The Martha's Vineyard Times http://www.mvtimes.com Martha's Vineyard News Now Sun, 20 Aug 2017 07:03:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.1 Martha’s Vineyard sips on the SoulCycle Kool-Aid http://www.mvtimes.com/2017/08/19/marthas-vineyard-sips-soulcycle-kool-aid-2/ http://www.mvtimes.com/2017/08/19/marthas-vineyard-sips-soulcycle-kool-aid-2/#respond Sat, 19 Aug 2017 12:37:47 +0000 http://www.mvtimes.com/?p=437544 My hand shot up when SoulCycle instructor Charlotte Hitch asked how many people were there for the first time. It was 9:30 on a Wednesday morning, and I was in uncharted waters with about one or two others — the rest of the folks filling the 45-bike studio had done this before, more or less […]

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My hand shot up when SoulCycle instructor Charlotte Hitch asked how many people were there for the first time. It was 9:30 on a Wednesday morning, and I was in uncharted waters with about one or two others — the rest of the folks filling the 45-bike studio had done this before, more or less religiously.

SoulCycle arrived on Martha’s Vineyard on August 5. The exercise empire will occupy Evolve Pilates in Edgartown until August 27. Whether you’re a SoulCycle virgin like I was, or you’ve been sipping the Kool-Aid for years, I get you.

SoulCycle is a stationary-bicycling exercise trend that has swept the nation. Its first studio opened in New York City on the Upper West Side in 2006. It now has over 80 studios coast to coast, and was recently ranked in the top 25 brands that matter now by Fast Company magazine.

So what makes SoulCycle different from any other spinning class? Dedicated cyclists will tell you it’s about the community and lifestyle. As a mere passerby who couldn’t figure out how to clip the shoes into the bike, I was most struck by — dare I say — the soul of it all.

Loud music blared from downstairs, where the studio was set up. SoulCycle staff signed me in, gave me shoes to rent, a Smartwater to drink (the pop-up was co-sponsored by Smartwater) and assigned me a bike number. I filed into my prospective seat, sardined within a grid of stationary bikes that fit into the space like pieces of a puzzle. Charlotte’s voice echoed from a mic coming from the front of the room. The lights switched on and off in sync with the music, making me feel like I was in a club. My 9:30 am energy surged.

Charlotte instructed the group to keep pedaling, when to increase and decrease resistance, and to stick together. “Yes you can,” she’d repeat to the group, inspiring everyone to keep pushing, and to take their best step. I can reflect on one pitch-black moment where the group pulsed together as one to an especially rocking beat. I said to myself, OK, I get it.

The 45-minute class incorporates small hand weights and weaves in upper-arm strength training. Charlotte occupied the front space like the total vision of a fitness instructor she is. Participants thanked her, and asked for photos with her after the workout.

“She’s a celebrity in SoulCycle,” one cyclist said. “We totally planned our Martha’s Vineyard vacation around when she would be here.”

Charlotte started SoulCycling four years ago when she was a fashion designer for Ralph Lauren in New York City.

“All I remember is this feeling I had after class,” she said. “I had to call my parents, which is a weird thing for a 25-year-old to do after a fitness class.”

She continued attending classes in New York City for about six months, until an instructor approached her and asked if she’d consider being an instructor herself.

“I didn’t think I could do it; it never really crossed my mind,” she said. “But here I am four years later, and it’s 100 percent full-time.”
SoulCycle’s first Boston studio opened in Chestnut Hill. Charlotte was asked to move to Boston to help get things started. “I didn’t want to. I loved New York, and my life was there,” she said. “But from a career perspective, it was a good opportunity. Instead of being one out of 100 instructors in New York, I was one out of four in Boston.”

Boston now has four studios and more than 14 instructors. The Martha’s Vineyard pop-up brought in instructors from Boston, New York City, and Washington, D.C. The Evolve Pilates space is almost unrecognizable. SoulCycle’s events team completely revamped the TRX room into a lobby and retail studio. The pop-up is part of the company’s Destination Soul initiative, which brings the studio to places and events like Aspen, Coachella, and Martha’s Vineyard.

“My favorite part about this is the pocket of new riders we’re bringing into our community,” Charlotte said. “We’ve been meeting a lot of people from New Hampshire, Western Massachusetts, and of course the Cape and Islands — people who’ve heard of it but haven’t been able to try it.”

SoulCycle leaves riders energized, sweating, and maybe with a sore bum, but it ties them to something bigger than an exercise class. Whether or not you want to admit it, you’ll probably sip that Kool-Aid one more time.

SoulCycle offers classes at Evolve Pilates on weekdays at 7, 8:15, 9:30, and 10:45 am, and 4:45 pm. On weekends, classes run at 7, 8:15, and 10:45 am, as well as 12 and 4:45 pm. For updates and more information, visit marthasvineyard.splashthat.com.

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Fun at the fair http://www.mvtimes.com/2017/08/18/fun-at-the-fair/ http://www.mvtimes.com/2017/08/18/fun-at-the-fair/#respond Sat, 19 Aug 2017 02:15:48 +0000 http://www.mvtimes.com/?p=438494 The Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Fair is well into it’s second day. Though an overcast morning and rainy afternoon didn’t make for ideal fair conditions, there were plenty of smiling faces enjoying rides, races, exhibits and food throughout the day.   Have fair photos you want to share? Email your high res images to photos@mvtimes.com. Please […]

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The Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Fair is well into it’s second day. Though an overcast morning and rainy afternoon didn’t make for ideal fair conditions, there were plenty of smiling faces enjoying rides, races, exhibits and food throughout the day.

