Photo courtesy Schwa de Vivre
Drag queen Schwa de Vivre will host the Pride Not Prejudice event for the second year in a row.

The upcoming Pride Not Prejudice event at the Yard in Chilmark is not just for the LGBTQ community, it’s intended as a party for all — gays, straights, families; locals and visitors alike. Last year the event attracted close to 400 people from every sector of the community. This year, with the addition of a number of family-friendly activities, information tables, and refreshments, the Yard staff hopes to exceed that number at its second event on Saturday, August 8.

The Pride event was originally conceived last year by the Yard’s production manager, Scott Nelson: “I personally identify as gay. I have met a lot of other gay folks in the community. There’s never been a moment here when everybody could get together and have a celebration. We modeled this event after festivals in other places, as a way that families and everybody could get together and celebrate.”

The party will kick off at 5 pm, and will include activities for kids: yard games, face painting, and a rustic photo booth. The popular a capella group Vineyard Sound will entertain, and Flatbread will be on hand preparing pizzas. Eclipse Massage will be offering table massages, and a handful of local organizations will be set up to talk to folks about some of the nonprofits on the Island, including Health Imperative, the Unitarian Universalist Society of Martha’s Vineyard, and the high school’s Gay/Straight Alliance.

The Yard’s dance studio will be converted into a retro lounge, complete with inflatable furniture. The Yard’s converted barn theater will be the setting for public dancing. Two imported DJs, LeFox from Northampton, and Mark Louque, who has provided tunes for parties in Provincetown and New Orleans for many years, will be keeping partygoers on the dance floor.

The master of ceremonies will, once again, be drag queen Schwa de Vivre. The popular NYC entertainer sings, lip-synchs, dances, does impersonations, and provides comedy. “She was the perfect hostess for the party last year,” says the Yard’s artistic director, David White.

All in all, the idea is to encourage people to have fun while embracing diversity. “It’s a great event for the Island,” says Mr. White. “Not just for gays and lesbians. It’s meant to celebrate equity among people.” It’s also just nice to get people together and have a good time: “We don’t have enough aspects of play in our lives,” he adds.

“We feel that the event should not only be a party, but it should be informative and help people spread the message,” says Mr. Nelson, referring to the nonprofits’ involvement in the event. Members of the high school’s Gay/Straight Alliance will be selling T shirts and fundraising for a trip to Youth Pride in Boston.

“Part of our mission is outreach to the community,” says Mr. White. “We noticed that this Island is very quiet in terms of the gay community. It’s just not a big part of our existence, as it is in New York City or elsewhere.”

Mr. Nelson is encouraged by the fact that other venues have recognized the gay community as well. He notes that the Wharf is now hosting Pride nights every Sunday after 10 pm.

“It’s very exciting. What we hoped would happen as a result of last year’s party, with exposure of this type, is that people would become more comfortable. Our hope for next year is that other nonprofits will host their own events as part of a full Pride week. We would love to turn this into a weeklong festival. We have received overwhelming support from people who are really happy that we’re doing this,” says Mr. Nelson. The event has attracted a number of sponsors among local businesses, including Mikel Hunter, Crossfit Martha’s Vineyard, MV Florist, Larsen’s Fish Market, the Scottish Bakehouse, and more.

One of the sponsors who has made a donation to the event for the past two years is photographer Eli Dagostino. “The Vineyard is such an accepting, supportive, loving place that it makes no sense that there has never been anything like this before,” he says. “The Yard is the perfect place for this event. It’s creative, eclectic, and community-driven. I support it because there’s not much for a young gay person to do on this Island.”

He fondly remembers the first event: “Last year I remember having this preconceived notion that there would be a dance floor packed with young gay people. I got there, and it was all ages and all types. It was just so much fun. You could be whoever you wanted to be. You didn’t have to be gay. You just had to be proud to be you. People don’t always have the luxury to feel comfortable in their own skin,” said Mr. Dagostino.

