Things to Do

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

— Photo by Kaylea Moore

This Sunday, June 29, Tisbury Waterways Inc. sponsors an evening of seafood and cocktails at Denys and Marilyn Wortman’s home at 231 Hines Point, Vineyard Haven, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Special guest speakers include Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group director Rick Karney, Tisbury Shellfish Constable Danielle Ewart, and M.V. Shellfish Group’s Emma Green-Beach on how oysters can help keep Island ponds clean. Admission is $45. RSVP to

The Magnolia macrophylla has just begun to bloom. This Big-Leaf Magnolia was planted in 1961 and flowered after only nine years.  — Karin Stanley
The Cornus kousa dogwood Allée in full bloom.  Several of the trees forming the allée are Polly’s introductions, selected for their habit of growth, showy flowers and ornamental fruit.
The Cornus kousa dogwood Allée in full bloom.  Several of the trees forming the allée are Polly’s introductions, selected for their habit of growth, showy flowers and ornamental fruit.

Don’t miss the spectacular early summer blooming trees at Polly Hill Arboretum. The Cornus kousa dogwood allée is in full bloom. Several of the trees forming the allée were introduced by the late Ms. Hill, selected for their growth habits, showy flowers, and ornamental fruit.

The Arboretum’s most asked about tree, the Julian Hill Magnolia (Magnolia Macrophylla), has just begun to bloom. This big-Leaf magnolia was planted in 1961 and flowered after only nine years. Ms. Hill named the selection after her husband, Julian. He disliked the pinks and reds of the azaleas she was experimenting with at the time. He liked big white flowers, and Ms. Hill said, “This is the biggest white flower I have.” The flower is frequently 18 inches in diameter!

— Photo by Vladsinger, CC-BY-SA-3.0

Ever thought of learning to play tennis or of resurrecting those strokes learned in high school gym class and forgotten? An adult beginning tennis clinic, featuring some of the Island’s best teaching pros, will be held Saturday May 17 at 9am on the courts at Farm Neck in Oak Bluffs.

The clinic is designed for men and women, 18 years of age or over who have never played or have very little tennis experience. The event is the fourth beginners’ clinic sponsored by Martha’s Vineyard Community Tennis (MVCT), a local non-profit that promotes tennis on the Vineyard.

The cost is $15 and lunch is included. Racquets and balls will be provided but those with racquets should bring them. Clothing should be suitable for active outdoor activity and tennis or running shoes should be worn.

There will be two hours of instruction from 9 am until 11 am. At 11:30, after lunch, there will be a round robin of games to exercise the new skills until 1:30.

The clinic opens with a brief talk about the rules and the benefits of the game by the participating pros including Farm Neck pro Mike Johns. Racquet grips and basic strokes will be demonstrated. Players will rotate around the courts with a different lesson and a different pro at each court.

Clinic spots are limited. Call 508-687-9032 or email to reserve a space. Be sure to leave a phone number or email address.