Noteworthy events


An evening of classic folk

Nancy Jephcote brings her original folk music to the Katherine Cornell Theatre this Saturday, July 10, at 7:30 pm. The singer/songwriter and award-winning fiddler resides on the Vineyard, where she teaches for the All-Island Elementary String Program. Ms. Jephcote’s performance Saturday evening will be accompanied by musical guests including Paul Thurlow and Brian Weiland.

Tickets are $12 at the door. Children under 13 will be admitted free. The artist’s solo CD, “Garland of Rain” will also be available at the concert. The Katherine Cornell Theatre is located above the Tisbury Town Hall at 51 Spring Street in Vineyard Haven. Visit for more information.

Architecture discussion at the Museum

This evening the Martha’s Vineyard Museum presents: “Historic Preservation and Historic Restoration: What’s the Difference and Are They Compatible?” by Patrick Ahearn, as part of the Museum’s lecture series.

Mr. Ahearn has specialized in historically motivated architecture and interior design for the past 35 years and is founding principal of Ahearn/Schopfer and Associates architecture firm. His discussion will include both worldwide buildings and those on Martha’s Vineyard with a special focus on the restoration process undertaken during the remodeling of the John Coffin house in Edgartown.

The event is today, Thursday, July 8 at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum Library at 5:30 pm, with a reception to follow in the Pease House Galleries. Admission is $12 for non-museum members and $8 for members.

Sisters: An Anthology

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A reading of “Sisters: An Anthology” will take place at the Chilmark Library on Wednesday, July 14 at 5:30 pm. The book, published in 2009 by Paris Press of Ashfield, includes writing from Margaret Atwood, Barbara Kingsolver, Edwidge Danticat, Alice Walker, Joan Baez, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Mary Karr, Grace Paley, Wendy Wasserstein, Maxine Kumin, Rita Dove, Dorothy Parker, M.F.K. Fisher, and many other contemporary and modern acclaimed and emerging writers.

“Bring your sister (if you’re speaking to each other), your daughters, nieces, cousins, friends, your sister-in-law, and neighbors,” says Jan Freeman, one of the book’s editors, in a press release. The Boston Globe said the collected writings “Call forth sweetness and light, fury and fierce devotion.”

Readers are psychologist and educator Carol Gilligan, culinary historian Jessica Harris, journalist and human rights activist Rose Styron, and director and founder of Paris Press, Jan Freeman.

For more information about the anthology, visit The event is free and will be sponsored by the Friends of the Chilmark Public Library. For more information, call 508-645-3360.

M.V. Chamber Music opens festival season

The Island’s cherished Chamber Music Society celebrates its 40th anniversary this year with an all-star summer program that begins this Monday, July 12 with the world premiere of new work by the award-winning American composer Gunther Schuller.

Mr. Schuller was asked by the society to write a trio for clarinet, cello, and piano to honor the founding members of the Chamber group, the Montagnana Trio, and to celebrate the past 40 years of uninterrupted summer music.

The piece, entitled “Four Soliloquies,” will be performed entirely by returning artists. Anthony McGill is with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York. He is the principal clarinet and will be joined by Californian cellist Scott Kluksdahl and pianist Delores Stevens, the society’s artistic director and founding member.

The concert will be held Monday evening at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown, and repeated Tuesday, July 13, at the Chilmark Community Center. All concerts start at 8 pm. Tickets are $30; students are admitted free of charge. Season subscriptions will be available at both concerts.

New SAT prep program offered

Grace Gordon, a junior at Williams College, has been selected to start up Ivy Insiders, a novel SAT prep program, on the Island this summer. Begun in 2003 by Harvard undergraduates who had rung up perfect scores on the SATs, the program is taught by undergraduates who themselves scored near-perfect scores. “I was recently in the same shoes as many of the students who will be taking the SAT this coming year, and so I feel that I can provide them with a unique insight into the exam that will really motivate them to raise their scores,” Ms. Gordon said. For more information, call 312-339-8941 or email