Island Time, April 1: Reach for the Sky

Island Time, April 1: Reach for the Sky

March 31, 2021
Just like that, it’s April. Those of you far away from us are probably reveling in cherry blossoms and tulips, while here we are making the most of windy days and celebrating anything brave enough to bloom. Hello crocus! Vineyard Haven has daffodils, while the frost bottoms of West Tisbury are still a bit bare.
Fortunately pansies and potted plants proliferate at Island nurseries, which are open and ready for Easter. The next few days will be a good time to reflect, refresh, get outside, hunt for eggs, and enjoy a film, an art show, or a restaurant takeout meal with family or friends.
Scroll down to check out 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, the Oyster can steer you to a job opening, too.
Remember you can always find the latest events listed on The Complete Martha’s Vineyard Calendar. Here are five favorites for the days ahead.
Morning Glory Farm in Edgartown opens for the season at 9 a.m. today.
Tonight at 5:30, the West Tisbury Library’s Photo Engagement project meets on Zoom, a chance for photographers and non-photographers alike to share images, ideas and inspirations.
Short films nominated for 2021 Academy awards are playing at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center this weekend.
Animated shorts screen Friday at 4 p.m., live-action shorts Friday at 7:30 p.m. and short documentaries Saturday at 4 p.m.
Keep your eyes peeled Friday and Saturday for handmade, six-inch Easter eggs hidden all over the Island and containing candy from Vineyard Confections.
Finders keepers!
On Saturday, the P.A. Club in Oak Bluffs makes it easy with drive-through Easter candy from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining is the theme for the latest community art show at Featherstone Center for the Arts in Oak Bluffs, where the Francine Kelly Gallery is open daily from noon to 4 p.m. with timed admission by appointment.
Wednesday’s online Poetry Café, hosted by Arnie Reisman for the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, features guest poets Holly St. John Bergon, Steve Ewing and Donald Nitchie.
Hi there!
April! Let’s do this. Passover, Easter, showers and flowers…spring is springing and we’re here for it. Read on for some spring-y happenings and ongoing sanity-savers to pencil in to your weekend calendar.
But first, from the offices of Debby Downer: it feels important to mention that Covid-19 cases are once again on the rise here on the Island, especially since they seem to be most prevalent amongst the “younger” segments of our population. Here’s a reminder to stay vigilant and do all the things we’re all so tired of doing: masks, distance, outdoors when possible, etc. With warmer weather and vaccines around the corner, let’s keep our eyes on the prize and give those hard-working contact tracers and health agents a break for the homestretch, shall we?
In happier news, restaurants are opening at a breathtaking clip, and take-out options abound. This list is updated regularly so keep checking back to make all of your backyard/patio/beach picnic plans come true.
We can do hard things!

Crafts on the Go

The FARM Institute
Pick up Friday, April 2 &
Saturday April 3
9:00am to 12:00pm
Why not pair your takeout supper with some take-away craft supplies? The Farm Institute has Naturally Dyed Egg kits ready for pick up Friday and Saturday. Each $20 kit ($12 for members) includes a dozen Farm Institute eggs and three DIY baths made with turmeric, beets and red cabbage.
Vineyard Haven Library
Pick Up Sunday, April 4
3:00pm to 5:00pm
The Vineyard Haven library offers monthly Adult Take & Make Bags, in collaboration with Creativebug, an online resource for arts & crafts instruction videos. (Free accounts available with library card ID.) Call 508-696-4211 to learn more.

The Great Outdoors


Sunday, April 4
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Interested in a non-traditional Easter celebration (or a short break from stuffing your face with Cadbury Mini Eggs?) Join The Trustees for an Easter Beach Safari. “Hop through the dunes this Easter Sunday on an open-air, over-sand exploration of Cape Pogue Wildlife Refuge. We will trek the barrier beach – prowl the saltmarsh, brackish pond, bay and sea – in search of signs of Spring: osprey, plovers and more.” Pre-register here.

Get a J-O-B!


Get first dibs on all of the incredible home goods, clothing, shoes and more by joining the team at Chicken Alley Thrift Shop. Send a letter of interest and a resume to Loni Gloss.
Do you enjoy being outdoors and working with children? PHA is looking for volunteers to lead school field trips at the Arboretum this spring. email Education Coordinator Liz Ladwig for more information.
Photos by Ray Ewing

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