The art of storytelling will be on full display this Saturday as The Moth returns to the Island for the first time since 2017.

The show takes place at the Tabernacle begining at 7:30 p.m.

“A Moth Mainstage event is a deceptively simple evening because there’s just a microphone and a person, there’s no light cues or fireworks or anything,” said Jennifer Hixson, a host of the nationally broadcast Moth Radio Hour program on NPR. “It’s just a human being sharing a piece of their life with the audience.”

A tradition on the Island stretching back more than a decade, the theme of this year’s Moth event is holding on and letting go. The five storytellers, many with Vineyard connections, will interpret the theme and connect it to a story from their own lives.

The storytellers include Paula Peters, an author and member of the Wampanoag tribe; Brooke Adams, an actress and painter; Theodore M. Shaw, the former head of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund; Danyel Smith, an author and music journalist; and Jacoby Cochran, a storyteller based in Chicago.

According to organizers, the close community on the Island and the storied history of the Tabernacle makes it an ideal setting for storytelling.

“There’s just something so wonderful about this Island and Camp Ground that has been gathering people for 100 years in the square and telling stories, right in the center of a community, it just feels right there,” said Ms. Hixson, who is directing the show this year.

Doors open on August 6 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at