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SPRING FOR THE ARTS on Martha’s Vineyard

3. March 2017 03:07 by Aela Mass
SPRING FOR THE ARTS on Martha’s Vineyard 
This is an original publication of the Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce | VisitMV, and cannot be republished in part or in full without express permission.
 
 
 
Spring on Martha’s Vineyard brings an explosion of all things arts and culture the Island has to offer. With events in theater, music, gallery exhibitions, multiple film festivals, and culinary delights for the wine lover, Martha's Vineyard has everything you want for a perfect Spring fling. Plus, you get the added benefit of nice weather and reduced rates for lodging.
 
 

Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival, March 16-19
The Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival takes place at the quaint Chilmark Community Center. Enjoy the incredible lineup of movies, with the opportunity to speak with directors, editors, and members of the community.
 
 

MVY Radio Big Chili Contest, March 25
The MVY Radio Big Chili Contest, which celebrates its 31st anniversary this year, kicks off Spring with a bit of heat! On-Island friends and groups of friends from off-Island all come together to warm up the season with some spicy treats and milder bites for a full-day event with live music, tasty chili, fun drinks, and an overall rockin' good time.

 

Spectrum LGBT+ Film Festival, April 27-30
The Martha’s Vineyard Film Society’s newest, 4-day festival presents “a world perspective on LGBT stories, people and issues” with a variety of films, guest speakers, discussions, and a special event focused on LGBT youth.
 
 

Martha’s Vineyard Wine Festival, May 11-14
This 4-day festival is like no other wine experience. Taking place Island-wide at various private homes and businesses, visitors enjoy perfect pairings of wine and food in one of the most beautiful settings in the world, Martha's Vineyard.
 
 

Pink & Green Weekend, May 12-14
Pink & Green Weekend celebrates Spring and Mother's Day with numerous fun-filled events, including a Pink & Green Adult Prom, a local pub crawl, Mother's Day brunches, a pink & green dog show, themed sales at independent merchants, a Cirque Du Pink & Green plant show that transforms an Island nursery into a circus, and much more.
 
 

MV Environmental Film Festival, May 25-28

Nature as Inspiration: MV Environmental Film Festival spans four days, and combines environmental films, discussions, and an art exhibit. Focusing on one of the issues deeply important to the coastal community of Martha’s Vineyard, the Environmental Film Festival brings together experts, community members, and special guests.

 

Chamber Music Society's Spring Concert, May 28
The Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Society kicks off the season with one of their most popular and well attended events of the year - the Spring Concert! Come listen to the melodic sounds of distinguished musicians with an ensemble of flute, oboe, and piano.

Be sure to visit MVY.com for a full list of Spring events and to best plan your trip! 

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March 2017 03:07

Great Reasons to Visit Martha's Vineyard in the Winter

27. December 2016 04:17 by Aela Mass

Great Reasons to Visit Martha's Vineyard in the Winter

This is an original publication of the Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce and cannot be republished in part or in full without express permission.

 

One of the most magical times on Martha’s Vineyard, winter’s delights include Mother Nature, inspired finds, amazing price and a little romance!   A quick and easy ferry ride of only 45 minutes sets the escapist tone of a wonderful winter getaway. And here some winter-only reasons to make the trip! As always, be sure to visit our calendar to see all the events happening; more are added every day. 

 New Year’s Celebrations 

Martha’s Vineyard is the perfect place to ring in the New Year! Whether you prefer a quiet evening in, a year-end fabulous dinner out, or a fabulously lavish party that goes into the wee hours, the Island is where to be. With countless, romantic boutique inns and B&Bs, quietly saying hello to the new year with your significant other is magical on Martha’s Vineyard. Plus, with award-winning restaurants dotted throughout the Island, you’re sure to enjoy a fabulous “last meal” of the year. And if you like an all-out party on New Year’s, the Harbor View Hotel has got you covered with nosh, two dance floors, fireworks, and a midnight champagne toast.

