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The Week Ahead: Fri., Mar. 21, through Thurs., Mar. 27, 2014)

Monday, March 24th, 2014


Eastville, Martha's VineyardMoving into the last full week of March, Martha’s Vineyard is more ready than ever to put winter behind it and enjoy the spring that began on March 20. The Arts take center stage this week with events that focus on creativity and learning. West Tisbury Library celebrates its reopening and expansion, The Wharf aims to reveal the artist in all of us, poetry and music, photography and more all make it easy to enjoy the Week Ahead.

Friday, March 21
Staff Tour Hosted by: Bonnie Stacy, Chief Curator
Enjoy a curated tour of the Museum’s the current exhibits, 3 – 4 pm. Refreshments served. Free for members/$7 for non-members.

Saturday, March 22
West Tisbury Library Reopening Celebration
West Tisbury Library celebrates its much anticipated reopening and the unveiling of its expanded space. There will be refreshments, music, tours and more. Fun starts at 10 am. Admission is free and all are welcome to join the celebration.

Sunday, March 23
Painting Party at the Wharf
The Wharf provides painting supplies, you provide the inspiration. Step-by-step guidance in creating your own masterpiece in 2-3 hours while eating, drinking & mingling with friends. No experience needed! 6:30-9:30 pm. Admission $35

Tuesday, March 25
Poetry Reading Honors MV Poet Laureate
Poetry at Pathways continues with readings of new work at an open Poetry and Writing Jam. This evening honors Lee H. McCormack, Martha’s Vineyard first Poet Laureate.

Wednesday, March 26
The Flying Elbows String Band and Jemima James @ Katharine Cornell Theater
The Flying Elbows string band and Jemima James will play a free concert at the Katharine Cornell Theater at 7 pm as a continuation of the Vineyard Haven Public Library’s America’s Music Series. This is a free event.

Thursday, March 27
Art in the Stacks: Johanna Wooden
The Friends of the Vineyard Haven Public Library’s exhibit of photographs by photographer Johanna Wooden ends at the end of March. Take this opportunity to view the exhibit during the Libraries regular hours of operation before it’s too late!

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

The Week Ahead: Fri., Dec. 27, 2013 - Thurs., Jan. 02, 2014

Friday, December 27th, 2013

Of the entire year this is probably the quietest week on Martha’s Vineyard. Folks trickle back to the Island from visiting family and friends and other head out to celebrate the coming New Year ‘off.’ That said there are still events to enjoy and celebrations for the arrival of 2014 right here at home. Enjoy the Week Ahead and Happy New Year to you all!

Sat, Dec. 28
West Tisbury Winter Farmers Market
The last West Tisbury Winter Farmers Market of 2013will be open from 10 am to 1 pm and will be held inside at The Agricultural Society at 35 Panhandle Road in West Tisbury.

Sat, Dec. 28 & Sun Dec 29
Shakespeare for the Masses: Henry V
The Vineyard Playhouse presents Shakespeare for the Masses: Quick & Painless & Free! Come join us for our exciting take on Henry V! 7-8 pm on Saturday Jan. 28 and a 2-3 pm matinee on Sunday, Jan 29.

Tues, Dec. 31

Ring in 2014 at the Harbor View.
Come celebrate at the Harbor View’s New Year’s Eve Party! Dancing to the Sultans of Swing, DJ Dance Party in the Grand Ball Room and a festive array of hors d’oeuvres.  Fireworks at midnight!

Tues, Dec. 31

New Year’s Eve Bash
MV Film Center celebrates with a special night of film, food, libations, music, and cheer – including live TV coverage of Times Square at midnight on our Big Screen at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center, Tuesday, December 31 beginning at 8 pm.

Wed, Jan. 1. 2014
Annual First Day Walk at Felix Neck
January take its toll on the natural world, but it also symbolizes a fresh start. Pull yourself out of your own hibernation and be the first to visit Felix Neck in 2014! Members: free. Non-members: $5

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

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Friday, July 26th, 2013

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The Holiday Weedend Ahead: Thurs., July 4 to Mon. July 8, 2013

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

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

Thurs., July 4th:  
Edgartown’s Parade & Fireworks
and celebration at the Harbor View Hotel

Fri., July 5th:
The MV Antique Association presents its multi-dealer antique show at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury from 9 am until 3 pm.

Sat., July 6th:
Third Annual Stars + Stripes Festival featuring indie poppers Walk The Moon bringing their relentlessly catchy guitar pop to the Island.

Sat., July 6th
:
Free live concert at the Harbor View Hotel featuring The Wild Feathers brought to you by mvyradio. On the porch from 5-7 pm. All are welcome

Mon, July 8th
:
Celebrate Tisbury’s birthday tonight at the Tisbury Street Fair with lobster rolls, face painting, pony rides, climbing wall and more.

