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Monday, May 13th, 2013
Beautiful weather and something for everybody in the Week Ahead:
The Martha’s Vineyard Museum welcomes Rick Herrick (playwright), Kate Hancock (lyrics), and Ben Willmott (score), to the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center with a presentation of their collaborative production, ‘Lighthouse Point.’ Presenting a topic familiar to many Island families, the passing a family home onto the next generation. Herrick, Hancock, and Willmott will lead a discussion following the play reading. Lighthouse Point will be presented at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center, 79 Beach Road Vineyard Haven, on Thursday, May 16th beginning at 4:00pm. Admission is free, however donations are appreciated.
Bird-a-thon, Felix Neck’s annual fundraiser hosts, teams of birders spend 24 hours trying to spot the most species in Massachusetts. Event kick off at 6 pm May 17 and continues to the following day and provides the perfect excuse to enjoy the beautiful days outdoors.
Everyone loves a birthday party! Join the party at the MV Film Center for Buddha’s Birthday Bash. There will be a screening of two films - Crazy Wisdom and When the Iron Bird Flies - with cake and beverages in between. Starts at 4 pm on May 17th. Admission: $12/$7 for Film Society members
This week the topic of Vineyard Gardens’ free weekly gardening lecture is Herbs and Herb Gardens. Gardeners and foodies alike will want to learn all they can about creating a beautiful and delicious source kitchen garden that will last all season long. Begins at 11 am.
Flatbread MV celebrates its reopening and you’re invited! Join the fun on Saturday May 18th for evening of live music from Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish & Good Night Louise plus cash bar and Free Pizza!
Forager Alert: Wesley Price, founder of the Cape Cod Mushroom Club, will lead an educational walk to discover the world of mushrooms at TTOR’s Menemsha Hills Reservation. Renew your sense of ecological wonder as you learn about the mushrooms found on Martha’s Vineyard. Pre-registration is required. Call 508.693.7662 to register. Members: Adult $5; Child (15 & under) $3. Nonmembers: Adult $10; Child (15 & under) $3.
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Monday, May 6th, 2013
Martha’s Vineyard’s magnolias, forsythia, dogwoods and more have turned the Island into one vast bouquet. Taking advantage of the profusion of May’s blossoms, Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary invites us all to take part in their a guided walk to witness all of spring’s offerings on Tuesday May 7th.
Later on the same day you can learn more about The Trustees of Reservations at the Oak Bluffs Library starting at 6 pm. It’s a great way to make sure you can enjoy their extraordinary properties all summer long.
On Thursday, May 9th, the Martha’s Vineyard Wine Festival makes its debut. The 4-day event celebrates wine and food in homes and businesses throughout the Island. Wine tastings, restaurant events and The Local Wild Food Challenge are just some of the anticipated happenings. You can inform yourself about each day’s featured events by visiting the event’s website.
Beginning on Friday and continuing through Mother’s Day, the Edgartown Board of Trade’s Pink and Green Festival fills the weekend with fun for the whole family. Check out the daily events at their website. On Saturday, the MV Museum, as a P&G participant, invites children to learn how to carve historic scrimshaw into pink and green soap using an image of their choice. Come evening the Pink and Green Ball will be celebrated at the Harbor View Hotel.
Also on Saturday, May 11 from 2-4pm, Marcia Randol and Marla Blakey and Featherstone Center for the Arts invite you to the 4th Annual Garden Tea Party & Fashion Show. Celebrate spring, tea and fashion in our elegant tent! Treats, hats, prizes and raffle complete our festive afternoon. Please RSVP by Monday, May 6th Reservations required.
On Saturday afternoon, The Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary will be hosting an information session exploring the Citizen Science Research project on Martha’s Vineyard and the ways in which the public can participate. Whether you want to observe different wildlife or monitor local weather there is a project waiting for you!
Of course Sunday May 12th is Mother’s Day. Brunches, lunches and dinners will be taking place at Island restaurants for families to enjoy together. Happy Mother’s Day to all you Moms out there, from MVOL.com
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Monday, April 22nd, 2013
Happy Earth Day everyone.
Martha’s Vineyard marks this day with great enthusiasm and activity, understandable seeing how beautiful our little patch of earth is and how living on an Island really makes you realize that the land we live on it finite.
As happens every year, the Vineyard Conservation held its annual beach cleanup this past Saturday Though the event is over, you can still get out and do some beach-combing for trash (or treasure) and cleanup your little piece of the universe.
For openers, Imagine Arts Festival celebrates on Monday April 22 with a special screening of French documentary, Planet Ocean, directed and produced by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Goodplanet Foundation of Paris, France. Hosted by Robert MacLean, this MV premiere screening is followed by a community discussion on ocean stewardship on island and globally. Poetry by Fan Ogilvie, Robert MacLean & Marianne Goldberg. Piano by Peter MacLean & Wes Nagy.
