Island Time, May 13: The Fair is On — Make Your Plans Now!
May 13, 2021
The best news ever — The fair is on! The 159th Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society Livestock Show and Fair will run from Thursday, August 19 through Sunday, August 22. Mark your calendars now.
As a matter of fact, the Complete Martha’s Vineyard Calendar is starting to fill up with all kinds of exciting summer activities, including the 2021 Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival (August 6 to August 10) and the return of the Vineyard Artisans Summer Festival to the Grange Hall starting June 13. So be sure to check the calendar frequently and grab a copy of our brand new 2021 Island Guide to plan your summer. In the meantime, enjoy some of our picks for this weekend and be sure to read The Oyster (our newsletter-within-a-newsletter) below.
If you’re in the market for veggies and flowers for your home plot, don’t miss the Community Greenhouse’s annual Plant Sale on Saturday, May 15 and Sunday, May 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
After a year-long hiatus, fans are finally allowed back at high school sporting events – just in time for the spring season. Over the next few days, cheer on boys varsity lacrosse, tennisand baseball, plus girls varisty softball, tennisand lacrosse. All events take place on the regional high school campus.
The Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society is having a Farm Animal Meet & Greet at the Ag Hall in West Tisbury on Sunday, May 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to benefit MV’s 4H programming. The Antique Power Museum will also be open, and Clydesdales Duke and Johnny will make a special appearance! Spots must be reserved.
Featherstone Center for the Arts in Oak Bluffs is currently exhibiting Still Fresh – The Art of Flowers inside the Francine Kelly Gallery. New this year, and in conjunction with the show, is a weekly speaker series. On Wednesday, May 19 at 4 p.m., Wendy Nierenberg and Charlotte Cole will present Flowers & Quilting in a show-and-tell presentation outside the Art Barn.
One of the best parts about living in a small community is witnessing the ways in which people, organizations, and businesses often come together to help each other and occasionally rally behind a shared cause. A few examples we’re especially excited about:
An article in this week’s Gazette highlighted the essential work of the Communication Ambassador Program, a collaborative initiative that recently graduated the first class of ten trained Portuguese language interpreters, ready to help with contact tracing and other community needs.
And as we begin to gather safely again, we can expect to see the return of collaborative pop-up events, like this weekend’s Girl Time, featuring a handful of woman-owned enterprises taking place at Morrice Florist. (See @marthasvineyardhospitality on Instagram for details.)
Here’s to a season of togethering,