The Island’s many nonprofits fill the summer with benefit events that add sparkle and occasion to the season as galas, banquets, performance art, lectures, and auctions are presented for worthy causes.
Island-made art plays a conspicuous part in many of these activities. Island artists and gallery owners are noted for their generosity in providing work for fundraising events. The display of their talent runs the gamut — fibers, sculptures, paintings, ceramics, photographs — and creates opportunities for people to purchase a creative treasure while contributing to community and global organizations.
On Saturday, July 5, African Artists Community Development is sponsoring their Craft Sale and Puppet Show from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Project Spindrift Marionettes will present the South African tale “Unanana’s Beautiful Children,” upstairs at The Grange Hall in West Tisbury, while downstairs on the porch at 4:30, handmade African crafts from Zambia, Niger, Ghana, Zimbabwe, and Tanzania will be displayed for purchase. Proceeds benefit Zambian Disabled Children. Puppet show admission, $5.
Monday, July 17, the Martha’s Vineyard Campground Meeting Association hosts the Tabernacle Flea Market from 9 am to 1 pm at the Tabernacle. All the vendors are residents of the gingerbread cottages and vendors are MVCMA cottage residents. Items for purchase include furniture, pottery, jewelry, antiques and more. A rain or shine event; admission is free. The event benefits the Tabernacle restoration fund.
The Island’s only telethon, “Housing on the Tube,” will be held from July 23 to 25, from 8 am to 8 pm. Sponsored by Island Affordable Housing, the 4th annual event benefits affordable housing and will include special guests, entertainment, a music festival, and catered party. Last year’s event was televised on Plumb TV. Details will appear in the calendar section of The Martha’s Vineyard Times.
The 2nd Annual Featherstone & Hospice Art Celebration takes place on Thursday, July 24, from 3 to 7 pm. Sponsored by Featherstone Center for the Arts and Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard, a $100 donation allows the purchaser to choose any work of art from participating Island artists. In addition, Vineyard artists will be selling their work at outdoor booths at Featherstone Center for the Arts off Barnes Road in Oak Bluffs, while children enjoy arts and crafts activities.
Featherstone Center for the Arts, Oak Bluffs. Admission is free. Proceeds benefit Featherstone Center for the Arts and Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard.
And, in its 32nd year, one of the Island’s most anticipated fundraisers, the “Possible Dreams Auction,” sponsored by Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, will be held Monday, August 2, 5 to 10 pm, at Ocean Park in Oak Bluffs. This year’s auctioneers will be Paula Lyons and Arnie Reisman of National Public Radio fame accompanied by other members of their NPR “Says You” team. For an admission of $25, participants get to mingle with celebrities and bid on art by the Island’s most famous artists and illustrators, as well as exotic, glamorous, once-in-a-lifetime experiences. The event is the backbone funding for Martha’s Vineyard Community Services.