Noteworthy events

Vineyard Playhouse receives grant

The Vineyard Playhouse was recently awarded a $10,000 grant from The Shubert Foundation, Inc. as a result of the Foundation’s positive assessment of its artistic achievement, administrative strength, fiscal stability, and development of new work. The Shubert Organization, Inc. owns and operates a number of prestigious theatres throughout the United States. According to MJ Bruder Munafo of the Playhouse, much of the grant will be used to cover general operating expenses.

Gardening series at Polly Hill

Carolyn Summers, author of “Designing Gardens with Flora of the American East,” will be speaking at the Polly Hill Aboretum in two programs sponsored by Eden Market/Tea Lane and the Martha’s Vineyard Cultural Council. In the first, held on Wednesday, July 13 at 7:30 pm, she will discuss the importance of native species in a garden. She will hold a workshop on garden design the next morning, Thursday, July 14 from 9 am to 12 noon.

Admission to the July 13 lecture is $10 for the public and $5 for PHA members, while participation in the July 14 workshop is $35 for the public and $30 for PHA members. For more information, call 508-693-9426.

Possible Dreams

Martha’s Vineyard Community Services (MVCS) is holding its 33rd annual Possible Dreams Auction on August 1 at Ocean Park in Oak Bluffs. One of the oldest celebrity auctions in the United States, the Possible Dreams Auction allows event-goers to bid on “Unbuyable opportunities with a Vineyard connection,” according to a press release. Auctioneer Daniel J. Flynn will be accompanied by local media personalities Laurel Redington and Alex Friedman. Proceeds will benefit a number of MVCS’ programs. To preview auction items and access ticket, donation, or other information, visit mvcommunityservices.com or call 508-693-7900 ext. 267.

Susan Klein presents Island through picture and spoken word

On July 9 from 7 to 9 pm, renowned storyteller Susan Klein will perform in Oak Bluffs at the Performing Arts Center at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. The night of childhood tales, folk stories, and myths will benefit Habitat for Humanity of M.V. Admission is $40 per person. Email houses@habitatmv.org or call 508-696-4646 for more information.

Ms. Klein’s knowledge of the Island comes further to life in “Martha’s Vineyard Now & Zen,” an award-winning book of essays and photographs by Susan and her collaborator, photographer Alan Brigish. A 30-minute DVD of images from the book is now available for purchase at local retailers and online at vineyardzen.com.