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The Week Ahead: Fri., Apr. 04, through Thurs., Apr. 10, 2014

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Anticipating those spring showers for which April is famous, the week ahead offers a collection of events that acknowledge our urge to reclaim our outdoor spaces but also keep up busy and social during those intermittent, not-so-great days scattered between the days of bright sunshine and enjoying the summer sun. Arts, entertainment and lectures fill the Week Ahead - Enjoy!

Friday, April 4
Opening Reception
Night Heron Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard’s only artist-owned and operated cooperative gallery invites you to its reopening, 5-7 pm, after its winter break. All are welcome.

Saturday, April 5
Vineyard Gardens Lecture: Starting Plants From Seed
Spring has sprung and Vineyard Gardens welcomes you to its Educational Lecture Series presented each Saturday from 11 - 12. A question and answer period will be held at the end of each lecture and savings coupon for material related to lecture topics will be available that day

Sunday, April 6
Shakespeare for the Masses - Cymbeline
A Lively Staged Reading organized and edited by Nicole Galland and Chelsea McCarthy and performed by a rollicking troupe of Playhouse Players! Sunday, April 6 at 2pm at the Katharine Cornell Theater

Monday, April 7
Dine & Donate
Enjoy the cozy atmosphere, great food and drink at Offshore Ale and help benefit the Arboretum! Monday, April 7th 20% of food sales will be donated to Polly Hill, from 11:30am to 8:30pm. Download, print, and present an Offshore dinner coupon to your server to have your purchase count. Silent auction items will also be offered. Reservations strongly encouraged.

Tuesday, April 8
Oscar Nominated Film Series
The Vineyard Haven Library invites you its Oscar Nominated Film Series taking place Tuesdays at 7 pm. Featured in April will be Twelve Years a Slave, Gravity, The Dallas Buyers Club and American Hustle. Admission is free. This Week: Gravity

Wednesday, April 9
Horseshoe Crabs: A Story of Beach Trysts and Blue Bloods
Often misunderstood by casual beach goers and in high demand by the bait and biomedical industries, the horseshoe crab plays essential roles in both the natural world and world-wide modern medicine. Susie Bowman, Felix Neck Teacher/Naturalist and Fred Hotchkiss, Director of the Marine Paleobiological Research Institute will present a lecture and slide show about these ancient marine residents of Martha’s Vineyard.

For more this to do in the Week Ahead, check out MVOL’s Calendar of Events.

The Week Ahead: Fri., Feb. 7 through Thurs., Feb. 13, 2014

Friday, February 7th, 2014

We skate into the second week of February coping with the icy conditions left behind from the last snow storm.  Nonetheless, the variety of things to tempt us out of doors continues to stave off cabin fever.  In addition to and Jazz Nights (Tuesdays) at Offshore Ale;  50 cent wings (Sundays) at Henry’s at Edgartown’s Harborview Hotel;  2 for 1 Nights (Thursdays) at The Grill on Main, free movies at the Chilmark Library (Fridays) Trivia Nights at the Wharf (Wednesdays) and more, you can check out these events in the week ahead…stay warm!

Friday, Feb. 7
Exhibit Opening: The Art of Advertising
Explore how designers and businesses marketed their ideas and products in often beautiful ways at the MV Museum.

Saturday, Feb. 8
Rockin Away the Winter Blues with Johnny Hoy & the Bluefish
Come enjoy this great night of fun and wash away those winter blues! Boogie down in your bluesy finest and rock along with Johnny Hoy & the Bluefish. Benefits the Chilmark School PTO and Outing Program

Sunday, Feb 9
Opening Reception- For Pet’s Sake: For the Love of Pets and Animals.
Opening Reception at Featherstone Center for the Arts. Refreshments from 4-6 pm. The show continues daily 12-4 pm until February 26th.

Slowfood Martha’s Vineyard Farmers Brunch
Slowfood Martha’s Vineyard invites you to its Farmers Brunch being held Sunday, Feb 9th 10am @ the Chilmark Community Center.

Monday, Feb 10
Ladies Night at Featherstone: Card Making
Learning some paper folding techniques  while making Valentines for the special people in your life

Tuesday, Feb 11
Lecture: Chief Curator Bonnie Stacy Presents, “Is It Not Love?”
Join the MV Museum’s Chief Curator, Bonnie Stacy, as she traces the history of Valentines, both humble and elaborate.

Wednesday, Feb 12
“Romancing the Oyster” Harbor View Hotel and the MV Shellfish Group will host this fundraising dinner dedicated to this Vineyard classic. Savor the bounty of the sea as Executive Chef Nathan Gould prepares delectable dishes that celebrate cultured and wild oysters

Thursday, Feb 13
Woody Pines at the MV Film Center
A night of musical entertainment with Woody Pine (Brad Tucker and Friends) and Jemima James with Goodnight Louise playing the opening set. Show starts at 7:30 pm

Remember, Valentine’s Day is Feb. 14th! Check out MVOL’s Calendar for special events.