 

 

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 Discounted Prices
It’s no secret that Martha’s Vineyard has a reputation as an expensive destination. And while there are budget-friendly options in every season, the prices never get better than in winter. Often, you can enjoy the same, high-end accommodations for a fraction of the price. So if you’ve ever wanted to see what the Island is like, but have had concerns about the cost, come on over in the winter! Sure, you can’t sunbathe, but winter walks on the beach are lovely. Trust us.

 

 

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Winter Walks
Speaking of winter walks, the Island truly is a gem to discover by foot. With countless miles of walking trails throughout, Martha’s Vineyard practically begs you to go further, walk more, discover her less seen, inner beauty away from the towns and roads. Take a hike on your own, join Polly Hill Arboretum during the winter months to meander their 70-acre public garden to look for seasonal plants of interest, go bird watching, or grab a Land Bank Trail map, your favorite walking companion and enjoy miles and miles of nature’s bounty. (The majestic snowy owl is often spotted on the Island, and is truly a sight to be seen!)

 

 

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Snowman on the Beach
Have you ever? If not, you should. There are few things quite as fun as building a snowman where you usually catch a sunburn.

 

 

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 Snowshoeing

Those miles of trails just mentioned? They’re also simply perfect for snowshoeing! This favorite outdoor winter activity is made even more fun if you choose a trail that leads to the beach. There’s something to be said for standing at the shoreline in snowshoes.

 Island Art Classes 

Martha’s Vineyard has a robust art scene, and winter is a wonderful time to dive right into the heart of it. The Island is lucky to have an incredibly active and vibrant art center, Featherstone Center for the Arts, which offers hands-on classes in all modalities throughout the winter. This is the perfect season to check into your inner artist and let your creativity flow — no experience needed!

Big Chili Contest
What would winter be without food? The Island heats up in March with the annual Big Chili Contest. The daylong event has been attracting crowds from off-Island for years, and there’s a reason for that: It’s a super fun party with live music, drinks, and (of course) chili — all done with an Island twist.


Annual 20 Miler & Amity Island Relay
The Martha’s Vineyard 20 Miler is a “must” race for die-hard runners of various levels. From highly competitive athletes looking for to test their readiness for Boston and other spring marathons, to dedicated recreational runners, this race offers the chance to combine a visit to one of the East Coast’s most beautiful shore communities with a race on a fast, USATF sanctioned course. But this event is fun for the less serious runners, too, as there’s also a partner “Amity Island Relay.” The Island becomes abuzz with visitors and its fun to cheer for the racers along the way.


The Martha’s Vineyard Independent Film Festival
 Come for dinner, and stay for the show — all of them. The Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival runs from March 16-19, at the Chilmark Community Center. Enjoy the incredible lineup of movies, with the opportunity to speak with directors, editors, and members of the community. Moviegoers will also enjoy eclectic food, live music, and guided meditation.
 Find all the info at tmvff.org

Be sure to visit MVY.com for more info and to plan your trip! 

 

 

 

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December 2016 04:17

Fall for the Arts on Martha’s Vineyard

7. October 2016 07:10 by Aela Mass

Fall for the Arts on Martha’s Vineyard

This is an original publication of the Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce | VisitMV, and cannot be republished in part or in full without express permission. 

Martha’s Vineyard is well known for its summer landscape of busy streets and packed beaches, but a little less known is the Island’s incredible arts and culture scene that culminates in the autumn. Fall for the Arts, now in its 5th year, highlights the incredible and one-of-a-kind events that only happen on Martha’s Vineyard in the fields of dance, film, performing arts, literature, theater, poetry, visual arts, culinary arts, and festivals.

Here’s just a little taste of what visitors can expect with an autumn getaway to Fall for the Arts on Martha’s Vineyard. For a complete schedule of events, be sure to visit the calendar of events.

 

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Columbus Day Weekend, Oct 7 – 10
 
13th Annual Art of Chocolate Festival: Indulge your sweet tooth and artistic flare at this culinary and visual arts festival, held at Featherstone Center for the Arts.
 
