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— Lynn Christoffers


Halloween Movies: 7–11:15 pm, Capawock Theatre, Vineyard Haven. 7 pm: “Young Frankenstein.” 9:15 pm: “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Benefits M.V. Public Charter School. $5/show.

Turn of the Screw: 8 pm, Katharine Cornell Theatre, Vineyard Haven.


Greenhouse Construction Workshop: 9:30 am–4 pm, The FARM Institute, Edgartown. With ACE MV & Sidney Morris. $135. Pre-register:

Winter Clothes Giveaway: 10 am–2 pm, Faith MV Church, 539 County Rd., Oak Bluffs. Next to Jardin-Mahoney’s.

Bike Warming: 2–8 pm, OM of Motion, West Tisbury. Ride spinning bikes and watch Halloween movies. 2 pm: “Rear Window.” 4 pm: “Ghostbusters.” 6 pm: “Halloween.” Food available from ArtCliff Diner truck. Wear costume. 508-560-2628;

Puppet Parade: 3–4 pm, starts at St. Augustine’s Church, Vineyard Haven. 4th annual parade. Bring puppets. 508-292-1706;


Tisbury Senior Center: 5–8 pm, Tisbury Senior Center, Vineyard Haven. Celebration party. Music by DJ Donald Rose. Refreshments.

Ballroom Dancing: 6–9 pm, Oak Bluffs Senior Center, Oak Bluffs. 7-7:30 pm: Quickstep lesson with Jack. Couples or singles. $3. 508-696-8428.

More Halloween weekend events here.

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Cousins Kristina Hook-Leslie and June Manning, Wampanoag tribal elders, spoke about foraging at Gay Head when they were children. — Photo by Susan Safford

Dozens of hungry Islanders sat down to enjoy an eclectic potluck at the Chilmark Community Center last Saturday evening, October 22. The theme of the harvest dinner was connecting the modern Slow Food movement to the way food was hunted and gathered and prepared by the native Americans who first inhabited the Island, the Wampanoag people.

Traditional Wampanoag dishes such as venison stew and sea bass with sage stuffing were offered, along with a cornucopia of food grown or foraged on the Island.

From the Wampanoag tribe, elders June Manning and Kristina Hook-Leslie spoke about growing up in Aquinnah, which they still call Gay Head, and what they learned from their mothers and grandmothers about foraging for ingredients and preparing native food.

After the meal a short film called “Foraging in Aquinnah” was shown by filmmakers Liz Witham and Ken Wentworth.

Ms. Hook-Leslie, the film’s narrator and host, spoke of collecting sassafras, beach plums, rose hips, wild grapes, wild carrots, Queen Anne’s lace, along with clams, periwinkles, and whelks. Among the many practical applications of native natural resources was the uyse of eel grass to insulate house foundations in winter.

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The Boogies's annual Halloween Party at Nectar's is on Monday night. — Photo courtesy of The Boogies

There is certainly not a shortage of Halloween events this year on the Vineyard. There’s the usual costume parties and trick or treating, plus scary films, a parade, and cemetery tours too.

Events start Friday, Oct. 28, with Halloween films at the Capawock Theatre, in which the $5 admission price benefits the Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School. See “Young Frankenstein” at 7 pm, and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at 9:15 pm.

To keep kids busy on Saturday, there’s the Family Fun Day from 10 am to 2 pm at Middletown Nursery, a Halloween Party at the Oak Bluffs Library from 10:30 am to 1 pm, a Trick or Treat at the YMCA of M.V. from 3 to 5 pm ($5 for non-members), and another party at the Tisbury School from 3 to 7 pm.

For inquisitive adults and children, the Ghost, Gossip, and Downright Scandal Cemetery Tour of the Tisbury Village Cemetery starts at 3 pm, with Vineyard historian Liz Villard. Following the tour, enjoy refreshments. Admission is $12; $8 for M.V. Museum members, and $6 for children. Pre-register by calling 508-627-4441 ext. 110.

