Best of the Vineyard 2021: events and entertainment


Best Charity Event: A Taste of the Vineyard – The Vineyard Trust

Lawn of Dr. Daniel Fisher’s House, 99 Main Street, Edgartown, 508-627-4440,

Finalist: 5K Run for Jabberwocky – Camp Jabberwocky

A Taste of the Vineyard must live big in the hearts of voters: it clinched the top spot despite being canceled for the past two years due to the pandemic. Fortunately, organizers promise the party will be back in 2022. The 5K run for Jabberwocky is making hearts beat faster in support of the beloved summer camp.

Best family activity: flying horse carousel

33 Lake Avenue, Oak Bluffs, 508-693-9481,

Finalist: Island Alpaca Company

1 Head of the Pond Road, Oak Bluffs, 508-693-5554,

The Flying Horses isn’t just for kids – competing for that coveted brass ring, while the Wurlitzer band’s recorded organ pieces will make everyone feel young again. Furry animals are on full display at Island Alpaca, where guests can get up close and personal with the happy herd.

Best Live Band or Musician: Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish


Finalist: Vineyard Sound


Johnny Hoy specializes in blues music and getting people to the dance floor. Who better to help us dance the blues of the year the music almost died? Look for him and his Bluefish at an island bar, event or wedding. The Vineyard Sound a capella group are known for turning street corners into venues with impromptu walking concerts, as well as regular performances.

Best Live Music Venue: The Ritz Cafe

4 Circuit Avenue, Oak Bluffs, 508-693-9851,

Finalist: Former Whaling Church

89 Main Street, Edgartown, 508-627-4440,

The Ritz delivers powerful sound in a small space, the perfect combo for live music. Local bands such as the Black Eyed Susans and the Brothers McMahon rock the dive bar until the early hours of the morning. The Old Whaling Church is a wonderful place to enjoy classical music and guest artists.

Best Cinema, Festival or Series: Martha’s Vineyard Film Center

Tisbury Market, 79 Beach Road, Vineyard Haven, 508-696-9369,

Finalist: Entertainment theaters

65 Main Street, Edgartown, 508-627-8008,

What’s so awesome about the MV Film Center? Stellar programming, a giant screen, and seats so comfortable they could put you to sleep if the movies weren’t so well organized, to begin with. Its international film festival in September is also a big success. Entertainment Cinemas is your benchmark for the latest blockbuster.

Best Off Season Event: Christmas in Edgartown

Downtown Edgartown,

Finalist: Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass & Bluefish Derby

Dock Street, Edgartown,

Edgartown receives a winter makeover during the annual Christmas weekend in Edgartown each December. From a parade to photos with Santa Claus, to lots of holiday sales, there is something for all the good boys and girls. During the Derby, fishermen roam the shore and the sea in search of a winning fish.

Best Radio Station: WMVY – 88.7 FM

489 State Road, West Tisbury, 508-693-5000,

Finalist: WCAI Cape and Islands NPR – 90.1 FM

3 Water Street, Woods Hole, 508-548-9600,

Across the country it’s just the same old song picked by the same old payola algorithm. In a sea of ​​corporate radio stations, wmvy stands out with its eclectic mix of songs curated by sympathetic human DJs from the island. wcai offers a mix of local news and public radio. Without a doubt, the real winners are Vineyard listeners.

Best Performing Arts Organization: Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse

24 Church Street, Vineyard Haven, 508-696-6300,

Finalist: Vineyard Sound


The beloved gambling house ensured that the show continued last year with a selection of streaming productions and online readings, shows, classes and music reviews. As for his next big act, stay tuned. The boys of Vineyard Sound never get old and never grow up. The ever-evolving members of the a capella group have been doo-wopping and shoo-bopping across the island for nearly thirty summers.

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