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Monday, September 24th, 2012
Welcome to the first full week of fall everyone!
As the autumn equinox approached last week, temperatures on Martha’s Vineyard dropped to the seasonal 60s after enjoying a fairly consistent period of beach day weather since Labor Day.
But who knows, by the time this is posted we could be back up to the high 70s, such is fall on Martha’s Vineyard.
Seems that the cooler weather makes everyone feel extra energetic which is a good thing considering the events taking place in this, the last week of September.
Just about everyone is looking forward to the Living Local Harvest Festival, which kicks off on Friday September 28th. Interactive demonstrations, pumpkin carving, cider pressing, pony and cow rides, pumpkin-tossing catapult, antique power show, egg toss, sack races, and –new–Cow chip Bingo. Curated kids events by The Farm Institute will include crafting, games and firewood, birds, track & sign exploration and a fire. There’ll also be live music and lots of fresh local food to keep everyone fed and happy.
Next day, on September 30th, The Vineyard Artisans wind up the season with the last of their weekly Artisan’s Festivals for this season. Last chance until Columbus day weekend to shop the incredibl array of weavings, fine furniture, pottery, stained glass, oil paintings, pastels, mixed media, sculpture, wampum jewelry, quilts, clothing, sea glass windows, handmade books and more.
At day’s end celebrate the Harvest Moon at Felix Neck’s Moonrise Kayak adventure on Sengekontacket Pond at the sun sets and the moon rises. Fee includes guide, kayaks, paddles and lifejackets .
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Monday, September 10th, 2012
Kitchen Porch Catering kicks of the week’s menu of food events on Monday, September 10 with a class on that all time favorite…roast chicken. Using Island raised chickens, Jan will demonstrate many different recipes using the entire bird: a Roasted Chicken, a Cibreo (or Traditional Tuscan Chicken Liver Mousse), and even make a stock with the chicken feet and some aromatic vegetables.
On Wednesday, September 12 the Aquinnah Cultural Council will have bluefish roasting over an open fire, a traditional stew of turkey, corn, beans, seasonal vegetables being prepared, with corn meal dumplings made from nokehick (corn meal parched in a clay kettle), as the center-piece of its 17th Century Cooking demonstration.
On Saturday, September 15th, restaurants and other Oak Bluffs businesses will take to the streets in celebration of Tivoli Day, the town’s day-long block party. Come out and enjoy the late summer fun…sales, music and good things to eat will fill Circuit Avenue, end to end.
Though its still about a month away, the weekhead is not to soon to begin planning and gathering for this year’s Local Wild Food Challenge. Founded in 2008, the Culinary Adventure Competition is designed to showcase the resourcefulness of local people living in communities where wild food is abundant. The Challenge is to create the best dish with at least one wild ingredient. Free to enter and open to all, amateur or professional (home cooks, hunter gatherers, fishermen, foragers, chefs, caterers). $10,000 worth of prizes. Taste-off is slated for October 8th to learn more, click here.
Wrap up the week by burning off some of those extra calories at the Friends of Library 5k Run/Walk and Fun Run to benefit the Vineyard Haven Public Library 5k starts at 10 am; Fun Run for Kids starts at 9:45 am; Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Earlier the same day come browse the Library’s monthly book sale…who knows what treasures you’ll find! Enjoy the Week Ahead!
Tuesday, September 4th, 2012
Welcome to the week after Labor Day. For those of you who have bid Island living good-bye until the summer of 2013 it’s hard to imagine how profoundly the Island changes once the last ferry pulls away from the slip at the end of the long weekend. In many ways life on Martha’s Vineyard goes on just as before, there is still an abundance of ferry service and restaurants and accommodations no longer view Labor Day as a reason to hang signs reading ‘see you next year.’
But come Tuesday morning there is an unfamiliar silence. The background hum of traffic in the distance, the constant motion wherever your eye falls has stopped. Every year as I see the boats gradually fill up and leave throughout the week preceding summer’s last holiday I think it will be different; that the change will be gradual, barely perceptible. And I’m always wrong .
So Tuesday morning as I head down the Vineyard Haven-Edgartown Road and come to the sometimes scary ‘T’ where I can turn left towards West Tisbury or right to Vineyard Haven, chances are I’ll barely have time for a sip of coffee before the turn can be safely made. A few days later, I’ll relearn to time my departure from home so as not to be trailing school busses all the way to work. I’ll no longer grocery shop at 7 am when, barely awake, I return home without the very item I ran out of yesterday.
But in spite of all this you’ll all be missed. I’ll particularly miss those New York license plates that make me a little less homesick for my home state, I’ll miss the sight of new faces in the street and the sight of people enjoying the landscapes, sounds and tastes of the Vineyard that I’ve come to take for granted.