Vineyard Artisans Festival: The Island’s longest running art festival that celebrates the crafts, arts, wares, and talents of only Island artists, for a genuine “made on the Vineyard” experience.
 
Local Wild Food Challenge: A culinary event for the true foodie, this event hosts professional and amateur chefs as they compete using local, wild ingredients found only on Martha’s Vineyard.
 
 

Oct 13 – 16

Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival: One of the most anticipated events not only of the fall but of the year! Created in such a way that allows you to build your own itinerary, this foodie festival brings together farmers, fisherman, oyster farmers, artisans, chefs, and vintners to create a truly unique Island experience.

Thanksgiving Weekend, November 25 – 26
 
Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society’s Annual Thanksgiving Concert: This stunning musical event features world-class musicians.
 
Small Business Saturday: Celebrate the unique, independent shops of Martha’s Vineyard on Small Business Saturday and receive holiday deals and specials on one-of-a-kind Vineyard items
 
Christmas in Edgartown, December 9 – 11
The 35th annual Christmas in Edgartown is a weekend-long festival you won’t want to miss! Come see what holiday magic is like on Martha’s Vineyard with the Lighting of the Edgartown Lighthouse, the Jewelry Jingle, holiday parade, holiday shopping like no other, and Breakfast with Santa.
 
To learn more about visiting Martha’s Vineyard in any season or to plan your trip, visit MVY.com. And be sure to see the full list of Fall for the Arts events on MVY.com/calendar.

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October 2016 07:10

Late Summer on Martha’s Vineyard is A Season All Its Own

24. August 2016 05:18 by Aela Mass
Late Summer on Martha’s Vineyard is A Season All Its Own
This is an original publication of the Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce and cannot be reproduced in print or online, in part or in whole, without express premission. 
 

People often mistakenly think that “the season” on Martha’s Vineyard ends Labor Day, but boy is that wrong! Sure, most of the families with kids head off-Island and back to school, but the folks who come during the month of September are some of the luckiest visitors to Martha’s Vineyard.

Here are just a few reasons why: 


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1. Incredible Weather 
September boasts some of the best weather of the year on Martha’s Vineyard. With a general decline in high heat and humidity, the Island enjoys warm, dry days. And since the waters have had all summer to heat up, they’re at their warmest temperatures of the year, which makes swimming simply magical. Plus, being located within the Gulf Stream allows for a lovely and gentle breeze.
 
 

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2. Less Crowded Beaches
 Speaking of amazing weather, September is the perfect time to hit up the beaches of Martha’s Vineyard! And with the majority of kids back to school, the beaches tend to have fewer crowds, which means more sand for you. What’s more, many of the private beaches that are “resident only” become open to the public during the month of September.
 
 

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3. Great Deals
Peak season might be from Memorial Day to Labor Day, but that also means it’s peak prices on Martha’s Vineyard. Whether it be hotels, B&Bs, or countless unique and independent shops and galleries, prices generally begin to fall in September — making visiting the Island more affordable.
 
 

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4. Easier to Get Dining Reservations
 Visitors can often wait hours in August to get into the many award-winning restaurants on Martha’s Vineyard, but September guests don’t face this problem. Making a reservation at a delicious farm- and sea-to-table restaurant that sources outstanding local ingredients right from the Island is much easier to do in September.
 
 

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5. Tons of Festivals
 September is the month of festivals on Martha’s Vineyard! The first weekend kicks off with the Martha’s Vineyard Jazz and Blues Festival, then the month continues on with the Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival, the Martha’s Vineyard Wine Festival, the Wampanoag Powwow, the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass & Bluefish Derby, and the Martha’s Vineyard Craft Beer Festival. Plus, the month includes Fall for the Arts, an arts & culture campaign that kicks off in September and includes events hosted by the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, Featherstone Center for the Arts — including the incredible Iron on the Island event — Tivoli Day in Oak Bluffs, the Soul Summit at Lola’s, Pioneering Pizza by Farm.Field.Sea, and so much more.

So what are you waiting for? Head over to MVY.com to plan your September getaway to Martha’s Vineyard, and see for yourself why September is a favorite month here!

