Monday, August 31, 2009

We're on You Tube!

RE/MAX of New England features Martha's Vineyard on their You Tube site "Our Town". Doug takes viewers on a tour through the towns of the Vineyard to see some of the sites and highlights of our beloved island.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Weekly Ventures

The backbone of the Vineyard's summer are the weekly events that happen every year. Whether you want to buy a lobster roll, find an antique or buy locally grown produce the Island has a weekly event for you. Here are some of these cherished Vineyard happenings...

Vineyard Artisans Summer Fair Top island crafspeople 10am-2pm W. Tisbury Grange Hall, W. Tisbury

Monday Night Movies at the WT Library Furn for all ages. 7pm West Tisbury Library, W. Tisbury

Featherstone Center For The Arts Flea & Fine Arts Market 9am-2pm

Down Island Farmers' Market 11am-3pm. Tisbury Wharf, Vineyard Haven

Featherston Lecture Series Guest lecturer each week. 7pm Featherstone Center for the Arts, Oak Bluffs

Chilmark Flea Market 9am-2pm off North Road, Chilmark
Community Sings 8pm in the Tabernacle, Oak Bluffs
Vineyard Artisans Summer Fair Top island crafspeople 10am-2pm W. Tisbury Grange Hall, W. Tisbury

Music on North Water St. 6-8pm Music in the Courtyard. North Water St., Edgartown

Antiques & Collectibles Show 9am-3pm Old Grange Hall, West Tisbury
Grace Church Lobster Rolls 4:30-7:30pm at Grace Church in Vineyard Haven

Up Island Farmers' Market 8am-noon Old Grange Hall, West Tisbury

Chilmark Flea Market 9am-2pm off North Road, Chilmark

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

August Happenings!

This is one of the busiest weeks of the year here on the Vineyard!
Here's a quick list of some things going on over the next week on Martha's Vineyard...

Wednesday, August 19
Illumination Night in the Campground

The evening begins with a community sing-along. Paper lanterns are lit at dark making the campgrounds a magical place!

Thursday, August 20-Sunday, August 23
The 148th Annual Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society Show and Fair

The 148th Annual Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society Show and Fair opens Thursday, August 20 to Saturday, August 22 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on Sunday, August 23 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the fairgrounds in West Tisbury. This fun event is something people wait for all year.

Saturday, August 22
Oak Bluffs Fireworks
Fireworks and a concert at Ocean Park in Oak Bluffs begins at 8 p.m.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Divas Uncork The Cure

Several August events are being sponsored by Divas Uncorked for Susan G. Komen for the Cure® to fight breast cancer.
“Divas Uncork the Cure” Wine + Food Festival
to Benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure, MA Affiliate

A four day festival of wine, food and sisterhood, bringing together renowned wine experts, celebrity chefs and wine enthusiasts on Martha’s Vineyard to promote breast health awareness, education and screening in Massachusetts.

Thursday, August 6

Books for Wine Lovers-FREE
6:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m.
Cousen Rose Gallery, 70 Circuit Avenue Oak Bluffs

Table Design for Wine-FREE
6:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m.
L'Elegance, 73 Circuit Avenue Oak Bluffs Complimentary wine and cheese sip in courtyard between 73 and 70 Circuit Avenue
Friday, August 7
Crystal and Candlelight VIP Vintners Reception/Silent Auction
- $125
Featuring wines from Boisset Family EstatesSommelier Belinda Chang from The Modern in New York City
Harbor View Hotel, Edgartown
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 8:
The Art of Wine + Food - $75

Travel with us on a global wine journey, enjoy one of kind culinary delights with a pairing of handpicked wines from the continents. Each gallery will offer an exquisite wine and food portfolio from around the world, including:
Gallery #1-South Africa: Wine expert Selena Cuffe of Heritage Link Brands will present the wines of South Africa; Passages and Seven Sisters. See the latest article on Selena in Black Enterprise Magazine. Taste Chef Matthew Raiford’s masterpiece created to blend with these wines. Artist Ann Tanksley’s work is on display too!
Gallery #2-South America: Savor the wines of Chile and Argentina with Mi Terruno Winemaker Maria Eugenia Baigorria from Mendoza, Argentina. Also sample wines from Las Perdices, Von Siebenthal, InSitu and Santa Cruz. Chef Richard Garcia’s work of art will please the palette.
Gallery #3-Chefs Gallery: Fabulous ‘island grown’ food artfully prepared on the grill by ‘up and coming’ chefs from Johnson & Wales. Learn about the work of the Island Grown Initiative, promoting sustainable farming on Martha’s Vineyard.
Gallery Collection (Main Tent) Australia, Spain, Italy, France and California accompanied by a collection of cuisine tastefully designed by our Celebrity Chefs and paired with wines from our experts. Stop and talk wine with the Divas and sample some Divas Uncorked award-winning California Chardonnay!

Featherstone Center for the Arts, Oak Bluffs
4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 9:
Savor, Swirl and Sip Brunch - $60
Featuring a collection of rose wines and sparkling rose's

$250 All Access Pass include all events and a Thursday night VIP Party. the Mediterranean, Oak Bluffs (formerly Lola’s)
11:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Participating chefs and wine experts include Chef Richard Garcia of Tastings Wine Bar & Bistro, Patriot Place; Sommelier Belinda Chang of The Modern, NYC; Wine Expert Philip Hillman II of Boisset Family Estates; Executive Chef LeVon Wallace of Harbor View Hotel, Edgartown; Wine Expert Len Presutti of Martignetti; Wine Maker Maria Eugenia Baigorria of Mi Terruno Mendoza, Argentina; Wine Importer Selena Cuffe of Heritage Link Brands and many more.

Monday, July 27, 2009

July Island Thoughts

Happy 4th of July. I hope you had a relaxing Holiday spent with friends and family. As predicted last month, real estate activity is “up” on the island. The buyers seem to be more enthusiastic and eager to buy. I hope this enthusiasm turns into real sales. The Year to Date sales information provided by LINK, shows that the number of sales (24) in May is higher than any other month so far this year. Hopefully, this trend will continue and we will see a reduction in the island inventory. Once inventory is reduced, buyers will have less to choose from and competition for the remaining homes will increase. This is when we know for certain the market has turned for the better.

Interest rates have been fluctuating again this month, but are still in the mid 5% range and this is good for the consumers looking to borrow money. Staying positive in this roller coaster market is a “trait” that requires focus. I encourage you to take the media information and nightly news updates with a “grain of salt”. Also, avoid those negative “toxic” people who have nothing positive to say…they will drag you and everyone they encounter down with them. And most of all, remember that your mindset controls your activities. Stay positive. “Your beliefs become your reality so whatever you choose to believe will become true for you”.