Pride Not Prejudice 2, a Vineyard Pride 2015 event, Saturday August 8, 5 to 10 pm, the Yard, Chilmark. BYOB, and pack a picnic. Flatbread will sell wood-fired made-to-order pizza. Admission is a $15 suggested donation, or pay what you can. This is an all-ages event. Stagecoach Taxi will provide a 20 percent discount for transportation to or from the party. Dress: “Fire Island Festive, Vineyard Fabulous.” For additional information, visit

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The annual Martha’s Vineyard Community Services promises more dreams for its 37th year.

Comedian Jimmy Tingle return as auctioneer at the Possible Dreams Auction. – Photo by Michael Cummo

The Possible Dreams Auction has long been a highlight of the Vineyard summer. The high-stakes bidding contest, attended by both notable auction dream donors and high rollers, always has as much preauction speculation as postgame buzz: Who will be there? What will the top bid be?

Now in its 37th year, this Sunday’s auction promises to be no less exciting than it was in its early days, when the Pulitzer Prizewinning humorist and columnist Art Buchwald recruited his celebrity friends and kept the crowds laughing — and bidding.

Even if you’re not in a position to raise a paddle for a luxury vacation, or the chance to hang with a celebrity, the auction offers a lot of action and entertainment for the reasonable entrance fee of $25.

Under the big tent on the Winnetu Oceanside Resort property, funnyman Jimmy Tingle will once again serve as auctioneer, offering quips along with clever inducements to would-be bidders. His sidekick, Guinevere Cramer, will return to add her effervescence and charm to the mix.

A concert by Island favorite Joanne Cassidy and her band will kick off the night. For the first hour, guests can enjoy the music, mix and mingle, snack on goodies by Vineyard Haute Cuisine, and check out the selection of unique silent-auction items.

Then the real fun begins. Topping the list of celebrity-centered dreams this year is one with comedian Seth Meyers that includes tickets to a taping, a meet-and-greet, and a backstage tour of the Late Night set. Mr. Meyers is married to human rights lawyer Alexi Ashe, whose family has a home in Chilmark. The couple regularly spends time on the Vineyard, so it is a possibility that Mr. Meyers, in the tradition of past Possible Dream donors, will attend the auction.

“You never really know who will turn up,” says auction chair Liza Cowan May. Some of the dream donors are confirmed to be on hand, including Sally Taylor, who has recently dedicated herself to a multidiscipline art project called “Consenses.” Ms. Taylor will lead a workshop for a winning bidder and nine friends, exploring new ways of expression.

Pulitzer Prizewinners and Martha’s Vineyard residents Geraldine Brooks and Tony Horwitz will be at the auction to talk about both of their new books and introduce their auction item. They will accompany the winning bidder and friends on a sail to Nantucket.

Along with the Seth Meyers dream, items expected to attract some heavy bidding are a stay in a private castle-style home in Galway, Ireland, and a Red Sox package that includes two seats in the owner’s suite at Fenway and a Florida spring-training-season getaway package.

Perennial favorites include a private concert with Livingston Taylor, a DNA consultation with Henry Louis “Skip” Gates Jr., and dinner with journalist and civil rights activist (and vintner) Charlayne Hunter Gault.

The Possible Dreams Auction has always been known for the number of illustrious Vineyarders who have donated one-of-a-kind experiences over the years, and for the bidding wars that these items have been known to generate.

Traeger DiPietro stands up to celebrate winning an auction prize at a previous year's event. – Photo by Michael Cummo
Traeger DiPietro stands up to celebrate winning an auction prize at a previous year’s event. – Photo by Michael Cummo

This year, Ms. May says, the committee has made an effort to bring some more local flavor back into the event. Some interesting new items include a private catered party at the Ritz with popular local band Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish, and a picnic on the porch at Good Dog Goods with local children’s book authors Kate Feiffer, Marc Brown (the “Arthur” series) and Richard Michelson.

The auction this year is dedicated to Clifford the Big Red Dog creator Norman Bridwell, a longtime summer resident who died in December. For many years, Mr. Bridwell donated a Clifford-themed dream to the auction. “He was not only a beloved writer but an incredible supporter of Community Services and the auction,” says Ms. May.

A couple of new silent-auction items will give guests the opportunity to be a winner without breaking the bank. For $500, you can be one of 14 players in an exclusive game of poker at a private home with, among other poker professionals, ESPN World Series of Poker champ Jesse Sylvia of West Tisbury.