 

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Photos from day one at the Ag Fair are coming in hot.

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What’s new at the Fair http://www.mvtimes.com/2017/08/18/whats-new-fair/ http://www.mvtimes.com/2017/08/18/whats-new-fair/#respond Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:09:38 +0000 http://www.mvtimes.com/?p=438483 With its catchy theme, “See ‘Ewe’ at the Fair,” and poster featuring a smiling sheep, this 156th annual Agricultural Fair is packed with attractions to delight all ages. There are countless crowd favorites that endure from year to year and just can’t be missed. That special something may be the Draft Horse Pull, a spin […]

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With its catchy theme, “See ‘Ewe’ at the Fair,” and poster featuring a smiling sheep, this 156th annual Agricultural Fair is packed with attractions to delight all ages. There are countless crowd favorites that endure from year to year and just can’t be missed. That special something may be the Draft Horse Pull, a spin on the Ferris wheel, a firemen’s burger, cotton candy, or a stroll through the exhibit hall, but all agree it just wouldn’t be the fair without it. But every year this array of well-loved standards is accented with a few newcomers, adding even more excitement and interest for fairgoers.

A breathtaking trick bicycle performance aptly titled CW Trials Bike Stunt Show tops the list of exciting newcomers this year. Our advice: Do not try this at home! The show features bold riders demonstrating their nerve and agility as they balance and jump their bikes, even taking leaps over volunteers. Stunts get going several times each day in the Show Ring throughout Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Family-friendly performers talk with audience members and happily sign autographs too.

Adventure-minded fairgoers on the lookout for the next scary ride will happily welcome the Music Fest, a spinning sensation on the Cushing Carnival midway here for the first time. Carrying some three dozen riders on a wild ride to the sounds of upbeat tunes, the attraction is geared toward teens and other brave daredevils.

“I can guarantee you it will have a long line to get on it,” promised carnival owner Larry Cushing.

For something a little more serene, head to the Fiber Tent to pat a friendly, furry alpaca, watch a demo, then try your hand at spinning, knitting, and other handcrafts. There are plenty of fun and educational offerings for both adults and youngsters. New this year, fiber maven Anna Marie D’Addarie will display four different looms, showing a variety of weaving techniques. She will be doing rug hooking too.

While the carny is the place for thrills, chills, games of chance, and irresistible once-a-year treats like cotton candy and fried dough, the local midway nearby offers a more low-key vibe for dining, shopping, socializing, and taking in a variety of homespun entertainment.

Although some well-liked vendors won’t make it to the fair this year, several midway first-timers will add a new look.

They’re icy, they’re pretty, they’re delicious, and best of all, they are even good for you! Yommi Healthy Frozen Treats popsicles by Adrian Johnson and Nicole Corbo will chill you with Blueberry Cheesecake, Mexican Chocolate, Strawberry Basil Cream, Mocha Monkey, and Golden Goodness, sparked with turmeric. Most are gluten and dairy-free, all irresistible on sultry fair days.

It’s been too long since any new fresh fish swam into the fairgrounds (except of course for Bill Smith’s delectable lobster rolls and quahog chowder), so hungry visitors will rejoice this year to find the Larsen’s crew shucking shellfish for a traditional raw bar. Get in line early, and please pass the cocktail sauce.

Local booths offer great browsing. Pick up a special gift, or treat yourself to celebrate the fair in style. Added to the colorful shopping mix this year will be fashions for women and children from the popular LuLaRoe line.

Emily Burrows will show her trendsetting Vaalbara handbags in exotic fabrics with creative detailing, along with jewelry, vintage flannels, and more, all handmade in her California studio. Feeling artsy? Visit Anne-Marie Eddy, who will display her resin art and other paintings.

Marsha Winsryg’s familiar display of unique handcrafts benefiting African artists was newly christened World Market Mondays this summer, and expanded to include offerings from several similar charities. View captivating artwork, jewelry, quilts, sculpture, textiles, wearables, household items, and gifts of every description, all being sold to help struggling families in distant lands.

Kati Johnson has changed her business name from Mollygoggles to Chaska Hill, an elegant title for her stylish scarves, wraps, and accessories. The products here represent Ms. Johnson’s initiative to support and empower the Peruvian women who make them.

Front and center on the local midway, the Main Stage will be jumping from morning to night with a wide variety of entertainment and music for all ages. From the much-loved and sweetly zany Pet Show on Thursday to puppets, dancers, an ITW cabaret, and all styles of music, there is truly something for every taste. Feasting on fair food at a picnic table with family or friends while listening to local musicians makes for an unbeatable experience.

Rob Myers and his talented Maniacs of the Heart will be on stage Friday at 11 am with their popular “Kids’ Rock ’n’ Roll” show, a spirited mix of folk, pop, and nursery rhymes played in a whole new style that all ages will enjoy.

Back from New York City, Chilmark’s own creative Annie Cook will appear with her band, the Devolvers, for a dinner performance at 6:30 pm Thursday described by one fair staffer as “jazzy, ’60s, retro, fun!”

Mrs. Biskis (a.k.a. Ellen) takes the stage Saturday night at 7:30 pm, filling in for Johnny Hoy who was not available.

Whether racing in the doors hoping to see a blue ribbon on your dahlias, muffins, or photograph, or just having a leisurely stroll through to admire the talents of Vineyard neighbors, a visit to the exhibition hall is a traditional fairtime high point.

