Dinner and a Movie: Island Time, March 18

Dinner and a Movie: Island Time, March 18

March 22, 2021
Let’s see — this week we had snow flurries one day and a high of 65 degrees another. It must be March! But we don’t care if the wind and the temperatures whip us around. Daylight savings time brought us more time to play after work; there’s good news on the vaccine front; and more and more restaurants are opening back up for the season. We’re filled with hope.
Hey, don’t miss our newest addition to Island Time, the Oyster, written by Alex Bullen Coutts for young adults, the young at heart and anyone wondering where to meet up with like-minded folks on this idiosyncratic Island. (Find the Oyster a little further down on this page.)
The Complete Martha’s Vineyard Calendar is filling up, too. Here are a few picks for the weekend and days ahead on the Island.
Take a guided walk along the trails and beachfront of Sengekontacket Pond to look for signs of spring, such as early-blooming trees and shrubs, with a naturalist from Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary on March 19 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the sanctuary in Edgartown.
The Martha’s Vineyard Community Seed Library Group hosts another seed swap and giveaway on the West Tisbury Library porch March 20 from 10 a.m. to noon, weather permitting (updates at westtisburylibrary.org).
The Covid Monologues community project draws to a close March 20 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. with a final online reading, featuring Island writers and at least one musician sharing insight, humor, imagination and warmth as they look back on the past pandemic year.
March 23 at 7 p.m., expert gardener and garden designer Jana Milbocker, of Enchanted Gardens Design in Holliston, teaches how to create a sunny perennial garden with colorful blooms in spring, summer, and fall. In her lushly illustrated online presentation, sponsored by the Edgartown library, viewers will learn about plant layering, new and reliable perennials, companion plants, and design techniques.
March 24 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Terrace at the Charlotte Inn in Edgartown is serving both its regular fare and a special menu designed by chef Patrice Martineau to pair with a series of California wines.
I’m sure by now you’ve heard the life-changing news, if not the chorus of cheers and sighs of relief echoing from the woods of West Tisbury to the cliffs of Aquinnah. Of course I’m talking about the grand re-opening of up-Island Cronig’s, slated for sometime this spring. Gone will be the days of trekking an extra seven minutes and squinting against the overwhelming options. (So much cereal! Bread products for days!) I’m personally looking forward to the return of in-and-out trips and feeling grateful to the Cronig’s team for working so hard to take care of us this year.
Speaking of gratitude, here’s another thing that blows my mind: Each week I set out to find just a few happenings, one or two goings-on that might be of interest to Oyster readers, and each week there’s a worried little voice inside that whispers: “It’s March! On the Vineyard! In a pandemic! What could possibly be going on?”
And each week, I’m delighted (yes, delighted!) to discover that there is LOTS going on, thanks to the creative ingenuity of people who have committed to keeping the rest of us enlightened, fed and entertained.
This Saturday alone, for example, you could spend the entire day in virtual groups and meetings, exploring everything from Bitcoin to Buddhism. You could learn to play the ukulele, do yoga in your living room, or paint (carefully) in bed.
If you’re already feeling overwhelmed by abundance (too much cereal?) read on for a quick sampling of exciting events coming at you live and in-person.
Wishing you all a safe and delightful week ahead,

Going On

Dancing Dreams

Saturday, March 20, 7:30 p.m.
MV Film Center, VH
(and online)
On the streets, parking lots, and slippery floors of the Crystal Palace Roller Rink in Memphis, Tennessee, Charles “Lil Buck” Riley learned the smooth art of Memphis Jookin, igniting a lifelong passion for dance. In this exuberant documentary, director Louis Wallecan takes an in-depth look at the extraordinary artist whose passion, drive, discipline, and talent have blazed a unique new path in the world of dance.

Save the Date

But Order Now…

Fantzye Bagels is back, this time with a full meal in honor of the Passover holiday. Order now and make all of your matzoh, brisket and macaroon dreams come true. $50/person.
Pick-up March 27, 1-3 pm, Edgartown.

Stream the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival at Home

And what better way to follow up your feast than by streaming the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival, at home. 12 award-winning films will be available for your couch-viewing pleasure, March 25-28. Read more about the line-up here.


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