Musical Mondays at Featherstone


After a long, hot day on Monday, July 5, families gathered on the hill facing the outdoor stage at Featherstone Center for the Arts where singer/songwriter Jemima James of Chilmark performed along with other Island musicians. The concert was Ms. James’ second variety show at Featherstone and Featherstone’s second Musical Monday of summer 2010.

“I love the venue,” Ms. James said. “It’s the best place to listen to music: the land is beautiful and much better than a crowded club.”

Ms. James took the stage at 6:30 pm, followed and joined by local performers Nina Violet, Marciana Jones, Dan Waters, Brad Tucker, Lexie Roth, Lilah Larson, and Ballyhoo, as well as New York band Sons of an Illustrious Father. During the show, families and friends chatted, ate, and enjoyed the musical atmosphere while children played in the nearby field. The show ended at 8:30 pm, just after sunset.

This year Musical Mondays is celebrating its 14th anniversary as part of Featherstone’s summer family events, including flea and fine arts markets, lecture series, and poetry readings. Shows run weekly through August 16 on Featherstone’s outdoor stage. The price of admission ($7 for adults and $5 for Our Island Club members) includes a spray of bug repellent.

“People have the opportunity to come with picnics and chairs to enjoy a lovely evening of music with their favorite Island performers,” said Featherstone Arts executive director Francine Kelly. Tristan Israel, Nancy Jephcote, and Paul Thurlow will perform folk/country/blues music on Monday, July 12. For a full schedule, visit