Martha’s Vineyard not waiting for president to get the party started
President Obama won’t arrive on Martha’s Vineyard for another couple of weeks, but boldfacers on the island are already kicking back. Lawyer Alex MacDonald and his wife, Dr. Maureen Strafford, hosted a sunset soiree Sunday at their Chilmark spread. Singer Tom Rush entertained 150 or so guests, including Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz and wife Carolyn Cohen, Harvard Business School professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter and husband Barry Stein, Seth Meyers’s in-laws-to-be Tom and Joanne Ashe, “Sleepless in Seattle” producer Gary Foster, venture capitalist David Fialkow and wife Nina, restaurateur Patrick Lyons, philanthropist Barbara Lee, “Says You” panelists Arnie Reisman and Paula Lyons, Superior Court Judge Mitchell Kaplan, and “Emotional Intelligence” author Daniel Goleman. Obama vacationed with his family on the Vineyard in 2009, 2010, and 2011, and is due to arrive with first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Aug. 10 and stay until Aug. 18. The White House has not said where the family is staying, but the Vineyard Gazette reports they’ll be bunking at a private residence off South Road in Chilmark owned by financier David Schulte. According to the paper, the 5,000-square-foot contemporary-style home overlooking Chilmark Pond has a private master suite with its own den, porch, and outdoor shower, a small basketball court, and a patio and screened dining room that overlook an infinity pool.