Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the U.S., two and a half years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, will be celebrated in Oak Bluffs on June 19. Deon’s Restaurant hosts a reception from 4 to 6 pm, while stores will donate a portion of their sales that day to the Martha’s Vineyard Bradley Square Project.
The Bradley Square Project is a joint venture with the NAACP and the Island Affordable Housing Fund to preserve the historic Bradley Memorial Church, the first African American Church on the Island, which was built in 1892.
Participating stores are C’est La Vie, Cousen Rose Gallery, Deon’s, and L’Elegance.
Surf’s up at Wind’s Up
Learn to windsurf and kayak for free during two demo days at Wind’s Up. On Sunday, June 20, take a free introductory lesson. Call 508-693-4252 to make a reservation.
A Kayak Demo Day is on Wednesday, June 23, from 12 noon to 4 pm. Try various kayaks in the lagoon behind the store.
Eat in style at Il Tesoro at the Terrace, in Edgartown, this coming Monday, June 21. From 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, enjoy lunch and a fashion show with designs from In the Pink, a Lily Pulitzer store, also in Edgartown. Reservations are required: call 508-939-3840 or reserve on opentable.com.
The skinny on CONNECT
CONNECT to end violence has a friend in Skinny’s Fat Sandwiches. On Monday, Skinny’s, a local sandwich cafe, is hosting a benefit concert to raise money for the nonprofit group of Martha’s Vineyard Community Services that provides emotional support, medical, and legal advocacy to survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
Alex King, chef and owner of Skinny’s, spearheaded the event that features Liquid, a group led by Felicia Taylor, which plays hip-hop and popular music covers.
Doors open at 9 pm, and the music stops at 1 am. Admission is a $20 donation that goes directly to the nonprofit. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508-693-7900, ext. 221.