Civil War novel awarded

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“Seen the Glory” by John Hough Jr., a novel about the Civil War, recently won the 2010 W.Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction from the American Library Association. The novel is a tragic tale of two young soldiers from Martha’s Vineyard; during the Civil War, brothers Luke and Thomas are thrown into the chaotic fight at Gettysburg. Mr. Hough grew up in Falmouth and now lives in West Tisbury. He is the author of four other fictional books and three works of nonfiction.

Get ’em while they last

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Jackopierce plays at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown on August 14, and there are only 150 tickets left for the show. Jackopierce has sold over 500,000 CDs, and one of their best hits is “Vineyard.” (“Won’t you stay on the Vineyard for the summer/Won’t you stay on the Vineyard for the year/We’ll find a little house down there in Oak Bluffs/And our children is all that we hear.”)

The band members are Jack O’Neill and Cary Pierce, and they formed the band in Dallas, Texas in 1988. Their style is focused around vocal harmonies and acoustic guitars. Tickets are $39.50. For more information, visit

Wine Not?

For the second year, Chef Christian Thornton from Atria hosts a wine dinner to benefit the M.V. Museum. He is putting together a 5-course meal and each course will be paired with a fitting wine introduced by the Atria sommelier John Clift. Dinner is next Thursday, May 27. Cocktails start at 6 pm, dinner follows at 7pm. Individual tickets are $150, or $275 for couples.


Built on Stilts, the annual dance and performance festival in Oak Bluffs each August, is accepting registrations for the 2010 shows. The deadline is July 1, and festival dates are Thursday, August 12 through Sunday, August 15, and Saturday, August 21 through Monday, August 23. Visit for registration and guidelines.

Children’s programs at The Yard

The Yard announces its second year of Kids’ Creative Theater classes, scheduled for six one-week sessions through July and mid-August. Sessions meet at The Yard in Chilmark, Mondays through Fridays from 9 am to 12 noon, and from 3 to 5 pm on Saturdays. First session begins July 5, last ends August 14. Tuition is $300; $250 for children in Martha’s Vineyard public schools; scholarships are available. For more information, call Rachael Jacobson at 508-645-9662 or email

The final three

Spoon in the Moon Coffeehouse at The Vineyard Playhouse is wrapping up its first season with three separate performances. The first is Brad Tucker and Friends on Saturday, May 22. Brad Tucker was born in West Tisbury and has performed with artists such as Kate and Livingston Taylor, Bruce Molsky, Willy Mason, Jim Belushi, Jimmy Ryan, and more. Performances to come feature Sarah Blacker and Girls Guns and Glory, and Meghan La Roque. Doors open at 7 pm, and performances begin at 7:30. Tickets are available in advance or at the door for $15; $10 for seniors and children, and include free coffee and baked goods. For more information, call 508-696-6300.