Island Time: September Song

A fisherman at sunset

Island Time: September Song

September 12, 2019
September hits its stride this weekend, with a full moon Friday and the Derby getting underway at one minute past midnight Sunday. There’s plenty more to do on the Vineyard as well, including a sneak preview of the new Downton Abbey film tonight—eight days before its official release.

We’ve rounded up some more best bets below, and you can find events for every day and night in the Complete Martha’s Vineyard Calendar.

Friday, Sept. 13 | Last call for lobster rolls

Sassafras Earth Education starts its fall Forest Kindergarten series today, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for children aged 4 to 7. From 10:30 a.m. to noon, the Martha’s Vineyard Family Center visits the Edgartown Public Library with its Discovery Fridays series for kids who want to read, discover and explore. The Vineyard Haven Library hosts Game Time for ages 8 and older from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., with everything from old-fashioned playing cards to VR Wii.

Oak Bluffs police chief Erik Blake is available for conversation at Coffee with the Chief, 10 a.m. at the Oak Bluffs Council on Aging.

A 90-minute Architectural Walking Tour of Edgartown begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Carnegie on North Water Street, followed at 12:30 by a walking tour of the historic harborfront.

Today is your last chance for Grace Church Lobster Rolls until summer, 2020: get them from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the church in Vineyard Haven. At the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, a free PechaKucha—an evening of 20-minute presentations of 20 slides each—starts at 7 p.m.

At the movies, Edgartown Cinemas has Angel Has Fallen at 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., The Art of Racing in the Rain at 4:30 p.m. and IT Chapter Two at 7:30 p.m. The Martha’s Vineyard Film Center in Vineyard Haven presents the National Theatre production of Fleabag, broadcast live from London’s West End, at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 14 | Celebrating chickens, sunflowers and OB

Registration for the Martha’s Vineyard NAACP George V. Tankard, Jr., Memorial 5K and Fun Run, named for a longtime Islander who died in 2004, begins at 7 a.m. at Summercamp in Oak Bluffs. The town’s annual Tivoli Day street fair runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Circuit Avenue.

The West Tisbury Farmers Market takes place from 9 a.m. to noon at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury. In Vineyard Haven, the Martha’s Vineyard Museum celebrates chickens and the Islander who loved them with Nancy Luce Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Farm Institute in Edgartown holds its weekly Sunflower Sing-a-long, for ages 2 and up, in the one-acre sunflower field from 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.—take-home sunflowers included.

Artists having receptions today include painter Lynda Reeves McIntyre at the Chilmark Free Public Library, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and painter Billy Hoff, 5 p.m. at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse.

Spiritual medium Linda Edwards returns to the Portuguese American Club in Oak Bluffs for An Evening on the Other Side, starting at 6:30 p.m.

On the big screen, the Capawock has Brittany Runs a Marathon at 4:30 p.m. and the Film Center screens the new Linda Ronstadt documentary at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 15 | Off and running for the Derby

Fishermen, start your (boat) engines: The 74th annual Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby is officially underway through Oct. 19. Weigh-ins take place twice daily, 8-10 a.m. and 8-10 p.m., at the Edgartown Junior Yacht Club.

Prefer clubs to rods? Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard starts its 9th annual Golf Classic at 8 a.m. at Mink Meadows.

The Derby’s arrival is a reminder that these are the final weeks for the Cape Pogue Lighthouse Tour, an over-sand adventure to the remote, historic lighthouse on Chappaquiddick with four departures each Saturday through Oct. 14.

Jazz pianist Yoko Miwa plays a free concert at Tisbury Waterworks from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. At the Barn Bowl & Bistro in Oak Bluffs, Gold Pin Bowling starts at 9 p.m.—bowl a strike when the head pin is gold and win a free game for your next visit.

At the movies, Edgartown Cinemas has The Lion King and Where’d You Go, Bernadette at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

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