Feeling Festive: Island Time, September 30

Feeling Festive: Island Time, September 30

September 30, 2021
We’re feeling festive this weekend, heading downtown for a block party in Vineyard Haven on Friday (First Friday!) and dancing in the streets on Saturday when LadyFest takes over Circuit Avenue and the Island’s best female musicians perform. We’ll shake things out with a hike to the Brickyardon Sunday.
If you’re looking for something perfect for the kids, visit the FARM Institute on Saturday for wagon rides, squash bowling, and more during The Fall on the Farm Weekend. Need more ideas for the adults? Check out The Complete Martha’s Vineyard Calendar for all events and activities coming up soon.
Dust off those running shoes and make sure you stretch – this is the weekend to participate in one of three charitable run/walks. Today, Thursday, September 30, at Nomans in Oak Bluffs, the Run to Beat Nantucket 5K and 1K begin at 6 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. respectively. Money raised goes to the MVRHS Football team to travel to Nantucket for the annual Island Cup.
On Saturday, October 2 at 8 a.m., the Martha’s Vineyard Brunch Run/Walk kicks off from the Katama General Store in Edgartown. Racers can choose either a 5K or 10K course. After the race, enjoy an “over the top” brunch. Proceeds benefit Edgartown Board of Trade business members.
Looking to break even more of a sweat? The Gay Head Run for the Light is virtual again this year, so participants can choose either a 10K, 5K or 1 Mile Fun Run option and then race wherever and whenever they want during the month of October. And the Martha’s Vineyard CROP Hunger Walk-A-Thon is live through October 17.
It’s the final First Friday of the season! Head to Vineyard Haven’s Main Street on Friday, October 1 from 4 to 8 p.m. to peruse art from local artists and artisans and shop deals at stores and boutiques. Further up the street, at Owen Park, enjoy live music by Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish, Tristan Israel, The Roundabouts and more.
Attention artists! Gigi Liverant – a Pastel Society of America Master Pastelist and a member of the International Association of Pastel Societies Master Circle – is leading a two-day workshop at Featherstone Center for the Arts in Oak Bluffs titled Sticks of Pure Color – Exploring Pastels. On Saturday, October 2 and Sunday, October 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, participants will explore the fun medium through scribbling, painting, layering and blending.
The female-fueled arts and music festival – LadyFest – will take over Circuit Avenue in Oak Bluffs on Saturday, October 2 from 5 to 11 p.m. Two stages will be set up, one outside of The Ritz and the other at Post Office Square, for musical acts such as Maryse Smith, Lucy Mayhew, Kate Taylor, Jemima James, Serendipity and many more. Proceeds will benefit Island nonprofit CONNECT to End Violence.
Take a guided hike on Sunday, October 3 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at The Trustees of Martha’s Vineyard’s newest trail and reservation: The Brickyard in Chilmark. Starting at the Menemsha Hills Reservation parking lot, hikers will meet up with MV stewardship manager Paul Morrison and Up-Island steward Eliot Ptaszynski before heading down to the historic remnants. Space is limited, advance registration is required.
Hi there!
This week I’m grateful for what feels like a giant, Island-wide exhale. (Or maybe it’s just that relentless wind, bending branches and pelting my car with acorns?) Either way, fall is officially making itself comfortable, which means we may (some of us) have a bit more time on our hands.
If your hands are of the helping sort, here are a few worthy volunteer opportunities to consider:
The first annual MV Oyster Fest hits the MV Museum this weekend! The festival has long been sold out, but sign up to volunteer for a shift and get access to tastings, talks and more. (Proof of vaccine required.) Register here!
Looking for something more long-term? Join the fun-loving family of volunteers at the Island FoodPantry. A message from veteran volunteer Abby Bender (pictured): “I began working with the Island Food Pantry at the start of the pandemic and our community’s need has increased tremendously since then. It’s a great place to volunteer. It’s admittedly work, but rewarding and FUN, as we listen to music and chat while stocking the pantry to help feed our neighbors.” Sign up here.
Like nature? Help the Trustees! Economic development? The African Artists’ Community Development Project wants you! Check out these and other volunteer opportunities in the Vineyard Gazette Classified section, updated weekly.
And with the return of LadyFest this weekend (see above), guess what? They need volunteers too!
Celebrate all of your hard work this weekend with Cinnamon Starship; Olivia’s back guest-cooking at Seaweeds starting Friday for a week.
Happy helping,

Live Music


The Ritz
10 p.m.
The Port Hunter
10:30 p.m.
Owen Park Beach
9 p.m.


Bad Martha Farmer’s Brewery
4 p.m.
Circuit Avenue
5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Tashmoo Spring Building
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The Port Hunter
10:30 p.m.
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Bad Martha Farmer’s Brewery
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.
Tim Johnson photos

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