Hall manager Kathy Lobb reports that new categories will give youngsters more opportunity than ever to show their exuberant creativity. A new Print Making category welcomes entries from all juniors up to age 19. A sweet new Junior Flowers contest encourages young entrants to design an arrangement based on their favorite bedtime story.

Handcrafted rug aficionados will be gratified to find the Hooked Rug category has been split into primitive and traditional techniques.

Out in back, the fairgrounds are jumping all weekend with animal shows, judging, and competitions. The Draft Horse Pull, Woodsmen’s Contest, and Dog Show have their dedicated fans, as do newer colorful entries like the antique tractor pull and the pedal tractor pull for youngsters.

This year’s Women’s Skillet Toss, a Sunday-afternoon ”must-see,” offers a special prize for the eldest competitor, newly established by the family of the late Judy Jahries to lovingly honor her exuberant participation in this contest and many other aspects of the fair over many years.

Visit The MV Times at its first-ever Ag Fair booth. Meet Times staffers, hear about plans and publications, pose with photo props, including a giant newspaper or fair scene. Share your fondest fair memories for a free sticker using #sharethefair #perfectdaysmv.

 

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Some might come to the fair to pig out, others bring their pigs. Pigs, also known as swine, have a strong footing here on Martha’s Vineyard. You can always find a few of them in the livestock barn, and sometimes even outside of it. They’re also one of the most popular farm animals in the world, primarily, but not exclusively, as a source of meat. At the fair, they also race, and elsewhere on-Island, some pigs do landscaping work. In the past, there have even been pet pigs at the fair. There are hundreds of breeds of domestic pig, with adults ranging size from about 110 pounds for the Vietnamese pot-belly pig to up to exceptional examples from larger breeds that can reach over 10 times that weight — 1,000 pounds or more.

Fred Fisher of Nip ’n’ Tuck Farm tries to bring a litter of piglets to the fair every year, and this year it’s an unusually large set of piglets. The pigs at Nip ’n’ Tuck are descended mostly from the Hampshire and Yorkshire breeds, but aren’t purebred. The Fishers have bred and raised pigs since the 1950s, and although they keep some on the farm, most of their piglets go to other Island farmers and families to be raised for six to nine months until they’re big enough for slaughter. Many Vineyard families raise pigs for meat, some regularly and some only occasionally.

Pigs will eat almost anything. They thrive on restaurant slop buckets, past-best-by-date bread from Cronig’s, and whatever they can dig up in the woods. That tendency to forage and dig can be put to good use. A few years ago, Joe Van Ness started a business leasing goats out to people who wanted land and brush cleared. He soon added pigs, which he says are especially good at killing poison ivy.

Rebecca Gilbert and Randy BenDavid of Native Earth Teaching Farm have been keeping pigs since they started the farm in the 1990s, primarily for meat, but also to till fields. Rebecca says that although she’s never kept a pig as a pet, she understands why some people do. “Piglets are very cute, and jump and run around; they’re very humorous,” she says. “There’s a stage in pig raising when you have a hole in the pen so the piglets can get out but the mother can’t. If they stayed that size, they would be the perfect pet, and you do get fond of certain ones.” But of course, they don’t stay small for long.

“If you want to keep pigs,” Rebecca says, “get some experienced advice and consultation.” For their biggest pigs, she and Randy use a combination of electric fencing and panels to keep them where they’re supposed to be. A pig on the loose can wreak havoc. They’re very intelligent animals, they grow fast, and they’re excellent foragers. A few winters ago in my neighborhood, a pair of large pigs got loose. They tore up a nearby manicured lawn, and at one point, five adults were chasing the two pigs through the brush, trying to get them back home and not at all sure that we would succeed. They can move very fast when they feel like it, much faster than an out-of-shape adult human.

In that vein, Robinson’s Racing Pigs have been coming to the fair for many years now. Their pigs trot up to the gates and race around the tracks to get an Oreo cookie. I asked what makes a good racing pig. “They’ve gotta be fast, and they’ve gotta love Oreo cookies,” says Randy Ross, who manages the team. “Sometimes they crash and wipe out on the curves just like in real racing.” Although the racing pigs come from many different breeds, they race in groups depending on size. This year at the fair there will be one group that weighs about 60 pounds, a group of 40 pounders, and some very young pigs, too.

The FARM Institute’s pigs usually come as donations from other farms, and many of them are older than typical farm animals. Their current pair, Billy and Peggy, are huge but sociable — they like to get back rubs from humans. Unfortunately, they haven’t had piglets recently. Peggy had one litter a few years ago, and two older sows that used to be at the FARM Institute had small litters, with only three piglets each. Billy and Peggy live together, and farm manager Alec Forbes hopes that they’ll have piglets together again. “We’ve been feeding them some brewer’s mash so that they’ll get drunk,” he says. “But I think mostly they just fall asleep.”

When it comes to slaughter time, many Island farmers favor the Berkshire breed for its excellent meat, and if it’s not sent off to the butchers, eating a pig can be a major social event. “When you have a pig roast you have to have a party, to have enough people to eat all that food,” Rebecca Gilbert says. “There’s nothing quite like it.”