The new spinning center, Om of Motion on State Road in Vineyard Haven, is hosting a Halloween-themed Grand Bike Warming Celebration. From 2 to 8 pm, sit yourself on a bike and watch a scary movie starting at 2 pm with “Rear Window.” 4 pm: “Ghostbusters.” 6 pm: “Halloween.” Food is available from the ArtCliff truck, and costumes are encouraged. For more information: 508-560-2628;

Adults, don your Halloween’s finest to one of several parties at Island bars on Saturday night. Parties at Seasons and Nectar’s start at 9, both featuring live music and a costume contest. The Lampost’s party starts at 10 pm. Hear The Sultans of Swing at Atlantic, starting at 10 pm.

On Sunday, children can party with their costumes on at the Vineyard Haven Library from 2 to 3:30 pm. There will be games, treats, and spooky music. For more information, call 508-696-4211.

And on the actual holiday, October 31, there are a few more events: The West Tisbury Library’s annual party is from 3:30 to 5 pm. A Trick or Treat & Costume Parade, sponsored by the Tisbury Business Association, starts at 3:30 pm at the Mansion House in Vineyard Haven, and ends at Waterside Market. All are encouraged to march in costume. St. Augustine Church’s annual Halloween Haven features free hot dogs, soup, and refreshments, as well as costume prizes, movies, and games. Also in Vineyard Haven is The Vineyard Playhouse’s annual Halloween Haven from 6 to 8 pm, with loads of candy, cider, coffee, and tea. In Edgartown, the school’s party is from 4 to 6 pm.

A great spot for trick-or-treating is William Street in Vineyard Haven, which will be closed to motor vehicle traffic from Spring Street to Woodlawn Avenue, from 6 to 9:30 pm, to ensure the safety of trick-or-treaters on Halloween.

For adults, there is a Halloween Eve Tour with Vineyard Ghost Walking Tours. It starts in the park next to Edgartown Books. Pre-register by calling 774-563-0762 or 508-627-9445. And lastly, the annual Halloween Bash with The Boogies starts at 9 pm at Nectar’s. The ’70s cover band party is $20. Visit for more information.

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After hiring her, the Uncle (Don Lyons), tells the Governess (Chelsea McCarthy) to never contact him: "You must deal with every question and adversity," he says. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

Before the action begins in Island Theatre Workshop’s (ITW) latest production, the lights go up momentarily on a gothic tableaux and we get a quick, foreboding glimpse of the brooding cast of characters in the psychological thriller, “The Turn of the Screw.” The lights flick off and back on, leaving the stage occupied solely by a dimly lit narrator who launches into one of the most spine-tingling ghost stories to occupy that literary niche.

The stage adaptation of the Henry James classic tale, as performed by four talented Island actors, manages to effectively translate the tingle-rich ghost story to the stage, where, thankfully, we get to experience it with a room full of people. Reading the novella alone on a dark night is likely to induce nightmares or insomnia.

The story has all the elements of a classic haunting tale — an isolated manor house, a beautiful young woman, a mysterious employer, and a few oddball characters who, very obviously, are guarding some dreadful family secret.

However, what sets the story apart from the ghost stories we are all too familiar with is the fact that we never quite know what really happened. James’ tale is famously ambiguous and the play manages to leave the audience questioning what they have just seen — a story of possession or madness. Either way, it’s a chilling story, well done as drama, and the uncertainty only adds to the suspense.

One of the things that ups the story’s creep factor is the first person narrative telling of the tale. The story is recounted through the journal of the tale’s heroine, an innocent young governess who’s been dispatched to a lonely manor house to take charge of two orphan children. This type of on-the-scene reportage (the early equivalent of the “found footage” device used effectively in modern day horror films) makes the transition from page to stage a relatively easy one, but also calls for a very skilled actress who can carry a play with a good deal of monologue.

Enter Chelsea McCarthy. Island audiences may be accustomed to seeing Ms. McCarthy in comedic and physical roles, so watching her in a dramatic turn where she is called upon to project the action solely through her delivery of James’ brilliant imagery, with nary a bit of humor, would seem like a challenge for the actress. However, Ms. McCarthy’s versatility is proven in this transfixing performance. The husky-voiced actress (think Kathleen Turner with a touch of girlishness) manages to convey a complicated character and keep the audience glued to their seats throughout the suspenseful drama, and she even manages to extract a few laughs from the formal language with some well-timed pauses and inflections.

Director Taffy McCarthy (Chelsea’s mother) has proven herself an expert at performing monologue in past one-woman shows for ITW (most recently she played a number of characters in “The Amish Project”). Her skill with narrative is evident in this production. The play includes a good deal of dialogue between the characters, but monologue is relied upon heavily to render James’s narrative as drama, and Taffy has done an exceptional job of keeping the audience engaged.

