Rainy weekend forecast means finding fun indoors

— Photo by Steve Myrick

Memorial Day weekend is here, and although we have been lucky in recent years with great weather, it looks like it’s going to be a rainy one this year.

Part of the Vineyard spirit is making do with what you have, including the various challenges Mother Nature throws at us, so don’t let a little rain dampen weekend activies. There are plenty of things to do while dodging raindrops.

For a full listing of what’s happening, visit mvtimes.com/things-to-do/, where you can search all events by day. Here are a few editor’s picks:

Check out art from more than 120 Vineyard artists at the annual Friends of Family Planning Art Show Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm at the Ag Hall in West Tisbury.

Looking for more art? Drive down State Road to the Vineyard Artisans Spring Festival Saturday and Sunday at the Grange Hall, also in West Tisbury, from 10 am to 4 pm.

The popular event band The Sultans of Swing, who play annually at The Taste of the Vineyard, entertain Friday and Sunday at The Atlantic in Edgartown, from 10 pm to 12:30 am.

Coop de Ville is fun during a storm. Sit along the Oak Bluffs Harbor under the covered awning and people watch from inside, snacking on wings, lobster, and beer. Or, go for a drive and check out the Home Port in Menemsha on opening weekend for fresh seafood on the water.

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum in Edgartown opens a new exhibit this weekend called “A Taste of the Exotic.” The museum also has Edgartown house tours scheduled, rain or shine.

If you still want to get outside, the annual 5K Memorial Day Road Race is this Sunday, at the Wesley Hotel in Oak Bluffs. The 1-mile run run starts at 10:30 am and the 5K at 11 am.

Jamie Stringfellow, associate editor, says if she had to do one Island hike in the rain, it would be Menemsha Hills, located in Chilmark. “It’s like a rainforest with all the ferns. You go through mossy woods and come out to a big view of the North Shore. Even if you’re surrounded by fog it takes your breath away.”