Best of the Vineyard 2022: events and entertainment

Best Charity Event: Taste of the Vineyard – Vineyard Preservation Trust

Dr. Daniel Fisher House Lawn, 99 Main Street, Edgartown, 508-627-4440, winetrust.org

Finalist: Christmas in Edgartown – Edgartown Chamber of Commerce

Downtown Edgartown, christmasinedgartown.com

It might be the champagne talking, but there’s no better party than ‘The Taste’, and this year is a big one with its return after a two-year Covid hiatus. Dancing, mingling, tasting finger foods and making memories all benefit a good cause: preserving the island’s historic landmarks of the Vineyard Preservation Trust. Christmas in Edgartown kicks off the holiday season with joyous events for adults and children.

Best Family Activity: Flying Horse Carousel

33 Lake Avenue, Oak Bluffs, 508-693-9481, winetrust.org

Finalist: Martha’s Vineyard Museum

151 Lagoon Pond Road, 508-627-4441, mvmuseum.org

Brass ring or no brass ring, everyone is a winner at the Flying Horses, the nation’s oldest platform carousel. If there’s a line, consider stocking up on popcorn, cotton candy and lemonade at the small counter. No trip to the island would be complete without visiting Martha’s Vineyard Museum. Current and permanent exhibits are all listed online, making planning easy.

Best Live Band or Musician: Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish

508-696-3007, johnnyhoyandthebluefish.com

Finalist: Vineyard Sound

866-846-7686, vineyardsound.org

All it takes is a few bars to recognize the deep, rich voices and tunes of Johnny Hoy, Jeremy Berlin, Delanie Pickering and Kevin Medeiros – the four-piece roots rock band with a bluesy jazz feel that can make even the weakest wallflowers sway. more devout. hips and tap their toes. All-male a cappella band Vineyard Sound bring their own unique twist to covers such as “Walking in Memphis” and “Beyond the Sea.”

Best Concert Hall: The Ritz Cafe

4 Circuit Avenue, Oak Bluffs, 508-693-9851, theritzmv.com

Finalist: Nomans

15 Island Inn Road, Oak Bluffs, 508-338-2474, nomansmv.com

With a prime location in downtown Oak Bluffs, historic dive bar The Ritz is a go-to venue for anyone looking to hear a wide array of live performers. At Nomans, what could be more glorious than sitting outside with a beer and your mates listening to Dave Alves or Blue Switch?

Best cinema, festival or series: Martha’s Vineyard Film Center

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

Finalist: The Vineyard Drive-In

91 Edgartown Road–Vineyard Haven, Oak Bluffs, 508-645-9599, driveinmv.com

At Martha’s Vineyard Film Center, everyone is shouting, “Let’s go to the movies!” This single-screen cinema regularly shows a diverse mix of films across all genres. The Vineyard Drive-In offers a new old-fashioned experience to Winegrowers.

Best Off-Season Event: Christmas in Edgartown – Edgartown Board of Trade

Downtown Edgartown, christmasinedgartown.com

Runner-up: Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Derby Bluefish

Weigh Station, Dock Street, Edgartown, mvderby.com

No holiday bucket list is complete without attending Christmas in Edgartown, where each December a parade kicks off the season with holiday lights, local sales and visits from a cheerful, popular guy in red. In the fall, the island is addicted to fishing and memories made during the Derby.

Best Performing Arts Organization: Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse

24 Church Street, Vineyard Haven, 508-696-6300, mvplayhouse.org

Finalist: Vineyard Sound 866-846-7686, vineyardsound.org

An island institution and a perennial favorite, Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse offers a mix of staged readings, full productions, exhibits, classes and more. Vineyard Sound supports the local scene with a packed schedule of shows each summer, including impromptu street concerts.

Best radio station: WMVY – 88.7 FM

489 State Road, West Tisbury, 508-693-5000, mvyradio.org

Finalist: WCAI Cape and Islands NPR – 90.1 FM

3 Water Street, Woods Hole, 508-548-9600, capeandislands.org

Maybe Blues at 8 with Bill Narkiewicz is your jam, or maybe you prefer Sunday morning jazz with Dave Kish. Everyone finds something to like on 88.7 – every year they take the top spot for radio. WCAI a day keeps Cape Town and the islands informed throughout the year.

Best Summer Event: Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society Livestock Show and Fair

35 Panhandle Road, West Tisbury, 508-693-9549, marthasvineyardagriculturalsociety.org

Finalist: Great Night of Enlightenment

Trinity Park, Oak Bluffs, 508-693-0525 ext 14, mvcma.org

All roads lead to the Agricultural Fair in August, for good reason. There are baby barnyard animals to see, fried foods to eat, draft horse shows and pan tossing to watch, and colorful rides to enjoy. Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association calls Grand Illumination Night the crown jewel of Camp Ground season.

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