Noteworthy events on Martha’s Vineyard

Ralph Stewart

Movie in the park

Join the Tisbury Business Association, JawsFest, and the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society for the showing of “Blue Water, White Death” at Owen Park in Vineyard Haven this Saturday, June 23, at 8 pm. Part of Summer for the Sharks 2012, the film is meant to promote shark conservation and awareness. Bring a blanket and enjoy concessions provided by Island Cove Mini-Golf and Waterside Market. Admission is free; the event will be canceled if it rains.

Vendors needed

Vendors are welcome to present their work at the Summer Vineyard Creations Fair at the Portuguese-American Club (Holy Ghost Society) on Vineyard Avenue in Oak Bluffs. Eight-foot-long tables are available for $25 each. The fairs take place indoors on Sundays: June 24, July 15, and August 4, from 10 am to 3 pm. Contact Patti Linn 508-693-9703 or Kathleen Young 239-919-6138 to join.

Marimba of Zimbabwe arrives via Santa Fe

Polyphony Marimba, an eight-piece Marimba ensemble from Santa Fé, is doing their first cross-country tour from New Mexico and will have their premiere Island appearance on June 27 at The Base at the YMCA for teens only (8 pm, $5) and June 28 at Union Chapel (7:30 pm, $20, $15 students and seniors).

Peter Swing, the Polyphony Marimba musical concept director, first studied the music in a workshop with Zimbabwean Dumisani Maraire who believed that people of non-African heritage should learn to understand the music from the inside out – learn to live the music. The group, whose members range from 13 to adult, will be playing Zimbabwean Marimba music along with original constructions inspired by their own musical backgrounds.

They craft their music so that it is lively, fun, and danceable, featuring call and response, deeply layered vocal harmonies, polyrhythm and a rich, buzzing tone.

Polyphony Marimba can be found on Facebook and on, and more information is available at their website,

Build a dance for this year’s Built On Stilts

Built On Stilts, Martha’s Vineyard’s homegrown dance and performance festival, is open for registration.

The event occurs every year at the historic Union Chapel, whose new wooden floors will play host to the amazing movements that Built On Stilts has brought to audiences for the last 16 years. Registration is due July 1 for a pair of four-day performances, August 9 to 12 and 18 to 21.

Abby Bender, who was instrumental to the start of the festival all those years ago, directs the show. The festival is a fantastic celebration of local and visiting choreographers whose diverse dances draw inspiration from all sorts of styles and sources.

Visit to register.