Geoff Muldaur and Jim Kweskin are performing together again, after a hiatus of 40-some years. They will appear next Saturday, Oct. 18, at 8 pm at the Katharine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven. They were founding members of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, which combined guitar, banjo, and fiddle with jug, washtub bass, and simple washboard in a gumbo of upbeat down-home music that reinterpreted Americana tunes from the first half of the last century. The music was thoroughly eclectic, with elements of folk, blues, jazz, swing, ragtime, and be-bop that got toes tapping and fingers snapping.
The last time Mssrs. Kweskin and Muldaur performed on Martha's Vineyard was with the Jug Band at the Mooncusser in Oak Bluffs in 1964. Since then, Mr. Kweskin has visited Martha's Vineyard often. Mr. Muldaur, once a summer kid in Edgartown, lived on Martha's Vineyard for 10 years in the 70s and 80s. The two musicians reunited at the funeral of another charter member of the Jug Band, Fritz Richmond, in 2006, and they have performed together several times since then.
The Tisbury School's fifth annual Harvest Festival has been rescheduled for this Sunday, Oct. 12. Games and activities from pumpkin decorating and face painting to apple bobbing and pony rides will fill the afternoon, followed by a potluck supper. Enjoy the free festival from 3 to 5 pm.
The West Tisbury Class of 2012, the current fifth grade, is holding a community yard sale to raise money for class trips and projects. The sale is on Sunday, Oct. 12, from 9 am to 2 pm in the parking lot of the school.
Ham it up
"Shakespeare for the Masses: Quick and Painless and Free" debuts on Martha's Vineyard at the Vineyard Playhouse this Saturday and Sunday, at 7 pm. The group of familiar Island actors performs "Hamlet" in an accessible and engaging way for all ages. Scott Barrow plays "Hamlet," and he is joined by Chelsea McCarthy, Nicole Galland, Katherine Pilcher, Mac Young, Paul Munafo, Molly Purves, Brian Ditchfield, Brook Hardman Ditchfield, Amy Sabin, Chris Kann, and Geneva Monks. For more information, call 508-696-6300 or visit vineyardplayhouse.org.
Kernels of fun
The seventh annual Popcorn Festival at Native Earth Teaching Farm is this Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm. In addition to dying yarn, playing with goats and beanbags and honey tasting, see James Gilbert's impressionist paintings. For more information, visit nativeearthteachingfarm.org or call 508-645-3304.
Continuing their concert series, KCT Concerts hosts the Shannon Whitworth Band this Saturday night, Oct. 11, at 8 pm. The band, from North Carolina, performs Americana/Bluegrass on the banjo, pedal steel, dobro, fiddle, and mandolin. Known for original song writing, the band is made up of John Stickley, Mathew Smith, Jake Hopping, and Seth Kauffman, along with Ms. Whitworth, Tickets are $20 in advance at Alley's, Island Entertainment, and Aboveground Records; $25 at the door; free for children 12 and under. For more information, call 508-693-6996, 693-6237, or visit kctconcerts.com.
Great pumpkins at Morning Glory
Last Saturday, many gathered at Morning Glory Farm in Edgartown to celebrate the farm's pumpkin festival. A perfect photo opportunity, the event is anticipated eagerly year after year by families who look forward to taking their children there to pose with the big pumpkins, ride a hay wagon, and have their faces painted.
Photos by Lynn Christoffers