Local artist and muralist Margot Datz has created a special painting of the Vineyard that a lucky ticket holder will get to bring home. There will be 100 $100 tickets sold for a chance to own it. All ticket holders will receive a signed limited-edition print.

This painting and prints of the image will be auctioned off on Sunday. - Art by Margot Datz
This painting and prints of the image will be auctioned off on Sunday. – Art by Margot Datz

“I think we had to think outside the box a little more this year, and come up with some new ideas,” said Ms. May. “We needed to approach the auction in a way that it could be more inclusive.”

The committee is also hoping to attract some new and younger guests. The live-auction list has been pared down to 21 items to keep the action moving along. Ms. May hopes that bringing people like Joanne Cassidy and Sally Taylor on board will add some new vigor to the three-decade-old event.

Most important, Ms. May wants to remind people that every purchase is a donation toward an organization that represents the interests of the Vineyard as a whole.

“I want the auction to be reflective of the the philosophy of Community Services,” she says. Even those who come with no intention to bid can buy a ticket for the raffle (first prize: dinner for two at the Terrace restaurant and an overnight at the Charlotte Inn) and help with the fundraising effort.

This year, according to Ms. May, the auction has managed to gather more sponsors at the $1,000 level and above than ever before. Close to 100 volunteers have been recruited, and a multitude of local businesses and individuals have donated goods and services.

“It really is a community effort,” says Ms. May, “which is appropriate since it’s a fundraiser for Community Services.”

Martha’s Vineyard Community Services (MVCS) provides a wide array of social services for Vineyarders from children and families to seniors, to the disabled, to veterans. Over 6,000 people a year receive help of some sort from MVCS annually.

According to Executive Director Julie Fay, the organization can use every penny these days. MVCS recently added a host of new programs, including a crisis stabilization center, a veterans’ outreach program, and a collaborative initiative designed to address a variety of issues that are increasingly plaguing the Island’s youth population.

“I think that now more than ever, Community Services needs our support,” says Ms. May. “If you can’t go in and spend $5,000 or $10,000, even $100 — or a $10 raffle ticket — will help toward reaching our goal of raising $475,000” (last year’s auction netted $462,000).

Possible Dreams Auction, Sunday July 26, Winnetu Oceanside Resort, Edgartown. Tickets starting at $25, available here.


The M.V. Film Society's fundraiser takes its theme from the screwball comedy "The Palm Beach Story." – Photo courtesy of M.V. Film Society

Join fellow film lovers for a gala event of signature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, raw bar, and a silent auction at the Field Club in Edgartown.

According to a press release, the event, sponsored by the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society, in support of their youth programming, will include live music and entertainment provided by the Olivier Manchon and Eric Johnson Swing Duo, along with a special movie-themed performance by the Traveling Troubadours, featuring Molly Canole. The evening will take its theme from Preston Sturges’ 1942 comedy film “The Palm Beach Story.”

Guests are encouraged to dress in their best vintage or contemporary “resort wear” attire, and on arrival at the Field Club will feel as though they have traveled back in time to an age when carefree living and comedy were paired with romance, revelry, and lots of floral outfits.

While the musical entertainment sets the mood, guests will have a chance to enjoy hors d’oeuvres (tuna tartare, Kobe beef sliders, and prosciutto-wrapped melon, to name a few), raw bar, as well as signature cocktails prepared by the Field Club staff. A silent auction will take place throughout the evening, with items ranging from a day of fishing aboard MacArthur fellow and primetime Emmy awardwinner Stanley Nelson’s boat, The Fish Gutz, to an all-inclusive sunset cruise through Edgartown Harbor on a 30-foot classic mahogany reproduction runabout. For those who enjoy indoor sport, there is even a set of four owner’s floor-level tickets to a Boston Celtics game this fall.

As a cultural arts nonprofit, the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society relies on the generosity of patrons to sustain its year-round programming. In addition, funds raised from the gala will ensure, through scholarships, that the Film Society’s youth camps and programs are available to everyone on the Island.


“Palm Beach Story” gala event, Friday, July 24, from 7 to 9 pm. Tickets are $200, $125 of which is a tax-deductible donation. Tickets can be purchased online at, or in person at the Film Center box office before or after any regularly scheduled film. For more information, email Jessica Johnson at or call 508-696-9369.


