This weekend the artisans of Martha’s Vineyard celebrate Labor Day by displaying not just the fruits of their labors but also how they labor, too.
The 17th annual Labor Day Festival will be held at the Agricultural Hall in West Tisbury and feature all manner of handmade goods by Vineyard artisans. There will also be demonstrations including a weaver making a scarf from wool harvested from her own flock, painting and pottery throwing and the Island’s only female blacksmith showing how she forges her brackets and other metalware.
Musicians and animals will be laboring, too, with concerts and pony rides throughout the weekend.
The opening night festival is tonight, August 31, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Ag Hall and then the full show on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 1 and 2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days.
There is a $2 parking fee for a scholarship fund to benefit students at the regional high school.