Island Time: Summer’s Last Stand

Island Time: Summer’s Last Stand

September 19, 2019
The autumnal equinox takes place early Monday morning, making this the last weekend of the astronomical summer. The Derby is on, with fishermen heading out by boat or casting their lines from just about every beach, bridge, jetty and dock in sight. You can catch the daily weigh-ins from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Edgartown Junior Yacht Club at the foot of Main Street.

For other things to do on Martha’s Vineyard this weekend, we have some suggestions here and you can find everything that’s happening on Island in the Complete Martha’s Vineyard Calendar.

Friday, Sept. 20 | Sea what’s up

Global Climate Strike activities begin early up-Island, with a 7:30 a.m. gathering in Aquinnah, a kayak flotilla from Aquinnah to Menemsha at 11 a.m. and a Protect Our Oceans Celebration in Menemsha (costumes and noisemakers encouraged) at 11:30 a.m.

The whole family can join in the Grey Barn and Farm’s Kids Farm Morning, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. with a different activity each week. After lunch, head to the Oak Bluffs fishing pier for Family Fishing from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The Vineyard’s Global Climate Strike events continue at Thimble Farm with a celebration of regenerative agriculture and food waste reduction from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Meanwhile, on Chappaquiddick, a Bike Flash Mob rolls from Wasque to Chappy Point starting at 4 p.m.

At the movies, both Edgartown Cinemas and the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center have the new Downton Abbey at 7:30 p.m., the Capawock shows Once Upon A Time In Hollywood at 7:30 p.m. and the Strand has Official Secrets at 8 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 21 | Plug-in play

It’s Electric Vehicle Day at the Oak Bluffs Public Library, complete with test drives, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Get a jump on Halloween at the Aquinnah Public Library’s Costume Clinic, from noon to 3 p.m. Also from noon to 3 p.m., the Black Dog in Vineyard Haven is holding a Doggie Adoption Event with the local branch of Angels Helping Animals Worldwide.

At 1 p.m., the annual Ceremony of Remembrance takes place at the Edgartown Lighthouse Children’s Memorial.

From 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Waban Park in Oak Bluffs hosts the fourth annual Martha’s Vineyard Craft Beer Festival, with more than 50 breweries serving 150 different brews.

Edgartown Cinemas has Ad Astra at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., the documentary Cold Case Hammerskjöld screens at the Film Center at 4 p.m., Peanut Butter Falcon plays the Capawock at 4:30 p.m. and the Strand has Brittany Runs a Marathon at 5 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 22 | One for the books

At Kids Derby Day, from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. at the Oak Bluffs ferry fishing pier, young anglers can get in on the excitement. Fish caught here are judged by length, not by weight as in the main derby.

Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. for the annual Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library 5K Walk to the Chop & Fun Run. Run starts at 9:45 a.m., walk at 10 a.m.

The Vineyard Artisans Summer Festival returns to Grange Hall in West Tisbury from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sassafras Earth Education in Aquinnah holds a pot luck Fall Equinox Celebration from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., complete with a bonfire and storytelling. Bring a dish to share.

Classical pianists Dean and Karin Rosenthal, performing as Daykah, play a concert at 3 p.m. at The Artist Studio in Edgartown.  From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Featherstone Center for the Arts in Oak Bluffs holds an opening reception for its latest group show, Summer’s End.

At the Film Center, the Linda Ronstadt documentary screens at 7:30 p.m. Angel has Fallen starts at 3:45 at Edgartown Cinemas.

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