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Eighty campers and volunteers dressed as fairytale characters and brought a bit of magic to the annual Fourth of July parade.

Camp Jabberwocky danced throughout the entire parade. – Photo by Michael Cummo

Parade goers dressed in all shades of red, white, and blue crowded the streets of Edgartown to watch the annual Fourth of July parade on Saturday evening. There was music, dancing, candy tossing and flag waving. Some participants marched to the beat of a drum, some danced through the street, and some stood and waved from on top of colorfully decorated floats. It was a fun time for all, but for Camp Jabberwocky, it was magical.

Camp Jabberwocky is a residential summer camp for people with disabilities located off of Greenwood Avenue in Vineyard Haven. Campers and volunteers have participated in the parade for more than 10 years. This year, the chosen theme was “fairytales.” A castle float led the way, followed by drummers, campers, and volunteers in the street dressed as characters out of classics from Disney to Mother Goose. The bright red Camp Jabberwocky bus followed behind the fairytale procession.

Camp Jabberwocky’s executive director Liza Gallagher appreciates the parade for the visibility it gives the camp in front of the rest of the Island.

“It’s such a nice way to highlight Jabberwocky in the community,” she said. “We have over 150 volunteers in the summer, and I would say more than 20 percent of them have become volunteers after seeing the parade and seeing the campers and volunteers participate.”

The campers and volunteers spend three days preparing for the parade. Of the 150 volunteers, many were up late into the night putting the finishing touches on the costumes and float.

“A lot of people have a lot of pride in the program, and I think the campers being focused on in such a special way, with people looking at their incredible costumes and how great they look and how happy they are, it’s just a great way for people to get a little glimpse of what happens at Jabberwocky,” Ms. Gallagher said.

Caroline Miskovsky, 15, lives in San Francisco but spends her summers on-Island. She participated in the parade for the first time on Saturday, dressed as a child of the “old woman who lived in a shoe.”

“This is my first year, and I really, really love it,” she said. “It’s been a lot of fun;, the campers get super-excited, and it makes the counselors happy when the campers are happy.”

Rapunzel, or Madelin Butler, 13, had a great view of the crowds from atop the castle. She smiled, waved, and tossed her hair over the edge for eager young parade-goers to catch. Her mom was a counselor at the camp, and now her family makes a special trip from California to help out with the parade.

“It’s really fun that we get to ride on the float,” she said. “I guess we kind of get the crowd ready for Jabberwocky. I also like riding on the float so I don’t have to walk.”

Larissa Ho, 8, was dressed as Periwinkle, Tinkerbell’s sister, and sat on the floor of the float waving to the crowds through a window in the castle. Occasionally, sweet goodies came flying into the castle.

“It was fun, and I had candy,” she said. “I liked all the people waving, but the candy was my favorite part.”


Poet Afaa Michael Weaver will read from "It Doesn’t Matter If You’re Black or White.” – Photo by Catherine Laine

Renaissance House Retreat for Writers and Artists begins its 2015 season with readings by acclaimed poets and the annual community reading of Frederick Douglass’ historic 1852 speech “What Does the Fourth of July Mean to the Negro?” as part of its “Independence Literary Weekend.”

The events begin on Friday, July 3, with poetry readings and discussions on “ethnic, macho poetry” with “It Doesn’t Matter If You’re Black or White” featuring Afaa Michael Weaver and Rich Michelson, at the Katharine Cornell Theater, in Vineyard Haven at 7 pm.

“Both men write issue-oriented poetry with deep thoughts delivered in language tailored to the needs of their audiences,” said Abigail McGrath, founder of Renaissance House. “Afaa is black and Rich is white. Both men write about race, multiculturalism, and humanity in a realistic, down-to-earth style.”

On Saturday, July 4, Renaissance House invites people of all ages, races, and backgrounds to celebrate Independence Day by participating in the 15th annual reading of Frederick Douglass’ speech “What Does the Fourth of July Mean to the Negro?” on Inkwell Beach in Oak Bluffs at noon.

