Noteworthy events

Polly Hill Arboretum hosts a pickling event on Saturday, Oct. 13. — Photo courtesy of Karin Stanley

Get your pink on

The Martha’s Vineyard Breast Cancer Support Group hosts its annual event, Get Your Pink On, this coming Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Isabelle’s Beach House in Oak Bluffs for breast cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers. The group meets every third Wednesday of each month. For questions or directions, call Hannah Beecher at 508-696-6412.

Ugandan dance at Y

The Yard and the YMCA of M.V. are jointly hosting a Ugandan Dance Workshop this Saturday, Oct. 13, from 1 to 3 pm at the Y.

Master teacher Deborah Damast of the Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development will teach a master class in support of The Yard’s Kids Make Dance Program. The class, from 1 to 3 pm, is open to all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. There is a suggested donation of $15. For more information, contact Jesse Keller: 508-645-9662;

Telling Time with Bob Frishman

Bob Frishman, founder of Bell-Time Clocks, has repaired more than 7,000 antique clocks and sold more than 1,400. Mr. Frishman will present an overview of clock history, styles, and makers and discuss the culture, science, and importance of timekeeping at 5 pm today, Thursday, Oct. 11, at the M.V. Museum in Edgartown.

He will also give tips on collecting and repairing clocks and talk about some of the watches and clocks in the museum’s collection. Patrons are invited to bring one of their own clocks for him to appraise following the talk. A selection of the museum’s clocks will be on exhibit in the Spotlight Gallery during a reception to follow.

The talk is from 5:30 to 7 pm, and is $12, $8 for members. For more information, contact 508-627-4441;

Happenings at Polly Hill

On Saturday, Oct. 13, Polly Hill Arboretum welcomes author and educator Judith Sumner who will present two programs. Ms. Summer is the author of “American Household Botany: A History of Useful Plants, 1620-1900.”

At 10 am, Ms. Sumner will discuss Inspirational Women of Botany. Women have been expert practical botanists since pre-history, as gardeners, cooks, herbalists, and midwives, but many have also become recognized professional botanists who have contributed widely to plant science. From authoring the first botany textbooks to establishing the science of ecology, women botanists did it all. In this talk, she explores the role of women in botanical studies and documentation, including the significant work of our own Polly Hill. Admission is $20, $10 for members.

For more information about the events, call 508-693-9426 or visit

CROP Walk is Sunday

The 22nd annual Martha’s Vineyard Crop Walk is on Sunday, Oct. 14. The Rev. Bert Marshall, district director of Church World Service for New England, will participate in this year’s walk on the Vineyard. Last year, 102 people participated and raised $19,481, and this year the group’s goal is $20,000. The walk begins at St. Augustine’s Church in Vineyard Haven at 2 pm (check-in at 1:40 pm) and goes to the Trinity Church in the Oak Bluffs Campgrounds, and back. Free rides will be offered back to St. Augustine’s from Trinity.

For more information, call the Rev. Alden Besse at 508-693-3930.

Open house at VCM

Vineyard Complementary Medicine in West Tisbury hosts an open house this Thursday, Oct. 11, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. The general theme is Taking Care of Me, We, Us, and Them: How to Be Proactive In You and Your Family’s Health, and there will be a slew of categories covered, from dieting and physical therapy to posture and work space makeovers.