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Farm Institute

ping pong by ZimpenfishSo many of our friends and repeat guests already know so much about Martha’s Vineyard, that I sometimes find when I’m wearing my concierge hat, that it’s difficult to come up with new suggestions for them. The beaches, nature walks, author’s talks, concerts, theater, etc. run off my tongue with ease, and they are always good things to do again and again.

But what about some of the more unusual activities on the island? Did you know, for example, that on Mondays and Thursdays you can play Table Tennis at the West Tisbury School? It all happens between 6:30 and 9 PM, is for all levels, and instruction is available.

A little less strenuous is Duplicate Bridge every Tuesday at Stone Church in Vineyard Haven.

For those who prefer to be outdoors, try Croquet at 9 AM behind the Edgartown School on Saturdays. Lessons for those who wish to perfect their skills here too.

On Fridays and Saturdays, from 8:30 AM until 4PM, join the volunteer builders at Habitat for Humanity. No need for lessons for this one, as no experience is necessary, only a generous spirit.

Are you so happy to be away from the city that you have an overpowering desire to get your hands in the soil? On Fridays, go to the Farm Institute in Edgartown for Farmers-In-Training. It’s from 3:30 to 5:30, for ages 11 and up, and requires pre-registration.

So the next time you’re spending time with us, instead of riding your bike to whichever lighthouse or beach destination, consider some of the more diverse activities our great island has to offer.

Image courtesy of Zempenfish.

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See the Next Big Thing at a Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival
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kids-rainConsidering the total amount of rainfall on the Vineyard this June, I’m hoping that the subject of this blog will soon be moot. However, my car mechanic tells me he remembers a Vineyard summer one year that never happened.  So, just in case…

Imagine you are finally here, under the roof you paid for three months ago and looked forward to with such gleeful anticipation, but it is the third day of rain, and if you hear ”Mom, what can we do?” one more time, you are going to go jump off Big Bridge at the state beach and continue swimming out to sea. Or maybe you happen to have a little one who, for some reason, just doesn’t like sand between her toes. Do not despair. There is life beyond the beach for our younger visitors and peace of mind for their parents.

I’ll start right here in Edgartown. Have a real farm experience, complete with crops and livestock at the Farm Institute in Katama. Visit as a family or sign the kids up for one of the Children’s Programs, for ages 2 – 17.

Every week, the Edgartown Library on North Water Street has Toddler Time for ages 1 – 4, and Story Hour for 3 – 5 year olds.  They also offer special events, such as learning the phases of the moon using Oreo cookies or the Bear’s Picnic, that you can bring your favorite stuffed pal to.

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum has Kid’s Arts and Crafts each week and also have special events, like Archaeology for Kids.

If the rain lets up a little in the evening, grab everyone and go on the MV Trustees of Reservations (Not-So-Creepy) Creatures of the Night Family Hike.

And that’s just Edgartown. Featherstone Gallery in Oak Bluffs has Children’s Artsweekdays from 2 to 5 PM. There is also Children’s Art daily at the Stone Gallery in West Tisbury. The Vineyard Playhouse’s Summer Stars Theater and Art Camp in Vineyard Haven is a favorite of 9 -14 year olds, and The Yard in Chilmark offers Creative Theater, Music and Movement. And don’t forget the MV Adventure Camp or tennis lessons at theVineyard Tennis Center. I could go on and on.

So don’t let a little drizzle put a damper on your family vacation. By the time the sun comes out again, you and the kids will be totally exhausted from all these activities and ready for a lazy day on the beach again.

 

Plan a Visit to the Martha’s Vineyard Food and Wine Festival
Where to Get the Best Pizza on Martha’s Vineyard Near Edgartown
Explore Memorable Things to Do & See in West Tisbury
Spend a Day at the Manuel F. Correllus State Forest
See the Next Big Thing at a Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival
A Guide on How to Get to Martha’s Vineyard
A Look at the History of Our Edgartown Hotel
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