Food and Wine Festival makes its mark on Edgartown
The third annual Martha's Vineyard Food and Wine Festival kicked off its weekend of events last Friday evening with an Opening Cocktail Reception benefit for the Martha's Vineyard Museum.
Special guests were the draw of the evening, with Dan Michaud of Ruby Wines discussing wines, and Stefan Richter of "Top Chef" fame and Boston restaurateur Andy Husbands giving cooking demonstrations.
Events continued through the weekend, from oyster flat tours to elaborate wine dinners at Edgartown restaurants such as Il Tesoro, Atria, and Water Street. A champagne tasting brunch concluded the festival on Sunday morning at Détente.
Steps toward change
CONNECT to end violence, a group offering counseling and education about domestic abuse, holds its second annual Domestic and Sexual Violence Awareness Walk this Saturday, Oct. 24. Registration ($20) starts at 9 am at the Edgartown Park and Ride Lot, and the first 30 people to register will receive free tee-shirts. Rain or shine, the three-mile walk will be through downtown Edgartown. Water and snacks will be provided and everyone is welcome, including pets. CONNECT to end violence offers 24-hour hotlines, is free of charge, and is confidential. It assists people with restraining orders and child probate issues, and offers medical advocacy for people who need to go to the hospital to do a rape kit, or after domestic abuse. For more information, call 508-693-7900.
Pumpkin Festival at Morning Glory
More than 400 pumpkins were carved on Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Athearns' annual Pumpkin Festival at Morning Glory Farm. In addition to carving, there was a pumpkin catapult and pumpkin treats: pie, doughnuts, and soup. Children enjoyed painting their own pumpkins, burrowing through the hay bale maze, and taking hay rides around the farm grounds.
And there were animals: Island Alpaca brought alpaca, and Kim George and Abby Lieghton brought horses for the crowd to meet and ride.
Martha's Vineyard Times reporter Steve Myrick will be the speaker this Sunday, October 25, at the Unitarian Universalist Society on Main Street in Vineyard Haven at 11 am. He will be speaking on the First Amendment and discussing topics such as freedom of speech and freedom of religion and how they impact newspapers and TV reporting. Mr. Myrick is the winner of two New England Press Association awards since 2007. For 20 years, he was a news writer and producer for WBZ-TV. Everyone is welcome.
Promising Young Poets, a program to recognize Island poets, is being presented by Sepiessa Press, Island Voices, and a panel of poets. Poets who are involved in the judging of the project include Linda Black and Michael West, of Island Voices, Fan Ogilvie, West Tisbury Poet Laureate, Justen Ahren from Martha's Vineyard Writers' Residency, Daniel Waters, and Fanny Howe, a prizewinner from the 2009 Ruth Lilly Poetry. Up to five winning high school aged poets will be recognized in April by the publication of a chapbook (a pocket-sized book of poems) of their poems. The program is open to students at Martha's Vineyard Regional High School, the Charter School, and to homeschoolers. The awards ceremony and performance event in April will be broadcast on MVTV. For more information, call 774-563-1231.
Seeing the light
Bill Golden, owner of the fabled Nantucket Lightship currently docked in Vineyard Haven, will offer a presentation about the history of lightships and the restoration of the Nantucket Lightship today at the Martha's Vineyard Museum.
The lightship was stationed 45 miles southeast of Nantucket to warn ocean-going ships away from the Nantucket South Shoals.
Converted to a luxury charter vessel, it's historic exterior has been restored, and its 4,000 square foot interior remodeled in grand style. The ship has five staterooms with private heads, a grand salon, gourmet kitchen, and formal dining for twelve.
Mr. Golden will speak at the museum Thursday, Oct. 22, at 5:30 pm. Admission is $10 for members, $12 for nonmembers. 508-693-4441.
Whether you need to catch up on your tennis skills, or you just love playing the game, the Vineyard Haven Tennis Foundation invites you to play tennis on the Reade Courts on Boxberry Avenue (off of Franklin Street) in Vineyard Haven. The courts are open to the public this fall, winter, and spring. For more information, call 508-693-0307.
Trash turned treasure
The Rotary Club of Martha's Vineyard seeks old cell phones as part of a fundraiser for the club. For every phone they recycle, the club receives between $.50 and $1.00. If you'd like to donate old phones, call Art Spielvogel at 508-696-0714, or give them to an Island school student, who can drop them off at school.
WCAI The Cape and Islands NPR station airs a new 10-part investigative series on Educating Everyone: The Struggle to Provide Special Education on the Cape and Islands, beginning October 26. Of the 10 parts, Friday's story is "Education on an Island," and focuses on the Vineyard's special education services and resources. This will air on October 30 at 7:30 am and 5:30 pm, on 90.1, 91.1, 94.3 FM, and online at capeandislands.org.
New plans in Tisbury
As Tisbury prepares plans for its new Emergency Services Facility, the library hosts an information session with three men involved in the project. On Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 7 pm, EMT Jeff Pratt, firefighter Joe Tierney, and Fire Chief John Shilling will discuss the design and plans for the new building. The site will be the new home for the town's fire engines ambulances, and other vehicles, in addition to a new place for public meetings. For more information, call 508-696-4211 ext. 16.
The Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center will begin to hold monthly community dinners on Sunday, October 25 until March. Dinner will start at 5 pm at the Hebrew Center in Vineyard Haven. For more information, call 508-693-0745.
Vineyard Gardens harvest fest
For those interested in some fall family activities, Vineyard Gardens in West Tisbury is holding its annual harvest festival this Saturday, Oct. 24, from 11 am to 3 pm. Activities include planting bulbs, decorating with gourds, leaf rubbings, identification contests, and tours of the beds and fall nurseries. Free food will be offered, including chili, cornbread, hot dogs, caramel apples, pies, popcorn, and more. The Holly Society of American, a non-profit organization, will present information and decorating demonstrations. For more information, call 508-693-8511.