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

The Week Ahead: Monday, June 17 through Sun., June 23, 2013

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Hope all you Dads out there had a great Father’s Day.  Looking back for a moment, MV Restaurant Week kicked off on Sunday but continues through most of the week ahead ending on Thursday June 20.  By planning carefully  and you divvy up the list between lunch and dinner there is still time to enjoy eight of the 30 restaurants participating in Restaurant Week this year.  Click here to view available menus. >>

As always on Martha’s Vineyard there is more than just one event or activity to look forward to.  Summer arrives this week on Friday June 21 bringing with it a number of Solstice celebrations among them one being held at Featherstone Center for the Arts on June 20th.  Out at Felix Neck,  greet the first rays of summer as you join yogis around the world with 108 Sun Salutations. Discover the significance of this tradition in a collective practice to renew and empower your mind, body and spirit. On Saturday Oak Bluffs greets the new season at its annual Harborfest.  Concessions, music and likes of like minded folks to mingle with always makes this a fun day for the whole family.

The West Tisbury Congregational Church holds its annual Strawberry Festival on its welcoming lawn.  Whipped cream, strawberries , ice cream and other delicious ways of eating summer’s first fruit entice you scoop up spoonfuls of summer deliciousness.

Earlier in the week, the Vineyard Gazette’s Best of the Vineyard celebration invites you to join in at Flatbread for music, dancing, door prizes, pizza, beer & wine and more! Open to the public for the first time this year but tickets are limited so RSVP for the June 17th event early!

The very next day, June 18th, Featherstone kicks off its annual summertime Fine Arts and Flea Market where you can enjoy the beautiful Featherstone campus while browsing and shopping fine art, folk art, photography, pottery, sculpture, jewelry, antiques and collectibles.  And if that isn’t tempting enough, there’s free parking too.

Need a good laugh?  The Yard invites you to The Mitch Show,  a fast-paced evening of comic films and audience-participation pieces by Mitchell Rose, appealing equally to fans of film, theater, dance, and comedy.

Finally, on Sunday, June 23 from 9-10 am, make the hike up to Menemsha for the annual Blessing of the Fleet.  The Family service will be held at the Harbor by the gas station to bless all those who work in the harbor and on the water. All are welcome to attend.

Enjoy the Week Ahead.

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 through June 2, 2013

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Hope you all had a great Memorial Day holiday.  From the look of things, more than a few of  our visitors have stretched the three day weekend right into the last week of May and on into June.  Especially noticeable is the burgeoning of young people in restaurants, cafes and shops.  MV’s college work force is arriving as schools close and the energy on the streets is already more upbeat…It’s really a treat to see so many familiar faces returning from schools in the other side of the Sound. If your favorite MV restaurant hasn’t reopened yet it can’t be much longer.  Memorial Day weekend is typically  the drop dead date for food service establishments.   Don’t forget to do some culinary exploring this summer, try a new place or a new dish at an old favorite.  To help you in your quest, Restaurant Week kicks off on Father’s Day this year and continues to June 20.

But before we get to mid June there’s a lot to keep us busy in the week(s) ahead.   On May 31 the Harbor View hotel hosts another of the MV Museum’s popular PechaKucha Nights. Devised in Japan in 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. All are invited to make their own presentations on a topic of their choice. Reservations are required if you’d like to present.

June 1 and 2 offer a great reason to get out of doors as the Island holds it’s annual Relay for Life, honoring cancer survivors and raising awareness for future progress.   Relay begins at 11 am at the MV Regional High School.

But first and foremost, now is the time for those of us who live here, or live here for the summer, or have had the foresight to visit just slightly ahead of the summer vacation curve to take advantage of doing all those summer things that will become harder and harder to squeeze in once the season really gets underways.  Here’s my short list…and I encourage you all to make and act on one of your own…times flies especially when you’re having fun on Martha’s Vineyard:

1) Pick the best day and spend it at the beach
2) Eat breakfast on harbor in VH, with my toes in the water
3) Walk in the woods and scope out the most heavily bud-laden blueberry bushes
4) Spend the day shopping the sales before all the ‘good stuff’ is gone
5) Go to a movie in the afternoon at the MV Film Center—now that’s luxury!

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!

Monday, April 1 through Sun., April. 7 , 2013

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Welcome to April … No Fooling

I thought we’d take a break from our usual Week Ahead format to have a little fun with some April Fool’s Day trivia

Check out how much you know about the upcoming season by deciding whether the following statements at true or  false and check back next week for the answers…

1) The White House has confirmed that President Obama and his family will be vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard this summer

2) A new Pan Asian restaurant is taking over the space that Zephrus restaurant had occupied

3) Season Pub has closed its doors

4) Oak Bluffs will celebrate the summer solstice with fireworks this year

5) Edgartown’s South beach was included in Travel & Leisure Magazine’s list of Best Beaches on Earth

6) 10 ride SSA  Martha’s Vineyard Passenger Discount Coupon Books are not
transferable.

7) A new train service now links Boston, Buzzards Bay and Hyannis.

8) Café Moxie has reopened next to the Bunch of Grapes bookstore.

9) Chilmark is the only ‘dry’ town on Martha’s Vineyard

10) Kids ride free on Hy-line’s traditional ferry service from Hyannis to Oak Bluffs

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The Week Ahead: Monday, Mar. 25 through Sunday, Mar. 31 , 2013

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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