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SIGNATURE WEEKENDS


December 9 – 18
Christmas in Edgartown
Voted Best of the Vineyard three years in a row, this year’s 35th Annual Christmas
in Edgartown is a weekend festival you won’t want to miss.
Across Edgartown, spot Santa, teddy bears, Frosty, parades,
holiday crafts and gifts, sales and so much more.
Every year, Christmas In Edgartown helps raise over $40,000 for Island charities and
nonprofi ts. Come be a part of the holiday magic, hosted by the Edgartown Board of Trade.
edgartownboardoftrade.com
The annual holiday Lighting of the Edgartown Lighthouse will take place
in front of the Harbor View Hotel. Enjoy hot chocolate, holiday goodies,
and music on the hotel porch,
and help countdown the final seconds until the Lighthouse is lit for Christmas.
At the Annual Jewelry Jingle, make the Martha’s Vineyard Museum a part of your Christmas in Edgartown festivities. Shop gently used and unwanted jewelry in the Museum library to find a perfect holidays gifts.
Members can shop in the Museum gift shop and receive 20% off your total purchase.
Non-members will get 10% off . mvmuseum.org
Join in Martha’s Vineyard’s first and longest running Santa holiday event,
Breakfast With Santa including a meal for the entire family
and a chance to visit with Santa and have a great photo taken.
Proceeds benefit the Chamber of Commerce Jim Lambert Scholarship Fund.

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NOVEMBER

November 2
Tisbury Art Bar

6:30pm - 8:30pm. Morgan Learning Center:
110 Main Street, Vineyard Haven Museum Members $20, Non-Members $25
Welcome fall with a few easy steps. Sign up for Tisbury Art Bar with your friends, bring your favorite beer or wine (we’ll provide you with all the painting supplies), and create art. Renown Island artists will teach each class. Sip and socialize while you learn to paint like a pro. Reservations required. Call Katy, 508- 627-4441 x123.

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November 18
Holiday Gift Show

Preview Party, Free, featherstoneart.org
Join us for champagne and holiday treats as we open the gallery for our annual holiday gift and ornament sale.
November 19 – December 18
Holiday Gift Show 12noon - 4pm each day Free; featherstoneart.org
Come select Island made gifts priced from $1 to $250
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November 19
Vineyard Open & Basic Skills

Figure Skating Competition 2:15pm - 7:00pm Martha’s Vineyard Ice Arena,
91 Edgartown Road, Oak Bluffs Contact: Jane Taylor 508-685-7308 mvarena.com
The MV Ice Arena is pleased to host the 2016 Vineyard Open & Basic Skills Figure Skating Competition presented by the MV Figure Skating Club. The event will feature skaters from all over New England

Paint Corner Art Bar
Barn Bowl & Bistro 6:30pm - 9:30pm Cost $45 for information thebarnmv.com
Come have dinner and drinks while you create a beautiful painting with
instruction from the one and only Leslie Belkner from
the Paint Corner Art Bar—no experience necessary!
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November 25 & November 26
The Thanksgiving Weekend Martha’s Vineyard Artisans Festival

Agricultural Hall 35 Panhandle Rd, West Tisbury 10:00am - 4:00pm (both days)
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November 26
Small Business Saturday

Celebrate small businesses across the Island on this one day, national event. Sales, value adds, one-of-a-kind items available throughout the Island, throughout the day! Find the entire list at MVY.com/ShopSmall


Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society’s Annual Thanksgiving Concert

 

7:30pm Old Whaling Church, Edgartown Tickets $20 sold at door; Students Free 508-696-8055 mvcms.org
Featuring Delores Stevens, piano, and other world-class musicians
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DECEMBER

 

December 2
What’s It Worth?
with Skinner, Inc. 5:00pm - 7pm. Private Home $50 per person. mvmuseum.org Reservations required.
Call Katy, 508-627-4441 x123 or e-mail

kfuller@mvmuseum.org

 

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Family heirlooms and yard-sale treasures take the stage at this fun-filled evening of antiquarian show and tell. Join friends of the Museum for an open house, as appraisers from Skinner, Inc. identify, comment, and place a value on objects brought by the audience. Wine and hoes d’oeuvres will be provided, and each guest is invited to bring one item for appraisal. Please omit coins, stamps, jewelry, and musical instruments.
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December 3
Annual Christmas Faire
9:30am - 2:00pm First Congregational Church of Salisbury, 1051 State Rd., West Tisbury Contact: 508-693-2842
Traditional boxwood and balsam wreaths, fresh green centerpieces and table trees, craft items, vintage jewelry, a special gift display, delicious baked items, and fair trade table.Lunch served from 11:30 to 1:30.

