Island Time, January 10-12: Counting the Days

Island Time, January 10-12: Counting the Days

January 10, 2019

Lately, the evening light show has been fantastic. There is a moment when you look out the window and notice that the sky has turned a rather eerie yellow color. But soon it softens to a ripe peachy glow. You walk out into the street, or if you can, hop in your car and zip over to East Chop or Abel’s Hill or Dutcher Dock. You look up, and my, oh, my, it’s all about the clouds. Without the pewter drama of stratocumulus splattering the faded-jeans blue, the fiery orange would be much less interesting.

We are easily amused, we admit. But honestly we think the best part about winter on the Vineyard is having so much spectacular nature all to ourselves. This weekend, we have the chance to take two guided winter walks: one at Polly Hill Arboretum, one with VCS around the Island Grown Initiative Farm Hub.

And this evening, we can get our nature fest started with an irresistable talk by Suzan Bellincampi drawn from her new book, The Nature of Martha’s Vineyard. The nature talk, Sharks, Skunks, Lovelorn Birds & Butt Breathing Frogs, begins at 4:30 p.m. at the West Tisbury Library.


Friday, January 11  |  Nourished

The Kitchen Porch and The Grey Barn and Farm are teaming up to offer a farm tour and cooking class featuring cheese, vegetables and eggs today at 1 p.m.

If you know anyone who might need a hot meal, winter community suppers are back on every night of the week. Tonight is Soup Supper at Grace Episcopal Churchat 5 p.m. Just a reminder: The Houses of Grace Island Winter Shelters are open as well, for those who need a warm place to stay overnight.

And for those of you itching to get out and do something lively, Pathways sponsors We Dance tonight, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Bring your dancing shoes. Philly D + The Round-up and the Space Invaders are on stage at The Ritz. And if you really need to get away to another time and place, go to the movies: Mary Queen of Scots plays at the film center at 7:30 p.m.; Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse plays at Edgartown Cinema at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.


Saturday, January 12  |  Art or Science

Take a printmaking workshop with Fae Kontje-Gibbs this morning at Featherstone (10 a.m.). Or take part in a family book swap at Edgartown Library (11 a.m.). Or learn about why flies (yes flies — the insect order Diptera) actually do more good than harm. Matt Pelikan’s Science Series class begins at the Oak Bluffs library at 10:30 a.m.

At 12:55 p.m., Met Opera Live begins at the film center. Today’s performance is Adriana Lecouvreur. At 2 p.m., the Winter Yard presents Amirah Sackett, the internationally recognized hip-hop dancer, choreographer and teacher who explores and embodies her Muslim American identity through combining hip-hop movement and Islamic themes. She will perform again at 7 p.m.

At 5 p.m., we’re headed to the MV Playhouse for the opening reception of photographer Albert O. Fischer’s new show. Tonight we might go glow-bowling. Movie options include The Mule, Vice, Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and Mary Queen of Scots.


Sunday, January 13  |  The Birds

After the VCS winter walk this morning at 10 a.m., we might get crafty with the Fiber Folks at the Ag Hall (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.) or take a class on mixed-media journaling with Seastone Papers.

This afternoon, avian photographer Lanny McDowell teams up with pianist David Stanwood at the MV Film Center to combine the art forms of piano improvisation and bird photography in “Avian Improv.” Come at 1 p.m. and see Lanny’s new photography exhibit, too.

Wind down your Sunday at the West Tisbury Library’s Second Sunday Jazz at 3:30 p.m. Today’s performance is by the John Alaimo Trio: John Alaimo on piano, Michael Tinus on bass, and Tauras Biskis on drums.


And don’t miss:

Jan 10, 7 pm             Poetry Cafe, Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse

Jan 12, 3:30 pm      Art Reception, Beneath the Barcode

Jan 14, 7 pm            Writers Read

Jan 19. 12 pm          Winter Beach Safari


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