Noteworthy events on Martha’s Vineyard


Scott Blakeman at the Grange Hall

Political comedian Scott Blakeman will perform at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury this Saturday, Sept. 1.

Mr. Blakeman has performed around the world at venues such as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, and the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam. He is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and is featured weekly on Fox Live.

The upcoming show will be the second stop of Mr. Blakeman’s Liberal Jew Comedy Tour. Tickets, $25, are available online at, or at the door one hour before the show, which begins at 8 pm.

Tashmoo Spring Building hosts a party

The Tastes of Tashmoo is tonight, August 30, from 5:30 to 8pm. This nonprofit event put on by the Tashmoo Springs Building Restoration Committee will be at the Tashmoo Spring Building on Spring Street in Vineyard Haven.

The event features a silent auction and tastes from Island farms, waters, restaurants, and caterers with music provided by the Tashmoo Trio. $50 suggested donation. Call 508-939-0338 for reservations.

Usable waste drop off

This Sunday, Sept. 2, the Realized Dreams Project sponsors a usable household electronic waste drop off and pick up at Beetlebung Corner in Chilmark. From 12 noon to 6 pm, old working TVs, computers, monitors, stereos, cell phones, refrigerators, washing machines, and dryers can be left or, if necessary, picked up by the organization. The event is free and all devices will be contributed to fish farms and community garden projects in Costa Rica, Jamaica, Haiti, and St. Croix. For more information, call 508-560-9037 or email

Bid to support MVFF

The Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival (MVFF) presents an online auction in support of the organization. Items include a trip to the set in New York City of director John Turturro’s new film that stars Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, and Sofia Vergara; a lunch with documentarian Joe Berlinger; and lunch for eight at award-winning cookbook author Joan Nathan’s Martha’s Vineyard home. To bid, visit All proceeds directly benefit MVFF.

Drama and dance at the Hebrew Center

Award winning film, television, and Broadway actress Suzzanne Douglas stars in “In Development,” a multidisciplinary theater piece that will be performed at the Hebrew Center on Monday, Sept. 3, at 7 pm. The play, a Vineyard Playhouse Monday Night Special, explores issues of identity and the human threads and struggles that connect and define us as individuals. Yorri J. Berry wrote the play. There is a $25 dollar minimum donation and general admission seating. The Hebrew Center is at 130 Center Street in Vineyard Haven.

Tickets are available in advance online at, by email at, and by phone at 508-687-2452 and are sold at the door on the night of the show if available.

Dancing brings all the people to The Yard

YardWorks, an evening of work directed by Alison Manning and Jesse Keller, will bring dancing to The Yard’s stage on Friday, Aug. 31 at 8 pm and Saturday, Sept. 1 at 3 pm (Free Family Matinee) and at 8 pm. The show features works by The Yard staff and interns, accompanied by the Vineyard improvisational company What’s Written Within. This is the second year of what will hopefully become a yearly tradition. Tickets are available at or contact The Yard’s office at 508-645-9662. The Yard is located off Middle Road in Chilmark.