Noteworthy events on Martha’s Vineyard

Learn about magnolias on June 7 at Polly Hill Arboretum. — Photo courtesy of Polly Hill Arboretum

Visit historic marine research aquarium

For lovers of marine life, take a day trip to NOAA’s Woods Hole Science Aquarium, or make it a destination on the way to or from the Woods Hole Steamship Authority.

The aquarium, which is the nation’s oldest in marine research, is home to 140 species of marine fish and invertebrates native to the Northeast and Middle Atlantic. Visitors can experience a touch tank with lobster, crabs, starfish, and more, and meet two harbor seals.

From May 29 through September 2, the aquarium will be open every day from 11 am to 4 pm. For more information, call 508-495-2001 or visit

Oisin Mac Diarmada and Seamus Begley at the Katharine Cornell

On Friday, June 8, at 8 pm, Irish musicians fiddler Oisin Mac Diarmada and singer/accordionist Seamus Begley will present music from their new duo recording “Le Cheile” at the Katharine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven.

The two are members of the band Teada and have toured the U.S. together for the last two years. They are known for music that spans Irish traditions and generations, which is showcased in their new album.

The concert is a production of the nonprofit organization KCT Concerts and funded in part by a grant from the Martha’s Vineyard Cultural Council. Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Free admission for children. For information and reservations, call 508-693-6237.

Magnolia walk and talk

On Thursday, June 7, from 10 to 11 am, join Polly Hill Arboretum executive director Tim Boland on a walk and talk through the West Tisbury arboretum’s magnolia collection.

Mr. Boland, who is on the board of Magnolia Society International, will feature Polly Hill’s and his own stories about the fascinating group of trees. Participants have the chance to win a big-leaf magnolia grown from seeds collected in the wild during one of Mr. Boland’s plant expeditions. Participation is $5; free for arboretum members. Call 508-693-9426 or email Karin Stanley at for more information.

Fan Tai Chi

The Tisbury Senior Center presents an afternoon Tea & Talk on Monday, June 11 at 2 pm, at which guest speaker Daisy Lifton will discuss Fan Tai Chi, a type of Tai Chi that uses colorful fans for coordination and beauty of movement.

Tai Chi, an ancient Chinese exercise that originated from martial arts, uses movements coordinated with breath and balance. Today it is used in medical schools to help treat high blood pressure and arthritis.

A late spring tea will be served after the talk. Admission is free. Call 508-696-4205 for reservations and more information. Ms. Lifton will teach Fan Tai Chi weekly at the center on Thursdays at 9 am beginning June 14.

Ursula 1000 at Hooked

On Saturday, June 9, Brooklyn-based producer/DJ/instrumentalist Ursula 1000 will be featured in a dance party at Hooked, a new restaurant/bar located on Beach Road in Oak Bluffs.

Ursula 1000, with record label ESL Records, will share his music, which ranges from latin disco funk to garage punk. DJ Topsytail of electro-pop band Kodacrome and the Island’s DJ Supa Ricky Prime will perform opening sets, and Design Life will present a visual installation. The show begins at 9 pm. Tickets are $10. Visit for presale tickets, and preview Ursula 1000’s music on his radio show Guilty Pleasures at