By week’s end the Island will start to fill up again as visitors arrive from all over for the Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival and stay on to experience the annual Wampanoag Powwow in Aquinnah, browse the Artisan’s Fair, the Best Fest and fish the Derby. But for all that, the magical spell that is summer will be broken; the leaves will turn and a new season take shape. Our calendars will fill with new events and experiences…no need to wait until next year…come back any time, there’s always something happening in the Week Ahead on Martha’s Vineyard.
Monday, August 27th, 2012
At the end of the week ahead we welcome September, which for some brings a return home and for just about all of us, a return to our usual routines.
Already the morning air is a little cooler, and the clouds at sunset take on a more somber, end of summer cast.
But for all those who’ve held out until the last moment to take their summer vacations (and those lucky enough to have enjoyed the Island all season long), events for last week of August offer no less variety and fun.
All New is the apt title of the Monday Night Special being presented this week on August 27th by the Vineyad Playhouse. This intimate evening of new musical theater songs by award-winning composer Marisa Michelson and performed by Ms. Michelson and friends is the latest in series of new works that opened this season. Following the performance there is a post-show Q&A with the writers, directors, performers and audience members and a brief, informal reception.
At Island art galleries, including The Old Sculpin Gallery in Edgartown, Louisa Gould Gallery in Vineyard Haven and The Dragonfly Gallery in Oak Bluffs, openings and exhibits continue apace. Up in West Tisbury, the Vineyard Artisan Fair celebrates its 17th Annual Labor Day Festival August 31 – Sept 2 with offerings of unique furniture, clothing, ceramics, jewelry and fine art from the Islands top artists. You can even watch a weaver making a beautiful scarf from wool harvested from her own flock.
Also over the holiday weekend, the annual Jazz & Blues Summerfest features Jay Hoggard, Mimi Jones & Luis Perdomo, Andrea & James Rohlehr and SAGE, the all ladies jazz ensemble. A portion of the event’s proceeds will benefit MV Breast Cancer Network. The All Island Tennis Championships holds its a charity event for the benefit of Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard is scheduled this year for August 31 – Sept 2.
Finally, just for fun and in anticipation of a new season, stop by at the Martha’s Vineyard Wind Festival on Saturday September 1st in Ocean Park. Make or buy kites on site; competitions with age groups and a variety of categories will start after 2pm.
So go fly a kite (meant in the best possible way) and enjoy the Week Ahead…
Thursday, August 16th, 2012
Mussels & steamers with friends.
Back alley by the OB harbor.
Going off Island!
I love these weird plants.
At the Book Barn in Oak Bluffs.
Breakfast at Artcliff- The Old Faithful
First present of the day from my boyfriend.
Stuck in traffic.
Ocean Park, post rain storm
Sushi at the Net Result, yum!
Bloody Marys at Park Corner brunch are a meal in themselves.
At Aequinox, my favorite store in Oak Bluffs.
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Monday, July 30th, 2012
This week welcomes us to August, the month when friends suddenly realize that the season won’t last forever and head over to visit before summer 2012 fades to a memory. Thankfully most of my visitors are a self reliant bunch, able to entertain themselves and even going so far as figuring out their own accommodations Consequently, the visits bring me all of the good and none of not-so-good stuff that can crop up when hosts work and visitors vacation. Being old Vineyard hands, we won’t have to do the whole Aquinnah, Campground, Edgartown routine that one usually does with first timers, trying to give them an overview and feel for the Island’s geography. Instead we’ll concentrate on checking out the restaurants that have opened since their last visit: Hooked in Oak Bluffs, Port Hunter in Edgartown, Red Cat Kitchen at Ken ‘n Beck also in OB, and catching up on news from ‘off.’
Another fun sidelight of guests is the opportunity to explore the rental scene. People are always asking “can you recommend…?” It’s a tricky question when you’ve only seen places from the outside. Last night I had the chance to check out a sweet little cottage on the shores of Crystal Lake in OB…who knew! I felt like a vacationer myself. As evening approached, rabbits emerged from the underbrush cropping the grass for dinner, swallows drew figure eights against the sunset and the Alabama passed majestically, all sails unfurled, behind the houses that dot East Chop drive.
Hanging out on other people’s decks aside, here are a few of the events I have penciled in for the week ahead:
July 30: The Grateful Dread will be rocking out at Featherstone Center for the Arts, 6:30 - 8:30 pm on the outdoor stage. Bring the whole family, a picnic dinner, lawn chairs, maybe even a Frisbee to throw around.
Aug 1: Come build a sandcastle or other sculpture at Edgartown’s Annual Sand Sculpture Contest. This family oriented event is great for the creative at heart and budding little builders. So pack your pails and shovels and head to South Beach to enjoy a day in the sun and the fun of creating your sand masterpieces
Aug 2: Join horticultural consultant, designer, and photographer Patrick Cullina and PHA’s Tim Boland and Tom Clark for a casual walking tour of the Arboretum as the he beautiful light of a Vineyard summer evening filters the through the trees. Wine and cheese will be served. Admission charged, pre-registration advised.
