It’s hard to believe that the summer is already starting to wind down. If you’ve spent any time on the Vineyard this summer, you know it’s been nonstop, and that’s certainly been true for us as well.
Once again, we had the privilege of participating in one of our very favorite events: The Battle in the Bluffs Basketball Tournament. This year, BITB and LegendaryMV held a fundraiser to benefit Niantic Park--specifically the basketball courts--which benefit so many of MV’s youth. In fact, Legendary co-founders Jon and James met at those very courts--without them, Lengendary MV may never have come to be, and then who would be here to help you keep it Legendary all year round?? This year, the courts at Niantic are in need of restoration, and so the Tournament was moved to the middle school. We held the fundraiser at The Barn, Bowl, & Bistro and we were able to raise $1,000 to put towards the restoration of the court. A successful event and a ton of fun later, we’re glad they were able to host us this year, and are looking forward to being able to take the Tournament back to Niantic, once the court restoration is complete!
Ian Minor (BITB founder), Jon (LegendaryMV co-founder) & Mike Sawyer (co-owner The Barn)
Right on the heels of the South Beach Party (if you want to live vicariously through us, (you can read about it here), Legendary MV had its second-ever trunk show to celebrate MVAllston's One-Year Anniversary. Owned by our good friend Erica Williams, MVAllston is the very first boutique to carry our whole line of clothing. If you haven’t checked them out yet, head on over to 21 Kennebec Ave Oak Bluffs, MA 02557 and get acquainted with one of the chicest boutiques on the Vineyard--you’ll thank us later.
MV Allston 21 Kennebec Ave Oak Bluffs, MA 02557
Awesome display set up by our very own Kharma Finley-Wallace!
End of the night after a successful trunk show
James(co-founder), Erica (owner MV Allston), Jon (co-founder), Fred & Boss Lady
The final stop during the week of the 4th was at Art 4 Art, a part of the Vineyard Arts Project. Art 4 Art is always a must do for great food, friends, and entertainment. In the past, we raffled off a LegendaryMV sweatshirt as a part of their fundraiser to support the arts on the island. If you didn’t make it this summer, get it on your radar for next year! It's definitely where you can break out your most Vineyard summer styles.
Photos courtesy of the Vineyard Arts Project
Nick, Ava, Rikyel, Cecily having a blast at Art 4 Art!
The Weeks Family, always good seeing them every year. And co-founder of the Vineyard Arts Project, Ariel Weeks (pictured far right)
Built on Stilts is MV’s very own dance festival that takes place over two weeks in the middle of August. It’s a great event that we highly recommend adding to your calendar next summer, and this year, we were especially excited to see our friend Tiffany Brown perform along with a number of other incredibly talented dancers. To catch some of Tiffany’s brilliance on a regular basis, you can find her teaching hip hop to MV’s youth over at Rise Visual Performing Arts. Stop in and say hi! http://risevpa.com/
Finally, who could forget HBO's Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival? This is seriously one of the biggest DO-NOT-MISS-IT events on the Vineyard, attracting some of the best talent in film and even celebrities, like Spike Lee. This year, Dream Hampton was one of the featured filmmakers with her documentary, Treasure, a riveting look at the Detroit Trans Community’s fight for justice. Spike Lee was on hand to lead a discussion on his documentary, Chiraq, and Rain Pryor showed a documentary as well. To keep posted on next year’s event, keep up with the MVAAFF here: http://www.mvaaff.com
Now that we’ve completely exhausted ourselves recapping all of that, it’s time to head into Columbus Day for one last send-off to the summer. We will be selling at the Last Hurrah, a large scale potluck right on the wall of the Inkwell, food, fun and family! Make sure if you are on the island you stop through, what is everyone else up to?!
Just in case you still didn't know exactly where Oak Bluffs was on a map