Things to Do

— File photo by Ralph Stewart

The Oak Bluffs Library’s annual book sale is this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Sponsored by the Library Friends of Oak Bluffs, hundreds of used fiction and nonfiction books, DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks will be on sale at bargain prices to benefit the library. Sale hours are Thursday, July 17, from 10 am to 7 pm; Friday, July 18 from 10 am to 4 pm; and Saturday, July 19, from 10 am to 2 pm. Call 508-693-8326 for more information.

From left, Mariah MacKenzie, Della Burke, and Eva Wilson in "Bermuda Triangle." — Photo by Ralph Stewart

The lauded WIMP troupe, which wowed audiences at the Chicago Improv Festival and shared the stage with Jim Belushi last summer, are back for another season. This college-aged professional troupe delivers short-form and long-form improv based on audience suggestions. Doors open at 7:30 pm for an 8 pm show (rated PG-13) in the air-conditioned cabaret space at Alex’s Place, at the YMCA of M.V. in Oak Bluffs, every Thursday night from July 3 through August 22. For more information, call 508-939-9368 or visit Tickets are available at

This classic 1880s Oak Bluffs carpenter gothic house owned by Mr. Michael and Mrs. Marushka Waters, at 51 Pequot Avenue, is featured on the tour. — Michael Cummo

The 31st Cottagers’ tour of historic homes in Oak Bluffs is entitled “Visions of the Vineyard.” The guided tours of five unique Vineyard houses ranging in style from Victorian to ultra-modern is Thursday, July 17, from 10 am to 3 pm.

“The tour gives homeowners a chance to show off their homes and gives visitors an opportunity to see how their neighbors live,” said Anne Patrick, organizer of this year’s tour.

Ticket holders may visit any of the houses, in any order, at any time during the scheduled tour. There will be a docent at each property to lead tours of the homes.

The annual tour raises funds for the Cottagers, formed in 1956 by a group of professional African-American women homeowners to promote education, a sense of cultural pride, and the value of service to the community. The group limits itself to a membership of 100 women of color. The Cottagers have donated to the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, the Councils on Aging, the NAACP, and to M.V. Regional High School scholarships, among other groups.

This year’s houses, all in Oak Bluffs, are as follows:

Dr. Louis and Mrs. Olivia Baxter, 18 Hampson Avenue (Off New York Avenue); Ms. Margaret Jordan, 26 Meadow View Road; Mr. Michael and Mrs. Marushka Waters, 51 Pequot Avenue; and two ocean view units at the Seaview Condominiums at 2 Pennacook Avenue, Mr. Lawrence and Mrs. Ernestine Randall-Smith, unit 301, and Mr. John and Mrs. Angie Arrington, unit 302.

Tickets, $30, can be purchased on the day of the tour at Cottagers’ Corner, 57 Pequot Ave. in Oak Bluffs the day of the tour, and light refreshments will be served there between the tour hours. Advance tickets are available at the Cousen Rose Gallery and C’est La Vie on Circuit Avenue in Oak Bluffs. No photos are allowed during the tour.

A day of discussion about the art, craft and business of writing. Join us for panel discussions, book signings, workshops and other literary delights.

When: Monday, August 11, 2014
Where: The Grange Hall in West Tisbury
Admission: Free

8:00-8:45  Morning Edition: Writing for Radio
They say radio is the most visual medium. Find out how it’s done.
Sean Corcoran, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Rob Rosenthal and Mindy Todd

9:00-9:45 Writing Children’s Books
Like Lewis Carroll’s Alice, childrens book authors and illustrators often wonder, What’s the use of a book without pictures or conversations?
Kate Feiffer, Richard Michelson, Florence Minor and Wendell Minor

10:00-10:45 Writing in a New Media World
Have digital books, video gaming and self-publishing helped or hurt writers?
Susan Branch, Tony Horwitz, Nicole Galland and Jan Pogue

11:00-11:45 Narrative Non-fiction
When truth is stranger than fiction, write the truth and let it read like fiction.
Meryl Gordon, Joshua Horwitz, Alexandra Styron and Tony Horwitz

