Cast Away: Island Time, September 16
September 21, 2021
For most of the month of September, anglers have their days and nights blocked out for fishing the annual Derby. Those who choose to use these days a little differently are in luck because there are still many events and activities to enjoy on the Island this time of year.
The Drive-In is still screening films, Featherstone Center for the Arts has a full slate of classes to choose from, and there are plenty of art shows on display at various galleries around the Island. Read on for some highlights for the week ahead. And for even more fun, visit The Complete Martha’s Vineyard Calendar.
Join Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation staff and Island geologist Bill Wilcox on Saturday, September 18 from 9 to 11 a.m. for a Guided Walk of Cedar Tree Neck Sanctuary in West Tisbury. Participants will learn how the glaciers shaped the land we see today. Registration is required by emailing [email protected].
Fly fishing fanatics (or just fans of fishing in general) — Kismet Outfitters in Edgartown is hosting a viewing of the 2021 Fly Fishing Film Tour on Friday, September 17 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The films span the globe from the remote wilds of Eastern Russia to the flats of French Polynesia and to the down-home waters of Wisconsin.
Artist Abe Goodale finds inspiration by capturing the daily life on a harbor — including at the Island’s own Gannon & Benjamin. In the latest exhibition at the Workshop Gallery in Vineyard Haven, he will showcase his watercolor series titled The Working Waterfront on Saturday, September 18 from 4 to 7 p.m
Speaking of inspiration — artist Issa Van Dyk took a page out of her late father’s book by experimenting with smaller artworks during the pandemic. Over that time, her work evolved into larger, more complex monotypes, which she will display in a two-day exhibition titled Spiritual Windows: Monotypes. View the show at the Art Barn in West Tisbury on Saturday, September 18 and Sunday, September 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
You’ve paddled on Sengekontacket Pond during the day, but now is your chance to see it in a whole new light during a Moonrise Kayak Tour with a Felix Neck guide on Monday, September 20 from 5:45 to 7:45 p.m.
And for those looking for a slightly different experience, join The Trustees on the Island’s south shore for a Harvest Moon Paddle & Campfire from 6 to 8 p.m. at Long Point Wildlife Refuge in West Tisbury.
The Island’s Cleaveland House Poets — the longest running poetry group in New England — have released their latest anthology, In the Company of Poets. To celebrate, members will share their work in the Rose Styron Garden at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum in Vineyard Haven on Wednesday, September 22 at 4 p.m. Advance registration is required.
This week we’re celebrating the great hoodwink that is mid-September. As in: farewell, summer’s over, nothing to see here…except for these (mostly) flawless blue-sky days, warm water at half-empty beaches and the freshest in locally grown (and caught — it’s Derby time!) Island bounty everywhere you turn.
I’m especially excited to start getting to the West Tisbury Farmers’ Market, open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon outdoors through October. I realize the market itself is not exactly breaking news, but free time to get there — not to mention no traffic or lines to get in — are new and exciting developments in my book. (Also hoping to get to the Oak Bluffs Open Market, Sundays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Washington Park.)
Planning ahead, the first annual MV Oyster Fest is heading our way, October 1 and 2. Looking to join the party for free? Sign up to be a volunteer! Volunteers must be 21+, fully vaccinated and are asked to work a 3-hour time slot.
Fake-out fall or endless summer; whatever you call it, here’s hoping it lasts.
Live Music Roundup
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The Port Hunter
4 p.m. to 6 p.m
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Ocean Park Bandstand
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.