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The FARM Institute: Corn Maze and Local Food

corn maze

Fall means back to school, Halloween, cool nights and, around here, the Corn Maze as one of the best family and kid activities around!

If you’ve never been to a corn maze, it’s a very cool. Here’s how it works:

  1. Let the corn grow super tall – as in at least 6 or 7 feet.
  2. Drive the tractor through cutting a path in the corn.
  3. Create a maze with these paths complete with dead-ends, spirals, forks in the road and just one or a few paths to freedom!

The maze is open 7 days a week from 10 am – 7 pm at the Farm Institute, Edgartown. The Admission Fee of $5/$10 and benefits the FARM Institute.

Of course, buying pumpkins, apples and fresh apple cider round out the experience of cool crisp air and the sound of waves crashing from nearby South Beach. And don’t forget to wander around the FARM – beautiful animals and a store complete with FARM grown vegetables and meats are available. My favorite is the sausage made from their own, naturally-raised pork, salt, pepper and fennel. The flavor is divine!

Image credit: hassan abdel-rahman

Martha’s Vineyard’s Kids: Drama, Fun and the Vineyard Playhouse


It’s the little things that make Martha’s Vineyard so spectacular…fried clams on a hot august afternoon, finding the perfect purple clam shell on the beach, the sound of the foghorn in the distance as you fall asleep after a sun-soaked day at the beach. It’s also the ‘little people’ that make our island special – because of the joy they bring, but also because of the events and activities available to them.

One of my favorite kid things on the Island is called The Fabulists. This fabulous kid-friendly extension of the world famous Vineyard Playhouse – whose stage has featured the likes of Ted Danson, Amy Brenneman, Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal – is one of our greatest summer treats.

Every Saturday morning in July and August, kids from all over the island gather in a magical theater made of grass and trees to see an original, hilarious play that always includes audience participation. Deep in the woods of Tisbury, just outside of Vineyard Haven, follow the trail to The Fabulists’ outdoor amphitheater where you’ll watch mermaids and pirates and geese and all other manner of make believe and real Vineyard characters come alive.


(Great for ages 0-100)

Tickets are available at the door:
$7 general admission.
Children under 2 are free.
Group rates available.
Cash or check only.

Directions to the Amphitheater From Vineyard Haven:
The Tisbury Amphitheater is located at The Tashmoo Overlook in Vineyard Haven on State Road. Drive out towards West Tisbury just past the Tisbury business district on State Road. Just beyond West Spring Street on the right, there is a pull-out and parking for the overlook and theater. There will be Playhouse personnel on hand to guide you.