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Blue ribbon fever http://www.mvtimes.com/2017/08/18/blue-ribbon-fever/ http://www.mvtimes.com/2017/08/18/blue-ribbon-fever/#respond Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:04:23 +0000 http://www.mvtimes.com/?p=438477 As August comes along, I start thinking about what I want to enter in the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Fair exhibits. My latent competitive streak starts scheming about how to win a blue ribbon. A blue ribbon from the fair exhibit hall confirms you’re the best. You might only be the best in the small world […]

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As August comes along, I start thinking about what I want to enter in the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Fair exhibits. My latent competitive streak starts scheming about how to win a blue ribbon. A blue ribbon from the fair exhibit hall confirms you’re the best. You might only be the best in the small world of green bean growers or miniature flower arrangers on Martha’s Vineyard, but a blue ribbon is a blue ribbon. When I won first prize in a craft category a few years ago, in which there were no other competitors, I felt as if I should tamp down my delight. But when I’d tell people about my blue ribbon — honesty compelling me to mention that mine was the only entry in the category — they’d tell me I should still be proud. I’m not sure what for — maybe just for managing to get an entry to the fair at all, given it’s August on the Vineyard.

So many of us have ambitious plans for exhibit hall entries, but as the deadline approaches we wonder how we can possibly find time to gather, finish, or arrange our intended exhibits. The perfect flowers or vegetables that inspired us to enter at the beginning of August are long gone by. However, if we do somehow manage to deliver our hopefuls to the fair by the deadline, then when opening day on Thursday rolls around, our anticipation is like a kid’s on Christmas morning, especially if we are a kid.

We wait for the judges to finally finish judging so the hall can open, and plan to get to the fair as soon as possible. That first day, the flowers are still fresh, and the veggie sculptures haven’t started to sag yet; nor have the cakes and pies, which still look mouthwatering. And until we enter the hall, there is still the unknown as to whether or not we’ve won a prize.       We slip into the dim cavern of the great hall, all our senses on alert. Depending on our age and personality, we either rush off to where our entries are likely to be, or meander in that direction, putting off the moment of truth: Did we win a ribbon?

There is a satisfying seriousness with which people enter the fair exhibits. Here are the farmers, for example, at the height of the busy summer season who take time to, say, arrange a wheelbarrow full of fruits and vegetables, or pick out five of the best, most similar-looking beets. There are kids who spend weeks perfecting their shell collections, building a giant dinosaur out of recycled materials, or putting together a group exhibit at camp. To me, this just shows how important the fair competition is, how much it means to win a ribbon, especially a blue one.

For years I wanted to win a blue ribbon in a vegetable category — that seemed like the highest sort of competition that was within my range of possibility. The fair theme arrangement or “mixed flowers from your own garden” category would be sensational to win, but if you’ve ever seen those entries, you know what serious competition there is. I’d love to win a prize in something like the quilting categories, where the entries are amazing works of art. But first I’d have to take up quilting. Then I’d have to do it for 20 or 30 years, and I’m not sure I have that long.

The year I won a blue ribbon for my garlic was the high point of my fair exhibition career. I really felt as if I’d arrived. Even now, thinking about what I want to enter this year, I feel a certain smugness. No matter how I do in this year’s competition, I’ve already won first prize, for my garlic of all things. I’ve only been a serious garlic grower for a few years. Garlic does kind of grow by itself, so I’m not sure how smug I should be.

Why do we enter things in the Ffair? When I asked my daughter, Lily K. Morris, about entering at the fair when she was a kid, she said, “That’s what you do, as a kid in August. It’s part of life.” I liked that answer, and it still feels true for both of us now. Entering the fair makes me feel part of the community, that life is continuing as it should, and I’m a part of it.

Lily and I both agreed, though, we’ve never even thought of entering a baking category. Maybe she learned it from me, but we couldn’t imagine going to all the trouble of baking a pie or cake and not getting to eat it, and seeing it molder away on the shelf. Lily says about the baking competition, “That was another planet.” We still don’t go there.

I sometimes enter categories in which there are usually only a few entries, like nasturtiums, just to up my chances of winning some color of ribbon. I enter some of the flower-arrangement categories, even though I’m pretty sure I won’t win anything. I like to see my flowers on the shelves along with all the others. It makes me feel part of the gardening community. In some years, I find a teacup at the thrift store and have fun experimenting with flowers for the “arrangement in a teacup.” I try to think like a judge, but I haven’t quite figured out what they’re looking for. I’m pretty sure it’s something much more sophisticated than anything I’ve ever created, not necessarily elaborate, but something a little different.

This year, I’m thinking about the “container not originally intended for flowers” exhibit. That’s a fun category, with creative entries consisting of flowers arranged in all sorts of unusual containers like shoes or basketballs. I’ve been looking around my house and yard for an unlikely container. I could mention a few of the odd things I’ve considered, but I don’t want to give the competition any ideas. May the best entry win, but let’s all have some fun!

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Bow Van Riper, librarian at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, says it’s the strawberry shortcake that he looks forward to every August at the Agricultural Fair. He also said that back in 1935, you could’ve grabbed a tongue sandwich at the fair for just 20 cents.

For West Tisbury history buff John Alley, it’s the grilled burgers from the volunteer firefighters’ stand that keeps him coming back for more year after year. I had an espresso float at the root beer float stand last year, and it was life-changing.

We asked some Islanders and visitors what their favorite fair foods were. This is what they had to say.

 

John Alley The loaded burger at the volunteer firefighters booth is always a standard. Sometimes a linguiça sub from Cozy’s Last Stand. The BBQ Bill’s pulled pork sandwich too. Those are the three that I always have. I used to work in the tempura booth.

Peter Shea The firefighters’ loaded burger.

George Athearn Ditto.

 

Max I like the strawberry shortcake, and I also like the Greek wrap.

Marjorie We go to the fair with our four grandchildren. We love the rides.

Max And the 4-H exhibitions! The frying pan throwing is always the highlight.

Marjorie Our grandchildren love the pig racing.

Max We have more than 40 fair posters hung up in our house everywhere.