Two long-time veterans of ITW productions, Don Lyons and Lee Fierro, heavyweights in the roster of local acting talent, are always a pleasure to watch, and they both, once again, deliver the goods. Ms. Fierro portrays the housekeeper Mrs. Grose with just the right amount of Cockney inflection and Mr. Lyons lends his authoritative presence to the characters of both the narrator and the children’s uncle. Director Ms. McCarthy chose to cast an adult actor (Chris Roberts) to play the 10-year-old Miles, a decision that can often prove distracting. However, Mr. Roberts pulls off the feat skillfully (thanks in no small part to his boyish looks, which are not totally at odds with his costume of short pants and knee socks). The disagreeable Miles is a key role, one that epitomizes the disturbing contrast between innocence and corruption that is at the heart of the story’s horror, and Mr. Roberts manages the part very well.

The play is presented as a staged reading, although the actors were primarily off-book the whole time, even on opening night. Thanks to an obviously well-rehearsed production, the scripts quickly become as easily ignored as the letterboxing of a theatrical movie screened on TV.

Dark themes

Given that the play was written in the Victorian era, it’s not overly surprising that sex is at the heart of the evil lurking in the mysterious Bly mansion. And, although the story may have proved more shocking to the delicate sensibilities of its contemporary audiences, the intimation of “unspeakable acts” still manages to provoke a combination of curiosity and repulsion. Like the murky manor lake, which plays a key role in the action, it’s not so much the unseen that we dread, but the glimpses into the greyness. The images emerging from the foggy depths are almost better left undefined. In the climactic scene, where the governess almost literally wrestles with the house’s demons, we’re left with two equally unsettling options. Could lust have literally possessed two innocent children, or was degradation and insanity consuming the soul of the likeable young heroine?

The staging of the ITW production is very effectively gloomy. The set consists simply of a stark stage with just a Victorian couch and a black set of stairs. Kevin Ryan has done an exceptional job in costuming the actors — in particular Ms. McCarthy and Mr. Roberts. The elaborate, yet darkly sober Victorian costumes help set the gothic tone of the tale. Ms. Fierro’s makeup gives her just the right ghoulish look, although Ms. McCarthy, while looking strikingly lovely, may have been a little too glamorously made up for a prim governess.

Henry James’s novella has been the subject of much debate since it was published in 1898, with the discussion fairly equally split between an explanation of hallucination and demonic possession. Given that James’s brother was William James, the philosopher who wrote on religious experience and mysticism, perhaps the author intended for the two interpretations to happily co-exist.

A lively, informal debate took place after last Friday night’s performance, proving that the enigmatic story has stood the test of time and, like all good drama, the play, for better or worse, is likely to linger with audience members well into the post-performance night.

“The Turn of the Screw,” 8 pm, Oct. 27, 28, 30. 2 pm, Oct. 29, Katharine Cornell Theatre, Vineyard Haven. $15; $25 for 2. 508-693-4941.

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— Photo by Ralph Stewart

The Portuguese-American Club hosted a benefit beer tasting this past Saturday, Oct. 22, to raise money for its Fundraising Committee. The committee raises money for scholarships and charities, aid to the sick and needy, and holiday gifts and meals.

Fourteen beers were tasted at the sold-out event and after votes were tallied, the winner was the new Guinness Black Lager, not sold for retail quite yet as the company is still trying it out among crowds in the U.S. and Northern Ireland.

Offshore Ale Co. donated two beers: The Evil Pumpkin and Octoberfest 2011, which tied for fifth place. According to Susie Madeiras, chairperson of the Fundraising and Benevolent Committee, “The reps from Long Trail Brewery in Bridgewater Corners, Vermont, and Shipyard from Portland, Maine, were very pleased with the turnout and want to do another bigger tasting in the future.”

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Botanical gold

Saffron, a spice produced by a fall-blooming crocus, will be harvested at Native Earth Teaching Farm. On Saturday, Oct. 29, join farmer/educator Rebecca Gilbert for a saffron workshop. Learn how you can grow and harvest your own saffron. Samples and recipes are included, and the workshop is $25/person, bartering available. The workshop is from 2 to 3 pm. Call if cloudy, since the flowers may not be open: 508-645-3304.