“We’re calling for voices from preteens to seniors, from Vineyard residents to visitors, to read different sections of the speech by Douglass in 1852, in the midst of slavery,” said Abigail McGrath, founder of Renaissance House. “Douglass always called for unity of spirit and purpose. The message in this speech still resonates throughout these times and throughout the world where freedom is elusive and the human rights of people are ignored. Frederick Douglass’ message is timeless and universal.”

The community reading will be followed by a free potluck lunch.

Both events are free and open to the public. For any questions, call Renaissance House at 917-747-0367, email or visit


Participants can still register to enter the parade until 2 pm on Friday. – Photo by Michael Cummo

There are plenty of ways to celebrate the Fourth of July weekend with family and friends on Martha’s Vineyard. Here’s a look at a few of the festivities that will be offered. Islanders can start their Independence Day with an early-morning run in Vineyard Haven before heading to Edgartown to chow down on hot dogs and hamburgers while getting a glimpse of the annual parade. The day will finish with a bang when fireworks illuminate the Edgartown Harbor sky, but the celebrations don’t end there — check the event listings for other happenings that will take place throughout the weekend.


Friday, July 3

Fifth annual Stars and Stripes Festival 7 pm, Flatbread Co., Edgartown. Performers include Walk the Moon, ASTR, Alex Winston, and Santah. Tickets $35 in advance, $40 at the door. 21-plus.


Saturday, July 4

Murdick’s Fudge 5-Mile Run the Chop 8:30 am, fun run for kids 12 and under; 9 am, the classic 5-mile Run the Chop. Starts at Tisbury School. Annual race benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Martha’s Vineyard.

Renaissance House’s 15th annual reading of “What Does the Fourth of July Mean to the Negro?” 12 to 4 pm, Inkwell Beach, Oak Bluffs. People of all ages, races, and backgrounds are asked to participate in the reading of Frederick Douglass’ historic 1852 speech. The reading is followed by a free potluck lunch.

Fourth of July Barbecue 4 to 8 pm, Dr. Daniel Fisher House lawn, Edgartown. Enjoy burgers and hot dogs outside during and after the parade. Fella Caters offers you a classic American cookout. Bring the family, spread out your blanket, and relax and enjoy a great meal while waiting for the parade to start. Free marching-band concerts in the Old Whaling Church before and after the parade. Food is sold and served à la carte, and tickets are not needed to attend. Hosted by the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust.

Fourth of July Parade 5 pm, Edgartown. Annual parade begins at the intersection of West Tisbury Road and Pinehurst Road, and travels Main Street and side streets. Hosted by the Town of Edgartown. (Interested in participating in the parade? There’s still time. Register with the Selectmen’s Office by 2 pm on July 3 by calling 508-627-6180.)

Family Dance-O-Rama 5:30 pm, Harbor View Hotel, Edgartown. Dance your flags off before the fireworks at the Island’s most insanely fun all-age dance party.  Free admission.

Fourth of July Fireworks 9 pm, Edgartown Harbor. Annual fireworks display hosted by the Town of Edgartown. Arrive early to claim your seat on Memorial Wharf or any waterfront location for a spectacular view. Display begins at dusk. Free and open to the public.


Sunday, July 5

MV Sharks Baseball Game 7 pm, Shark Tank, MV Regional High School, Oak Bluffs. MV Sharks collegiate baseball team plays Worcester Bravehearts. $6; $4 children; $5 seniors; special packages available.


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The Oak Bluffs Harbor Festival welcomes the season.

Dozens of tents lined Lake Ave. for the annual Oak Bluffs Harbor Festival. – Photo by Michael Cummo

It was a busy day at Oak Bluffs Harbor on Saturday, where hundreds turned out to take advantage of the beautiful weather at the annual Oak Bluffs Harbor Festival. Vendors lined up along the water on Lake Avenue, showcasing their products and causes to passersby.

The always popular tent for Eclipse Massage Therapy was busy with visitors looking for a short midday massage. The team at Second Chance Animal Rescue stopped people in their tracks with a cage of young kittens looking for a new home. Development plans for the proposed Niantic Park Playground were on display, and volunteers on the project were on hand to explain the schematics for the new park, complete with play areas resembling a historic steam ferry, a lighthouse, and a Victorian cottage.