The Week Ahead: Fri., Dec. 20 - Thurs., Dec. 26, 2013

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Welcome to the Week Ahead which will take us up to, and include, the Christmas holiday.  Although many of us will be busy with last minute shopping, travel and other traditional pre-holiday activities, there are still events to enjoy and some, such as the Y’s Drop Off and Shop, might even make this busy week a bit easier.  Enjoy the Week Ahead and Happy Holidays!

Fri, Dec. 20
Santa Sweepstakes
Drawing to be held today at Offshore Ale at 3pm.

Sat, Dec. 21
First Baptist Church Christmas Tea & White Elephant Sale
Join the fun from 2-4 pm at the Parish House. Proceeds will benefit the Baptist Women’s Ministry. $7 adults $4 children under 12. White elephant tables, tea, finger sandwiches and cookies.

Sat, Dec. 21
West Tisbury Winter Farmers Market
Last chance to shop the farmer’s market before the holiday!
10 am to 1 pm at The Agricultural Society at 35 Panhandle Road in West Tisbury.

Sat, Dec. 21
Solstice Celebration
A Celebration of Nature, Music and True North, to rekindle the fire within. 4:30 Bow Drill Fire and Torch Walk; 5 pm Potluck Dinner; 6 pm Live Music by youth, teens, adults. 7 pm dance to Latin, R& B, World tunes. Fires tended all night.

Sun, Dec. 22

Drop and Shop
Drop your kids off at the Y to finish some last minute shopping! Ages 3+. $20/child, $15/sibling. 1-4 pm

Sun, Dec. 22
Sunday with Santa at the Black Dog
Photos with Santa inside the Black Dog Tavern followed by tree lighting & caroling with the Minnesingers. Ornament decorating for kids. Free cookies, hot chocolate and cider. Tours of Tall Ship Alabama & 25% off holiday items.

Tues, Dec. 24
Carols, candle-lighting and other Christmas Eve traditions take place at churches throughout the Island, beginning with services in the early evening, some of which are geared specifically for children) and continuing through to midnight. Click here for details >

Wed, Dec. 25
Merry Christmas!
To view Christmas Day Church Services Click here>

For even more things to do visit MVOL’s Calendar of Events >>>

The Week Ahead: Fri., Sept. 27 - Thurs., Oct. 03, 2013

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Autumn arrived on the Island last week and the weather has certainly been in keeping with the season. The sunny cool days add sparkle to every undertaking and on the weekends, downtown streets are full of folks taking full advantage of the sun and cooler temperatures. With more of the same on the way you’re sure to enjoy the Week Ahead!

Fri., Sat. & Sun., Sept 27, 28 & 29
Kayak Challenge Weekend
Don’t miss the chance to participate in this great twist on the Derby!Winners gets a loaded sea kayak from sponsor, BassYaks. Single prize awarded by luck of the draw Oct 20th to 1 of 4 winners for the heaviest fish of each of the 4 species. Check the Derby site for details.

Sat., Sept 28
Celebrate National Electric Vehicle Day
Take part in Martha’s Vineyard’s first ever Electric Vehicle Day under the solar canopies at Cronig’s Market, in VH from 9 am to 12:30 pm.

Sat., Sept 28
3rd Annual Artist Studio Tour
Meet local artists in their creative settings. Tickets purchase at Featherstone Center for the Arts on September 27 & 28.

Mon., Sept 30
Vineyard Ghost Walking Tour
Explore the haunted secrets of Oak Bluffs, on this lantern led walking tour.
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Tues., Oct 1
Fall for the Arts
Start of Martha’s Vineyard’s family-friendly festival that showcases local art and culture through the entire month of October

Wed., Oct 2
Chappaquiddick Graveyard Tour
Take a walking tour of this Native American Graveyard on Chappaquiddick.

The Week Ahead: (Fri., Sept. 6 - Thurs., Sept. 12, 2013)

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Schools open on Martha’s Vineyard in the Week Ahead but fun events for all ages still fill MVOL’s Calendar of Events.

Thurs., Fri., Sat. & Sun., Sept. 5-8:
MV International Film Festival
Four days filled with the thought provoking and entertaining feature and short films, great evening events, provocative forums.

Fri., Sept. 6
Multi-dealer Antique Show
The MV Antique Association presents its at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury from 9 am until 3 pm. Come find a treasure!

Fri., Sept. 6
Live Muisc @ Flatbread
Butter Band features players from G. Love and the Special Sauce, Ghosts of Jupiter, Dub Apocalypse and the mighty J. Geils Band.

Sat., Sept. 7:
Guided Kayak Adventure
Join a Felix Neck naturalist on an exciting kayak adventure on Sengekontacket Pond. Explore Sarson’s Island, the salt marsh and search for pond wildlife.

Sat., Sept. 7:
Art Reception at Dragonfly Gallery
Dragonfly Gallery invites you to its September Gallery Reception 5-7 pm. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Tues. Sept. 10:
Author Event: “Immigrant: A Memoir Across the Atlantic”
Sally Bennett Segall introduces her intriguing story of post World War I Europe, love affairs, World War II, spies and her final immigration to the US.

Thurs. Sept 12:
Public Dancing Allowed @ The Yard
Live music from island favorite, Johnny Hoy and The Bluefish, makes it fun for the whole family to get up and dance! Only $10/adults; free for children under 12.

