Given any usual wintry Saturday night on Martha’s Vineyard and you might be inclined to think most islanders would be cozied up in front of a roaring fire with a good book or a movie. But around once a month you will find a good many winter residents of all ages at the Chilmark Community Center, which is transformed into a coffee house style music venue by Alex Karalekas and his team of volunteers. You usually only find out about these kind of casual winter events in typical Vineyard fashion via Facebook or word of mouth!
Winter on Martha's Vineyard
The first week of December and the Woods Hole ferry terminal was packed like it was the first week of August!
One of the joys of Martha's Vineyard are its many trails and conservation areas that are protected for public enjoyment and recreation by various organizations. One such organization is Sheriffs Meadow Foundation, who operate Cedar Tree Neck in West Tisbury.
Winter on the Vineyard can sometimes seem busier than the summer, with lots of community events to keep year round residents and weekend visitors occupied. September sees the island a-buzz with the fishing Derby, October there are Fall Festivals and of course Halloween. For November with the holidays fast approaching (Thanksgiving is next week everyone!), one local happening especially caught Tea Lanes' eyes as its a collaboration between some of our favorite people.
Edgartown celebrates Mothers Day and welcomes Spring this weekend with the annual Pink and Green Weekend hosted by the Edgartown Board of Trade.
Friday the 12th through Sunday the 14th May, businesses and shops will be offering specials and events include Donaromas 40th Birthday party, Pink and Green Mothers day brunches and the Pink and Green 5K run/walk to benefit Lyme Disease Awareness and MV Cancer Support.
Martha’s Vineyard has several notable mid-century modern houses built by recognized architects at a time when the island, and especially "up-island", was transitioning from a mostly agricultural community to a summer home destination.
A very welcome relief from the doldrums of winter is The Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival which comes around again this weekend. In its 17th year the Festival has evolved to become one of the highlights of the Vineyard calendar and by the looks of this weekend’s schedule we have some treats in store!
A vibrant contributor to Martha's Vineyard's winter social scene, is the Vineyard Haven Playhouse, which thankfully continues to entertain the islands year round residents through the off season. Here's as snippet of what February has to offer:
The Red Stocking Fund is Martha's Vineyard's answer to Santa and his elves. This entirely volunteer staffed non-profit was started during the Great Depression by two local women knitting stockings, and filling them with a few small toys as a way to give Island children in need of a Merry Christmas.
The organization has grown and strengthened, and now raises thousands of dollars for holiday meals, children's winter clothing, and of course gifts of toys and books for local kids from birth to eighth grade. In 2016 over 340 families were served.