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August 2016 05:18

Take the Kids: A Farm.Field.Sea Adventure on Martha's Vineyard

28. June 2016 08:11 by Aela Mass
Take the Kids: A Farm.Field.Sea Adventure on Martha's Vineyard
Written by Annabelle Hackney for Farm.Field.Sea. 
This is an original publication of the Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce and cannot be reproduced in print or online, in part or in whole, without express permission. 
 

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Summertime on Martha’s Vineyard is a foodie wonderland for kids and parents alike. From that first taste of juicy strawberry in June to the last bite of sweet August corn, there is a plethora of natural wonder to be explored. For kids, summertime is meant to be a break from times tables and grammar lessons, but that doesn't mean the learning has to stop! Martha’s Vineyard has a rich history of agriculture and with over 42 working farms on the island, there is an exciting amount of food produced locally. We get giddy thinking how lucky we are to live within a quick ride to local produce, cheese, milk, fish, oysters and other yummy shellfish. 
 
 

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BUT we think the most exciting part of the plethora of fresh food producers on our island is getting to meet the folks who are working to bring the food to our plates. It’s their stories that make the journey so – well - inspiring. Did you know that the moist farming environment on Martha's Vineyard allows us to grow fruits and veggies you may not expect such as mushrooms and asparagus? Or that oysters have been performing miracles for our waters by cleaning and removing toxins to help maintain tip-top water quality for over 600 million years (disturbed only by the periodic ice age).
 
Have you tasted a strawberry directly from the field? Then you must check out the annual adventure with Morning Glory Farm, one of the islands most vibrant family farms. We will venture through their fields and taste 7+ varieties of the Athearn family’s strawberry summer bounty. Farm inspired crafts and activities will be curated for the kids, and there will be tons of strawberries for all to taste! After enjoying the field and its bounty, sit down for a family-style farm lunch alongside the farmers as they give us a fuller picture of what’s on our plate.
 
 

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Around on Labor Day weekend? Spend the day Saturday on Chappy with us making your own wood fired oven pizza at Slip Away Farm. Slip Away Farm opens their fields to show you what being a young farmer is all about. Tour the farm and pick your ingredients straight from the field - think juicy tomatoes, carrots straight from the earth, and crispy kale. Kids will enjoy the hands-on experience so much they might not even mind they're eating vegetables. After rolling out homemade dough and firing up the wood-fire oven - take a seat for a 3-course lunch overlooking the rolling farm.
 
If you are looking for an unforgettable local experience that is both fun and informative take your kids on a knowledge driven foodie adventure with Farm. Field. Sea. This one-of-a-kind adventure invites both kids and adults behind the scenes with local farmers, fisherman, oyster folks, chefs and educators of Martha's Vineyard to taste and experience the food of the island like you have never experienced before.
 
Can’t make it to these two events? Farm. Field. Sea. hosts many more adventures from May to October, visit their website for more adventures and pop-up dinners that will set your summer plans on fire! More at farmfieldsea.com.

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June 2016 08:11

SPRING FOR THE ARTS on Martha's Vineyard: May Edition

2. May 2016 10:35 by Aela Mass
SPRING FOR THE ARTS on Martha's Vineyard: May Edition
 

This edition of The Vineyard Blog is brought to you by Edgartown's newest boutique hotel, The Christopher.
 

May on Martha’s Vineyard brings Spring for the Arts into full bloom! There are numerous events in theater, music, galleries, agriculture, and culinary delights being held all across the Island. Come check out all the vibrant happenings, enjoy the pleasant spring weather, and visit Martha's Vineyard before the summer season — and summer rates — kick in. Here are some highlights for the month of May. Be sure to check out our calendar for a full list of events! 