Enjoy a Dine to Donate Dinner at Sharkey’s in either Oak Bluffs or Edgartown in support of Hospice on April 23 then head over to the Vineyard Haven Library where it’s movie night at 7 pm. When they’ll be screening Skyfall.
On Wednesday Felix Neck will be at the VH Library with a free program on Horseshoe Crabs: A Story of Beach Trysts and Blue Bloods at 7-8pm. The program is free and all are welcome. Susie Bowman, Felix Neck Teacher / Naturalist hosts the program. Beer takes center stage at two events this weekend: on April 27 when The MV Museum invites you to a special program with beer historian and master brewer of Colonial and Victorian-era beers, Christopher Bowen. Learn about the brewing process and adaptations to changing tastes. A similar program, also lead by Mr Bowen will take place at Dreamland on April 28th. Space is limited so please call to reserve you spot for this 21+ event. Also on April 27th the alpaca at Island Alpaca lose their winter coats
And for those of you who didn’t have the opportunity to your part on Earth Day, here’s your second chance: Stop in at Felix Neck to take part in the Statewide Volunteer Day on Saturday April 27th . Help battle back invasives, volunteer to work on the butterfly garden, get the Nature Play Area ready for summer. Then, enjoy a barbecue for volunteers after the work day to celebrate all that was accomplished.
Monday, March 25th, 2013
As I write this, Martha’s Vineyard is bundled up in yet another sparkling blanket of snow. The emerging daffodils looked a bit shocked and the crocus, which are actually budding, are not impressed. Meanwhile the sky is a gentle springtime blue and the sun is doings its best to put things right. What the weather in the week ahead will bring is anyone’s guess.
Come what may, next week Passover and Easter will be celebrated and we are poised for the beginning of April . As is the case during many weeks just preceding major holidays, the lineup of events which typically keep us entertained from one end of the week to the next give way instead to holiday shopping and planning.
In Vineyard Haven where shops typically remain open throughout the winter months, windows along Main Street are overflowing with fanciful items for the holidays and the warm days to come.
Juliska’s upbeat décor make it seem possible to actually bring the joy of spring right into your living room. Le Roux has so many fresh new looks that you’ll want to start entertaining outdoors as soon as possible. Passing by Rainy Day you’ll begin to believe that the owners of this store actually invented the word cute. Their kids rain gear makes the soon to be upon us April showers actually something to look forward to.
For the gardener’s among us, Island garden centers are stocking up on Easter plants and starter flats of early veggies. Who can resist the temptation of all that green? Even brown thumbs like me tend to experience itchy fingers in the warm greenhouses.
Among the events we are anticipating this week is Featherstone’s MV Regional High School’s Painting and Drawing exhibit opening Saturday, March 30 from 4 to 6 pm. This annual show never fails to delight and amaze. Refreshments will be served.
Later the same day, The DayTrippers return to the “Summer of Love” at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center. The home-grown group of veteran Island musicians will present an orchestrated version of The Beatles music (Revolver, Sgt. Peppers, to the Roof Top concert), complete with a light show for the benefit of the Film Center. At $15 general admission and $12 for film society members and students under 14 it’s a total trip down memory lane. Until next week… Peace, man.
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Monday, March 18th, 2013
Welcome to the week ahead and the official start of spring on Wednesday, March 20st! Though Martha’s Vineyard’s weather doesn’t always play by the rules, it’s nice to know that the sun at least is heading towards the summer.
It’s always fun this time of year to look around and ID the many indicators of a new season on its way: Crocuses (well, at least the green parts) are popping up by the MV Savings Bank; behind our MVOL offices the large sailboat that wintered through wrapped up like a giant gift, is finally getting its winter coat removed. A flatbed full of golf carts cut me off at Five Corners the other day. Someone up in West Tisbury reported snowdrops showing in the woods awhile back and, more recently, the first notes of the pinkletinks have been reported from the same area, though with the frost last night, I find this hard to believe.
Downtown areas are humming…work continues on the Copper Wok, due to open in April in the space formerly occupied by Zephrus . On warm days as you approach downtown the smell of fresh paint, when the winds are coming from on- shore, overrides even the scent of the sea. Weekend ferries are full-up with folks checking out summer rental options and kids trolling for summer jobs (yes, already!)
In comparison to last week’s blow-out of events, celebrating St Patrick’s Day and then some, our calendar is taking a bit of a breather. Even so there is plenty to keep us occupied in the week ahead: Pathways Projects continues its Poetry at Pathways, a series of slams scheduled through April ; Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary invites us to greet the new season on March 20th at its Spring Equinox Yoga: 108 Sun Salutations from 9 – 11 am; on Friday March 22, James Goff, Mike McDonald and Jim Lauletta bring a night of comedy to the Harborview Hotelin Edgartown; and on Saturday March 23, Dance-o-rama at Dreamland and an Egg Hunt at the OB Library offer some fun alternatives for spending time with your kids.
