The Covid Pandemic prompted VIP to get creative with the ways we connect. This summer we have rejoiced in gathering in person again. We are grateful to the Permanent Endowment, the Endowment's Island Fund for the Community and the Joy Fund for sponsoring and supporting our events.
Mini Golf and Dinner at The Cove
This summer, the Cove Golf and Grill hosted VIP for dinner and ice cream as well as two hours of mini golf! We returned this fall for a fun round and sank many hole-in-ones!
Island Grown Initiative Tour and General Meeting
Island Grown Initiative hosted VIP on a tour of their greenhouses, fields, and coop. VIP members then enjoyed our first general meeting since the start of the pandemic. https://www.igimv.org/
Disability Film Festival
The MV Film Festival partnered with VIP and several other disability organizations on island to host three films screened at the Drive In (The Reason I Jump, Crip Camp, and Best Summer Ever.
The Festival spotlighted inclusive organizations and programs, featured performances, discussions, and music, and included a talk with activists and stars of Crip Camp Judy Heumann and Jim LeBrecht.
Cooking with McCaull
VIP member McCaull joined us on Zoom every other Thursday throughout the quarantine for a cooking demonstration. From hearty sandwiches to entire steak dinners to pesto salads fresh from the garden, McCaull shared new cooking techniques and flavors to inspire us during difficult times.
Virginia's Drama Club
Our long-standing tradition of drama club with MJ at the Vineyard Playhouse was moved online this year. VIP members wrote their own scripts and performed virtual mini-plays. In-person drama club resumes in November!
Guest Speaker Night
VIP gathered every other Monday during quarantine to hear stories and wisdom from the night's Guest Speaker. We featured a different VIP member each night on Zoom.
Zoom Dance Parties
In place of our usual dinner dance potlucks, VIP got our groove on with incredible DJ Starz on Zoom. We hope to resume in-person dances in 2022.
VIP Yard Sale
VIP hosted a socially-distanced Yard Sale on the Chilmark Chocolates lawn. Members sold T-shirts and masks, artwork, and crafted goods to raise funds for future VIP events and access.