Pink & Green Weekend, May 5 – May 8
 Nothing says Spring on Martha’s Vineyard quite like the annual Pink & Green Weekend! The festival celebrate the heart of Spring and Mother's Day with weekend-long events like the Pink & Green Prom, Pub Crawl, Mother’s Day Brunch, sales, and so much more. Additional info: http://edgartownboardoftrade.com 

Eat, Paint, Love Your Body, May 6
Join other women for a three-day cooking and painting retreat with Island chef Jan Buhrman and artist Melissa D’Antoni. Share the importance of the local food while exploring your creative self. The retreat will educate, inspire, and empower women to embrace their bodies and sources of nourishment, with immersion in painting, cooking, community and pleasure — learning an expanded sense and expression of wholeness. More info: http://kitchenporch.com

Martha’s Vineyard Mini Maker Faire, May 7
The first ever Martha’s Vineyard Mini Maker Faire will celebrate the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset and showcase all kinds of incredible projects. There will be arts and crafts, science and engineering, food and music, fire and water — but what makes the event so special is that the inventive projects are brought together with their smart and creative makers, inspiring everyone to become a maker and connect to the people and projects in their local community. More info: http://mvmakerfaire.com/about/ 

Martha’s Vineyard Wine Festival, May 12 – May 15
This annual celebration of food and wine on Martha's Vineyard brings together foodies and tasters from all over the nation with a weekend long festival that includes events like oyster safaris, private home dinners, breakfast & bubbles, champagne & burgers, a grand tasting, and so much more. Additional info: http://www.themvwinefestival.com/ 


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Cheese & Charcuterie Island Style, May 21
Join two of the Island’s leading purveyors, Jacqueline Foster and Jefferson Monroe, as they lead you through a day of mastering the art of cheesemaking and charcuterie with the finest island products. The day turns into evening as this locavore event becomes a tasting extravaganza in the Island’s local flower studio, Morrice Florist. Here, the stage is set for an evening of face-to-face talks with local producers in our artisanal classroom, paired with a social walk-around tasting of the islands best goods. More info: http://www.ffsmv.com/the-full-schedule.html

2nd Annual Martha’s Vineyard Environmental Film Festival, May 27 – May 29
This thought-provoking weekend event includes an opening night reception, a Saturday evening champagne reception with live music, and movies that focus on important and intriguing environmental themes. More info: http://mvfilmsociety.com/nature-as-inspiration/ 

18th Annual Vineyard Artisans Festival, May 28 – May 29
This is the opening show of the season, displaying all the new work Island Artists worked on during winter. The event includes great food, free parking and admission, many demonstrations, and a playground for kids. More info: http://www.vineyardartisans.com/

Ready to plan your May getaway to Martha's Vineyard? Visit our Stay Here page and our Last Minute Lodging page for more info!  

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May 2016 10:35

SPRING FOR THE ARTS of Martha's Vineyard: April Edition

4. April 2016 06:06 by Aela Mass
SPRING FOR THE ARTS On Martha's Vineyard: April Edition
This is an original publication of the Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce | VisitMV 

Spring on Martha’s Vineyard brings a burst of events in theater, music, galleries, agriculture, and culinary delights in what is known as SPRING FOR THE ARTS. Martha's Vineyard is the perfect place to witness a vibrant reawakening from a calm winter slumber, and enjoy a perfect Spring fling. Plus, the nice weather and reduced rates for lodging make visiting in the Spring even more appealing.

Here’s a highlight of some of the amazing events happening this season. Be sure to check the calendar for a full list of all events. And while you're here visiting, tune into the Island's newest radio station — one of only three reggae stations in the country! 105.5 FM WYOB hit the airwaves earlier this year, and is the soul of Martha’s Vineyard, the rhythm of the rock. Give it a listen! 


