Island Time, Nov. 22 – 25: Switching Seasons
November 23, 2018
Some days, we wish we could go back in time. At other times, anticipation projects us madly into the future. We can’t wait for whatever it is — Christmas, summer, vacation, a date. Staying present is hard; making time stand still impossible.
This weekend is a gift of time. It’s a long one; nearly everyone has a little extra time off. It’s as close as we can get to hitting the pause button before we shift gears and speed into the holiday season. We hope we can honor this gift with patience — and a lot of good food, long walks, great movies, new books, and even a bit of fun holiday shopping. No matter what we do, as long as we’re with good friends and family, we have a chance of staying in the day.
Thursday, November 22 | Eat, Drink, Nap
If you wake up today needing a last minute Thanksgiving dinner reservation, here is a list of restaurants that are open for the holiday. If your family traditionally goes to the movies before or after the big meal on Thanksgiving Day, you’ll be happy to know that the Edgartown Cinema is open and showing three films: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Instant Family, and Dr. Seuss’ the Grinch.
Friday, November 23 | Meet the Ponies
Forget Black Friday; you’ve got great holiday shopping options today right here on the Island. For locally made gifts, head to the Ag Hall for the Vineyard Artisans Annual Thanksgiving Weekend Festival (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Or check out the Thanksgiving Open House at Island Alpaca (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), the Holiday Open Market at the Ocean View in Oak Bluffs (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), or the Open House at Pathways (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.).
If you’d rather get fit than go shopping, why not sample a group exercise class at the Y’s Turkey Burner Day (8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) or head outside for Felix Neck’s 38th Annual Fall Festival. There will be hayrides, face-painting, live music, food, crafts for kids, live animals and trail walks — something for everyone. Also fun for the kids: Misty Meadow’s Annual Open House (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.).
The new film starring Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, is playing tonight at the MV Film Center at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 24 | Small Business Saturday
Over in Vineyard Haven, the Vineyard Holiday Gift Shop featuring gifts made by favorite local artists and craftspeople, is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Stop by Bunch of Grapes bookstore between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m to get a signed copy of The New Cottage, architect Katie Hutchison’s new book that includes three Island homes. Then head down to The Annex for a weekend sale featuring several designers.
There are a number of art openings around the Island today, including an opening reception for a show of photographs by the Gazette’s own Vivian Ewing at the Chilmark Free Public Library (noon to 2 p.m.).
Sunday, November 25 | Lights, Camera, Action
Spend the afternoon at the movies: Bohemian Rhapsody plays at 4 p.m and 7 p.m today at the Capawock. And a special screening of Roma, courtesy of Netflix, plays at the film center at 4 p.m. Roma is a highly personal film from the Academy Award-winning director of the film Gravity, Alfonso Cuaron. Set in Mexico City during the political turmoil of the 1970s, it’s the vivid and emotional portrait of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst the political turmoil of the 1970s in Mexico City.
Tonight head over to Ocean Park any time starting at 5 p.m. for the Crosslands Annual Christmas Display.
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Top photo by Peter Simon; bottom photo by Jeanna Shepard.