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Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
Though the week begins quietly enough, the upcoming weekend more than make up for the slow start_
On Friday, March 15 the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival returns to its home at the Chilmark Community center for 3 days full of great films, discussions and guest appearances by filmmakers and featured participants.
As has also become part of the Winter Film Festival tradition, filmgoers will find sustenance in the daily food offerings, this year provided by chef Chris Fisher, Chilmark Coffee and the Chilmark Baker. Folks from away can take advantage of the special hotel and film festival package discounts being offered for the second year by the Harbor View Hotel & Resort in Edgartown.
In addition to the Film Festival Martha’s Vineyard will also celebrating St Patrick’s Day over the same weekend. Check out you favorite pubs and restaurants for Irish fare, music and fun. To get you started check out MVOL’s ‘Celebrating St Patrick’s Day on Martha’s Vineyard.’
On Saturday March 16th from 7-9 pm mvyradio invites you to join the party out at West Tisbury’s Ag Hall for a celebration of music on Martha’s Vineyard featuring Island musicians Tristan Israel, Mike Benjamin, Don Groover, Jemima James, Nancy Jephcote and Paul Thurlow . Refreshments will be served and potluck desserts are welcome.
As we come to the end of the week ahead we won’t quite make it to first day of spring, but the extra hour of daylight we got last weekend by setting clocks ahead an hour sure makes it seem like summer is just around the corner…that and the reopening of the Edgartown Dairy Queen on Wednesday of this week. For Island school kids this is the ultimate test of the season’s change. Blizzards arriving on the coattails of last week’s blizzard-like conditions..Here’s hoping we’ve turned the corner!
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Monday, March 4th, 2013
Welcome to the first week of March. It’s been a little scary during the past week when you could drive through 5-Corners mid-afternoon and see not one car in any direction; the uptick in traffic now that school vacation week has ended comes as kind of a relief.
And speaking of schools and such: tomorrow March 5th, at MVRHS from 4:30 to 6pm, you can register for any of over 30 classes and seminars being offered for adults at the high school this spring. Classes and seminars cover Arts & Communication, Business and Computers, Cooking, History, Healthcare and Fitness, Writing, Languages, and more. Online registration also available at www.acemv.org. At 7 pm the same evening at the Vineyard Haven Library Ann Charnley will be discussing Parlor Politics and the Ladies of Liberty — an intimate and illuminating look at the fervently patriotic and passionate women whose tireless pursuits on behalf of their families-and their country-proved just as crucial to the forging of a new nation as the rebellion that established it.
If the warmer weather has you anxious to get outside during the week ahead brings two opportunities: One winter walk being held at the Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary on March 7th and the second two days later at Polly Hill Arboretum. Also at Polly Hill this week will be two programs focusing on apples – the first on March 8th explores the historyof the apple and the second on March 9th is a hands-on seminars on pruning apple trees.
On Friday night march 8th, the harbor View Hotel once again hosts PechaKucha Night, devised in Japan in 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. Reservations are required if you’d like to present. Food and drink will be available for purchase. 7:30-9 pm.
On Saturday March 9th wrap up the week with Disco & Dinner with the kids at Family Dance-O-Rama at Dreamland MV. DJ Shizz spins your favorite dance tunes from Pop to Hip-Hop. Refreshments & family-friendly menu available during event. No cover.
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Tuesday, February 19th, 2013
Though MV is coming off of another snowy episode there are definite signs that winter is in retreat. Temperatures are rising and sunny mornings are filled with bird song. Island families are planning getaways of their own for the upcoming winter school break. By the time they return, it’ll be March and just a few weeks away from the spring equiniox!
With the temperatures heading into the 40s today, it’s not at all surprising that the Island turns it’s attention to the outdoors this week. On Tuesday February 19, Matt Pelikan from the Nature Conservancy, Allan Keith, chronicler of Island natural history and Lanny McDowell, artist and bird photographer, will impart everything you wanted to know about Birding on the Vineyard at the OB Library from 6-8 pm.
Later in the week, on February 22 (happy birthday President Washington!) you can put your new found expertise to the test at Felix Neck’s Full Moon Owl Prowl. Look, listen, and learn about these nocturnal birds. Observe the Sanctuary’s resident barn owls in their owl cam and perhaps out on the trails, then warm up with hot chocolate and tea at the Nature Center.
Come Saturday, it’s time to step out and have some fun. Kids and families can celebrate the weekend with disco and dinner at Dreamland MV’s favorite all-age dance party, Family Dance-O-Rama. Bust a move on the dancefloor as DJ Shizz spins your favorite dance tunes from Pop to Hip-Hop. Refreshments & family-friendly menu available.