Aug 4: If you’ve passed by the new home of the MV Museum sitting high atop the rise overlooking Vineyard Haven harbor you’ll not want to miss this opportunity to join the Museum Board of Directors and Staff for a tour of the new Museum property, the former Marine Hospital/St. Pierre School in Vineyard Haven.
Whatever your plans include, enjoy the week ahead…
Tuesday, July 24th, 2012
There are two things I spend a small fortune on in the summer: Goldbud peaches, and Morning Glory Farm tomatoes. It’s not Goldbud season yet (soon enough though!) so lately I’ve been eating a lot of tomatoes.
I cherish a good tomato. Not just a ‘good’ tomato, but a perfectly ripe, sweet, deep red tomato. I mean one that makes you close your eyes when you take that first bite. I’m such a tomato snob that I rarely eat out of season tomatoes- why bother? For me, Morning Glory’s tomatoes are just perfect.
A friend of mine gave me a lovely birthday gift of Mermaid Farm feta cheese, which I had never experienced before. Let me tell you- this stuff is the best feta I’ve ever had.
I like to eat my tomatoes with some salt n’pepa, crumbled feta, and my mom’s recipe for vinaigrette. My mom is from France, so this recipe comes from a long line of French cooks. It’s the perfect sour accent to all things. The first thing I ever learned how to cook was this vinaigrette (I know you don’t actually cook it). Even before I could cook, when I would burn all my grilled cheese sandwiches, I could at least make this vinaigrette.
I thought I’d share the recipe with you, though I have to point out that my Dad would say I was “doing it all wrong.” He likes his on the vinegar-y side, and my Mom and I tend to make it on the mustard-y side. No matter your tastes, you can make this however you’d like, and it will be good on literally everything. I put in on steak, vegetables (cooked or raw), and sometimes I just lick it off my finger straight from the jar. This vinaigrette is my comfort food.
First, you start with a jar to put it in. I like to use an old Grey Poupon jar from the last batch of dressing.
The basic ratio of oil to vinegar is two to one. So, what I do is throw a good amount of oil in the jar, depending on how much I want to make. But you should make a lot, because you’re going to use it on everything.
Then we need some oil. I have canola here- pick your favorite and go with it. I’ve tried olive oil a couple of times, but it congeals in the fridge and becomes a useless mess. Learn from my mistakes!
Also, you might be wondering why I’m making this on the stove. Well, in true Vineyard housing style I have zero counter space. Zero. Usually, I use my cutting board to cover half of my sink and use that as a counter. Plus, I wanted to show off my Mexican skull from my trip in March.
Once you’ve got as much oil as you want, put half that amount of vinegar in there. I’m using red wine vinegar. It’s okay if you put in too much or too little. You can always counter your mistakes by adding more of one of the other ingredients. You can never mess this up.
Then we need mustard. Or, “moutarde” in French. You can use any kind of moutarde you want- except that terrible yellow stuff! My favorite brand is Maille, that’s what the French use. Why not try something different- how about a course moutarde? I’ve never tried horseradish, but maybe that would be good? I have Trader Joe’s dijon, which is very sour. If I had another moutarde open, I would’ve used something else. Use as much moutarde as you feel like. I use a heaping fork-full.
Then stir vigorously! If you’re lazy or hate the sound of metal on glass you can put the lid on your jar and shake it around. It just so happens that this time around I made it perfectly on the first try. If yours seems really thick, add more vinegar or oil. If it’s really red, you need more mustard.
From here you can use it as is, or you can add some flare to your vinaigrette. Salt n’pepa, shallots, garlic- whatever you feel like.
So cut up your tomatoes, crumble some of that feta…
And pour a generous amount of my family’s French Vinaigrette on top!
Monday, July 9th, 2012
ust passed by the ArtCliff Diner in Vineyard Haven and saw that the now renowned food truck is back in action. If you’ve not had a chance over the last couple of years to check it out don’t wait a moment longer… Highlights from last year which we expect to enjoy again are the fellafels and pulled pork sandwiches. Anyway, that got me to thinking about how many new food/eating opportunities were springing up around the Island.
Our indefagible MVOL food spy reports that the fare at La Cave du Grenier is top notch and the Not Your Sugar Mama has cornered the market on treats of all sorts made without sugar, (and other guilt inducing add-ins), but loaded with taste and ingredients that are actually good for you.When last seen, she was downing her second (but probably not last) Raw Ball, chock full of walnuts, dates, vanilla and NYSM’s own chocolate mix. Teas, organic coffee, a non-coffee ‘coffee,’ and chocolate drinks are also available along with a chickpea based brownie, gluten free oatmeal bars, the raw balls and assorted mini chocolates.
