Download the Complete 2015 Summer Schedule

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File updated on 7/1/15 at 2:20 pm.

Hot off the press! You wanted a complete listing of all MVCMA events that include the “campgrounders & renters only” items as well as the items that are open to the public. The wait is over. We are happy to announce the new 2015 Summer Schedule that lists all activities associated with the MVCMA for our 180th season.

Please feel print this, save it on your computer, and share it with friends. Just be sure to note which of the items are closed/open to the public. This new schedule will help you plan your summer fun while on the Campground.

Never fear, The Crier is still here! It will continue to come out every week with updated information, a summary of event listings for the week, and other community news.

For those of you looking for a roundup of upcoming events that are open to the public, here you go:

  • Jul 1 – Yoga Under the Tent, 10:00 am, suggested donation $10 – Cancelled
  • Jul 1 – Community Sing, 8:00 pm, *FWO
  • Jul 2 – MVCMA Walking Tour, 10:00 am, $10
  • Jul 3 – Yoga Under the Tent, 10:00 am, suggested donation $10
  • Jul 4 – Island Community Chorus, 8:00 pm, *FWO
  • Jul 5 – Sunday Services with Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar, 9:30 am
  • Jul 6 – Yoga Under the Tent, 10:00 am, suggested donation $10
  • Jul 6 – Bible Study with Deacon Karl Buder, 7:00 pm
  • Jul 7 – MVCMA Walking Tour, 10:00 am, $10
  • Jul 7 – Family Movie Night: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, 7:00 pm, *FWO
  • Jul 8 – Yoga Under the Tent, 10:00 am, suggested donation $10
  • Jul 8 – Community Sing, 8:00 pm, *FWO
  • Jul 9 – MVCMA Walking Tour, 10:00 am, $10
  • Jul 9 – Bible Study with Deacon Karl Buder, 7:00 pm
  • Jul 10 – Yoga Under the Tent, 10:00 am, suggested donation $10
  • Jul 11 – MVCMA Flea Market, 9:00 am-1:00 pm
  • Jul 11 – Concert: “Story for a Starry Night: for Love of a Small Island,” 8:00 pm, Ticket $25. (Purchase online or at Cottage Museum)
    • Join us for this unique evening of island stories, by our own Susan Klein; a video mosaic of Campground and island images by author and award-winning photographer, Alan Brigish; and original music by renowned pianist, Gary Girouard.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office.

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Cancelled – Yoga on July 1st due to Storm

We apologize for the short notice, but with the severity of today’s storm, we need to cancel the regularly scheduled Yoga session that was to take place under the tent at 10:00 am. Please stay warm, dry, and safe.

We will continue with our regularly scheduled Yoga sessions on Friday, July 3rd.

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2015 MVCMA Board Nominations are Open

Nominations for the MVCMA Board of Directors are now open. The MVCMA Board is an active volunteer group that meets 4 times per year and conducts committee work between meetings.

If you would like to be considered for one of the open board positions, please complete the Nominee From and the Board Interview form by the end of business on August 10th. Applicants are also invited to a Meet & Greet with the current Board in order to complete the application process and to answer any questions that they may have about being a member of the board. Click here to learn more about the MVCMA Board and the role of its directors.

join-the-boardBOARD APPLICATIONS:
Due Date: August 10, 2015
Location: MVCMA Office, 80 Trinity Park
Printed Forms:  Nominee Application Form and Nominee Interview Form -or-
Online Forms (Preferred Method): The combined online Nomination and Interview Forms, which is also embedded in bottom half of this page

CANDIDATE MEET & GREET:
Date: Saturday, August 15, 2015
Time: 3:00 pm
Location: Under the Tent

Anyone interested in becoming a member of the MVCMA Board of Directors is encouraged to apply. Open board positions will be filled during the election process conducted during the August 22nd board meeting. Following the meeting, board nominees will be updated on the results of the 2015 election.

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Vineyard Sound Concert – July 25, 2015

The Vineyard Sound is Back!

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with Special Guest Appearances
by Past Members at the Tabernacle.

Date: Saturday, July 25, 2015
Time: 7:30 pm
Doors Open at 7:00 pm
Location: At the Tabernacle (80 Trinity Circle, Oak Bluffs, MA)
Tickets: Adults $20; Children $10 (under 12 years old)

Tickets are available online and at the Cottage Museum Store.
Tickets are also available at the door on the day of the concert, starting at 6:00 p.m.


Buy Your Vineyard Sound Concert Tickets Today!
(You will need to make a separate purchase when buying tickets for children. Once you click the “Buy Now” button, you will be able to adjust the ticket quantity.)