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Film, Food, and Friends on Friday, All April
This is truly a Vineyard experience, where someone opens their home to strangers for a night of entertaining. Author John Caedan is on Martha’s Vineyard while preparing the launch of his latest novel. Guests are invited to join him every Friday night as he makes a pot of outrageous soup, opens the door of his writer’s studio in Katama to five friends, and enjoy dinner and a movie. It’s an “all ages, all kinds, couples and singles” thing, with a focus on laughter, intelligent interaction, and new friends. Contact 303-325-3947
 
 
Night Heron Gallery Spring Opening
The Night Heron Gallery is Martha’s Vineyard’s only artist owned and operated cooperative gallery, featuring the work of 10 island artists, with the added and unique feature that one or more of the artists are always present. Come in and celebrate the joy of Vineyard art at as the gallery opens again for the season this April. More information at NightHeronGallery.com 
 
Wicked Good Musical Revue, April 8 & 9, at Martha's Vineyard Playhouse
Led by Molly Conole and Peter Boak, and with the company of four other singers, the evening shows will highlight incredible talent and great singing. This extra special event's theme will be BY REQUEST, and is sure to be a wonderfully good time for all. More information at 
mvplayhouse.org
 
Vertical Influences: Ice-skating Performance, April 9, sponsored by The Yard 
Head on over to the Martha’s Vineyard Ice Arena to enjoy a wonderful show by Le Patin Libre, a contemporary ice-skating performance company. Get up close and view this thrilling and serene performance. More info at 
DanceTheYard.org 
 
Dinner & Comedy, April 15
Head over to the grand Harbor View Hotel and laugh, laugh, laugh your way into Spring with comedians Ryan Lehamn, Chris Zito, Stacy Kendro and Justin Hoff, but first enjoy a delicious culinary experience and views of the Edgartown Lighthouse. Or just come to the show! More info at 
Harbor-View.com 
 
 
Exhibit Opening: “In the Giant’s Shadow - Vineyard Life During the Whaling Age” at Martha's Vineyard Museum, April 15
There was a time when nearly everyone on the Island was involved in whaling. It was one of the most important and lucrative businesses in the country, and it required the efforts of shipwrights, shopkeepers, candle makers, coopers, farmers, and many others to support the captains and seamen who took to the seas for the hunt. This exhibit will explore when whaling was the center of Martha’s Vineyard life. More info at 
MVMuseum.org  
 
Sheepapalooza, April 16
A real Spring hoedown at The FARM Institute in Katama allows you to join others in a celebration of sheep and shepherds, local food, farming, and fiber. This annual events features sheep shearing, meeting newly born lambs, a sheep dog demos, wagon rides, and fiber arts such as spinning, weaving, dyeing, felting, and knitting. The day also includes local food by the Artcliff Diner Food Truck. More info at 
FarmInstitute.org
 
Daffodil Show and Spring Celebration, April 16
Wow yourself at the Polly Hill Arboretum with their vibrant daffodil show. Held at their Far Barn, the day showcases dozens of varieties. There will also be children’s arts and crafts and a guided tour will also be offered. More info at 
PollyHillArboretum.org 
 

  Red, Yellow and Blue: Color Mixing for Watercolor with Lynn Hoeft, April 16
Painting with watercolors can be frustrating if you end up with muddied colors, or just plain mud! In this one day workshop, you'll look at why transparent watercolor is so different from oils and acrylics and how to choose the brands, grades and pigments that give artists the best chance for success. More info at FeatherstoneArt.org

Yiddish Literature, April 17
Join the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center for readings and discussions on Yiddish Literature. Pre-registration is required. More info at Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center. 

9th Annual Shearing Day at Island Alpaca, April 23
Over 60 alpacas are scheduled for shearing and public viewing at this wonderfully fun and unique Island event, where you will meet alpacas and enjoy a day with Island friends. More info at IslandAlpaca.com  

PechaKucha Night, April 29
Devised in Japan in 2003 as an event for young designers to network, PechaKucha Night has since turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in hundreds of cities around the world — including Martha’s Vineyard. Drawing its name from the Japanese term for “chit chat,” it rests on a simple presentation format: show 20 images for 20 seconds each, making presentations rapid and concise. The event is sponsored by the Martha’s Vineyard Museum and held at the Harbor View Hotel. More info at MVMuseum.org   

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April 2016 06:06

SPRING FOR THE ARTS on Martha's Vineyard: March Edition

7. March 2016 09:45 by Aela Mass

SPRING FOR THE ARTS on Martha's Vineyard: March Edition 
This is an original publication of the Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce | VisitMV

Spring on Martha’s Vineyard brings a burst of events in theater, music, galleries, agriculture, and culinary delights in what is known as SPRING FOR THE ARTS. Martha's Vineyard is the perfect place to witness a vibrant reawakening from a calm winter slumber, and enjoy a perfect Spring fling. Plus, the nice weather and reduced rates for lodging make visiting in the Spring even more appealing. SPRING FOR THE ARTS takes place from mid-March to mid-June, so there is ample time to take advantage of all the season has to offer.