 

Elyse Sauber The fried dough!

Sam Mcgoldrick I remember the fresh lemonade.

 

Chloe Hoyt The fried dough. I also get the french fries!

Riley Yuhas It’s all pretty good. I like the cotton candy, but I don’t know if that counts as food. I usually just see what looks good.

 

Ben I am a big fan of the corn dog. The tempura is also good. The firefighters’ burger is a classic. It’s been two or three years since I’ve been to the fair, but how can you forget? I love anything fried. The fried dough is great.

 

Teddy Repelyea My favorite is the funnel cake.

Andrea Klauss It’s been a few years, but I remember we had the fresh-squeezed lemonade and ice cream.

Rowan Klauss I don’t remember the food, but I dunked the clown on the first try when I was 7. He was bullying people, and I just threw the ball and he went right in.

 

Jed I like the volunteer firefighters’ hamburgers.

Clyde I get different things every time, but something I get every year is the fried dough.

Jed What about the strawberry shortcake?

Clyde And the strawberry shortcake. Those are my go-to; if I go to the fair I’m going to get both of those.

Jed And Clyde will be working there this summer.

Clyde Yeah! All my friends do it too.

 

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‘See ewe at the Fair! http://www.mvtimes.com/2017/08/18/see-ewe-fair/ http://www.mvtimes.com/2017/08/18/see-ewe-fair/#respond Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:25:45 +0000 http://www.mvtimes.com/?p=438469 Most artists will tell you their painting, portrait, or sculpture has a muse, and Kate Wignall’s winning design for this year’s Ag Fair poster contest is no different. The wooly sheep with a winning smile is inspired by Island love, family ties, and an Australian shepherd named Piper. “I really wanted to do it as […]

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Most artists will tell you their painting, portrait, or sculpture has a muse, and Kate Wignall’s winning design for this year’s Ag Fair poster contest is no different. The wooly sheep with a winning smile is inspired by Island love, family ties, and an Australian shepherd named Piper.

“I really wanted to do it as a surprise for my mom,” Ms. Wignall said in an interview with The Times. “I’ve been going to the Island every summer since I was little. My mom has a house in the Campground now, and I thought it’d be fun to enter this year.”

She wanted to mimic the lettering of town signs on the Vineyard, and to contrast with the simple, clinical text, she thought it’d be fun to draw a portrait of a sheep.

“The look of the sheep was inspired by our Australian shepherd, Piper,” she said. “My husband and I got married about a year ago, and her making that face was the logo of the wedding.”

The painting itself was done with acrylics and scanned onto her computer. The rest of the design was digital. Ms. Wignall paid attention to posters from previous years, to try and veer toward styles that haven’t been done in a while.

“There was something about the simplicity and the expression,” Eleanor Neubert, Ag Fair director, said. “And the fact that we haven’t had a sheep on our poster in a long time. I think it’s been since 2003.”

According to Ms. Neubert, a winning poster is easy to read, includes the dates, the year, the Ag Society, and needs to be adaptable to printing on a T shirt, bag, or apron, which are sold at the Ag Fair every year.

Most fairs in other places come up with a theme, and artists submit according to that theme. The Ag Society has done it the other way around for the past 20 years or so. This year’s theme is — wait for it — See Ewe at the Fair!

“The poster contests didn’t start until we moved to the new fairgrounds,” Ms. Neubert said. “Before that, we’d just pick the poster, or someone would come to us and ask if they could design it.”

The contest brings in an overwhelming number of submissions, and the committee uses the process of elimination to get those numbers down to a final three. After making a decision and getting in touch with the winner, Ms. Neubert calls all contest participants and gives them constructive feedback on what they can do better for next year’s submissions.

“Those are hard phone calls to make. Every artist puts so much work into their poster,” Ms. Neubert said.

Ms. Wignall is a full-time artist and sculptor in New York City. She has a studio in Brooklyn Navy Yard, and attended undergraduate and graduate school for art and visual design. She’s looking forward to coming back for the week, and seeing her poster all over the Island.

“So far, I’ve heard nothing but positive comments,” Ms. Neubert said. “I think it’s going to be a really popular poster.”

 

The 156th annual Agricultural Fair runs from August 17 through August 20. For more information, visit marthasvineyardagriculturalsociety.org.

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Built on Stilts reschedules Sunday’s performance http://www.mvtimes.com/2017/08/18/built-stilts-begins-sunday-august-20/ http://www.mvtimes.com/2017/08/18/built-stilts-begins-sunday-august-20/#respond Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:05:29 +0000 http://www.mvtimes.com/?p=438460 On Sunday, August 20, Built on Stilts will start at 5:30 pm instead of 8:00 pm. The fireworks have been rescheduled to launch Sunday at 9 pm, so the dance troupe’s performance will begin earlier. Saturday (Aug. 19) and Monday (Aug. 21) performances will be held as scheduled, at 8 pm. For more information, builtonstilts.org.

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On Sunday, August 20, Built on Stilts will start at 5:30 pm instead of 8:00 pm. The fireworks have been rescheduled to launch Sunday at 9 pm, so the dance troupe’s performance will begin earlier.

Saturday (Aug. 19) and Monday (Aug. 21) performances will be held as scheduled, at 8 pm.

For more information, builtonstilts.org.