Walk the walk

The fall and winter series of Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank walks starts on Sunday, Nov. 6, with a guided walk through the Featherstone Farm and Southern Woodlands Reservation led by the Land Bank ecologist.

Enjoy exploring the 18-acre property that incorporates pastures and farmland behind Featherstone Center for the Arts buildings on Barnes Road in Oak Bluffs. Additional walks are scheduled for the first week of every month through May, except for January and March. Walks are given rain or shine, begin at 1 pm and last approximately one to two hours. Call 508-627-7141 for more information.

Readings at West Tisbury Library

Tonight, Oct. 27, is the last chance to hear from the current participants in the Martha’s Vineyard Writer’s Residency. Throughout September and October 20, writers have been taking part in the residency, which brings literary folks from all over the world to the Vineyard in the spring and fall. Tonight at the West Tisbury Library, the public is invited to hear a poet and a playwright read from their work, along with residency founder and accomplished poet, Justen Ahren.

Playwright Jenny Klion has had her short plays and performance pieces produced at the Knitting Factory and other venues in New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. She is also a former circus performer with the Big Apple Circus and worked as a staff writer for the CBS game show, “Power of 10.” Ellen Goldstein has had her poems published in a number of prestigious poetry journals and in two anthologies.

Readings will be followed by a Q&A and refreshments. For more information, call the library at 508-693-3366.


Author Adam Nicolson will give a talk on his book, “Sissinghurst – A Castle’s Unfinished History” tonight, Oct. 27, at 7 pm at the Ag Hall in West Tisbury.

The book, which is subtitled “The Quest to Restore a Working Farm at Vita Sackville-West’s Legendary Garden,” relates Mr. Nicholson’s efforts to return one of the most celebrated gardens in English history to a working sustainable farm. The author is the grandson of the poet Sackville-West and diplomat Sir Harold Nicolson, who created the garden.

Admission to the event is $5 or a dessert to share with six people. The event is co-sponsored by Friends of the Chilmark Library, The FARM Institute, M.V. Agricultural Society, and Polly Hill Arboretum. For more information, call 508-693-9426.

Events at BOG

The Bunch of Grapes Bookstore will host two authors this week. On Friday, Oct. 28, bestselling author and dog trainer Jon Katz will discuss his newest book, “Going Home: Finding Peace When Pets Die.”

On Sunday, Oct. 30, Penelope Rowlands will present “Paris Was Ours: Thirty-Two Writers Reflect on the City of Light.” For her first book, Ms. Rowlands, who has written for numerous publications including Vogue, Architectural Digest and The New York Times Magazine, has gathered essays on life in Paris from influential writers including Diane Johnson, David Sedaris, Joe Queenan, and Edmund White, among others. The Friday reading is at 7:30, Sunday’s at 4 pm, upstairs at the bookstore. Call 508-693-2291 for more information.

Library art

The latest installation in the Vineyard Haven Library’s Art in the Stacks initiative is the work of local artist Jo Scotford Rice. Ms. Rice is a former art teacher and therapist. Her work will be displayed at the library throughout the month of November. For more information, call the library at 508-696-4211.

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This weekend at The Playhouse, Jimmy Tingle will show his new film, give a stand-up comedy show, and partake in a Q&A. — Photo courtesy of Jimmy Tingle

At the age of 52, Jimmy Tingle went back to school.

One of the nation’s top social and political humorists, Mr. Tingle earned a masters degree in Public Administration from the Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and was tapped to give the graduate address at Harvard’s 2010 commencement ceremony. His obvious interest in current events and politics has informed Mr. Tingle’s career in comedy, as evidenced by both his film, “Jimmy Tingle’s American Dream,” and his newest stand-up, both of which Island audiences can experience this Friday and Saturday at The Vineyard Playhouse.

Mr. Tingle’s successful career as a stand-up comedian, television commentator, and film actor has spanned three decades. The Cambridge native established himself as a comic in the ’80s and ’90s with appearances at comedy clubs around Boston and New York and slots on late night talk shows, including “The Tonight Show.”

