Noteworthy events coming up on Martha's Vineyard
African arts & goods for sale, plus puppets
The African Artists Community Development Project (AACDP) is holding three craft sales this summer at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury. Find wood carvings from Zambia, Tuareg silver jewelry from Niger, Kuba cloth from the Republic of Congo, baskets from Zimbabwe, and textiles from Ghana and Tanzania on July 2 (12 noon–6 pm), July 23 (10 am–4 pm), and August 6 (10 am–4 pm). All proceeds benefit the Mama Bakhita Home for Disabled Children in Livingstone, Zambia, and the AACDP's Education and Income Generational Projects in Zambia.
Also on Tuesday, July 2, Spindrift Marionettes will perform a puppet show, "Cupid and Psyche," to benefit the Mama Bakhita Center. An exotic blend of shadow, human-sized, and god-sized puppets, the show is centered around love and redemption. For children ages seven and older, and adults. The event starts at 7 pm at the Grange Hall, and costs $10; $25 for families.
For more information, visit aacdpafrica.org.
Sample a variety of locally made pies at Juliska, located at 23 Main St. in Vineyard Haven, this Friday, June 28, from 5 to 7 pm. Pie Chicks, a new Island business, will serve three seasonal flavors of fruit pies, and take custom holiday orders. There will also be a drawing for a homemade pie in Juliska's Berry and Thread pie dish and new cake and knife server set ($175 value). For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open Stage at Y
Each Friday night this summer, Alex's Place at the YMCA of M.V. opens its doors for performers of all ages and types to showcase their talent before an audience at Open Stage. From musical performances, clean comedy, dance, spoken word, and poetry to short plays and more, everyone is welcomed.
Open Stage offers unique family-friendly nighttime entertainment set in a cool candle-lit lounge complete with a raised stage, drum kit, microphones and sound equipment. Freshly baked goodies, fruit, coffee, and tea are served.
Community Open Stage takes place every Friday night throughout July and August. Doors open at 8:30 pm; the show begins at 9 and runs until 11 pm. Admission is $5 per person. The Y is located on Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Rd. across from the high school. For more information, call 508-696-7171, ext. 128, or visit ymcamv.org.
The First Baptist Church in Vineyard Haven will hold a Stone Wall Market Place on Saturday, July 20, from 10 am to 2 pm. Vendors or anyone interested in renting space should call the office at 508-693-1539 as soon as possible for information or to reserve space.
Space is limited and will be reserved on a first-come first-served basis. Types of vendors wanted: local flowers or vegetables, jewelry, crafts, white elephant, books or collectibles, and other items.
Fashion at Film Center
Vineyard clothing designer Stina Sayre will showcase her own designs before the screening of "Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel," on Wednesday, July 3. Join Ms. Sayre and models for Champagne and Styles starting at 7 pm at the M.V. Film Center in Vineyard Haven, prior to the 7:30 pm film. Following the film, participate in a panel discussion with three editors: Pamela Street and Andrew Flynn of Women's Wear Daily, and Donna Bulseco of InStyle. For more information, visit mvfilmsociety.com.
Rappers at Flatbread
On Saturday, June 29, Flatbread Company in Edgartown near the M.V. airport will host West Coast rappers Souls of Mischief. The four-man group, which is part of the rap collective Hieroglyphics, is touring this summer to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their popular debut album 93 'til Infinity, which they will perform in full. The night will be opened by local artists Complex Humans.
Doors open at 9 pm, and attendees must be 21+. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 the day of the show, and can be purchased through Alley's, Aboveground Records, The Green Room, and Corner Five. For more information, visit flatbreadcompany.com and click on Martha's Vineyard.