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Grand Illumination comes to Oak Bluffs http://www.mvtimes.com/2017/08/17/grand-illumination-comes-oak-bluffs/ http://www.mvtimes.com/2017/08/17/grand-illumination-comes-oak-bluffs/#respond Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:58:39 +0000 http://www.mvtimes.com/?p=438046 The Campground was bursting with color on Wednesday afternoon as its residents pulled out paper lanterns from their attics and strung lights and decorations along their porches for the 148th Grand Illumination Night. Some brushed a coat of paint on new additions to their collection, others hauled decorated beach umbrellas onto their roof, but most […]

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The Campground was bursting with color on Wednesday afternoon as its residents pulled out paper lanterns from their attics and strung lights and decorations along their porches for the 148th Grand Illumination Night. Some brushed a coat of paint on new additions to their collection, others hauled decorated beach umbrellas onto their roof, but most simply sat on their porch in a rocking chair, counting down the minutes until first light.

The Hetheringtons unpacked over 60 lanterns to decorate their house this year, many of which Virginia Hetherington hand painted herself. Ms. Hetherington was sitting on her bright pink porch, sipping an icy glass of water that was sweating in the midday heat.

The Hetheringtons had a busy day, making cake and punch, and preparing their Victorian costume they’d wear to the Tabernacle later that night. Ms. Hetherington and her husband Arthur have owned their house since 1992 and enjoyed many summers celebrating Illumination with their family. The kids and grandkids won’t make it this year, but that doesn’t mean they have been slacking off on decorations.

“We got George next door to help with the parasol,” Ms. Hetherington said, referring to the large beach umbrella she painted to look like a decorative parasol sitting on the roof. “Now I’m cooling off and going to hang more lanterns.”

Down the street, the Pforr porch was abuzz with activity as Annalise and her mother Nina strung lanterns for their first Illumination Night in their Campground home. Until recently, the Pforrs, part-time Brookline residents, owned a house on the opposite side of the Campground.

A box full of lanterns spilled over the steps, each with its own story. Annalise pulled out a green lantern decorated with mushrooms and rabbits. “I think I painted these,” she reflected. She and Nina poured over their stash of ornamental lanterns and recalled the many summers they have spent on Martha’s Vineyard.

One treasure that came with the new house was an ornament they believed to be over 125 years old. “That’s what it said on the bag when we opened it,” Annalise said.

Across the way at 42 Trinity Park, Peter Jones from Rochester, N.Y., soldiered in the heat. Each lantern reminded him of an even better one with an even better story. He scurried back and forth from his attic pulling out each delicate, ornately designed lantern.

Mr. Jones moved quietly and carefully as he decorated the porch of his parents’ house, which has been in the family for more than 72 years. “Most of these lanterns are more than 50 years old,” he said.

As the day wore on, lanterns popped up like mushrooms after a storm, slowly filling the bannisters and eaves until the houses looked ready to float away.

The setting sun was a cue for families to spread their blankets on the grass around the Tabernacle and enjoy a picnic dinner while waiting for the community sing-along to start. Voices filled the air around the Tabernacle, counting down the moment until first light with merry tunes. When the porch lights finally flickered on, it was like magic.

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Oak Bluffs fireworks moved to Sunday http://www.mvtimes.com/2017/08/17/oak-bluffs-fireworks-moved-sunday/ http://www.mvtimes.com/2017/08/17/oak-bluffs-fireworks-moved-sunday/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 23:17:05 +0000 http://www.mvtimes.com/?p=438041 UPDATED Aug. 18 at 4 pm A predicted rain storm, which could include thunder and lightning, is forcing the Oak Bluffs Fire Department to move its annual show to Sunday at 9 pm, Fire Chief John Rose told The Times. “With a thunderstorm predicted, we just don’t want to take a chance,” Chief Rose said. […]

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UPDATED Aug. 18 at 4 pm

A predicted rain storm, which could include thunder and lightning, is forcing the Oak Bluffs Fire Department to move its annual show to Sunday at 9 pm, Fire Chief John Rose told The Times.

“With a thunderstorm predicted, we just don’t want to take a chance,” Chief Rose said.

The fireworks could have been moved to Saturday, but rain is in the forecast until late morning, which wouldn’t provide enough time to set up the display and get it ready for that night, he said.

All parking plans remain the same for the event.

As a result of the change, the Steamship Authority has diverted some trips on Sunday to Vineyard Haven. Those trips include:

The M/V Nantucket’s 6:30 pm Woods Hole to Oak Bluffs and 7:30pm Oak Bluffs to Woods Hole.

M/V Martha’s Vineyard’s 7:30pm Woods Hole to Oak Bluffs and 8:30pm Oak Bluffs to Woods Hole.

 

The Steamship Authority encourages travelers to check current conditions at http://www.steamshipauthority.com/traveling_today/status

Meanwhile, the change in the fireworks is displacing a “Rally for Unity” that had been planned by Indivisible MVY. That rally “to join and stand in solidarity against the racism, anti-semitism, and hatred on display in Charlottesville” is now scheduled for Saturday from 4 to 5 p.m.

The rally is being held at the Civil War monument in Oak Bluffs.  

Editor’s note: Updated to include change in plans for rally and ferry schedule.

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Martha’s Vineyard sips on the SoulCycle Kool-Aid http://www.mvtimes.com/2017/08/17/marthas-vineyard-sips-soulcycle-kool-aid/ http://www.mvtimes.com/2017/08/17/marthas-vineyard-sips-soulcycle-kool-aid/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:18:34 +0000 http://www.mvtimes.com/?p=438018 My hand shot up when SoulCycle instructor Charlotte Hitch asked how many people were there for the first time. It was 9:30 on a Wednesday morning, and I was in uncharted waters with about one or two others — the rest of the folks filling the 45-bike studio had done this before, more or less […]

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My hand shot up when SoulCycle instructor Charlotte Hitch asked how many people were there for the first time. It was 9:30 on a Wednesday morning, and I was in uncharted waters with about one or two others — the rest of the folks filling the 45-bike studio had done this before, more or less religiously.

