Island Time, August 30-Sept. 1: One Last Fling

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Island Time, August 30-Sept. 1: One Last Fling

August 29, 2019

Labor Day weekend brings a flurry of end-of-summer events and activities, along with our own personal punch lists (last chance to jump off the Jaws bridge!). Here are our best bets for the holiday weekend, and you can find everything else that’s happening in the Complete Martha’s Vineyard Calendar.

Friday, August 30 | Free wheeling

It’s the last day for skateboarding instruction, with some of the Vineyard’s best skaters, at the MV Skate Park in Oak Bluffs. Recommended for ages 6 and up, the drop-in session runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

With a quilting exhibit titled And Still We Rise: Race, Culture and Visual Conversations, the Mariposa Museum on Circuit Avenue in Oak Bluffs is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The annual Vineyard Artisans Labor Day Weekend Festival kicks off tonight from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in a new location at the Agricultural Society in West Tisbury. Instead of setting up in Agricultural Hall, the festival takes place in a big tent on the grounds and continues through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Paid parking benefits art scholarships for graduating Island high school students.

It’s Trivia Night with Johnny Showtime, complete with prizes, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bad Martha’s Farmer’s Brewery in Edgartown. For the more serious-minded, at 6 p.m. the Vineyard Haven Public Library hosts a presentation on Bioethics and the Future of Science with Dr. Kevin Esvelt of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

At the moviesJaws plays the Capawock at 4:30 p.m., the Peanut Butter Falcon starts at 5 p.m. at the Strand and the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center has The Farewell at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 31 | Tap dancing

Presented by the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, The Fabulists: Theater for Childrenconcludes its summer season at the Tisbury Amphitheater starting at 10 a.m. From 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Oak Bluffs Public Library, families can meet first responders and explore a fire truck with Local Helpers and Heroes.

The final Arboretum Guided Tours of the season begin at 10 a.m. today and Sunday at Polly Hill Arboretum in West Tisbury.

With art by sculptor Steve Lohman and painters Vasha Brunelle and Frank Brunelle, the new Beach Road Gallery holds its grand opening today and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

In Chilmark at 7 p.m. tonight, The Yard presents new work by two Boston-based performing groups — tap ensemble Subject:Matter and storyteller Aysha Upchurch, The Dancing Diplomat.

Johnny Hoy & the Bluefish play a special end-of-summer Dock Dance from 8 to 10 p.m. on Memorial Wharf in Edgartown.

Movies tonight include Sword of Trust at the Capawock, 4:30 p.m., director Ron Howard’s Pavarotti documentary at the Film Center, 7:30 p.m. and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, 8 p.m. at the Strand.

Sunday, Sept. 1 | Book blessing

The Blessing of the Backpacks is for everyone — from preschoolers to university professors — who’s headed to school this fall. Bring your backpack, book bag or briefcase to Grace Episcopal Church in Vineyard Haven at 10 a.m.

Rescheduled from last weekend, the Tisbury Fire Department Car Show takes place from noon to 4 p.m. at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School in Oak Bluffs.

The Summer Festival of Poetry at Featherstone Center for the Arts presents a reading by Susan Kinsolving at 6:30 p.m.

Live music tonight includes the Holy Rock & Roll Revival starting at 7 p.m. at the Ritz in Oak Bluffs and the Dock Dance Band at the Port Hunter in Edgartown at 10 p.m.

At the movies, the Capawock is showing Once Upon a Time in Hollywood at 7:30 p.m. and the Strand has Where’d You Go, Bernadette at 8 p.m.

When Labor Day arrives on Monday, please don’t think we’ve forgotten to post Island Time 2! We’re just going back to our once-a-week schedule on Thursdays until next spring.  

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