Marsha Winsryg of the the African Artists Community Development Project holds a Zambezi doll for sale. – photo by Michael Cummo
Marsha Winsryg of the the African Artists Community Development Project holds a Zambezi doll for sale. – photo by Michael Cummo

Martha’s Vineyard Community Services also used the event as a chance to spread the word, distributing information about domestic violence and their Connect to End Violence program. Also represented was the Rotary Club of Martha’s Vineyard, hosting a Net Result gift card raffle to benefit Island charities, luring people in with the prospect of winning 50 pounds of lobster.

Several artists displayed their work, including photography by Debra Gaines, fine art pastels by Warren Gaines, Island wampum by Phoenix Russell, leather goods by Rebecca J, Original Cyn jewelry by Cynthia McGrath, and more.

Many visitors were spotted purchasing new clothes from the festival; especially popular were the summer straw hats from the Black Dog that several walked away wearing. Athletic wear featuring the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks collegiate baseball team was also for sale, along with I’m Bluffin and Legendary MV clothes. Island Alpaca offered a selection of their ever-so-soft merchandise as well.

As the crowds grew hungry, people treated themselves to strawberry shortcake, and Oak Bluffs’ Chef Scottie Blue manned the grill, serving up summer favorites hot dogs, hamburgers, and ribs. Nancy’s was bustling all day, with a constant stream of people in line for takeout food and Donovan’s popular frozen drinks. Diners packed the patio, listening to the music of Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish, and several even danced along to the quintessential Island tunes.

The day was a picture-perfect one, and proof that summer has, in fact, arrived.


Martha's Vineyard Times File Photo

Summer will officially be here this weekend, and the 24th annual Oak Bluffs Harbor Festival will mark the occasion on Saturday, June 20, from 11 am to 5 pm at the Oak Bluffs Harbor. The event features Island vendors, nonprofits, and artisans along the harbor to celebrate the arrival of the new season. The kid-friendly festival offers live music, art, crafts, food, and summer-themed festivities for the whole family. Festival goers can do some dancing, eat local delicacies, and celebrate the onset of the Island’s most dynamic season. For more information, visit


Kathy Maghini’s mixed-media rooster takes the prize.

Kathy Maghini used a mixed-media collage of a rooster for her design. – Photo courtesy Kathy Maghini

Almost as exciting as the fair itself is the unveiling of the artwork chosen to adorn the iconic Ag Fair poster and the other promotional materials that canvass the Island in the lead-up to summer’s most beloved festival.

Last week the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society announced the winning poster design for the 154th Agricultural Fair, created by Kathy Maghini, a mixed-media artist from Bristol, Conn. Ms. Maghini, the married mother of two adult daughters, works in special education, and teaches various afterschool art programs in her school district. Her artwork has been on HGTV, published in national magazines, and displayed at many local galleries in Connecticut.

The 154th annual Ag Fair poster was designed by Kathy Maghini of Bristol, Conn.
The 154th annual Ag Fair poster was designed by Kathy Maghini of Bristol, Conn.

Ms. Maghini’s chosen poster design features a collage of a rooster against a blue sky in a daffodil-filled pasture. The image, reminiscent of an Eric Carle illustration, highlights the vibrancy of the fair with its bright colors, and the essence and history of the event with the inclusion of a farm animal. Last year’s popular winning poster by artist Omar Rayyan depicted a portrait of Sonny Boy, a friend’s deceased horse, standing in a pasture, with a goose nearby.

In an email to The Times, Ms. Maghini shared her motivation for entering the annual poster contest, and the inspiration behind her design.

“I have been vacationing on the Vineyard for the past 20 years, as one of my best friends, Traci Cavanaugh, owns a second home in Oak Bluffs. She introduced me to the Vineyard, and I fell in love with its relaxing Island charm. I have visited the fair many times, and love its country vibe. Traci has collected Ag Fair posters for many years, and always implored me to enter the annual contest. I finally decided to give it a shot this year. I have always loved roosters, what with their colorful red headdresses and vibrant plumage, so I chose that for my design. My mixed-media style combines painted papers printed with textural designs using everything from bubble wrap to carpet segments and bottle caps. I also like to incorporate printed texts from catalogues and dictionaries. It really is a collage of various mediums. The end result was this vibrant cheery rooster, which I think captures the essence of this terrific summer tradition of the Agricultural Fair. I hope people respond favorably to my bold graphic image, as it truly was a labor of love for a very special place.”