Here’s a highlight of some of the amazing events happening this March. Be sure to check the calendar for a full list of all events, and be on the lookout for the April, May, and June editions of SPRING FOR THE ARTS on Martha's Vineyard!  

Murder Mystery Night, March 12
Join the historic Harbor View Hotel for a classic evening of “who done it” filled with laughs, suspense and delicious food as guests figure out who among them has committed the crime. Overnight package available. More details at the Harbor View
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Writing Your Memoir with Moira Silva, March 7-28 
You'll laugh. You'll cry. And you will write! From your finest moments to turning points to surprising failures, we all have stories to share. In this supportive workshop, you’ll bring them all to life and create your very own collection of mini-memoirs or a single polished piece. No prior writing experience necessary. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Contact 508-693-2896.
 
The Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival, March 17 – 20 
Grab your bag of fresh popcorn, cozy up on a couch and indulge your senses at this spectacular annual festival. Every March, the rural heart of Martha’s Vineyard transforms for a weekend filled with compelling and entertaining films, fabulous local food, and conversations with filmmakers, writers, and actors from around the world. More than movies, this event engages the film-loving community through discussion, debate, and education. More info at The Martha's Vineyard Film Festival 
 
Leaves, Seeds and Berries: Using Colored Pencils to Get Great Color and Texture with Lynn Hoeft, March 26
Working from life, this one day workshop will provide an introduction to this vibrant, portable and mess-free medium. Among the topics covered will include: how to use layering to build bold or nuanced color; how to blend colors for maximum impact; how to use both form and color to give the illusion of a 3D object on a 2D surface. More information at Featherstone Center for the Arts  
Photo credit: Lynn Hoeft, Featherstone Center for the Arts
 
Cribbage Tournament, March 27
Come to the Island’s original and oldest brewery, Offshore Ale Company, for an all-levels single-day tournament of this unique game that dates back to the 1600s.
Contact 508-693-2626   
Photo credit: Offshore Ale Co. 
 
Monday Night at the Movies, The Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, All March
This fabulous series is hosted and curated by Jamie Alley, and is a very-Vineyard experience in its uniqueness. Jamie is a veritable font of fascinating movie facts which he shares with the audience at each film. His selection is a brilliant and eclectic mix of classic films that are rarely shown on the big screen. More information at the Vineyard Playhouse

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March 2016 09:45

6 Tips for the Perfect Valentine's Weekend on Martha's Vineyard

3. February 2016 08:47 by Aela Mass
6 Tips for the Perfect Valentine's Weekend on Martha's Vineyard
 
Martha's Vineyard was named one of the most romantic places in America, and it’s no surprise why: This magical Island of ours exudes love and romance from shore to shore. Valentine’s weekend is the perfect time to WOW your lover with a romantic getaway that goes beyond anything they’d ever expect. And here are six reasons why you should book a Vineyard Valentine getaway.
 
 

1. The Vineyard has an abundance of romantic places to stay, including award-winning hotels, eco-friendly boutique inns, and charming beds and breakfast. Numerous local accommodations are running Valentine Promotions that are sure to make that special person feel oh-so loved. Harbor View Hotel invites you to celebrate the one you love with their Valentine Package. Their culinary team has designed a romantic three-course dining experience, served in a dining room that boasts a beautiful view of Edgartown Lighthouse and Harbor. The night continues with live music. The Mansion House Inn offers romantic rooms with fireplaces and views of Vineyard Sound. Valentine’s guests will enjoy a complimentary fruit and cheese platter, and can take book a couple’s massage at the in-house spa. This is just a sampling of the wonderful places to stay; be sure to check out our Stay Here page to see all options.  

