Noteworthy events on Martha’s Vineyard


“Little Mermaid” on stage

This weekend, the Children in the Arts of Martha’s Vineyard will present two special events.

The Spectacular Princess Pony Party (knights invited too) will take place from 5 to 7 pm at Pond View Farm in West Tisbury. There will be pony rides, face painting, pony games, beaded ponytails, hot dogs, popcorn, snow cones, and cotton candy. Attendees are invited to dress as their favorite princess or knight. Characters from “The Little Mermaid,” including Ariel, will make a special guest appearance. The cost per child is $10.

Storytellers receive Island awards

This Monday, August 13, at 5 pm, the Martha’s Vineyard Museum will hold its annual M.V. Medal Ceremony. This year’s recipients will be the Athearn family, who founded Morning Glory Farm, Pulitzer prize-winning reporter Tony Horwitz, Pulitzer prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks, and former M.V. Museum board member Hugh Knipmeyer.

The medal is awarded annually to leaders in the community in recognition of their outstanding commitment to preserving the history, arts, and culture of Martha’s Vineyard.

The Museum’s annual meeting precedes the Martha’s Vineyard Medal ceremony and will be held at 5 pm at the Federated Church, 45 South Summer Street, Edgartown. There will be a reception to follow in the Pease House Galleries back at the Museum around the corner. The event is open to all Museum members and the general public.

Wampanoag food and fundraiser

This Saturday, August 11, the Aquinnah Cultural Center will sponsor the annual feast and fundraiser at the Center, located at 35 Aquinnah Circle.

The fundraiser dinner will consist of traditional Wampanoag foods such as quail, salmon, three sisters rice, chowder, salad, peach shortcake, and sassafras tea. Special guest Professor Lisa Brookes, an Abenaki, of Amherst College, will discuss her book “The Common Pot: Recovery of Native Space in the Northeast.”

The event will run from 5 to 8 pm. Admission is $100 adult; $40 child. Proceeds will support the Aquinnah Cultural Center and all programming. For more information call 508-645-7900 or email

Clarke Comedy at Flatbread

Enjoy an evening of comedy with Lenny Clarke and Friends, featuring Artie Januario and Dirty Water TV’s Dace Russo, on Saturday, August 18 at the Flatbread Company, near Marha’s Vineyard Airport. Mr. Clarke and Mr. Januario are prominent comedians in the Boston comedy scene.

The show will begin at 9 pm. Tickets are $30 in advance, or $35 at the door. Call 508-693-1137.

Celebrate 31 years of Hospice

Join Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard in celebration of their 31st year of support to the Island community this Tuesday, August 14, for their annual Summer Soirée. Enjoy a raw bar, cocktails, and gourmet dinner alongside silent and live auctions under the tent at Farm Neck Golf Course in Oak Bluffs.

Seadog days

Martha’s Vineyard loves its dogs. They can be found walking their owners up and down Vineyards streets, or eagerly greeting visitors to Vineyard homes. The new 2013 Vineyard Seadogs calendar features dozens and dozens of dogs in and around the beautiful water and vistas of Martha’s Vineyard.

On the cover is 14-year-old Maggie Nixon, daughter of Bob and Sarah Nixon who own the Home Port, Menemsha Inn, and Beach Plum Inn, and Isis, a golden retriever owned by Rebecca Mayhew of SunStruck [dog] Grooming, jumping off West Basin dock in Aquinnah.

You can pick up a copy at Bunch of Grapes, Edgartown Books, Rainy Day, Two Susans, Cronig’s, Alley’s, The Aquinnah Shop, Craftworks, SBS, Good Dog Goods and many other Island stores. Or you can contact Lisa Vanderhoop at or visit

W.E.B. Du Bois Institute panel

On Thursday, August 16, the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research will present an informational panel called “When Work Disappears: Equality and Opportunity in the African American Community.” The event will be hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr. and moderated by Charlayne Hunter-Gault. Panelists include Heather Boushey of the Center for American Progress, Harvard Professor of Economics Roland G. Fryer, Jr., Constance L. Rice of the Advancement Project, HBO’s David Simon, and Lawrence H. Summers, Charles W. Eliot University Professor at Harvard University.

The event will take place from 5 to 6:30 pm at the Old Whaling Church on Main Street, Edgartown. Tickets — free and limited to two per person — can be found at the Bunch of Grapes in Vineyard Haven, C’est La Vie and Cousen Rose Gallery in Oak Bluffs, and Edgartown Books. For more information, visit