Up the road, right across from MVOL actually, Mon Amour is serving lunch and dinner. You can order lunch, which can be enjoyed inside or in their surprisingly comfy side patio for $11 and under. The featured country pate is house made and the other choices including a veggie sandwich are equally enticing. The parking lot (!) makes dropping in easy and if you don’t want to walk, just juump on the free Park and Ride Shuttle which stops right in front, upon request.
Also new since last summer are burritos at La Choza, Main Street, Vineyard Haven. The location opened to much fanfare on a wet and wild spring day that non-the-less saw folks lined up bundled in sweaters to be the first to sample VH’s first ever burritaria. Over in OB, chef Ben Deforest now presides over the Red Cat Kitchen at Ken ‘n Beck, Hooked has revitalized Lola’s old location and the Charters serve up flame broiled burgers at Capt. Jack’s just across from the OB SSA. Spice up their crispy fries with your favorite choice from their selection of mayo based dipping sauces. And there’s more to come: work continues across from the Stop and Shop parking lot where patrons will soon be able to enjoy pizza on the picnic tables right across from the SSA and at 11 Water Street in Edgartown. Seems like there is always something good to eat and someplace new to eat it on Martha’s Vineyard. Enjoy the week ahead.
Monday, July 2nd, 2012
There are only three words necessary to describe the Week Ahead: Fourth-of-July. That short phrase sums up not only the summer’s first significant holiday, long weekend and official, no-doubt- about- it start. Think of the scents: on the beach: seawater and suntan lotion; at home: fresh mown grass blending with the smell of burgers on the grill; the sounds: the tinkle of ice in a glass and squeals of kids running from (or into the waves). Think about sleeping late and partying later, books that drop off your lap as sleep steals over you, with a cool green canopy for shade. And to sum it up all you need are three words: Fourth-of-July.
If you want to get a running start on the holiday check out ‘4 Days and 4 Ways’ to celebrate July 4th. Or take a browse through our calendar of events. On the Island, the holiday itself is essentially a decision free zone: sleep in, hang out at the beach, head over to Edgartown for the parade, graze the picnics at both the Daniel Fisher House and the Harbor View Hotel and wrap the day with the traditional fireworks display over Edgartown harbor. Click here for info
Or, if you’re in the mood for something new, take part in the free, fun parade around the Tabernacle to celebrate the 4th of July. Wear your Red, White and Blue! Decorate your Bicycle, stroller, wagon, etc. 10-11 am. Or if you are feeling really energetic join the Run the Chop Challenge…lots of fun, great cause. Around dinner time make a stop at Family Dan-o-rama at Flatbread Pizza. If you have any energy left, sing out at the Tabernacle around 8 pm. You’ll still have time, if not to get to Edgartown, at least to head over to State Beach to watch the fireworks from afar.
After that it’s full-on summer all over the Island with lots of gallery openings, the Stars & Stripes Fesitval, SailMV’s annual Seafood Buffet and Auction, this season’s debut of the Fabulist’s at the Tisbury Amphitheater and to end the week the Tisbury Street Fair. Happy birthday Tisbury and enjoy the week ahead!
Monday, June 25th, 2012
This morning as I was making coffee the 7am Island Home out of Vineyard Haven sounded its horn. Now maybe that’s not all that unusual and I just miss it most days but that being what it is, today it sounded special… the sound of a new season starting and not just the daily run of the SSA.
Maybe it was because the temperatures were hitting the high notes these past few days or maybe it was because dinner and drinks the previous evening at Ken ‘n Beck in Oak Bluffs had provoked a holiday mood. But whatever the cause, inexplicably it felt as if summer was really here and it was time to enjoy the anticipation of returning friends, weekends when it’s ok to play hooky from chores and hit the beach and just plain indulge in this most seductive of all the seasons.
So much of what brings folks from far and wide is available starting this week: theater season at the Vineyard Playhouse with its mainstage productions as well as the magic of the Fabulists for kids and Shakespeare both outdoors at the amphitheater; the MV Sharks baseball season, making evenings magic as shadows steal across the green; band concerts that attract families to Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven at moonrise on Sunday’s to enjoy the energetic sound of a real brass band; the Chilmark Flea, grand-dad of all flea markets; and, for movie fans, the always much anticipated Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival and Cinema Circus. And the list goes on.
Soon navigating the Stop and Shop parking lot when the ferry comes in will call for a little more patience, kids will be home from school and the back yard BBQ will be turning out more dinners than the kitchen stove. The Vineyard will blossom like butterfly weed in the summer sun and all of us, visitor and resident alike, will soak up the sun, the fun and the expansive atmosphere of yet another Vineyard summer. Enjoy the Week Ahead. More Sharing ServicesShare