For even more things to do visit MVOL’s Calendar of Events >>>

The Week Ahead: Fri., Aug. 9 through Fri., Aug. 16, 2013

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Events You Won’t Want to Miss in the Week Ahead:

Thurs - Sun., Aug. 8, 9, 10 & 11:
Built on Stilts Dance Festival
Enjoy the work of over 40 choreographers from the Vineyard and beyond.

Fri., Aug. 9th:
Live at Dreamland:
MV Summer Madness Music Conference & Festival 2013 Presents: Big Daddy Kane & Joe.

Sat., Aug. 10th:
August Art Stroll:
An evening of fun, food, friends and surprises4- 7 pm on Dukes County Ave.,
Oak Bluffs.

Mon., Tues. & Wed., Aug. 12, 13 & 14th:
3rd Annual Martha’s Vineyard Comedy Fest.
This year’s line-up includes Damon Williams, Pierre, Tony Tone, B-Phlat and many more. Come out to laugh with some of the “hottest” comics on the circuit.

Wed., Aug. 14th:
Illumination Night
Sing-along @ 7 followed by the annual Grand Illumination when the hundreds of lanterns hung on gingerbread cottage porches are lit. A turn of the 19th century. Island tradition. PS: Lantern Painting: Tues., Aug. 13, 10 am - noon & 1-3 pm.

Thurs., Aug. 15th:
First Day of the 4-Day Agricultural Fair
Rides, games, live music, livestock, competitions, craft demonstrations, food, shopping, art show, & awards for homegrown produce flowers & homemade goodies. See you at the Fair! daily through Sunday, August 18.

Fri., Aug. 16th:
OB’s Annual Fireworks by the Sea
A Vineyard summer institution: sensational fireworks display at Ocean Park by the sea in Oak Bluffs.

The Week Ahead: Mon., June 10-Sun., June 16, 2013

Monday, June 10th, 2013

The Week Ahead: Book-ended by Restaurant Events
This week the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust holds the two events that kick off not only this organization’s fundraising season but also traditionally signal the start of summer galas, parties and celebrations.  The Taste of the Vineyard Gourmet Stroll takes place on Thusday, June 13 under tents amid the flowering gardens of the Dr. Daniel Fisher House in Edgartown, one of the Preservation Trust’s most beautiful properties.  Island restaurants and wine purveyors vie to impress with their tastiest tastings.  Live music  and the ‘ready to party’ mood of the crowd always make this a night to remember.  Two days later on Saturday, June 15, at the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust’s Taste of the Vineyard Patrons’ Dinner Dance and Auction welcomes guests to feast on delectable hors d’oeuvres and savor fine beverages while catching up with old friends and previewing the auction.

Earlier in the week the bear goes on at Flatbread Pizza with Deer Tick performing  their alternative blend of folk, blues & country live at Flatbread.  They will be joined by local band Dukes County Love Affair. Next day stop by  for a delicious wood-fired pizza in support of Rising Tide Therapeutic Equestrian Center.  Meet some of the Rising Tide students and staff, and enter to win an iPad.

If you’ve ever wondered about the massive scow taking shape on Beach Road just past 5-Corners heading towards Oak Bluffs you won’t  want to miss Ted Box’s presentation: Seeker, The Scow Boatwright Lecture at the Oak Bluffs Library on June 13.  Learn about the construction of this wooden scow-schooner being built by Ted and  his sons, Jake and Garrett. Presentation will take place 6-7 pm.

Two theatrical events take place this week:  On June 14 & 15, The 2013 Bessie Schönberg Residency performance including South Asian choreographer Hari Krishnan, and New York choreographers Deborah Lohse and Donnell Oakley at The Yard’s Chilmark campus and a performance by Passamezzo Moderno, a period ensemble performing the music of the early 16th through early 19th centuries with particilar emphasis on 17th century virtuoso instrumentals at the MV Hebrew Center on June 13.

June 14-16, The man behind the MV Film Center,  Richard Paradise, has put together an exciting, weekend-spanning  3-day Festival of Films complete with features and short films, an opening-night reception plus late-night lounges, live music and post-screening Q&As with guests from the worlds of film, music, and the cultural arts.

“I’d love to have the whole place swimming in roses” ~James Joyce

With the Island’s beach roses in full bloom and Bloomsday upcoming on June 16, it seems an apt time to  recall this quote from the writer’s masterwork, Ulysses. Martha’s Vineyard joins in the worldwide celebration of this day with an evening of music and drama presented by Arts & Society at the Katharine Cornell Theater beginning at 8 pm.

Finally, Restaurant Week begins on Sunday which is also Father’s Day. We’ll have more about this next week as the event continues through until June 20th. In the meantime, Happy Father’s Day to all you Dads out there and enjoy the Week Ahead.

The Week Ahead:Mon., May 13 through Sun., May 19, 2013

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.

Enjoy the Week Ahead!

The Week Ahead: Mond., May 6 through Sun., May 12, 2013

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

Enjoy the Week Ahead!

The Week Ahead: Monday, April 22 through Sun., April. 28 , 2013

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.

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