Nice to See You! Island Time, May 27
May 27, 2021
Movies and live music, pop-ups and dinners out – they’re all ours this Memorial Day weekend. And we couldn’t be more grateful. Everything on the Vineyard seems more alive: the lilacs smell sweeter, hay fields are greener, ice cream cones taller and lobster rolls fatter. (Even the Flying Horses, opening this weekend, have new gear!)
Maybe we’re imagining some of this, but that won’t stop us from smelling every rugosa rose in bloom as we kick off our shoes and dig our toes into the sand on the way to the beach. True the forecast for the weekend is not exactly balmy, but what do we care? We’ll carry on – and carry our gratitude into Monday, when we honor the men and women who gave their lives for our country.
We’ll see you out and about, and in the meantime check out our suggestions for things to do (below), and remember you can visit the Complete Martha’s Vineyard Calendar anytime for updated event listings.
Big news for all you film lovers out there: the Martha’s Vineyard Drive-In, behind the ice arena in Oak Bluffs, is back for another season! This weekend, enjoy Back to the Future on Friday, May 28; Jurassic Parkon Saturday, May 29; or Raya and the Last Dragon on Sunday, May 30.
In other movie news, the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center in Vineyard Haven is hosting their annual Environmental Film Festival from Thursday, May 27 through Sunday, May 30 – both online and in-person. And Entertainment Cinemas in Edgartown is back open with a lineup of blockbuster films and, of course, Jaws on Sunday, May 30 at 7 p.m.
Get up early and join your Island community on Saturday, May 29 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. to help clean up around Lagoon Pond – and take part in a fun scavenger hunt – during the Lagoon Pond Beach Cleanup & Scavenger Hunt, sponsored by the Lagoon Pond Association.
Later that evening, head back down to the Lagoon from 8:45 to 9:15 p.m. with a light in hand to Light Up the Lagoon in acknowledgement of the pond’s beauty.
Award-winning author and poet Jennifer Smith Turner will give a book talk and poetry reading in the Rose Styron Garden, on the Martha’s Vineyard Museum campus in Vineyard Haven, on Saturday, May 29 from 2 to 3 p.m. The event is free; bring a blanket or chair to sit on.
This Memorial Day weekend kicks off the first of the in-person Vineyard Artisans Festivals after a year-long hiatus. On Saturday, May 29 and Sunday, May 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury, shop for everything from jewelry and clothing to ceramics and furniture, all made by Island artisans.
It’s all happening. Let’s start with breaking news, which is of course that the dreaded yellow hump at Five Corners has disappeared. RIP hump. Exactly nobody will miss you or the awkwardness and confusion you added to an already exceptionally awkward and confused traffic situation.
In less awkward and more delicious news, kitchen pop-ups are hitting the big time all over the Island these days. Fantzye Bagels is now a permanent Sunday morning fixture at State Road Restaurant (with an extra appearance this weekend at Edgartown’s Vintage Wines on Friday evening). Eat with Austin and Maura’s creatively-themed weekly stints have graduated into a steady gig at the PA Club; check them out this weekend while shopping the Memorial Day Art Show. Even Mad Martha’s is getting an upgrade, with plans for new flavors, Island collaborations and more.
Also worth celebrating this week: The Return of Live Music! (For real, this time…) Rosie’s Ritzy Review (7 p.m.) and Dock Dance Band (10 p.m.) are back at The Ritz on Saturday night, and Oak Bluffs will host live music at the Open Market on Sunday, when the Jay Walkers play from noon to 2 p.m., and in Ocean Park on Sunday evening with the Black Eyed Susans playing from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. In Edgartown, the Port Hunter has live music this weekend, too.
Go forth and dance in public! Smile outdoors!
Photos: Top, Jeanna Shepard; middle, Ray Ewing.