 

 

Annual Appraisal Day with Skinner, Inc.
9:00am - 3:00pm. Museum Library: 59 School Street, Edgartown. One item $15,
three items $40. Appraisers from Skinner, Inc. will evaluate your prized objects in this popular event. Items may be consigned for sale by Skinner with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Museum. Reservations required and will be taken starting November 14th. Call Katy,
508-627-4441 x123 or e-mail kfuller@ mvmuseum.org.

Nut/Cracked performed by The Bang Group presented by The Yard 7pm.
The Yard, 508-645-9662,
www.dancetheyard.org
 Cost of admission: $5 - $75
Nut/Cracked performed by The Bang Group. A family-friendly version of the holiday performance you know and love. Celebrating its 14th anniversary, “Nut/Cracked” comes for the second year in a row to Martha’s Vineyard!
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December 8 – 11
35th Annual Christmas in Edgartown 
www.edgartownboardoftrade.com
Voted Best of the Vineyard for the third year in a row, Christmas in Edgartown is a weekend festival you don’t want to miss! Santa, Teddy Bears, Frosty, parades, holiday crafts and gifts, sales and so much more! Every year through the various events, Christmas In Edgartown helps raise over $40,000 for Island-wide charities and non-profits. Come be a part of the holiday magic! Hosted by the Edgartown Board of Trade.

 

 

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December 9
Lighting of the Edgartown Lighthouse

5:00pm - 7pm. Outside the Harbor View Hotel: 131 North Water Street, Edgartown Free and open to all.  The annual holiday lighting of the Edgartown Lighthouse will take place in front of the Harbor View Hotel. Enjoy hot chocolate, holiday goodies, and music on the hotel porch, and help count down the final seconds until the Lighthouse is lit for Christmas. Music begins at 5pm; the Lighthouse is lit at 6pm.
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December 10
Annual Jewelry Jingle
 9am - 12noon. Museum Library: 59 School Street, Edgartown Free and open to all. Make the Museum a part of your
Christmas in Edgartown festivities. Shop Jewelry Jingle, full of gently used and unwanted jewelry, in the Museum Library for perfect holidays gifts. Members, shop in the Museum gift shop and receive 20% off your total purchase; non-members get 10% off.
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December 11
Breakfast With Santa
8:00am - 10:30am at The Wharf Pub mvy.com/calendar
Join in Martha’s Vineyard first and longest running Santa holiday event with breakfast for the entire family and a chance to visit with Santa and have a great photo taken. Proceeds benefit the Chamber of Commerce Jim Lambert Scholarship Fund.
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8:00am - 10:30am at The Wharf Pub mvy.com/calendarJoin in Martha’s Vineyard first and longest running Santa holiday event with breakfast for the entire family and a chance to visit with Santa and have a great photo taken. Proceeds benefit the Chamber of Commerce Jim Lambert Scholarship Fund._____________________________________________________

December 17
Paint Corner Art Bar

Barn Bowl & Bistro 6:30pm - 9:30pm Cost $45 thebarnmv.com
Come have dinner and drinks while you create a beautiful painting with instruction from the one and only Leslie Belkner from the Paint Corner Art Bar—no experience necessary!
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December 18
Christmas Concert
 4:00pm, doors open at 3:30pm First Congregational Church of West Tisbury, 1051 State Rd., West Tisbury
Contact: 508-693-2842 Cost: $15
The choir of the First Congregational Church of West Tisbury led by David Rhoderick will hold their annual Christmas concert

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Martha’s Vineyard

 

International Visitation

Martha’s Vineyard booms with international visitors. Every year, the Vineyard gains more international awareness which allows the Island to welcome visitors from all different regions of the world. At the top of each webpage, we recognize just a few of these countries that visitors come from, and have translation pages to try to encourage travel to Martha’s Vineyard. The Island’s beauty and culture is different than anything else you can find in the world and we believe it should be experienced by all!

