A Day of Honor
November 10, 2022
After the buzz and bustle of Halloween and election week, the next few days are a great time to recalibrate — and honor our veterans. Friday, Nov. 11 is a federal holiday and schools, post offices and government buildings will be closed, though most retail stores will remain open. Good news: veterans ride for free on the Steamship Authority ferries all day.
Ceremonies begin at 7:30 a.m. on Friday with the traditional flag raising at the Avenue of the Flags in Oak Grove Cemetery in Vineyard Haven. Volunteers are needed and can show up at 7:10 a.m. to help. In Oak Bluffs at 10:45 a.m., the annual Veterans Day Parade hosted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9261 will start off from Nancy’s restaurant and proceed to the monument in Ocean Park.
On Friday afternoon in Oak Bluffs, The Strand Theatre will honor veterans with two free showings of Top Gun: Maverick at 4 and 7 p.m. And on Saturday, Nov. 12, historian Linsey Lee will host a retrospective of oral histories from Island veterans at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum at 3 p.m.
For a regularly updated listing of events and activities around the Island, be sure to check The Complete Martha’s Vineyard Calendar.
Start your holiday shopping early: two much-loved holiday markets featuring handmade artisan goods return to the Island this week.
World Market Monday Holiday Shop has set up at the Capawock Theatre in Vineyard Haven, selling crafts made through women’s empowerment projects from around the world. The shop is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily except Thanksgiving day.
On Monday, Nov. 14, the Holiday Gift Show at Featherstone Center for the Arts begins, featuring one of a kind works made by local artists. The show is open daily, noon to 4 p.m.
This morning (Thursday, Nov. 10) at 10:30 a.m. in Edgartown, don’t miss Coffee and Conversation at The Carnegie with Skip Finley, award-winning author, historian, Oak Bluffs resident and Vineyard Gazette sales and marketing director. Mr. Finley will share from his book, Tales of Oak Bluffs, which chronicles the history of the uniquely diverse community of the Island’s famed seaside resort.
Next Thursday, Nov. 17, at 10:30 a.m., Vineyard Gazette publisher Jane Seagrave will continue the Coffee and Conversation series at The Carnegie. She’ll share her perspective from the helm of the award-winning broadsheet and discuss the role of a community newspaper in an increasingly polarized society.
It must officially be the off-season: PathwaysARTS has taken up residence at the Chilmark Tavern! The We Dance: Community Dance Party on Saturday, Nov. 12 starts at 7 p.m. with Latin, funk and R&B music before DJ KB FREE spins a medley of tunes starting at 8 p.m.
The Strand Theatre has re-opened its doors to the local and neighboring communities of Martha’s Vineyard. Join us on Veteran’s Day to enjoy Top Gun: Maverick. Admission is free for those who register online. Seating is limited, so act now before tickets run out.
The Oak Bluffs Public Library is opening a new exhibit this month, featuring photos by Michael Rising Sun Sellitti. Mr. Sellitti’s photos are inspired by Vineyard beaches. View the art at an Exhibit Reception held at the library on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 12 to 1:30 p.m.
The Jeremy Berlin – Eric Johnson Duo will smooth out your Sunday afternoon. They’re playing the Second Sunday Jazz Concert at the West Tisbury Library on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 2:30 p.m. This concert is, as always, free.
Save the Date
Nov. 24 | Oak Bluffs Turkey Trot, 8:30 a.m.
Nov. 25 – Nov. 26 | Vineyard Artisans Thanksgiving Weekend Festival