Among his extensive list of accomplishments, Mr. Tingle served as commentator/humorist for “60 Minutes II,” satirist for MSNBC ,and has appeared numerous times on CNN shows. He had his own comedy special on HBO in 1991 and has been featured in a number of documentaries, including the Emmy-winning “Damned in the USA,” a documentary on art censorship. Mr. Tingle was voted Best of Boston as both a stand up comedian and theater producer.

Mr. Tingle is no stranger to Vineyard audiences. In the late ’80s he was among the comics who appeared regularly at The Hot Tin Roof’s Monday night comedy shows. Throughout the ’90s his various stand-up acts were presented at The Vineyard Playhouse. Of performing on the Vineyard, Mr. Tingle says, “The audiences are politically aware. They’re very well educated.” He adds, “I always love coming to The Playhouse — the audiences, the mission, the Island. I’m so pumped to get back there.”

This time around, the comedian will be adding a new multi-format twist to his show. The audience will be treated to a screening of his newly released comedy film, followed by a Q&A and a live stand-up performance.

For five years, from 2002 to 2007, Mr. Tingle owned and operated a night club in Somerville where he performed regularly and hosted other well known comedians. During that time he was approached by filmmaker Vincent Straggas about doing a comedy documentary. Over the next seven years, the two conducted interviews with comics and other figures in the entertainment industry, and the result is “Jimmy Tingle’s American Dream,” a one-hour tour de force comedy and commentary on the elusive American dream.

For the film, Mr. Tingle was able to recruit a number of his friends who performed at his club and was also able to tap a variety of talent by attending events for the 2004 Democratic National Convention, which was held in Boston. Included in the film’s all-star roster are Mort Sahl, Janeane Garafalo, Al Franken, Colin Quinn, Bobcat Goldthwaite, Lewis Black, and Robert Altman, among many others.

Mr. Tingle’s current stand-up show, Jimmy Tingle for President: The Funniest Campaign in History, will make up the second part of the weekend performances. The comedian uses his supposed platform as a presidential candidate to comment on events and issues of the day. In a phone interview, Mr. Tingle gave an example of his campaign promises. He says, “All of the candidates want to fight crime. They talk about what should we do with all the criminals in this country. Under a Tingle administration I will staff my cabinet with ex-cons. And I will get them from the cabinets of previous administrations.”

Mr. Tingle’s working class roots play into some of his autobiographical humor. “I grew up in a very conservative Catholic family,” he says. “Then I went to college and I took a biology class where they questioned the existence of God. But I was an altar boy. Don’t tell me there’s no God. I used to work for the guy.”

Despite Mr. Tingle’s international success, the comedian remains down to earth and committed to effecting change. He says, “I’ve always tried to use humor to make a difference. One of the things I love best about entertainment is when it’s a means to an end, rather than the end itself.”

Says Mr. Tingle “I’ve always been interested in public policy. One of the great revelations to me was that what I do is really unique and special. Entertainment is an important part of the culture. I don’t think you have to run for office to still be influential or to have a voice.”

However, switching back to his comedian persona, he says of audiences who have enjoyed his current show at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge as well as a number of venues on the Cape, “I hope they take the energy from the show and head straight for the voting booth and pull the lever for young Jim Tingle.”

“Jimmy Tingle’s American Dream” 7 pm, Oct. 28 & 29, The Vineyard Playhouse, Vineyard Haven. $25. 508-696-6300;

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— Photo by Ralph Stewart


Latin Dance Party: Starts at 6 pm at Brazilian Harbor Cafe (next to Tisbury Shell) in Vineyard Haven. With Island Salsa. 6 pm: dinner. 7 pm: free salsa class followed by open dancing. Sign-up: 508-645-2008.

Turn of the Screw: Theater production presented by Island Theatre Workshop. Begins at 8 pm at Katharine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven. Play adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from novel written by Henry James. Starring Chelsea McCarthy, Lee Fierro, Don Lyons, Chris Roberts. $15; 2 for $25. For more information, call 508-693-4941. Also Saturday and Sunday nights.


Children’s Art Adventure: 9 am–12 pm, Featherstone Center for the Arts in Oak Bluffs. World Smile Day for ages 3-8 with Lani Carney. $45. Pre-register: 508-693-1850;

Family Fun Day: 10 am–2 pm, Middletown Nursery, West Tisbury.

