Noteworthy events on Martha’s Vineyard


Legendary Lunasa at Union Chapel

Gregg Harcourt and Mary Wolverton of KCT Concerts continue to bring world-class acts to Martha’s Vineyard. In one of their highest profile shows to date they are bringing Lunasa, a legendary Irish outfit, to the Union Chapel on Friday, August 3, at 8 pm.

Lunasa,’s Performers of the Decade in 2010, has sold more than a quarter of a million albums. “The band’s inventive arrangements and bass driven grooves have steered Irish acoustic music into surprising new territory. Their recordings have been hailed as some of the best and most important world music albums anywhere, while their blend of intelligence, innovation, virtuosity, and passion has brought them to the forefront of Celtic music,” according to a press release.

The band interweaves wind and string, pairing flutes and fiddles with pipes and whistles. The band is comprised of Kevin Crawford, Trevor Hutchinson, Ed Boyd, Sean Smyth, and Cillian Vallely.

Ticket are $27.50; $32.50 at the door. For more information contact

Remember Hiroshima

Join the Vineyard Peace Council at the Gay Head Lighthouse on Monday, August 6 at 6 am for the 35th consecutive remembrance of the bombing of Hiroshima that occurred on August 6, 1945.

The event’s purpose is to remember the horrors of nuclear war and violence through words, readings, songs, prayers and silence, and to move toward peace. All participants will be given the chance to speak. Free rides to the lighthouse will leave at 5:15 am from Cronig’s in Vineyard Haven and at 5:30 am from Alley’s in West Tisbury. For more information, call 508-693-3930

Shop for women’s health

As board members of the Friends of Family Planning of Martha’s Vineyard, Inc., Judy Hartford, owner of Red Mannequin Boutique and Bananas, and Stina Sayre, owner of Stina Sayre Design, have brainstormed a way to support the organization.

On Saturday, August 11, more than 20 Island merchants will come together to support Friends of Family Planning by donating five percent of their shop’s sales to the Family Planning clinic. Participating stores include Stina Sayre Design, Nochi, Citrine, Bryn Walker, and Bunch of Grapes, among others.

Shop owners and merchants are invited to participate. For more information, contact Ms. Hartford at 508-395-2486 or Ms. Sayre at 508-560-1011;

An evening with Peter Asher, Kate Taylor

On Tuesday, August 7, celebrate the 41st anniversary of Peter Asher and Kate Taylor’s collaboration on the long-playing record “Sister Kate” at the Old Whaling Church from 7:30 to 10 pm.

Listen to intimate stories of their work together, the mid-60s British Invasion, and Mr. Asher’s encounters with The Beatles and other famous figures while viewing footage and photos from his personal archive. A benefit for the YMCA of M.V., the event will mark the first time ever that Mr. Asher and Ms. Taylor have performed together publicly.

Tickets: $35; $60 for premium seating and a meet and greet with Mr. Asher and Ms. Taylor at which drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Tickets are available at the YMCA or

Cottage tour

Every year thousands of visitors tour the Oak Bluffs Campground, but only once a year do people get a chance to peek inside the famed gingerbread cottages. On Wednesday, August 8, the Martha’s Vineyard Camp-Meeting Association hosts its 17th annual Campground Cottage Tour featuring seven of the unique Carpenter Gothic homes in and near Clinton Avenue.

This year’s selection includes larger houses. Cottage owners will conduct visitors inside their homes and provide history and facts about the cottages and previous inhabitants. The tour is self-guided and includes admission to the Cottage Museum, and a wide array of homemade refreshments.

Author Jill Iscol to speak at Granary Gallery

On Wednesday, August 8, Jill Iscoll will discuss her book, “Hearts on Fire: Twelve Stories of Today’s Visonaires Igniting Idealism into Action,” at the Granary Gallery in West Tisbury. The book is a collection of portraits of 14 world leaders, with a foreward by Bill Clinton.

Ms. Iscol is an educator and activist. She is president of the IF Hummingbird Foundation, established in 1989 to support efforts to strengthen democracy and reduce inequality.

Her talk is part of the Speakeasy Series, a collaboration between Granary Gallery, State Road Restaurant, and the West Tisbury Library, and benefits the library. The event begins at 5:30 pm. Hors d’oeuvres and light refreshments will be served. Tickets are $75. For more information, or to make a reservation, call Carol Brush: 508-693-3489.

Island designs

Joanie LeLacheur and Minor Knight, both Island designers, will display their wares in a trunk show to take place at Featherstone Center for the Arts in Oak Bluffs. The show begins at 3:30 pm on Sunday, August 5 and will end at 7 pm that evening.

The event features wampum jewelery and mosaic tiles. In addition, there will be one-of-a-kind clothing made from vintage fabrics and sari silks.

Admiring bogs

Wetlands are some of the most beautiful and mysterious habitats of the Vineyard ecosystem. Join Sherrif’s Meadow Director of Stewardship, Kristen Fauteux, and M.V. Land Bank ecologist, Julie Russell, as they explore the Island’s local bog communities beginning Wednesday, Aug. 8, from 9 am to 3 pm and continuing Thursday, Aug. 9, from 9 am to 12 noon. Wednesday starts with a half-day class at Polly Hill Arboretum, and then embarks for a journey into the world of water, peat, plants and more (bring your boots). Thursday continues with the outdoor bog exploration. $90; $70 for PHA members; $50 for professionals associated with Island land management or conservation organizations.

Also Wednesday, at 7:30 pm, Cormac Collier, director of the Nantucket Land Council, will speak about Nantucket’s distinctive plant and animal communities and the organizations and initiatives that are involved in protecting them. $10; $5 for PHA members. Sponsored by SBS.

Call 508-693-9426 for more information.

Scientists, farmers unite for good cause

Sowing Seeds To TargetCancer, a festival of food and music, will be held at Beetlebung Farm in Chilmark on August 5 to raise money for TargetCancer’s rare cancer research initiatives.

Sowing Seeds will feature fresh produce from Beetlebung Farm including Vineyard sourced meats and fish prepared by chef Chris Fischer and desserts by Cakes by Liz. Headlining the music for the evening will be The David Wax Museum, a high-energy indie-folk group fresh off the Newport Folk Festival.

Together, TargetCancer and Beetlebung Farm share a commitment to supporting a new generation of talent, whether it be scientists or farmers. Sowing Seeds unites these talents towards the common goal of healing this disease that affects us all.

The event starts at 5 pm, is $100 per person or $300 for a family of four, rain or shine. Advance tickets available at, or at Alley’s in West Tisbury, Beetlebung Farm in Chilmark, and aboveground Records in Edgartown. Contact for more information.