SoulCycle arrived on Martha’s Vineyard on August 5. The exercise empire will occupy Evolve Pilates in Edgartown until August 27. Whether you’re a SoulCycle virgin like I was, or you’ve been sipping the Kool-Aid for years, I get you.

SoulCycle is a stationary-bicycling exercise trend that has swept the nation. Its first studio opened in New York City on the Upper West Side in 2006. It now has over 80 studios coast to coast, and was recently ranked in the top 25 brands that matter now by Fast Company magazine.

So what makes SoulCycle different from any other spinning class? Dedicated riders will tell you it’s about the community and lifestyle. As a mere passerby who couldn’t figure out how to clip the shoes into the bike, I was most struck by — dare I say — the soul of it all.

Loud music blared from downstairs, where the studio was set up. SoulCycle staff signed me in, gave me shoes to rent, a Smartwater to drink (the pop-up was co-sponsored by Smartwater) and assigned me a bike number. I filed into my prospective seat, sardined within a grid of stationary bikes that fit into the space like pieces of a puzzle. Charlotte’s voice echoed from a mic coming from the front of the room. The lights switched on and off in sync with the music, making me feel like I was in a club. My 9:30 am energy surged.

Charlotte instructed the group to keep pedaling, when to increase and decrease resistance, and to stick together. “Yes you can,” she’d repeat to the group, inspiring everyone to keep pushing, and to take their best step. I can reflect on one pitch-black moment where the group pulsed together as one to an especially rocking beat. I said to myself, OK, I get it.

The 45-minute class incorporates small hand weights and weaves in upper-arm strength training. Charlotte occupied the front space like the total vision of a fitness instructor she is. Participants thanked her, and asked for photos with her after the workout.

“She’s a celebrity in SoulCycle,” one cyclist said. “We totally planned our Martha’s Vineyard vacation around when she would be here.”

Charlotte started SoulCycling four years ago when she was a fashion designer for Ralph Lauren in New York City.

“All I remember is this feeling I had after class,” she said. “I had to call my parents, which is a weird thing for a 25-year-old to do after a fitness class.”

She continued attending classes in New York City for about six months, until an instructor approached her and asked if she’d consider being an instructor herself.

“I didn’t think I could do it; it never really crossed my mind,” she said. “But here I am four years later, and it’s 100 percent full-time.”
SoulCycle’s first Boston studio opened in Chestnut Hill. Charlotte was asked to move to Boston to help get things started. “I didn’t want to. I loved New York, and my life was there,” she said. “But from a career perspective, it was a good opportunity. Instead of being one out of 100 instructors in New York, I was one out of four in Boston.”

Boston now has four studios and more than 14 instructors. The Martha’s Vineyard pop-up brought in instructors from Boston, New York City, and Washington, D.C. The Evolve Pilates space is almost unrecognizable. SoulCycle’s events team completely revamped the TRX room into a lobby and retail studio. The pop-up is part of the company’s Destination Soul initiative, which brings the studio to places and events like Aspen, Coachella, and Martha’s Vineyard.

“My favorite part about this is the pocket of new riders we’re bringing into our community,” Charlotte said. “We’ve been meeting a lot of people from New Hampshire, Western Massachusetts, and of course the Cape and Islands — people who’ve heard of it but haven’t been able to try it.”

SoulCycle leaves riders energized, sweating, and maybe with a sore bum, but it ties them to something bigger than an exercise class. Whether or not you want to admit it, you’ll probably sip that Kool-Aid one more time.

 

SoulCycle offers classes at Evolve Pilates on weekdays at 7, 8:15, 9:30, and 10:45 am, and 4:45 pm. On weekends, classes run at 7, 8:15, and 10:45 am, as well as 12 and 4:45 pm. For updates and more information, visit marthasvineyard.splashthat.com.

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Catch the Fireworks at Ocean Park on Friday, August 18, at 9 pm http://www.mvtimes.com/2017/08/17/catch-fireworks-ocean-park-friday-august-18-9-pm/ http://www.mvtimes.com/2017/08/17/catch-fireworks-ocean-park-friday-august-18-9-pm/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:11:41 +0000 http://www.mvtimes.com/?p=438014 The Oak Bluffs Fire Department has a few tips on making your fireworks-watching experience the best ever. First, it’s a good idea to arrive in Oak Bluffs by 7 pm, because parking is limited. You can park at Waban Park off Seaview Avenue between Nantucket and Tuckernuck avenues, or at Sunset Park, off New York […]

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The Oak Bluffs Fire Department has a few tips on making your fireworks-watching experience the best ever. First, it’s a good idea to arrive in Oak Bluffs by 7 pm, because parking is limited. You can park at Waban Park off Seaview Avenue between Nantucket and Tuckernuck avenues, or at Sunset Park, off New York Avenue across from Our Market. There’s a $10 charge for the evening to park in either place, and vehicles must be removed by midnight or they will be towed.

Once you find a parking spot, be sure to get to the bandstand in the park by 8 pm, when the Vineyard Haven Band starts to play. There’s no cost for watching the fireworks, but you can purchase an Oak Bluffs Fireworks T-shirt for $20, with all sales going to the Oak Bluffs Firemen’s Civic Association.

If weather prohibits the fireworks display on Friday, August 18, the rescheduled date will be Saturday, August 19, at 9 pm. For more information, visit oakbluffsfireandems.com.

