It must be summer. The kids on the Island finally finished school today. That is a sure sign. But so is the ongoing parade of events happening this week. Only during vacation could anyone take in so much, and get to the beach, too.
Vineyard Arts Project in Edgartown begins its season on Saturday, June 28, with First Daughter Suite. The play is the result of a recent residency workshop held at the arts retreat and performance space from June 22 to June 29. Visit vineyardartsproject.org for more information about this play and the entire summer season.
One of the results of a past residency at Vineyard Arts Project was the play Act One, which was nominated for a Tony Award this year. The lead actor in that play, Tony Shalhoub, was also nominated for a Tony for his performance. If you didn’t get to see Mr. Shalhoub on Broadway, catch him next week in a benefit for the Vineyard Playhouse where he will be performing on Monday, June 30, with his wife, Brooke Adams, in a one night performance of I Take Your Hand in Mine. Visit vineyardplayhouse.org.
Further up-Island in Chilmark, the Yard continues its summer season this weekend with Steeldance and Adam Barruch Dance, purported to show “humanity and physicality at its best.” Visit dancetheyard.org.
If it’s music rather than dance or theatre that moves the blood, Rosanne Cash plays Flatbread on Tuesday, July 1, to benefit the relocation of the Gay Head Lighthouse. Visit flatbreadcompany.com.
The Martha’s Vineyard Museum hosts its 16th annual Evening of Discovery gala party on Saturday, June 28, at the new space in Vineyard Haven at the former Marine Hospital overlooking the harbor. Visit marthasvineyardhistory.org.
Or perhaps a literal visit to history is the way to begin the summer. The Friends of the Edgartown Public Library are sponsoring a reading of Frederick Douglass’ speech given in 1852, The Meaning of the Fourth of July to the Negro. The event begins at noon on Wednesday, July 2, at the Federated Church in Edgartown. The speech will also be read at Inkwell Beach in Oak Bluffs at 1 p.m. on July 4.
Whew, don’t forget to stop and smell the sea air. Oh, wait, no time for breathing yet. The Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival begins its Wednesday night screenings on July 2 with Divide in Concord about an 84-year-old woman’s fight to ban plastic water bottles in her town. Visit tmvff.org for a complete list of summer events and screenings.