1:00-1:45 The Recipe for Cookbook Writing
It takes more than adding a pinch of salt.
Jessica Harris, Susie Middleton, Tina Miller, Joan Nathan and Catherine Walthers

2:00-2:45 Writing Workshops
Tough love or loving support. What works?
John Hough, Nancy Slonim Aronie and Lara O’Brien

3:00-3:45 From Journalism to Fiction
When journalists turn into novelists
Geraldine Brooks and Ward Just

4:00 Closing Thoughts
Peter Oberfest
David McCullough

Islanders Write is sponsored by The MV Times and MV Arts & Ideas Magazine and co-sponsored by WCAI, The Bunch of Grapes and Edgartown Books.
Flatbread Pizza’s mobile wood-fired pizza truck will also be in attendance.

Drum, or just hang out, on State Beach every Tuesday evening with Rick Bausman. — Ralph Stewart

Rick Bausman and the Drumming on the Beach Crew will perform on State Beach, halfway between Oak Bluffs and Edgartown, from 6:30 pm until sunset on Tuesday evenings through the summer. Watc from a picnic blanket or the waves. Donations are suggested. Visit for more information.

— The Garden Conservancy

The Garden Conservancy is giving six garden tours with the Open Days Program this Wednesday, July 9, beginning at 10 am. The self-guided tours feature the ocean views, manmade and natural ponds, Japanese maples, hydrangeas, and more of six private gardens in Chilmark, Edgartown, and West Tisbury. Tours can begin at Brookside Farm off Middle Road in Chilmark or at other locations available on the Garden Conservancy website, Admission is $7 per garden; $35 for all 6; ages 12 and under are free.

— Lynn Christoffers

The Vineyard Haven Band, which kicked off its season last weekend in Ocean Park, will be performing on the Island every Sunday night at 8 pm. The performances will alternate each weekend between Ocean Park in Oak Bluffs and Owen Park in Vineyard Haven, with special performances on the Fourth of July and Illumination Night.

The group first began performing with eighteen members at the Ag Fair in 1868. Now, as one of the oldest town bands in the state, and the oldest organization of public music on Martha’s Vineyard, the band consists of children, adults, Islanders, and visitors — virtually anyone who can play an instrument.

A schedule of events is as follows:

June 29, 8 pm, Ocean Park, Oak Bluffs

July 4, 7:30 pm, Old Whaling Church, Edgartown

July 6, 8 pm, Owen Park, Vineyard Haven

July 13, 8 pm, Ocean Park, Oak Bluffs

July 20, Owen Park, Vineyard Haven

July 27, 8 pm, Ocean Park, Oak Bluffs

August 3, Owen Park, Vineyard Haven

August 10, 8 pm, Ocean Park, Oak Bluffs

August 17, Owen Park, Vineyard Haven

August 20, 8 pm, The Tabernacle, Oak Bluffs (Illumination Night show)

August 24, 8 pm, Ocean Park, Oak Bluffs

Livingston Taylor takes the stage at the Old Whaling Church on July 5. — File photo by Albie Colantonio

Livingston Taylor will bring an evening of whimsical folk stories and melodies to the Old Whaling Church this Saturday, July 5, at 7:30 pm.

Today, nearly 50 years after he recorded his first record, Mr. Taylor continues to delight audiences with his upbeat tunes and soft ballads that range in genre from folk and gospel to jazz and pop.

Livingston Taylor is the fourth child of the musical Taylor family, which also includes his siblings James, Kate, Hugh, and the late Alex. In his extensive musical career he has written and performed hits like  “Carolina Day,” “I Will Be in Love With You,” and “Going Round One More Time,” and he has worked to cultivate young musicians and performers as a professor at the Berklee College of Music.

In addition to his performance on July 5, Mr. Taylor will return to the Old Whaling Church with a second concert on Saturday, August 9, at 7:30 pm. Tickets to the shows are $35 ($55 for VIP access, which includes a seat in the first seven rows), and are available at For more information about Mr. Taylor, visit