Island Time, July 3: The Big Weekend

Island Time, July 3: The Big Weekend

July 2, 2020
Welcome to the holiday weekend! Despite a few changes in the usual Fourth of July lineup on the Vineyard, there’s still plenty to do. The Martha’s Vineyard Museum will open for outdoor browsing on Friday, art galleries are reopening, and beaches are beckoning. The Aquinnah shops are open and a modified parade is planned in Aquinnah (no parade in Edgartown this year). And while the Featherstone and Chilmark Flea Markets are on hold, the Oak Bluffs Open Market and the West Tisbury Farmers’ Market are on.
For a comprehensive list of things to do (we’ve picked just a few highlights below), check out the Complete Martha’s Vineyard Calendar. And if you’re looking for dining options, view our updated list of What’s Open, What’s Closed on Martha’s Vineyard.

Outdoor Rooms with a View

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum in Vineyard Haven is reopening its grounds for free beginning Friday, July 3. The new Rose Styron Garden with rock sculpture by Lew French, the sweeping hilltop views, and other outdoor exhibits make the trip more than worthwhile. The campus is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Exhibit A

Art galleries are opening their doors, from the long-established Old Sculpin and the Christina Gallery  and brand new Winter Street Gallery in Edgartown to painter Colin Ruel’s new Ruel Gallery in Menemsha.

Sea Fair

Island author Skip Finley signs copies of his new book, Whaling Captains of Color, Saturday at 7 p.m. at Cousen Rose Gallery on Circuit avenue in Oak Bluffs. The carefully researched book traces the lost history of men of color who went to sea during the whaling era, returned trip after grueling trip, and persevered through grit, determination, and skill to become captains during a time when life on land offered few ways to advance.

On Cue

The Lambert’s Cove Inn in West Tisbury hosts a Fourth of July barbecue Saturday, serving all-American food in the inn’s English garden from 6 to 10 p.m. and featuring an a cappella concert from The Vineyard Sound from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.


This week also offers the chance to experience Island singer-actress Molly Conole’s one-woman show Seaglass, Quilts and Song: A Life in Pieces. Professionally filmed during its limited run at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse last year, Ms. Conole’s appealing and honest revue is available for online viewing through July 5.


JULY 9, 8:30 p.m.
Top photo by Ray Ewing.

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