Welcome to Winter
January 22, 2024
Almost two weeks into the new year, how are your resolutions going? Pollsters say Jan. 12 is the day on which most people abandon their annual pledges. Hang tough, Islanders! If healthy habits are on your to-do list, a Winter Wellness Workshop today at the West Tisbury Library offers support to stay motivated. You can meet exercise goals while experiencing some of the Island‘s prettiest places during winter walks at Squibnocket Ridge and Polly Hill Arboretum. Home cooks — or people who want to be — can learn to make healthy food through Chef Look Cooks and Brent Turner’s Home Madeseries.
Perhaps you vowed to try something new. How about joining a hike and discussion with the new Rachel Carson Book Club or a songwriting workshop with melody makers Heartwood? If you don’t want to leave the house, Donald Nitchie offers an online poetry workshop.
If you thought January on Martha’s Vineyard would be quiet, think again. There are plenty of activities waiting to be discovered. Check The Complete Martha’s Vineyard Calendar for ideas for the whole family, any day of the week.
You never know what might happen when improvisers from the Vineyard, New York and Chicago take the stage for an evening of unscripted laughs! TBD Improv is back at the Grange Hall on Friday, Jan. 12 and then The Barn, Bowl and Bistro in Oak Bluffs on Friday, Jan. 19 for interactive performances where the audience helps the improvisers to create what comes next. Shows begin at 7 p.m. on both nights.
Start the weekend with fun and community at The Friday Reset, a new event series at Martha’s Vineyard Museum. Enjoy games, crafts, puzzles, music light bites as well as leisurely exploring the museum’s exhibits. Each week features a special activity: on Jan. 12, Ray Whitaker leads an Island-themed trivia competition, and on Jan. 19, Chrysal Parrot shares her acoustic music talents. The Friday Reset takes place from 5 to 8 p.m.
Pick Up the Brush
Think you can’t paint? Jasmin from Jazen’s Art Studio will show you that you can! At the Winter Forest Paint Party on Saturday, Jan, 13, she’ll take you on a guided lesson in how to paint a whimsical wintertime scene. The paint party takes place from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Little House Cafe, so enjoy lunch while creating your winter dreamscape.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would have turned 95 on Monday, Jan. 15. Every January, the NAACP of Martha’s Vineyard celebrates Dr. King and honors his legacy at its Annual Membership Luncheon. This year, the event is being held in person for the first time since the pandemic began. Join the Island‘s justice warriors at the Portuguese American Club from 1 to 3 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 15 to hear guest speakers discuss current challenges to social and economic justice. Jeremy Berlin provides the event’s live musical soundtrack and lunch will be prepared by Chef Canieka of the Loud Kitchen Experience. Your ticket purchase includes a yearlong membership to the local chapter of the NAACP.
A mini-golf course in the library? It’s true! On Friday, Jan. 19 and Saturday, Jan. 20 the staff at the Oak Bluffs Public Library will create an 18-hole golf course inside the library. Putts & Pints, the weekend’s headliner event to raise funds for library programs, takes place on Friday night from 6 to 9 p.m. Enjoy beer, wine, food and fun with friends while golfing during the evening hours. Also on Friday, Teens take a free turn on the course during Teen Time from 4 to 5:30 p.m. At Free Family Day on Saturday, families have the run of the course from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.