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For 23 years now the Vineyard Sound has been an annual fixture of summer entertainment on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, MA. Founded in 1992, the all-male vocal group began as a group of ten friends from Connecticut College, Skidmore College and Wesleyan University who came together with a common love for creating music and exploring the island. The group learned over forty songs in the first few weeks of summer and then spent the duration singing on street corners, performing in restaurants, and holding concerts from Edgartown to Aquinnah. Over the course of three months the founding members created a lasting bond that continues to this day- the experience of singing in the most beautiful place in the Northeast for the most supportive and enthusiastic fans is truly unforgettable.

Beginning the group’s third decade, the tradition lives on in much the same way as it began. Starting June 1st, the season’s members move into a house and begin a strict practice regimen to learn a diverse repertoire comprised of everything from jazz standards and contemporary pop songs to children’s music and indie rock. At any Vineyard Sound performance fans of all ages can expect to enjoy stellar vocals, inventive and award-winning arrangements, and engaging humor. Performances vary not just summer to summer but even night to night! Over the course of 90 days the group members will sing their hearts out all around the island at scheduled weekly performances, private functions, camps, schools, island benefits, and at spur of the moment get-togethers. The group continues to draw members from the three founding schools, but has also added members from select colleges and universities across the country. Most members will stay in the group for 2-3 summers, or until they are pulled away by the clutches of “real life.”

As of the winter of 2009, the Vineyard Sound is a federally recognized, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, dedicated to providing topnotch entertainment to public audiences around the island all summer long. Over 100 guys have had the privilege of singing nearly 2000 performances for the Vineyard audience and the organization hopes to continue being a part of the Martha’s Vineyard summer tradition for years to come.

Don’t miss this evening of the best in a cappella music.
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Visit the Vineyard Sound website for more information about the group.

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Concert: Story for a Starry Night – for Love of a Small Island

STORY FOR A STARRY NIGHT

for love of a small island

stories
by Susan Klein

Images
by Alan Brigish

Music
by Gary Girouard

Join us for this unique evening of island stories, by our own Susan Klein; a video mosaic of Campground and island images by author and award-winning photographer, Alan Brigish; and original music by renowned pianist, Gary Girouard.

Tickets Available Online an at the Cottage Museum:

  • Date: July 11, 2015
  • Tickets: $25.00
  • Time: 8:00 pm
  • Location: At the Tabnernacle, MVCMA, 80 Trinity Park, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557



A benefit for the Tabernacle Preservation Fund.


Gary GirouardGary Girouard is a piano ‘troubadour’ – spinning intimate confessions and emotional stories through evocative solo piano melodies. Girouard’s raw, expressive style of contemporary piano combines equal parts classical, new age and pop into “a masterpiece, a testament to a fluid live recording” (Boston Live), and “a must-have for your solo piano collection” (SoloPiano.com). Girouard’s Naked Piano series has garnered critical and popular acclaim including multiple “Album of the Year” awards and nominations. For more information, please visit Gary’s website.

Susan KleinSusan Klein is noted for a variety of presentations involving Story. She tours her one woman shows internationally in theaters, at conferences, and at special events. Her highly acclaimed storytelling and memoir writing workshops are held annually on Martha’s Vineyard and around the nation and in Europe. Susan’s substantial repertoire includes selections from the world body of folklore and myth, literary stories, rites of passage and love stories for adults of all ages. Her autobiographical material encompasses growing up on Martha’s Vineyard in the 50s, waitressing and teaching school in the 70s, her work as an itinerant storyteller in Alaskan Yup’ik Eskimo villages in the Kuskokwim Delta and the native peoples of the Alaskan panhandle in the 80s. Her recent commissioned story, “FLOOD — Bound Brook, NJ, 1999, A Confluence of River and Rain,” has been hailed a masterpiece that has a “searing effect on the soul.” For more information, please visit Susan’s website.

Alan BrigishAlan Brigish. The challenge of photography for me is to anticipate, and capture a fleeting moment, matter fixed in space, devoid of time, motionless. Freezing time and focusing on the here and now, is my mantra and my photographic mission. Time froze when when Big Papi swung for the fences in Fenway Park, and again, as I sat in the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar, meditating, as the sky turned inky blue and the chanting rose to meet the ringing of hundreds of bells. Although I work mainly as a street photographer, capturing the endless aspects of humanity, I love to follow the ever-changing light that can instantaneously give a landscape a sense of timelessness.

