Island Time, July 1: The Magic Hours
July 2, 2021
Take a cue from the fireflies and the sunset watchers and enjoy your Vineyard summer evenings to the fullest this long holiday weekend (and all week long). As an antidote to the hot humid days, evening activities on the Island are multiplying. Vineyard Haven’s monthly street and shopping festival, First Friday, starts up again tomorrow. The outdoor summer film series at Featherstone returns on Wednesday. Opportunities to hear live music are rich. And don’t forget about old-fashioned stargazing and twilight beach walks. There’s no better place to be outdoors on a July night than Martha’s Vineyard.
And if you’re looking for more events and activities, both day and night, remember you can find them all in The Complete Martha’s Vineyard Calendar. Happy July Fourth! (Remember, no parade this year.)
Artist Keith Cerone uses neon as his medium of choice, and on Friday, July 2 from 4 to 8 p.m. at The Workshop Gallery in Vineyard Haven, patrons can view his work during an opening reception for his show Aura. The exhibition, up through July 14, explores concepts surrounding ancient objects and relics through neon, glass and mixed media.
Last year, Vineyard Haven’s First Friday events went virtual. This summer, they’re back to in-person. On Friday, July 2 from 4 to 11 p.m. head to VH’s Main Street and Owen Park to see work by Island artisans, enjoy some bites from food trucks and to listen to some live music. A full list of bands/musicians, their time slots and where they will be playing can be viewed here.
During the pandemic, photographer John Rosenmiller spent time in New York City capturing the changed landscape with his camera. On Tuesday, July 6 at 6:45 p.m., John will be showing a short documentary film he made, titled City of Covid: New York During Quarantine, at Featherstone Center for the Arts in Oak Bluffs, followed by a Photographers Salon at 7 p.m. showcasing more of his work.
Have you ever wondered how many species of moth call the Island home? On Wednesday, July 7 from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m., join moth expert Paul Goldstein and BiodiversityWorks staff for a nighttime program to attract and observe the moths around the Manuel F. Correllus State Forest headquarters, and to learn a thing or two about these insects.
The Martha’s Vineyard Film Society and Featherstone Center for the Arts have teamed up once again to hold an Outdoor Summer Film Series on the Featherstone campus, Wednesday nights in July and August. To kick off the series, on Wednesday, July 7 at 8:30 p.m., there will be a showing of American Graffiti. Tickets must be purchased in advance online.
Normally I’d say something like “Can you believe it?!” but the way things are going this season — heat waves, warm(ish) water, August-like crowds — it feels sort of like we’ve been doing this high-summer thing for a while now, like it or not.
Some things to love:
Tonight at Seaweed’s guest chefs from Cambridge’s Nem Kitchen will prepare a Vietnamese menu as part of a new series in partnership with the Madison Inn. “Rest Pop Up” offers industry professionals a chance to unwind with a 2-night stay on the Island and a series of pop-ups throughout the season. $75/person. Purchase tickets and see the (mouth-watering) menu here!
The season’s first First Friday is tomorrow in Vineyard Haven (beginning at 4 p.m.), and guest DJ Flavya will host a silent disco in Owen Park from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Presented by PathwaysArts.
And the Center of Knowhere gallery in Oak Bluffs presents “Embodied: Black Women of Print” featuring work by Tanekeya Word, Ann Johnson, LaToya Hobbs, Stephanie Santana and Delita Martin, opening July 2.
Summer also brings some of our own people home, to share what they’ve learned (or mastered) out in the big bad world. Artist and poet Emma Young is offering paper-making workshops at Featherstone this month, while Island painters Rachael Cassiani and Jennifer Christy premiere new work at the Field Gallery.
Deep breaths, everyone, and welcome home.
Photos: Ray Ewing, top; Jeanna Shepard, bottom.