By Marc Larocque, Globe Correspondent
Reports that Chelsea Clinton may get married on the island of Martha’s Vineyard this summer were music to the ears of some business owners on the quiet enclave off the Massachusetts coast.
The rumor alone … is our stimulus package,” said Jeff Kristal, owner of the Clocker House Inn and a selectman in the town of Tisbury. It’s an amazing place to get married. The sheer beauty of the island, the sheer friendliness of the people here, only enhances everyone’s wedding. It’s a magical place.”
Caterer Jaime Hamlin also said the buzz would be a good thing for the Vineyard. A lot of the local businesses will get a huge boom: hotels, restaurants, clothing stores, said Hamlin, a 30-year island resident who said he was hoping to cater the wedding.
The Boston Globe reported in its Names column today, based on sources, that Clinton will wed Marc Mezvinsky at Ted Danson’s home in Chilmark this August and that the ceremony would coincide with a rumored vacation by President Barack Obama on the island.
President Bill Clinton, his wife, Hillary, and their daughter, Chelsea, vacationed numerous times on the island during their White House years, bringing the international spotlight and electrifying a quiet island known for long stretches of empty beaches. The normally sleepy hideaway thrummed as it was crisscrossed with motorcades and its population swelled with the arrival of White House staffers, reporters and TV correspondents, and Secret Service agents.
“Welcome, people in power,” said Hamlin. “Welcome again to the Clintons and welcome to the Obamas. I hope they find it as peaceful and welcoming as we do on the island. Come on down.
Nancy Gardella, executive director of the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce said the Clintons “have a wonderful and rich history here on the vineyard.”
“The more the merrier. We welcome everybody,” she said.
CHELSEA’S LIFE IN THE SPOTLIGHT:
Six-year-old Chelsea Clinton is seen here in 1986 with her father, then the governor of Arkansas, after he cast his vote in the Democratic primary in Arkansas's gubernatorial election in Little Rock. Clinton was challenged by former Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus and W. Dean Goldsby. He prevailed in the primary and was reelected governor in the general election, defeating Frank White.
Chelsea Clinton sees her father off on the campaign trail in 1992.
Chelsea Clinton, then 16, with her parents during President Bill Clinton's re-election campaign in 1996. The Clintons took a whistle stop train trip enroute to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
Former President Bill Clinton and Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., with Chelsea at her graduation from Stanford University June 17, 2001.
In September 2006, Chelsea Clinton was photographed in New York City with boyfriend Marc Mezvinsky.
Chelsea Clinton, then 27, attends a party at the American Museum of Natural History on March 18, 2007 in New York City.
Chelsea Clinton is seen here at a February, 2008 campaign event for her mother at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York with daughter Chelsea in Los Angeles.