Noteworthy events

— Photo courtesy of MV Museum

Hog stompers

Harborfest weekend brings many to the Island, including the Boston-formed but locally known Hog Stompers. Their Vineyard native, Nico Ewing, has been working in Poland timber-framing temples and should just make it back for the band’s Saturday evening show. Hog Stompers are known as a “Big bad folk band with great energy,” says a fan, and they will be performing alongside Dukes County Love Affair and between beats spun by DJ Cartel at The Ritz, on Saturday night, June 18.

Summer kick-off

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum in Edgartown kicks off its summer season with the annual Summer Opening Reception on Friday, June 17. The cocktail reception is from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, and gives members and guests an idea of what the 2011 season has in store, plus a Capoeira (Afro-Brazilian dance) demonstration.

“New this year, the 18th century Cooke House will be telling a different story focusing on the Cooke family as well as the archaeology and architecture of the house. Visitors can see what a mid-19th century parlor would have looked like as well as an early-19th century bedroom. Exhibits will reveal what archaeological excavations of the house have taught the Museum curators about the age of the historic home and the story of the family that lived there,” according to a Museum press release.

For more information, call 508-627-4441 ext. 123 or visit

Music camp

Weekly during July and August, the Tisbury Senior Center will be the place to meet for anyone interested in playing casual music with a group. “We will be singin’ strumming, pickin’, grinnin’, tappin’, and a-clappin’ to old time favorites, gospel, jigs, and lots more,” says a press release. For more information, or to sign up, call 508-696-4205.

Trinity Episcopal season commences

The Trinity Episcopal Church in Oak Bluffs begins its summer season this Sunday, June 19, and runs through Sunday, Sept. 11, with weekly services at 9 am. The Rev. Deborah Warner, rector of the Church of the Messiah in Woods Hole, begins the season this Sunday. Built in 1882 in what was then Cottage City, Trinity was the first Episcopal worship house on the Vineyard. Throughout the season, check the Religious Services section in Calendar for the weekly service information.

Solstice celebration

William Waterway and Ellie Bates host a Summer Solstice Celebration at Featherstone on the first day of summer, the longest day of the year: June 21. Bring your own picnic and enjoy music and poetry from 5 to 9 pm.