In Vineyard Skies: Island Time, September 23

In Vineyard Skies: Island Time, September 23

September 23, 2021
Welcome to fall on the Vineyard. If you’re new to year-round Island living, you might want to check out the Vineyard Gazette’s Tides and Weather page and give the All Outdoors and Vineyard Gardener columns a look. Read the Bird News; then see how the stars are aligned (and what time the sun sets) by reading In Vineyard Skies. That will get you settled into the season of red skies, golden fields, orange everything (squash, pumpkins, dahlias, bonfires, falling leaves) and a kaleidoscope of changing colors in the woods and on the water.
Next, you might want to take in a little Island history (and a great view) through the lens of the Vineyard Gazette’s 175th anniversary exhibit at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. Other ways to dig a little deeper into the Island? Explore Chappaquiddick or visit the Aquinnah Wampanoag Indian Museum. Read on for more ideas and be sure to check out The Complete Martha’s Vineyard Calendar for all events and activities coming up soon.
Live music is still happening all over the Island! And on Friday, September 24, you have not one, but two chances to catch a special show. From 5 to 7 p.m., enjoy Music in the Courtyard at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum in Vineyard Haven with featured musicians Jim Kweskin and Rose Guerin. Advance registration is required.
Later in the evening, at the First Baptist Church in Vineyard Haven at 7 p.m., there will be a concert featuring Christian singer and songwriter Dave Pettigrew. Opening for him will be Mark Alan Lovewell, Sean McMahon and the worship team of the First Renewed (Brazilian) Baptist Church.
The annual Manhattan Short Film Festival is back at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center in Vineyard Haven this weekend. Screening nine films simultaneously across the world during a one-month period, audiences in participating venues will cast their ballots for Best Film and Best Actor. Join in on the fun Thursday, September 23 through Saturday, September 25 at 7:30 p.m., or Sunday, September 26 at 4 p.m.
Gather together with the Island community for the fourth annual Darkness Into Vineyard Light: Suicide Prevention & Awareness Walk on Saturday, September 25 from 5 to 7 a.m. at Bend in the Road Beach in Edgartown. Beginning before sunrise, the walk is symbolic of coming out of the darkness of depression and mental illness into the light of hope and healing.
The Tisbury Firefighters Association is bringing the fun to Veterans Park in Vineyard Haven on Sunday, September 26 for the 14th annual Car Show. From noon to 4 p.m., the public can view classic cars, enjoy some live music and shop from local vendors.
Also happening at the park starting at noon is the first annual Blazing Bags Cornhole Tournament. Proceeds benefit the Tisbury Firemen’s Association Fallen Firefighters Fund.
The newest exhibit at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum opens on Wednesday, September 29 and it’s all about shellfish. Stories on the Half Shell, which will be up through January 9, 2022, will celebrate bivalves through stories from those who know them best: from biologists and farmers, to cooks and shellfish constables.
Fires in the wood stove, Sundays in the kitchen. Blankets, books, bingeing new shows. Here’s me, manifesting a timely arrival of fall, despite all warm-weather evidence to the contrary.
The off-season beckons, and I’m looking forward to oh-so-much. Top of my list is the fact that – after a bit of post-summer recovery, fall and winter can be a time when some Islanders are able to return to creative pursuits (and the rest of us are able to see what they’re up to!)
This week, for example, you can check out painter Alexis Rusillo’s new work, on view at the Old Sculpin Gallery in Edgartown through Friday.
Or take the long way through Oak Bluffs this weekend, stopping first at Center of Knowhere gallery for Charly Palmer’s debut solo exhibition, Giving Them Flowers. Keep walking until you hit the Arts District, where sister gallery Knowhere has Represent, a group show celebrating the gallery’s diverse community and inclusive mission.
The literary-minded will want to log in for a reading with the Island’s own Merissa Nathan Gerson, sharing her new book Forget Prayers, Bring Cake with the Aquinnah Public Library.
Thursday at 5 p.m.; email for the Zoom link
If you prefer wearing your art, stop by Nomans on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. for a henna pop-up with Maple Mehndi. Prices vary by design.
Maybe you’re thinking about picking up a new artistic venture yourself? Featherstone has hand building for beginners Friday at 3 p.m., and pottery open studio (experience required); check website for times and pricing.
Fall is here. Take a breath. Smell the goldenrod. (Does goldenrod smell? Keep me posted.)

Live Music Roundup


Martha’s Vineyard Museum
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
First Baptist Church
7 p.m.
The Port Hunter
10:30 p.m.


(for kids)
West Tisbury
Public Library
3 p.m. to 4 p.m
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Ritz
8 p.m.
The Port Hunter
10:30 p.m.


Bad Martha
Farmer’s Brewery
4 p.m. to 6 p.m
Tisbury Amphitheater
5 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.
The Ritz
8 p.m.
The Ritz
10 p.m.
Photos by Ray Ewing

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