Later the same evening party at the The Meat Ball from 6-10 pm at the Ag Hall. A variety of FARM Institute sausages paired with Morning Glory Farm sauerkraut and other fine side dishes followed by live music and dancing by The Daytrippers. All you can eat dinner from 6-7:30 pm, Dancing 7:30-10 pm. Tickets at the door. Please bring your own place setting & drinks. Admission is $25/adult or $40/two adults, $10 kids 12 & under unless of course you’ve participated in ….
Jefferson Munroe’s ( GOOD Farm) Sausage Making Workshop from 10 am-1 pm. The fee for this workshop is $45 and includes hands-on demo and 1/2 price admission to the Meat Ball. Using island-raised, all natural, heritage breed pork from The FARM Institute, participants will make different varieties of sausages. Includes a tasting and sausages to take home. Registration required. Call 508-627-7007 to sign up.
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Monday, February 11th, 2013
As I write this on Friday the Island is bracing for the mighty blizzard scheduled to engulf the Northeast over the weekend. It makes it a little difficult to anticipate the week ahead: Will we still be digging ourselves out of the snowdrifts as the new week starts? Will we have the electric that keeps all our connectivity humming happily along? Or will the Island experience one of its sporadic warm spells and by Monday the snow will be but a memory, gurgling down the storm drains.
Going on the assumption that we will not still be shoveling come Monday, we expect that Martha’s Vineyard will resume its normal wintertime tempo. The week kicks off with a pancake breakfast marking Mardi Gras - Fat Tuesday – on February 12th at the First Baptist Hall in Vineyard Haven. We can’t help but wonder if State Road Restaurant’s Austin Racine’s stint at Le Roux’s Wednesday food demo will include a ‘how to’ for his ethereal lemon ricotta pancakes. One can always hope.
The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School’s Performing Arts Department treats us to a three day run (February 14-16) of the musical “A Secret Garden” based on the children’s classic of the same name by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Music by Lucy Simon;. $10 adults/$7 student/senior.
Lots of folks ask what we, who winter over on the Island, do in the this time of year. Though Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary has no answer to that question as regards the Island’s human population they will present a program “Where Do They Go in The Winter” about the Island’s migrating birds. If yours is an inquiring mind that wants to know the answer, stop by the Tisbury Senior Center on February 14th at 10:30 – 11:30 am and find out.
I’m sure it’s needless to remind you all that Thursday, February 14th is Valentine’s Day. If you still haven’t a clue about how to celebrate check out some suggestions from MVOL and enjoy.
The weekend that closes the week ahead also kicks off the three day President’s Day holiday, and as is an MV custom, the MV 20-miler road race will be run in support of the Martha’s Vineyard Boy’s and Girl’s Club. Enjoy the week ahead and the long weekend to come.
Monday, January 21st, 2013
Winter, weather-wise, has finally arrived on Martha’s Vineyard. Last Friday’s snowfall was a welcome sight to Islanders who, pretty
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much since the start of the month, were left wondering if winter had passed us by. The snow, powdery and sparse enough in most places to make getting out of the driveway easy brought with it the sun after many dreary days of rain. By Saturday much of the snow had melted and the Island settled in for the week ahead’s spate of cold weather.
Those of you with the day off may want to celebrate Martin Luther King’s legacy with a day of service on Monday January 21 out at the FARM Institute. Chrissy Kinsman and crew invite us to all to come help them ‘liberate the back where 40’ where all the good, recylable, reusable pieces and parts go to await their next best use on a farm. Come help sort the trash from the treasure or if you’d rather, help with morning chores and farm projects that are ongoing in every season.
Also marking this important day is MLK Day 84th Birthday Celebration Breakfast & Program being held at Vineyard haven’s First Baptist Church. The presentation “Perspective” Reflections on King’s Dream Today will be delivered by by Eric V. Grey former CFO of the American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts and graduate of Harvard Business School. Reservations for breakfast are recommended.
Moving into Tuesday three great events vie for attention: Movie Night at the Vineyard Haven Library, Jazz at Offshore Ale and a MVWN presentation on ‘goal-setting is your personal navigation system to give you direction in your career and your life’ presented by Bonnie Marcus, founder and principal of Women’s Success Coaching.
On Wednesday January 23rd Jesse Martin, from the Park Corner Bistro presents at Le Roux’s popular Cooking Demo and on Thursday the 24th you can catch up with friends and some fine things to eat at the St. Augustine’s and MV Hebrew Center’s weekly Community Potuck.
On the 26th, Chiliheads converge on Martha’s Vineyard for the 27th annual MVY Radio Big Chili Contest. Warm up on a chilly January day - come to sample all the many different kinds of chili at the PA Club in Oak Bluffs. If you haven’t bought a ticket in advance, check in at the door just prior to the event when a limited number of tickets are typically available. Enjoy the Week Ahead.