Storytime and Crafts: 10:30 am, Bunch of Grapes in Vineyard Haven. Susan reads “I Want My Hat Back” by John Klassen. Crafts follow. 508-693-2291;

Halloween Costume Swap: 10:30 am–3 pm, Oak Bluffs Library, Oak Bluffs. Island-wide. Bring unwanted costumes before 6 pm. 508-693-9433;

Dockside BBQ Bash: 12–5 pm, Coop de Ville, Oak Bluffs. 2nd annual event. Music, beer promotions. $17. Restaurant closes Sunday. 508-693-3420.

October Beer Tasting: 6–9 pm, Portuguese-American Club, Oak Bluffs. Beers & appetizers. $20. 508-693-9875.


Daytrippers: 7 pm at Martha’s Vineyard Performing Arts Center in M.V. Regional High School, Oak Bluffs. The Beatles cover band. Guests Jeremy Berlin, Wes Nagy & full horn section. Benefits Island Grown Initiative. $7-$15; $40 families.


Speakeasy Series: Geraldine Brooks will speak 5:30 pm about historic fiction writing. State Road Restaurant, West Tisbury. Benefits West Tisbury Library Foundation. Hors d’oeuvres & light refreshments. Series continues Nov. 29, Jan. 4. $300/series. Sign-up: 508-693-3489.

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The Daytrippers, from left: Brian Weiland, Shelagh Smilie, Doug Brush, Eric Johnson, Boaz Kirschenbaum, and Charlie Esposito. — Photo by Dan Waters

Love The Beatles music but not the kitschy, wigged-up cover bands? Have we got a concert for you.

The Daytrippers, a home-grown and ad hoc group of veteran Island musicologists will present an orchestrated version of The Beatles music, complete with a sound and light show, Sunday night, Oct. 23, at 7 pm in the Martha’s Vineyard Performing Arts Center at the Regional High School.

The 14-performer concert is a fundraiser for Island Grown Schools, a part of Island Grown Initiative with roots in a serendipitous event at the Oak Bluffs School last spring, according to concert maestro and performer Boaz Kirschenbaum.

Mr. Kirschenbaum, the Daytrippers’s publicity maestro, said “Every spring the Oak Bluffs School does a musical. This year, they decided to do a Beatles sing-a-long. We put together a band to accompany and we killed! Not just kids. There was a packed show every night.

“We did some tricky songs and they came out pretty well. A couple of weeks later, Doug [Brush] called and said “Let’s keep it going. We love the music and we’ve been practicing all summer,” he said.

“I thought we were sounding good, so I said, ‘Let’s do a concert, a real show, and let’s do it as a benefit.’ Doug suggested local farming,” he said.

The performance is not designed as a cover band rendition of “A Hard Day’s Night,” but as a driving, evocative concert, a sort of musical travelog through the Fab Four’s musical journey from rock ‘n roll through more complex and socially-aware music reflecting influences, including Eastern philolosophy, on the legendary Liverpool lads. The group did a benefit at Nectar’s this summer as a warmup for Saturday’s concert. “Part of the fun is dissecting the music and figuring out what makes it tick,” Mr. Kirschenbaum said.

Twenty songs from the 1964-1969 recording period will be performed. “We limited it to 20 songs.This is not a bar environment. We want to give the back story on the songs. People like that. Learning what’s under the lyrics.

“The concert will begin with the ‘Ed Sullivan’ days [TV show], ‘Hard Day’s Night’ right through ‘Abbey Road,’ ‘Hey Bulldog’ from the Yellow Submarine film is in there, as well as ‘Ticket to Ride,’ a song that really comes to life when you get the harmonies and sound working together,” he said.

The Daytrippers include Doug Bush and Eric Johnson on guitar and vocals, Mr. Kirschenbaum on bass and vocals, Charlie Esposito on piano, organ and vocals, Brian Weiland on drums and vocals, and Shelagh Smilie on vocals.

Wait, there’s more. For this concert, the DT’s have added a full horn section, including rockin’ Jim Athearn, Mark Campos and Max Maxwell on trombone and tuba and the indefatigable Ed Rodgers on trumpet.

Hold the phones, they’re not done yet. Help! emcees Laurel Redington and Ray Whitaker of radio WMVY will bring on guest musicians Wes Nagy, Jeremy Berlin, Noah Maxner, and Allie Horowitz, woven around a sound and light show created and produced by Steve Zablotny and Bob Brown at the sound board.

