Noteworthy events on Martha’s Vineyard


Scarecrow city

The Annual Fall Scarecrow Festival is here and scarecrows have sprung up all over the Island. In return for making a donation to the Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School, Island businesses get a scarecrow erected in front of their stores. More than 75 scarecrows can be seen through October 31. Take a tour by downloading a full list from the school’s website:

Art*Island runs Wednesday through Sunday

A five-day slew of events centered around the local arts culture started Wednesday, October 24, and continues through Sunday, October 28, at the Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown. The events are as follows:

Paintings and drawings will be on display Thursday through Sunday. On Thursday at 7 pm Traeger di Pietro offers a step-by-step painting lesson for $25. On Friday from 5:30 to 6:30, hear from photographer Alison Shaw and historian Tom Dunlop who have collaborated on several books about the Island; also on Friday, at 6 pm, enjoy a free open house party in the ballroom with local radio station WVVY. On Saturday, dancers from The Yard will perform an hour of short dance pieces (free admission); gallery owners will be available in the afternoon for conversation; the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival presents Vineyard Shorts at 3 pm, which is also free; and at 8 pm is the Art Masquerade Ball with music by The Sultans of Swing. The party ends on Sunday with a Children’s Carnival from 1 to 4 pm with events curated by Featherstone, The Yard, Island Theatre Workshop, the YMCA, and Arts Martha’s Vineyard.

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Knitting for Charity

Knit for charity at the Oak Bluffs Library starting this Thursday, Oct. 25, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Participants will make Duduza Dolls, or Comfort Dolls, for children in Haiti. Pattern and yarn is available, and beginners are welcome. The group continues to meet monthly on November 29 and December 27. For more information, call 508-693-9433 or email

Quilt raffle

The African Artists Community Development Project is raffling off a quilt made by the Oak Bluffs Senior Center quilters and the Lusaka Craft women in Zambia. Tickets are $10 and available until November 7 at the Heath Hen Yarn and Quilt Shop, located in the Woodland Marketplace in Vineyard Haven. Proceeds will go to the craftswomen and to the Mama Bakhita Center for Disabled Children in Livingstone, Zambia. For more information, visit or call 508-693-4059.

Cooking fun

The next free cooking demonstration at LeRoux at Home in Vineyard Haven is with David Spooner, chef and owner of Mon Amour. Mon Amour opened earlier this spring and features classic French cuisine. The demo is on Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 11 am to 1 pm. For more information, call 508-693-0030.