 

A Haven for Creativity

Arts and Culture thrive on Martha’s Vineyard. For years, all sorts of creative minds have found solitude and a place for reflection on the Island, inspired by the gorgeous scenery and relaxed way of life. Authors, painters, sculptors, photographers, dancers, actors, artisans, and filmmakers infuse the Island communities with a tangibly vibrant cultural life.

More than a dozen public galleries display an eclectic mix of work by talented Vineyarders and internationally-renowned off-island artists. Lose yourself in impressionist views of the ever-present sea and marvel at fanciful sculpture. You could spend weeks discovering all the art the Island has to offer, and more is being created all the time! Several artists and artisans open their studios, granting the public a first-hand look at their creative process, even offering courses and hands-on activities to inspire your own creative potential.

Plein Air Art- Gay Head Lighthouse, Aquinnah Field Gallery, Chilmark, Martha's Vineyard

Classical and experimental incarnations of the performing arts also flourish here. Performances span dance, music, and theater in venues ranging from a large performing arts center to more intimate stages across the Island. Many playwrights and directors often premiere their newest work on Vineyard stages.

Film is also a mainstay of Island culture, with two annual film festivals in March and in September. Two film societies on the Island express varied styles, and both also often invite filmmakers to speak and inspire discussion at many of their screenings.

A Culture Shaped by Historic Traditions

Alongside the Vineyard’s rich arts scene are traditions stretching back 10,000 years. Descendants of the Island’s earliest Wampanoag inhabitants preserve their tribal culture at the Aquinnah Cultural Center. Stately mansions, built by intrepid 19th-century whaling captains who called Edgartown home, transport visitors to the days of New England’s maritime glories. Discover these and other stories at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, in several historic houses, and at the island’s five lighthouses.

East Chop Lighthouse, Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard

A diversity of cultures and lifestyles forged and continues to shape communities on Martha’s Vineyard. During and after the Great Depression, African Americans came here seeking economic independence. Visit landmarks of their story along the African American Heritage Trail. Faithful parishioners of the Methodist Camp Meeting brought bright colors and life to Oak Bluffs with their whimsical “Gingerbread Cottages,” constructed at the height of the revival’s popularity in the late 1800s.

Immerse Yourself in the Vineyard’s Arts & Culture

Arts App Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce

How do you get involved in the great creative work happening on the Vineyard? One way to stay connected is Arts App, a mobile application piloted by Cape Cod and the Islands. The free app is available from the iPhone or Google Play Store, and puts a directory, a map, an events calendar, and news and twitter feeds at your fingertips. Each organization controls its own page, ensuring you get the most up-to-date information.

Still need some inspiration for what to do? Take a look at these sample itineraries: 1 Day Itinerary3 Day Itinerary and Family Friendly Itinerary. Find one that suits your needs – whether you want to dedicate an afternoon to the arts, or several days of your visit!

Fall for the Arts

Each fall, Martha’s Vineyard, along with Cape Cod and Nantucket, dedicates the entire month of October to a celebration of the arts. Fall for the Arts strives to initiate and sustain conversations among artists, patrons, and the public. For up-to-date information about this year’s festival, click here or visit the homepage of ARTS Martha’s Vineyard, an arts and culture collaborative on the Island.

Fall for the Arts runs throughout the month of October, drawing visitors to enjoy the as-yet under-appreciated autumn “shoulder season,” when temperatures cool slightly, and the largest crowds disperse, making for a more tranquil Vineyard experience. Galleries and studios stay open for the festival, and signature events unique to the Island take place every weekend. Among these, the Vineyard Artisans Festival showcases varied handicrafts made on the Island. The culinary arts also figure prominently, with “Art of Chocolate” at Featherstone Center for the Arts and the Food & Wine Festival. The month concludes with Art*Island, a festival of arts & ideas.

Artisans Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce

Check back soon for updates about this year’s Fall for the Arts partners and events!

Specific Organizations:

Aquinnah Cultural Center

Martha’s Vineyard Museum

African American Heritage Trail

Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association

Featherstone Center for the Arts

Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival

Local Wild Food Challenge