September 14, 2023
When the weather behaves, the third weekend in September on the Island is a perfect time for outdoor events like Tivoli Day, the Hospice Golf Classic, the George V. Tankard Jr. 5K Road Race/Walk and more. But this year, with tropical storm-force winds and rain potentially affecting activities and travel on the Island beginning Friday evening into Saturday, postponements and cancellations are likely. The Kids Derby Day has already been postponed from Sunday, Sept. 17 to Sunday, Sept. 24.
The best strategy is to be flexible when making plans and to check The Complete Martha’s Vineyard Calendar for updates before heading out. In the meantime, enjoy events scheduled for today and tomorrow and remember there is plenty of great indoor entertainment on the Island, from art exhibits and museum shows to live music and great films.
Join the staff of BiodiversityWorks for an evening of nocturnal wildlife. Learn to identify moths, insects and bats. This outdoor exploration takes place tonight, Thursday, Sept. 14, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. You can pre-register by emailing [email protected].
On Friday, Sept. 15, the Aquinnah Cultural Center, Circuit Arts and Island Grown Initiative are partnering on a film screening of Inhabitants: Indigenous Perspectives on Restoring Our World at Aquinnah town hall starting at 6 p.m. The documentary, produced by Native people, explores tribal practices for climate mitigation and land management. A discussion with Keely Curliss, Nipmuc tribal citizen and farmer, will follow. Watch the trailer here.
Continue your quest to master the ring arm at the Flying Horses Carousel. Starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16, the carousel is open for Jena’s Ring Challenge. This competition to capture the most rings — not just the brass — raises funds for a scholarship fund named for Jena Pothier, who died in a car accident in 2009.
The Yard and Circuit Arts are partnering with Los Angeles-based Cadenza Artists, performing arts group Thresh and the Guggenheim Museum’s Works and Process program to present a workshop performance of Indian Letters at the Grange Hall on Sunday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. The immersive theater-dance piece explores questions of race, faith, identity and assimilation.
Thinking about upgrading your plant selection? The Martha’s Vineyard Garden Club is offering a presentation on Tuesday, Sept. 19 that can help. Join John Forti for Heirloom Gardening with Traditional Plants and Skills at The Old Mill in West Tisbury from 12:30 to 3 p.m.