Noteworthy events

Standing on Cermony: The Gay Marriage Plays

For their last event of the year, The Vineyard Playhouse will take part in an event that theaters throughout the nation will be hosting simultaneously on Monday, Nov. 7, at 8 pm.

The project is Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays and is planned as a nationwide day of awareness to help promote the passage of gay marriage laws. The evening will include readings, by local actors, of eight short plays by world-renowned playwrights; a simulcast introduction from the Minetta Lane Theater in New York City, where the plays will be premiering; and a Twitter Q&A with the playwrights and producers after the performances.

The Tectonic Theater Project is promoting the nationwide presentation of the plays. Tectonic is best known for creating the play “The Laramie Project” based on the hate-crime killing of a young gay man. The Vineyard Playhouse was among the first regional theaters to host a production of the groundbreaking play.

The Standing on Ceremony short plays by, among others, Neil LaBute, Jose Rivera, Paul Rudnick, and Mo Gaffney, will be directed by Playhouse artistic director M.J. Bruder Munafo and will feature a number of well-known Island actors as well as other community members. Tickets are $20, available at the door. For more information, visit

Creepy good fun

School musical season kicks off this year with the Edgartown School’s production of “Bluebeard — a Spooky Musical Tale.” The show was created by the team of the Edgartown School’s Donna Swift, the Oak Bluffs’ School’s music teacher Brian Weiland, and Ross Mihalko, and features 20 actors from grades six through eight. The humor-filled musical is based on the French folk tale about a villainous oft-married nobleman. Performances are on Friday, Nov. 4 and Saturday, Nov. 5 at 7 pm. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for kids.

Museum waives fee for Vineyarders

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum has announced that, as of this Saturday, Nov. 5, Island residents can visit the museum for free on Saturdays in the off-season. The museum features a number of permanent exhibits, along with a rotating schedule of special exhibits, all relating to Vineyard history.

Current special exhibits include one on Vineyard shipwrecks, a collection of photographs by Alfred Eisenstaedt, and a Civil War exhibit. Guests may also visit a carriage shed of vehicles and vessels, and an interactive kid’s space.

The Museum is in Edgartown and is open every Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm.

Raising the Roof

Volunteers are needed to help raise the roof on the new COMSOG (Community Solar Greenhouse) greenhouse. The roof-raising will take place on Saturday, Nov. 5 (rain date Nov. 12) from 9 am to 5 pm. COMSOG will provide food for volunteers. 114 New York Avenue, Oak Bluffs.

In the spirit of Christmas

Peacecraft is looking for volunteers to man their seasonal gift shop. The Peacecraft shop, sponsored by the Fish Farm for Haiti organization, sells arts and crafts from third world self-help projects. Volunteers are needed to select the crafts, set up the space, and sell. The shop, located this year at 13 Beach Road, across from the Black Dog Tavern in Vineyard Haven, will be open from the day after Thanksgiving until the day before Christmas.

Women’s health expert on Dr. Oz Show

Marcy Holmes, NP of West Tisbury, a Menopause Clinician, will appear on the Dr. Oz Show this Thursday, Nov. 3, to discuss Perimenopausal Rage.

“This is an extreme form of PMS that some women in perimenopause experience, with volatile outbursts of emotion and rage,” explained Ms. Holmes. She will address the hormonal basis for the condition and “possible solutions to try on your own,” with emphasis on a natural, nutritional approach.

Ms. Holmes, who works at Women to Women in Yarmouth, Maine, and is a contributor to, said the invitation to the popular Oz show came as a surprise. She traveled to New York City last week to tape the segment – “it was a great experience.” Locally, Ms. Holmes works at Vineyard Medical Services and offers home consultations with private patients.

The show airs November 3 at 5 pm on FOX TV, Channel 6 or Channel 706 HD.