To the Editor:
Who would imagine that in the middle of January on Martha’s Vineyard, a weekend with some of the shortest days and coldest nights of the year, the Steamship Authority would transport hundreds of visitors to our Island with one key destination in mind – the MV Ice Arena.
The MVRHS boys hockey team took on Bishop Feehan Saturday night. The Nan Rheault High School Girls tournament took place on Saturday and Sunday with teams from Wilmington, Scituate, and Peabody all coming to compete. On Monday, Orleans came with the Coyotes squirt team to play a double-header. Peppered among games and tournaments were other ice-related activities: public skate with record attendance; adult hockey leagues; figure skating and a celebration dedicated to Sam Sherman for founding the girls hockey team 11 years ago. Thank you, Sam.
In all, the Arena played host to more than 1,000 skaters and spectators throughout the weekend, many of whom travelled from off Island to be here. In these frigid days, it warms me to think of the healthy outlet the M.V. Arena provides to many and the support local businesses are receiving from arena-related activities.
This coming weekend will continue the arena’s contribution to the Vineyard, as we host a youth hockey tournament with six off-Island teams and their fans, along with a girls varsity game on Saturday. Three weekends in February alone will also play host to teams and their fans from off Island. The arena is alive, well, and a hot place to be in these cold winter months.
Martha’s Vineyard Arena