“We have high school students as crew and backstage techs. It’s a good learning experience for them.”

Tickets are $15 for general admission; $10 for seniors (62+); $7 for students; and a $40 family pack admitting five.

“We wanted to make the concert affordable to everyone and early enough so kids can come,” Mr. Kirschenbaum said. “Most of the participants are volunteering or getting next to nothing for their work. We just want to raise money for the local school and local food effort.

“We started this group in June as a lark and an outlet for us. We’re called the Daytrippers because we’re taking a break from our jobs.

“There are no egos involved. This is all based on trust,” he said.

Rock on.

Benefit Concert: The Daytrippers, Oct. 23, 7 pm, M.V. Performing Arts Center, M.V. Regional High School, Oak Bluffs. $7-$15; $40 families. Tickets available at Aboveground Records in Edgartown, Alley’s General Store in West Tisbury, Island Entertainment in Vineyard Haven, at the door, online at

In addition to station WMVY, support comes from the Island Grown Initiative, WCAI radio, Aboveground Records, Fiddlehead Farms, the Living Local Harvest Festival, Tisbury Printer, and Z Studio.

The evening features a raffle with special items, including the Beatles Anthology DVD box set and rare Beatles European DVDs. More information is available at

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Hal Ryerson, grand prize winner at the Local Wild Food Challenge held last Sunday evening. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

Hal Ryerson of Détente Restaurant won the second annual Martha’s Vineyard Local Wild Food Challenge held last Sunday, Oct. 16, at the Martha’s Vineyard Rod and Gun Club in Edgartown.

Mr. Ryerson prepared local bay scallops on a parsnip puree made with The Grey Barn and Farm’s cream and smoked sea salt with a Russian olive gastrique alongside a salad of arugula, Quitsa pond sea beans, and Tiasquin Orchard McIntosh apples. The dish also included dolmas made with wild grape leaves, stuffed with rice, homemade lemon confit, wild oregano, and locally made pancetta. His creation won him a cruise on the luxury motor yacht Keldi to Nantucket, for eight people, with food from Soigne, and also a handcrafted chopping board from Krug & Ryan Co.

Winner of the first runner-up amateur prize was Michelle Manfredi, who made Sweet Bitters Liqueur: a sparkling cocktail with sweetbitter Prosecco with organic orange zest and sweet pepperbush honeysuckle.

Charlotte Rooney, 10, won the Best Kids Dish category for her M.V. PB&J, a sandwich made with wild black chestnut butter with wild raspberry jam on wild yeast flatbread cooked in a wood fire oven. It was served on a dish with wild greens — purslane and dandelion — with homegrown cucumber, carrots, and garden herbs, with a wild raspberry and fresh yogurt dressing. For dessert, she made a wild pear crisp with wild autumn olive, blueberry, and strawberry syrup and black chestnut topping. Her prize: a pizza and gelato party for 10 friends at Lattanzi’s.

Charlotte’s mother, Rachel, and her friend Kira Shepherd won the Best Use of Local Ingredients category for their dish: braised home-raised and slaughtered rooster in homemade, one-year-old wine made with wild beach plums, wild grape, and wild autumn olive with garden vegetables and homemade chicken stock. Their prize was a giant basket of produce from Morning Glory Farm and lunch for two at Right Fork Diner.

Perhaps the most interesting dish? Lila Fischer and Rachel Curtin’s second runner-up win in the amateur category for their Wild Primrose and Artichoke Soup with Acorn Biscuits, served with sauteed grasshoppers and crisped dandelion greens.


Grand prize: Hal Ryerson

1st Runner Up Amateur: Michelle Manfredi

1st Runner Up Professional: Chris Fischer

2nd Runner Up Amateur: Rachel Curtin & Lila Fischer

2nd Runner Up Professional: Marc Brasefield & Daniel Zunigs

Best Effort: John Searle

Wild Ingredient Use: Chris Fischer

Best Ingredient Story: Ben Cabot

Best Use of Local Ingredient: Kira Shepherd & Rachel Rooney

Best Ocean: Jane Howie

Best Kids: Charlotte Rooney

Best Winged: Rachel Curtin & Lila Fischer

Honorable Mentions: Mike Harmon, Ned Casey, Charlotte Hurley, Emily Coulter, Donna Vose.