Live Music, a Movie, Coffee with a View: Lots to Do at New Martha’s Vineyard Museum
April 24, 2019
Visiting the Martha’s Vineyard Museum is for more than rainy days. After relocating from Edgartown to the old Marine Hospital in Vineyard Haven earlier this year, the museum has been spreading its wings in the new, larger space which includes a year-round café with a hilltop view of Lagoon Pond and a spectacular centerpiece you’ll find nowhere else on the Vineyard: the fully-restored Fresnel lens from the Gay Head Light.
To celebrate the inaugural exhibition Our Own Beat: 200 Years of Island Music, the museum has scheduled a series of special events over the next few weeks—part of an intriguing schedule of talks and gatherings that is bound to grow busier and more interesting as 2019 progresses.
April 30 at 6 p.m., the Black Brook Singers—the tribal drum of the Aquinnah Wampanoag, led by Durwood Vanderhoop—perform new and traditional songs in a tradition that extends far deeper than 200 years into the past. Following their performance, the museum screens the 2017 documentary Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World, which traces the often-unacknowledged influence of Native American rock musicians including Link Wray, John Trudell and Robbie Robertson of the Band. Admission is $10 for museum members (annual memberships start at $55 for an individual), $15 for non-members.
May 11 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Tom Dresser’s book Music on Martha’s Vineyard is the topic of the museum’s monthly non-fiction book club, hosted by MVM research librarian Bow Van Riper. Members are free, non-members are welcome for $5.
The museum is also hosting its latest PechaKucha Night May 3 at 7 p.m. Anyone can create a PechaKucha—the only requirement is 20 images shown for 20 seconds each. all Anna at 508-627-4441 x114 or e-mail [email protected] if you are interested in presenting. The event is free and open to all.
Top photo, Tim Johnson, middle and lower photos by Mark Alan Lovewell