Posters and T shirts with the image will be available for purchase at the fair. The 154th Agricultural Fair will take place from August 20 through August 23, 2015, at the Ag Hall in West Tisbury. For additional information, visit

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The Woody Pines kick off the opening night at Flatbread in Edgartown on June 15. – Photo courtesy of Facebook

Updated 4 pm, Thursday, June 11.

The pizza oven at Flatbread’s on Airport Road in Edgartown will be stoked once again, for the first time this season, when the natural-ingredient pizzeria reopens for the summer on Monday, June 15. The first day will be capped off at 10 pm with the music of the popular Island regulars, the American roots-music and Nashville-based band Woody Pines, along with the sounds of Mike Benjamin. Woody Pines features the fabulously talented guitarist and backup singer Brad Tucker, who grew up on the Vineyard, and the group will be celebrating the release of their new self-titled CD.

The blues, rock, and gospel duo Dwight and Nicole will perform at Flatbread on Friday June 19. – Photo courtesy of Facebook
The blues, rock, and gospel duo Dwight and Nicole will perform at Flatbread on Friday June 19. – Photo courtesy of Facebook

The show is produced by Phil Darosa’s TPS Productions as part of the Martha’ Vineyard Sound series, and the group plans to book more music on the Flatbread concert stage throughout the summer. Already scheduled are Dwight and Nicole and Good Night Louise on Friday, June 19, at 10 pm, and Donavon Frankenreiter on Monday, August 10, at 9 pm.

To complement the good music, Flatbread will continue serving its tried-and-true menu of pizza and salads for takeout or eat-in, according to new manager Paul Cucchiarelli. This year they’ll also be open for lunch for the first time; the kitchen will open at noon, and remain open until 10 pm.

In January the owners of Flatbread, headquartered in New Hampshire, put their part of the building that once housed Hot Tin Roof up for sale, telling The Times that it was difficult to survive on only the summer months and that they found the shoulder seasons especially difficult to manage. The owners share the building with M.V. Wine and Spirits, and despite opening for the summer, their ownership in the building is still up for sale.
Regional manager Jim Harrison told The Times this week that they have decided to give the Vineyard another shot. “We love the Vineyard, and would really like to find a way to make it work,” he said.

The restaurant will continue its tradition of hosting Tuesday-night fundraisers for local organizations. The Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group, a nonprofit organization that works to preserve and expand the Island’s shellfisheries, will be the season’s first beneficiary on Tuesday, June 16, and Rising Tide Therapeutic Equestrian Center in West Tisbury will be the focus on June 23. On Tuesday, June 30, the restaurant will show support for the the Beatrice Bennett Great Aspirations Memorial Scholarship fund (BBGAMS). The night will include a silent auction, and 10 percent of the price of every pizza purchased will be donated directly to the scholarship fund, which will then be granted as scholarships to graduates of the Regional High School (MVRHS) and The Charter School.

Another Flatbread tradition returns, the Backyard Boogie, featuring local musicians, on Sunday nights from 6 to 8 pm. Mr. Cucchiarelli said the Island-based group Good Night Louise will be playing a number of the Sunday boogies. Also returning this year is the YMCA’s annual Stars & Stripes Festival on Friday, July 3, which will celebrate the organization’s fifth anniversary and will feature the Walk The Moon, Alex Winston, and Santah.

And the ever popular Dance-a-Rama hosted by Mona Rosenthal will keep children, parents, and grandparents on their feet, come two dates in July and two in August to be announced.

Flatbread, open noon to 10 pm seven days a week, serving pizza and salads with a full bar. The doors open for the evening concerts at 9 pm, with most shows starting at 10 pm. The evening shows are 21-plus unless otherwise noted. Admission for the Woody Pines show on Monday, June 15, is $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

A previous version of this story neglected to mention the band — Walk the Moon— headlining at Flatbread on Friday, July 3 for the YMC’A’s annual Stars & Stripes Festival.