Martha’s Vineyard Community Notes


Grace Church says welcome home

Grace Episcopal Church has invited members of the Island community to its fifth annual “welcome home Sunday and cookout” on Sunday, Sept. 16. The church said it is a way to thank everyone “for their ongoing support of our ministries.”

The event will begin with worship at 10:30 am in a tent on the rectory lawn at the corner of Woodlawn Avenue and Franklin Street, followed by music, hot dogs, hamburgers, and refreshments. The Rt. Rev. M. Thomas Shaw is the guest celebrant and preacher.

For more information, call 508-693-0332.

Ceremony of Remembrance

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum will hold the 11th annual Ceremony of Remembrance at the Edgartown Lighthouse Children’s Memorial at 1 pm on Saturday, September 15 (Rain date September 22).

The idea for placing a memorial at the base of the Edgartown Lighthouse belonged to Rick Harrington, who envisioned it as a way to remember his son Rickey, who was killed at the age of 16 in a motor vehicle accident. Very quickly the concept grew into a way to memorialize many children who have died.

The lighthouse was, at that time, in poor shape. The reconstruction and transformation of its base from crumbling cement to cobblestones engraved with the names of children who have died was supported by contributions from on the Island and off.

This is a celebration, and families and friends are encouraged to come, spend some time, and enjoy music and fellowship. The ceremony begins at 1 pm. Refreshments will be provided by the Harbor View Hotel. If a decision to postpone the ceremony is necessary, there will be a recorded message on the Museum phone by 5 pm on Friday, September 14.

There are currently 574 stones in the memorial. Stones may be purchased for $250 by contacting Betsey Mayhew at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, or by calling the Museum at 508-627-4441, ext. 112.

Island-wide community preservation

The Oak Bluffs Community Preservation Committee will host an Island-wide meeting with Stuart Saginor, executive director of the Community Preservation Coalition on Wednesday, September 19, at 7:30 pm at the Sailing Camp, off Barnes Road in Oak Bluffs.

Mr. Saginor will present the latest news about the Community Preservation Act, including a review of new CPA legislation, as well as projections on the CPA Trust Fund, CPA projects around the state, and other CPA issues. There will be time for questions and discussion of project ideas.

The Community Preservation Coalition is a statewide alliance of open space, affordable housing, and historic preservation organizations that supports Massachusetts communities implementing the Community Preservation Act.

For more information, contact Margaret Knight at or 508-693-3553, ext. 131.

Felix Neck welcomes new education coordinator

Josey Kirkland has joined Mass Audubon at Felix Neck as the new education coordinator and day camp director. Ms. Kirkland graduated from Northeastern University with a B.S. in Environmental Sciences with a wildlife focus. She will be coordinating all aspects of environmental education programs at Felix Neck and overseeing Felix Neck’s Fern and Feather Natural History Day camp for children, according to a press release. For more information, go to

Buddy Harris Bid Whist Classic resultsThe Third Annual Buddy Harris Bid Whist Classic (BHBWC) was held on Wednesday, August 29, at the Portuguese-American Club in Oak Bluffs. Nearly 100 players and non-players attended the classic in memory of Buddy Harris, whose annual Island summer vacations consisted of daily bid whist games.

Bill Clements and Leonard Dabney finished in first place. Laurie Henry and Ardell Otten came in second. There were eight ties for the third place spot. The winners were Dennis Miller and Lou Beatty,selected in a random drawing.