Noteworthy events


You’ve got a friend

This Saturday night, May 7, the friends of Kevin Searle are hosting a fundraiser for him at the Portuguese-American Club. Mr. Searle, a resident of Edgartown who grew up on the Island, is battling cancer. Doors open at 6 pm, tickets are $20, and there will be silent auction items to bid on and a potluck supper. Organizers ask all to bring a dessert or side dish to share. A live auction starts at 8 pm with auctioneer Rick Mello, and dancing follows. If you are unable to attend and would like to donate, checks may be made out to You’ve Got a Friend, P.O. Box 1317, West Tisbury, MA. 02575.

Works in Progress

For several years, a group of Vineyard writers have been gathering every Sunday at Cleaveland House in West Tisbury. Presided over by mystery writer Cynthia Riggs, they share fiction and nonfiction that’s just been written, critique each other’s work, and generally egg each other on to greater literary heights.

On two consecutive Monday nights in May, the writers will read their works in progress, ranging from mystery to memoir, ghost story to biography.

The first writers to read, this Monday, May 9 at 7 pm, are Cynthia Riggs, Michael Ditchfield, Paul Magid, and Mary-Louise Rouff. The following Monday, May 16, hear from Elissa Lash, Shirley Mayhew, Paul Levine, and Susanna Sturgis. For more information, call 508-693-3366.

Lobster rolls

Lobster lovers rejoice. Grace Episcopal Church in Vineyard Haven will start its popular Friday evening lobster roll sale this Friday, May 6. From 4 to 7:30 pm, pick up lobster rolls ($15) that come with chips and a cold drink. Hotdogs are $3, slices of pie are $4, and diners may eat in or take out. All profits benefit church programs. For more information or to place large orders, call 508-693-0332.

Young artist awarded

Congressman William Keating announced the winners from the 2011 Congressional Art Competition. Bradley Carroll, a student at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, won an honorable mention for the photograph “Umbrella.”

Seeds for mothers

Native Earth Teaching Farm in Chilmark is celebrating Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8, with a celebration of seeds as well as games, crafts, a seed swap, activities, demos, and a multi-farmer seedling sale, from 10 am to 3 pm. Also, learning about gardening resources and opportunities Island-wide. For more information, call 508-645-3304 or visit

MV Goes Pink

With a goal to raise $20,000 this year, the MV Goes Pink Walk kicks off this Saturday, May 7, at Lola’s in Oak Bluffs. A fundraiser for the Martha’s Vineyard Cancer Support Group and the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the walk is a 10-mile loop to the Edgartown Lighthouse and back to Lola’s. Registration is at 9 am and the walk starts at 10 am. For more information, visit

Best vest wins

Rob Myers of Jellybone Rivers Productions, who has previously organized a slew of musical Best Fests, is putting on Vest Fest this Friday, May 6, at the Lampost in Oak Bluffs. Starting at 9:30 pm; musicians on tap so far are Master Exploder, a punk rock group with Slim Bob Berosh on guitar, Jerome Badot on bass, and Mr. Myers on drums; DCLA with Mike Parker, John Stanwood, Jamie Green, and Adam Lipsky; and DJ Di. Why “Vest” Fest? Wear a vest, and the best of the bunch wins a prize.

For more information, search Vest Fest on