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Thursday morning Bill Davies awoke to find his center console sport fisherman sinking in Oak Bluffs Harbor. He left the boat on Wednesday night at 10 pm with no visible issues. He received a call Thursday morning from the harbormaster informing him the boat had tipped on its side and was partially submerged in the water. According to the harbormaster’s office, the bilge pump on Mr. Davies boat may have stopped working. Mr. Davies said he was glad nobody was hurt. This is his 16th season docking at the harbor.

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“My work is roughly a third masonry, a third music, and a third fishing — a really nice balance.”

—Johnny Hoy, mason, musician, fisherman

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What’s on at the Ag Fair? http://www.mvtimes.com/2017/08/17/whats-ag-fair/ http://www.mvtimes.com/2017/08/17/whats-ag-fair/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:54:11 +0000 http://www.mvtimes.com/?p=437961 Say Fair Week in March and you get a shiver from locals. Is it fear? Is it excitement? Is it anticipation of warm weather? Whatever the reason, that week in late August is packed so full of happenings that you would have to split yourself six ways to get to them all. A wide array […]

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Say Fair Week in March and you get a shiver from locals. Is it fear? Is it excitement? Is it anticipation of warm weather? Whatever the reason, that week in late August is packed so full of happenings that you would have to split yourself six ways to get to them all.

A wide array of new events fill this year’s schedule, including CW Trials Bike Stunt Show, new rides like Music Fest, and fresh food stands like Yommi Healthy Frozen Treats and a raw bar.

Feeling overwhelmed? No worries. The Times has compiled your go-to guide for the Ag Fair so that you know what’s on when, what you can skip, and what’s absolutely not to be missed. Check it out in this week’s edition, and don’t forget to stop by The MV Times booth at the fair.

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REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS: August 7 – 11, 2017 http://www.mvtimes.com/2017/08/17/real-estate-transactions-august-7-11-2017/ http://www.mvtimes.com/2017/08/17/real-estate-transactions-august-7-11-2017/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:51:48 +0000 http://www.mvtimes.com/?p=437997 Chilmark Aug. 10, Clarissa Allen and Mitchell Posin, trustees of the Allen Farm Nominee Trust, sold a lot on Sheep’s Crossing to Ariel R. Ashe, trustee of Sheep Crossing Nominee Trust, for $1,250,000. Aug. 10, John J. and Jamie N. Atkins sold 80 State Rd. to Elizabeth Lunbeck and Gary L. Gerstle for $920,000.   […]

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Aug. 10, Clarissa Allen and Mitchell Posin, trustees of the Allen Farm Nominee Trust, sold a lot on Sheep’s Crossing to Ariel R. Ashe, trustee of Sheep Crossing Nominee Trust, for $1,250,000.

Aug. 10, John J. and Jamie N. Atkins sold 80 State Rd. to Elizabeth Lunbeck and Gary L. Gerstle for $920,000.

 

Edgartown

Aug. 7, Victor J. Defelice, Jr. and Sandra M. Defelice sold Unit 29, 15 Mill St. to Christon Family LLC for $156,000.

Aug. 11, Sarah B. Foehl sold 40 Fuller St. to Edwin H. Brooks 2nd and Louise Brooks for $1,300,000.

 

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Photography and mixed media at A Gallery http://www.mvtimes.com/2017/08/17/photography-mixed-media-gallery/ http://www.mvtimes.com/2017/08/17/photography-mixed-media-gallery/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:35:10 +0000 http://www.mvtimes.com/?p=437959 A Gallery presents a special focus on new work by two women artists, photography by Brigitte Cornand and mixed media works by Peigi Cole-Jolliffe. An artist reception for both takes place from 5 to 7 pm on Saturday, August 19, and the exhibit runs through Sept. 7. French-born, Island-based artist Brigitte Cornand exhibits new photographs […]

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A Gallery presents a special focus on new work by two women artists, photography by Brigitte Cornand and mixed media works by Peigi Cole-Jolliffe. An artist reception for both takes place from 5 to 7 pm on Saturday, August 19, and the exhibit runs through Sept. 7.

French-born, Island-based artist Brigitte Cornand exhibits new photographs (diptychs) from her latest series, “Me & You.” The title comes from “Before and After,” a 1961 painting by Andy Warhol.

Ms. Cornand considers taking her daily photographs much like others might write in a diary. Her new project called “Sand Writings” happened by chance while taking a walk on Lambert’s Cove Beach sometime in 2016. She observed and photographed a delicate sandcastle on the water’s edge slowly being devoured by incoming waves. The ephemeral construction seemed poetic to her. She began writing words and messages in the sand, which the waves quickly erased. After several attempts, she focused on using popular love quotes as symbols and narratives. As the incoming tide erased part of a phrase, new stories and meanings emerged.

Peigi Cole-Jolliffe’s new contemporary textile art series, “Persisting and Resisting through the Ages,” is a political statement in response to women’s voices being silenced around the world. Each piece has meaning for a particular person or group of women in various cultures and periods in history. Her medium follows in the tradition of making samplers, which traditionally have always been regarded as “women’s art.” She uses thread to draw on organza, embellished with glass beads and found natural objects.

The series is comprised of works each featuring a hand, representative of an individual story or cultural reality. In one work, Cole-Jolliffe references certain Hindu communities where widows are required to wear only white after their husbands die — white being the color of death and a symbol of asexuality and infertility.

 

A Gallery is at 8 Uncas Ave. in Oak Bluffs. Visit agallerymv.com or call 917-387-0662 for more information.

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