stickfigures," at which the one and only Berry Gordy and Suzanne DePasse were present, to the after-parties hosted at Lola's, the isle's main dance club, for the African-American Film Festival, the island rocks.

Cars filled Lola's parking lot and then some night after night as DJ Kris Washington, up from Washington, D.C., absolutely refused to let the revelers sit down. Whenever I hear the question, "When did you first fall in love with hip-hop?" I stop to ponder. Now, after spending a week in MV, I've finally come up with an answer. I fell in love with hip-hop at the BET party hosted at, where else, Lola's.

Spinning a mix of old-school and hip-hop was D. Nice, and on the mic was Doug E. Fresh, who brought a whole new meaning to tearing the roof off of the sucker. Doug E. performed for two hours straight, glistening in sweat, showing the crowd how to do the Doug E., rapping and just being the ultimate entertainer that he is.

The party, featuring Hennessy passionfruit drinks, apple martinis and more, was a blast. Once again, Gordy appeared and, with his date, graced the dance floor. The very next day, he was honored for being who he is and what he stands for at a gathering that included Charles Ogletree in attendance.

Carole Simpson, the first African-American woman to anchor a major network newscast, was among the crowd of happy people after appearing at Cosen Rose for her book signing. Seen at the literary event, which also featured art work by Faith Ringgold, were Charlene and Warren Goins, who only days earlier had been in the Hamptons, and Gwynne Wilcox, who was there to attend a fundraising event for Brother/Sister Sol, a youth organization here in the city, of which her sister Susan is president.

No way could you be on Martha's Vineyard and not engage in some form of sport, either as a player or spectator. This year marked the 40th anniversary of the Tucker Family Tennis Tournament, which is always held on the second weekend in August. Usually a two-day event, this year it took place over one day only as one of the founding sisters was under the weather.