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Tom Dresser and Jerry Muskin present "Music on Martha's Vineyard: A History of Harmony"

Thu, October 23, 5:30-6:30pmmusic on mv

MV Museum

Martha's Vineyard has a rich musical legacy that stretches back to the earliest drumbeats of the Wampanoags and the whaling chanteys of the nineteenth century. Returning Civil War veterans formed the Island's oldest continuous music ensemble, the Vineyard Haven Band. Vineyarders embrace all things musical, from choral and string ensembles to singers and songwriters. Discover this melodious history from the early twentieth-century dance bands at the Tivoli ballroom, through the war years, the piano bars, and the nascent folk music scene at the Mooncusser Cafe, where Carly Simon and James Taylor played their first licks. Tom Dresser and Jerry Muskin explore the homegrown music scene and the summer stars who keep Islanders and visitors moving to the beat.

Donations appreciated. Books will be available for purchase and signing.


Halloween Festival and Nancy Luce Birthday Party

Sun, Oct 26, 12pm – 2pmhalloween

Museum's Vineyard Haven Property

Kick off Halloween week with your family at the Museum's Vineyard Haven property. In celebration of Nancy Luce's 200th birthday, decorate gingerbread gravestone cookies, create Nancy's fancy letters on coloring pages, and make chicken hats. Enjoy spider web hopscotch, play Halloween eye spy, and decorate pumpkins with your favorite designs. Come in costume.

Free and open to all.


Exhibit Opening "Nancy Luce: Madonna of the Hens"

Fri, November 7, 5-7pmarchaeology

MV Museum

Nancy Luce is one of the Island's most well known historical figures, but she is also one of the most misunderstood. Characterized by hardship, sickness, and isolation, Nancy eked out a meager existence by selling eggs, small books of poems she penned about her beloved flock of chickens, and photographs of herself to curious passerby. Her story is full of loneliness, but it contains compassion, love, and even moments of fierce joy. In this exhibit, we look back at the life and writings of this enigmatic and now beloved "Chicken Lady." Join us for the opening reception, and celebrate 200 years of Nancy Luce.

Free for members, $7 for non-members.

 


Pecha Kucha Night

Fri, November 14, 7:30pmpechakucha night

Harbor View Hotel

PechaKucha Night was devised in Japan in 2003 as an event for young designers to network. It has turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in hundreds of cities around the world. Drawing its name from the Japanese term for "chit chat," it rests on a simple presentation format: show 20 images for 20 seconds each. It's a format that makes presentations concise, and keeps things moving at a rapid pace. Reservations are required only if you'd like to present. Call Jessica at 508-627-4441 x117 or e-mail jjohnson@mvmuseum.org.

Harbor View Hotel: Chilmark Room. Free and open to all to watch. Food and drink will be available for purchase from the hotel.


Chip Bishop Presents "The Lion and the Journalist"

Tue, November 18, 5:30-7pmThe Lion and the Journalist

MV Museum Library

In conjunction with the Panama Canal centennial and exhibit in the Spotlight Gallery, learn about the unique relationship between President Theodore Roosevelt, Joseph Bucklin Bishop, and General George Washington Goethals. Goethals, the chief engineer and the person most responsible for the Canal's success was a resident of the Vineyard and still has descendants on the Island. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Reception to follow.

$8 for members, $12 for non-members.

 

 


"Nancy Luce: Madonna of the Hens" Exhibit Talk

Sat, November 29, 3-4pmnancy luce

MV Museum Library

Join Nancy Luce aficionados for a discussion on her life and legacy. Chief Curator Bonnie Stacy will facilitate a conversation about "the Chicken Lady's" life often believed to be full of loneliness, but upon greater investigation, also contained great compassion, love, and even moments of fierce joy. The exhibit will be open following the discussion.

Free for members, $7 for non-members.