2. Wine and dine! Enjoying fabulous wine and a delicious meal is par for the course here on Martha’s Vineyard. In fact, it’s one of the things we do best. From our endless choices of local farm-to-table (and ocean-to-table!) restaurant offerings, you’re sure to enjoy a meal made with pride by an Island chef. Be sure to check out our Dine Here page for more details.
 
 
 

Photo: Morrice Florist
3. Bouquets of love! Is Valentine’s Day ever really complete without flowers? Whether your Valentine prefers long-stem red roses or something more unique, Vineyard florists have a robust selection sure to please. Our year-round flower shop and local favorite, Morrice Florist, offers beautiful varieties put together by some truly creative and innovative floral designers. 
 
 
 
4. Sweets for your Sweetie! Skip the generic store-bought box of chocolates and say I love you with Island made-by-hand chocolates and treats. A craft in itself, Vineyard chocolate-maker Enchanted Chocolates wows your palate with perfect combinations of chocolate and local sea salt covered almonds, Valentine nonpareils, chocolate bars so thick you’ll never be able to settle for anything else, and so much more.
 
 

Photo: CB Stark
5. Add a little sparkle! Make this Valentine’s Day dazzle with special one-of-a-kind jewelry from an independent Island jeweler. Find beautiful, Vineyard-designed and created necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings, and so much more at CB Stark Jewelers, Claudia’s, Driftwood Jewelry, Moonstone Jewelers, and Sioux Eagles Designs. And don’t forget to check out the one-of-a-kind, independently owned shops on Martha’s Vineyard, where you’ll find truly unique gift options.
 
 

Photo: Island Alpaca
6. Think outside the box! If your Valentine is less traditional and more adventurous when it comes to displays of love, Martha’s Vineyard is your perfect escape. Hit Norton Point Beach for the Winter Sand Art Day, head to the Martha’s Vineyard Ice Arena for a skating lesson, spend the day at the Alpaca farm enjoying hands-on experience with these fluffy animals, or simply take advantage of the beautiful natural surroundings the Island has to offer and go for a winter hike or stroll on the beaches. Check out our Calendar of Events for all activities offered that weekend.

 Come discover one of the most romantic places in the country! See you on the Vineyard!

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Kicking It Up a Notch on Martha's Vineyard: The 30th Annual Big Chili Contest

12. January 2016 05:18 by Aela Mass
Kicking It Up a Notch on Martha's Vineyard in January:
The 30th Annual Big Chili Contest
 


All photos courtesy of Friends of MVY Radio Big Chili Contest on Facebook

January kicks off the year on Martha’s Vineyard with the MVY Radio Big Chili Contest, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Take the chill out of winter with the hottest of the hot, or warm up with a milder chili — there’s something for all taste buds.

 

Friends from on-Island and groups of friends from off-Island all come together to warm up on a cold January day with live music, tasty chili, fun drinks, and an overall rockin' good time.

 

And if you're interested in channeling your inner chef, bring your best recipe and join the contest! Novice chili makers and experts alike compete side by side for the crowning victory of a win.
Be sure to check out entry details and forms first by clicking here.

 

Where else can you dance the day away to a live mariachi band north of Mexico in January? Hot chili pairs perfectly with hot dance moves, so come in your best dancing shoes.

 

Meet new people on the magical Island of Martha's Vineyard, all while enjoying a fun and spicy day in winter.
 
 

And getting here is simple! Jump on the Steamship Authority ferry in Woods Hole, MA, and then hop on a free bus that takes you right to the event in Oak Bluffs. Since the day heats up with live musical performances and a full bar, why not consider staying the night? Visit our Calendar page for more details, and our Stay Here page to find the perfect overnight accommodations. 

The Big Chili Contest will be held at the PA Club in Oak Bluffs, Saturday, January 30th.

Click here for tickets and more details! 

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