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Happiness is a Cottage in the Woods by the Sea
By: Stu Sporn Blurb Press, 2009, 120 pages, 8”X10” 65 full page color cottage photos, nonfiction, travel, Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Oak Bluffs $34.95

This is not just another coffee table photography book, Happiness is a Cottage in the Woods by the Sea provokes happiness and joy by transporting the reader right into Martha’s Vineyard’s most extravagant and exuberant celebration as seen through the eyes of award winning photographer Stu Sporn, The cottage pictures literally pop off the page and the quotes about how famous people define happiness are irresistible.

The Oak Bluffs’ Campgrounds is one of America’s first planned communities and for one glorious day and night the town and the Martha’s Vineyard Camp-Meeting Association host the Grand Illumination, a world class event. Hundreds of flamboyantly painted cottages, in what was called America’s Cottage City, are decorated with oriental lanterns. The brightly painted Queen Anne Victorians and their unusual gingerbread trim adds to the magic of the Grand Illumination. The full page cottage photographs, community history and the quotations will inspire and ignite the reader’s senses.

The roots of the Martha’s Vineyard Camp-Meeting Association, formerly known as Weslyan Grove, grew out of the 19th century Methodist Camp-Meeting movement. From humble beginnings the Camp-Meeting became the most famous Methodist revival meeting in the United States. Now the Camp Ground is interdenominational and many cottage campgrounds are scattered worldwide.

The beginnings of the Grand Illumination began in the first half of the 19th century and became an official event in 1869 when the Campgrounds hosted 30,000 people during the summer. The event attracts thousands of visitors, luminaries and celebrities.

The Grand Illumination is a breathtaking spectacle. The atmosphere lifts everyone’s spirits and illustrates the significance about community, friendship and happiness. Anyone interested in whimsical cottages, historical landmarks, wonderful photographs, travel and bringing happiness into their lives will enjoy this book. Who can’t have a little more happiness in their lives? Find some more in Happiness is a Cottage in the Woods by the Sea. A book meant to be for our times.


About the Author

Stu Sporn
Sporn Massachusetts, USA
Stu is an award winning photographer from Massachusetts. He specializes in commercial photography; however, he does get into fine art photography too. He's exhibited in and around the Cape & Islands, Washington, DC and New York. His latest project is "The Omelet Show" which he describes by the proverb, "You can't make an omelet without breaking eggs." His other book, Happiness is a Cottage in the Woods by the Sea, documents the illuminated cottages in Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard. Stu brings a lot of emotion into his photography, as seen in his two books. His pictures are whimsical, thought provoking, silly, vivid and always emotional and it's been said that his work has an Edward Weston flair about it. You can see more cottage pictures at: and Stuart Sporn on Facebook

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