We know that many of you are appreciating Martha’s Vineyard from afar and are missing the Island more than ever. We’re hopeful we’ll get to welcome back more visitors this year and that you’ll be among them. We realize that Martha’s Vineyard is an especially meaningful place and we want you to know that the Island misses you as much as you miss it! In the meantime we've rounded up a list of virtual Martha’s Vineyard happenings that are open to anyone near and far, in efforts to help you stay connected to Martha’s Vineyard while you can’t be here.
Have you been expanding your culinary skills in quarantine? Chef and caterer Jan Buhrman of Kitchen Porch Catering offers weekly cooking classes in which you can participate from the comfort of your own home. February’s flavor packed menus include Iranian Soup with Lamb Meatballs, Indian Curry Dinner, and Baked Iranian Spinach Spiced Rice. Additionally private chef Food Minded Fellow offers private virtual cooking classes on request and the Vineyard Haven Library hosts weekly cook-alongs on Wednesdays. Island Rose Cooking and Slough Farm also present regular and delicious tutorials via Zoom.
Are you on Instagram? Be sure to follow some of our talented chefs for helpful recipes and tutorials like lunch lady extraordinaire @jenny.devio, food blogger @marnely_murray, cookbook author @sarah.waldman, and cooking newsletter @cookthevineyard.
Get moving with our motivated instructors
With so many people spending more time at home hovered over a computer it’s more important than ever to get up and move! Many of Martha’s Vineyard talented yoga, dance and movement instructors offer regular ongoing virtual classes. Options include yoga through the Yoga Barn, Yoga on the Vine, West Tisbury Library, Peaked Hill Studio, Slough Farm and more. For a full round-up of in-person and virtual yoga opportunities visit marthasvineyardyoga.com. For a more high energy experience check out Salsa Suelta Cubana with popular instructor Christina Montaya through the Oak Bluffs Library.
Enjoy the music, arts and culture of the Island from near or far
Now’s the time to explore new hobbies and there’s no shortage of talented musicians on Martha’s Vineyard eager to share their expertise. The Vineyard Haven and Oak Bluffs Libraries present Music as Meditation a 5-week course that covers the basics of playing the ukulele or guitar and explores how music can serve as a mindfulness practice.
If art is more your thing you’ll want to explore what Featherstone Center of the Arts is streaming, including watercolor instruction, hand building pottery tutorials and more.
For the theater buffs support Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse by joining their monthly trivia events and Poetry Cafes, as well as special events and performances via Zoom. For the kiddos The Yard offers family friendly virtual fun every Saturday in February with ScreenPlay!, a non-stop interactive event, where your whole family becomes part of the story over ZOOM. Screenplay! explores movement, puppetry, theater, and the “irresistible power of being ridiculous.”
Additionally the Martha’s Vineyard Museum hosts regular online events that explore the museum’s collections, as well as virtual talks, panel discussions, readings and more culturally significant offerings.
Enjoythe films of Martha’s Vineyard’s beloved theaters from wherever where you
The Martha’s Vineyard Film Center presents FILM CENTER AT HOME, an online viewing platform, which gives you the opportunity to experience world cinema from the comforts of your home, while also supporting the Film Society. As an added bonus the Film Center’s share of online tickets purchased goes directly to their employees and essential operational expenses while we wait for widespread vaccinations!
If you’ve been scrolling at home looking for something good to watch be sure to check out the film recommendations from The Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival, which provides a great list for viewing inspiration and where to stream titles!
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