"An unprecedented set of flight restrictions for the Vineyard announced yesterday will effectively shut down Katama Airfield for the duration of the Presidential visit from August 23 to August 30, and strictly regulate air travel to and from the Martha's Vineyard airport, according to aviation experts."- The Vineyard GazetteThe Obamas are headed to Martha's Vineyard.Me, too! Me, too!The island, in my humble opinion, is magical, and it's why I want to spend my 50th birthday there. Maybe by magic, the day will pass painlessly. I've been dreading this age a long time. What's all the fuss about death panels, I'm wondering? Who wants to grow too old?I'm kidding. I'm kidding. Sort of. To make lemonade of this lemon of a birthday, I convinced Husband to reserve a room on the Vineyard for a couple of nights. If he really loved me, I mentioned, he'd find a place where Dog would be welcomed, too.He loves me. Or maybe he was just glad to be off the hook for a birthday plan. What does one do for a morose wife on the occasion of the day when her life feels half over? As soon as Husband announced he had a sitter for our house and reservations for our stay, I had a look online at the place, which is in view of the Nantucket Sound.Pinch me!But do not remind me about Hurricane Bill, which must also be on Michelle's mind right about now.Like me, Michelle decided to bring along the family dog to the Vineyard. And like Dog, Bo is black.That is pretty much where the similarities between the Obama and the Fratti vacations diverge.The Obamas are said to be staying a week at the 28-acre estate called Blue Heron Farm in Chilmark, a remote part of the island and one of the most expensive communities in the country. The New York Times reports the farm, owned by two Republican donors, leases for $25,000 to $50,000 a week. It has a pool, a driving range, a basketball court and access to a private beach.The Frattis will stay for $215 a night in a beach motel on Oak Bluffs. Think Mad Martha's ice cream stands, the Flying Horse Carousel, and T-shirt shops. I don't know their politics, but the people who own the place also own Tristan, Loki, Thor and Buda, four pups who I'm told will greet us at the desk. There's free coffee and muffins in the morning. Who needs a private beach, right?We won't be bringing a car over on the ferry to keep our costs down. It means Dog will ride with us on the public transit buses that link the island points of interest. It's my birthday, so she'll sit in Husband's lap, not mine.And while the Obamas rub elbows with the liberal elite, I'll be rubbing on sunscreen and keeping a liberal eye out for them. I won't be the only one hoping to steal a glimpse of the first family as they recharge their batteries with sun and surf and a sample of all the good things the island has to offer.Shopkeepers and restaurant owners have been preparing for an onslaught of tourists excited to be on the island with the Obamas.It's been reported that Sharky's, a Mexican cantina with locations in Edgartown and Oak Bluffs, has added Barack O'Tacos to its menu. This because the Obamarita, introduced last week, has been so popular. The Obamarita is freshly crushed mandarin oranges (the president's favorite juice), with pineapple (a nod to his Hawaiian roots), triple sec and tequila.Here's hoping Dog can join us on the patio for drinks; otherwise I'll take mine in a big cup so I can enjoy it at Lake Tashmoo, where she's allowed to play.No telling if we'll run into Bo. Folks are excited to see him on vacation, too. The New York Times reports Good Dog Goods will sell a "Bobama" T-shirt for $18, with a picture of a Portuguese water dog on the front and the slogan "The New Dog in Town" on the back. And Kerry Scott, the store's owner, is organizing the island's first dog parade in honor of the first dog. Too liberal a dose of nonsense in these hard times? Maybe, but it's just what my gerontologist ordered. Fun gives me hope.Kate Fratti wants a "Barackin' the Vineyard 2009" T-shirt," too. She can be reached at 215-949-4179 or at kfratti@phillyBurbs.com.
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