My picture-taking began at age 8 and became more serious in 1997, when I began to devote most of my time to photographic and multimedia endeavors. Now, I specialize in storytelling using short mini-videos, culled from hundreds of thousands of images from my travels in Australia, Bhutan, Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Cuba, England, Ethiopia, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jamaica, Laos, Lithuania, Myanmar, Namibia, Netherlands, Russia, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Tibet, Ukraine, USA, and Uzbekistan. Born and educated in South Africa, I have lived in the USA for nearly 40 years. West Tisbury, Martha’s Vineyard is my year-round home and refuge, with my wife Joyce and our two golden retrievers, Zach and Jeter. Much of my time is devoted to photographic and multimedia endeavors. In my spare time, I am chairman of the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society. For more information, please visit Alan’s website.

 

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Meet our new Executive Director Ron MacLaren!

Members of the MVCMA community are invited to a meet and greet reception with our new executive director, Ron MacLaren and his wife Terrie. Come chat with Ron and other Campgrounders.

The reception will take place Friday July 3, at 5:00 pm in the tent next to the Tabernacle.

Snacks and light refreshments will be provided.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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MVCMA Job Opening: Part-Time Seasonal Office Assistant

The Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association seeks a seasonal part-time person to assist the Director of Programs.  — POSITION FILLED

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Duties: Writing press releases, designing ads, publishing Camp Meeting newsletter, public relations, laminating, use social media to update event information and other duties. This person must be outgoing & friendly, a “roll up your sleeves” person with excellent oral and written skills. Must have a fluent command of the English Language. Must be experienced with MS Office, including Word, Excel and Power Point as well as operating a Mac.

Hours: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Monday thru Friday, with possible additional hours to include Saturdays. Position begins June 22. Must be available thru the end of August.

Apply: Please email your resume to: [email protected] NO PHONE CALLS.

The MVCMA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Lark Hotels acquires Wesley Hotel Inc.

We’re pleased to announce that ownership of the Wesley Hotel, Inc., which is located on land leased from the MVCMA, has now changed hands. Previously owned by a small group of individuals, led by Mr. Peter Martel, the Wesley Hotel, Inc. is now owned by Wesley MV, LLC, a Massachusetts limited liability company under the control of Mr. Rob Blood of Lark Hotels (www.larkhotels.com) and Mr. Richard Cooper, of both Lark Hotels, Bluefish Property Group, and the Marblehead Inn. Please welcome Rob, Richard, and the rest of the Lark Hotel family to our community.

Campgrounders with cottages near the Wesley will be happy to learn that the hotel will continue to be operated as it has in the past, under the terms of the current lease, without a restaurant, and without a liquor license. We’ve been told that little will change this summer, and that the hotel will undergo a “light” interior renovation during the 2015-16 winter. After the winter months, the Wesley will reopen day-to-day operations run by a new management team from Lark, under the supervision of Rob, Richard, and others associated with Lark Hotels.

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Volunteers Needed for Children’s Events at the MVCMA

The MVCMA is hoping to identify volunteers to organize two of our events for Campground Kids: The “Children’s Festival” with kids carnival games & prizes, and the Halloween Style “Costume Party” that we’ve had for several years. The Children’s Festival is scheduled for Saturday, July 25. The Costume Party is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 6, but it can probably be moved to accommodate an enthusiastic volunteer coordinator.

If you’re interested, please contact the MVCMA office at [email protected] or at 508-693-0525 (ask for Linda). The office will put you in touch with the right person.

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Ron MacLaren Joins the MVCMA as Executive Director

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release:, April 13, 2015

From the Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association, Inc.

Oak Bluffs, MA. The MVCMA is happy to announce that Ron MacLaren, of Oak Bluffs, begins today as the MVCMA’s new Executive Director.  Mr. MacLaren recently completed 5 years of active duty service as a Rear Admiral with the United States Navy, in the Defense Logistics Agency, in Virginia.

After graduating from the University of Southern California in 1979, with a B.A. in Economics, Mr. MacLaren was an active duty officer in the United States Navy for four years. He has served as a reserve officer since 1983. He also earned an MBA from Auburn University, and enjoyed a successful civilian career in hospital administration working for nearly 20 years as CEO of several for-profit hospitals. He retired from that career and moved to Martha’s Vineyard. He served as the Health Director of the Wampanoag Tribe of Aquinnah for 2 years before being called up again to active duty in 2010-15. His experience in the logistical command, as well as his experience as a CEO, makes him a good fit for management of the MVCMA and advancement of our strategic plan.

About the MVCMA: The Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association, Inc. (MVCMA) is a private religious foundation, in existence since 1835, located in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts.  With over 300 cottages surrounding the “Tabernacle”, the MVCMA provides religious and other programming, primarily during the summer, on the island of Martha’s Vineyard.

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