Doc with Vineyard connection wins Emmy
Sesame's Street's "Growing Hope Against Hunger," a one-hour documentary about the invisible crisis of food insecurity in the United States, won an Emmy for best program in the "Outstanding Children's Nonfiction, Reality or Reality Competition Program" category.
A segment of the program was filmed here on the Island last summer. The Vineyard was chosen as a site to film a family going to the food bank, to show that even in an area of perceived wealth, there is poverty. The crew also wanted to show how a community could come together to help those in need.
A DVD of "Growing Hope Against Hunger" is available at the Vineyard Haven Library. Call Betty Burton at 508-693-5339 for more information.
Children's choir begins tour in Oak Bluffs
The Watato Children's Choir kicks off the beginning of its five-month "Beautiful Africa" tour in the Eastern U.S. and Brazil with a free performance in Oak Bluffs at the Union Chapel on Saturday, October 6.
The choir strives to raise awareness about the plight of the orphaned and vulnerable children of Africa. Each of the children in the choir have lost either one or both parents.
The concert starts at 4 pm. For more information, visit watoto.com/choirs.
Women's Network starts season
The Martha's Vineyard Women's Network begins its season Thursday, October 4, with a Networking Night at Atria, in the tent outdoors. From 5 to 6:30 pm, bring a friend with you, socialize with members. Bring business cards. The event is free; a cash bar and dinner menu is available following the social. For more information, visit mvwomensnetwork.org.
Happenings at Native Earth
Native Earth Teaching Farm's annual Popcorn Festival — a full day of family fun on the farm — is this Sunday, October 7, from 10 am to 3 pm. Get ready to eat popcorn, feed it to the animals, play with natural dyes and three-week old piglets, watch goat racing, and more. Admission is free.
On Monday, October 8, from 10 am to 12 noon (postponed if it rains Sunday or Monday as flowers will not be open for harvest) Native Earth hosts a workshop on growing and using saffron, the world's most expensive spice.
For more information on either event, call 508-645-3304 or visit nativeearthteachingfarm.org.