Mark Alan Lovewell will present Fish Stories: Tales and Songs of Vineyard Fishermen, on Tuesday, August 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown.
Mr. Lovewell, who works as reporter and photographer at the Vineyard Gazette, has been writing and singing songs about the Vineyard’s maritime history for many years.
On this evening, he will shift his attention to the commercial and recreational fishermen of the Island community. What makes a lobster pot work? Who are these fishermen and where do they go? What makes them laugh?
Against a backdrop of concern about the future of the Vineyard’s fishing fleet, Mr. Lovewell will seek to shift the focus to what is good here and what is ahead.
During the event, the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) natural resource department will have a display table with a reprinting of the Blue Book, a free publication giving homeowners and visitors a chance to participate in keeping our coastal ponds and waterways clean. The Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group will have a display on their efforts and the work of others to continue to maintain and enhance Island shellfish.
Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for children and seniors. Children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult.
A Fishermen Friends Patron Reception precedes the concert from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Baylies Room in the lower level of the church. The reception will offer refreshments and a shellfish raw bar. Admission to reception is $20.
The event is a fundraiser for the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust, Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) Natural Resource Department’s bay scallop enhancement project and the Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group.
Key sponsors of this event are the Vineyard Gazette and WMVY. Advance tickets are available at Alley’s General Store, Conroy Apothecary, Island Music, Above Ground Records and the Martha’s Vineyard Museum.