Hazy Shade of Winter
February 8, 2024
Punxsutawney Phil and Staten Island Chuck did their jobs last week, emerging from their burrows and greeting daylight. Both saw their shadows and there’s been much rejoicing at the prediction of an early spring. If you’ve been slow to indulge in wintertime pleasures such as movie nights, book clubs, or fiber arts, now’s the time!
A note for music lovers: The Ritz Cafe will be tucking up for a short winter nap. The last night for music and revelry is Feb. 15 until the venue re-opens in March. During that hibernation, you’ve still got plenty of local music options, with jazz at The Sweet Life, Offshore hosting Johnny and Delanie, and local libraries putting pianos and guitars at center stage. Check The Complete Martha’s Vineyard Calendar for a full list of events.
You’ll find love at the Miner Family Gallery in Vineyard Haven this weekend when it opens its doors for two events celebrating its We Got a Love exhibit of works by talented local artists. The exhibit opens on Friday, Feb. 9 with a receptionfrom 6 to 9 p.m. During the afternoon of Saturday, Feb. 10, enjoy seasonal bubbly beverages at a Pop-Up Open Housewhile browsing handcrafted, custom-made silver Conversation Hearts and Forever MV Permanent Jewelry.
Get ready to stomp your feet, clap your hands and do-si-do on Saturday, Feb. 10 when Vineyard Preservation Trust and Circuit Arts hold a Contra Dance to Benefit the Grange Hall in West Tisbury. Enjoy traditional music and dancing at this fundraiser to restore and rejuvenate one of the Island’s most revered buildings. No experience or partner necessary!
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You don’t have to go to Louisiana to celebrate Mardi Gras! On Tuesday, Feb. 13 starting at 7 p.m., the Portuguese American Club welcomes all to the third annual Martha’s Gras! The New Orleans-themed night features live music played by the Jelly Roll Horns and food cooked by the taste masters at Mo’s. Costumes are encouraged. If you don’t have your own beads and masks, the will be some available at the door. It’s another night to put on your dancing shoes.
Be your own best valentine or make a special one for your sweetie. At the Galentine’s Day Speakeasy on Tuesday, Feb. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m., Martha’s Vineyard Museum offers an evening to celebrate community and create a keepsake. Chat with friends, enjoy a special collection of love-themed mementoes, craft a vintage valentine, listen to live music and enjoy refreshments at this mid-week, mid-month night out.
Feb-EWE-ary is well underway and Island farms are getting ready for lambing season. Watch the Slough Farm sheep get their wintertime hair cuts at the Sheep-Shearing Shindig on Saturday, Feb. 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vineyard visitor Siri Swanson shares her expertise and loving care while all ages stroll the Ag Hall barn and visit with our gentle friends.