Noteworthy events on Martha’s Vineyard

The Peter H. Luce Play Readers perform staged readings this Sunday, Jan. 13. — Photo courtesy of Vineyard Haven Public Library

Sunday with FriendsThe two best-known, most highly-praised and most frequently-produced comedies of manners are Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” and Noel Coward’s “Private Lives.” Scenes from both classic plays will be performed as staged readings on Sunday, Jan. 13 at 2 pm at the Vineyard Haven Library.

The program is presented by the Friends of the Library as part of their monthly “Sunday with Friends” series. The reading is free and refreshments will be served.

Excerpts from Act II of “…Earnest” will feature performers Mike Adell, Ellie Beth, Myra Stark, and Eric Turner. The performers in excerpts from Act III of “Private Lives” will be Mike Adell, Linda Comstock, Leslie J. Stark, and Rise Tierney. Mr. Stark has adapted and will direct both scenes. Elaine Eugster will introduce the program, and will read the stage directions.

For nearly 15 years, the Peter H. Luce Play Readers have met every Wednesday of the year at the Tisbury Senior Center at 9 am to read plays of every era and of every genre, from the Greek and Roman classics to the cutting-edge works of contemporary playwrights, and everything in between: Shakespeare, Shaw, Chekhov, Moliere, and more. The group is named for its founder, Peter Luce, who died in 2007.

All volunteers and those who are interested in knowing more about the Friends meet at 1 pm on the fourth Monday of every month (except December) at the library.

For more information, call the library at 508-696-4211.Fun with IMP

IMP, the Island’s children improv troupe, performs its Magenta Show this Sunday, Jan. 13, at the YMCA of M.V. Watch children ages 11 to 18 perform classic comedy skits and spontaneous scenes based on audience suggestions. The show starts at 7 pm, and is at The BASE at Alex’s Place. Tickets are $7; for more information, call 508-939-9368 or visit of Life

The Spice of Life Memoir Organization and Writing Workshop with writer and storyteller Susan Klein will be held for the ninth time at the Tisbury Senior Center in January and February, supported in part by a grant from the Martha’s Vineyard Cultural Council.

The Tisbury Senior Center has hosted Ms. Klein and more than 110 workshop participants on the Island since 2007. The eight-week class will be held Thursday afternoons from 1 to 3:30 pm beginning January 10. All materials are provided, and the workshop costs $179. For more information and to register, visit or call 508-693-4140.All things pumpkin

A workshop with Jan Buhrman of Kitchen Porch Catering will lead participants through processing whole pumpkins and preparing nutritious dishes like pumpkin soup, salad, and bread. Students will leave with recipes, pumpkin puree, and extra portions of the dishes created.

Though often overlooked, pumpkin is a versatile food. It provides Vitamin A and vital antioxidants such as leutin, xanthin, and carotenes in abundance. It is high in fiber and new research indicates that it may be very helpful for diabetics. Pumpkin seeds are high in zinc which contributes to prostate and immune health.

This is the first in the series of Local, Affordable, Seasonal workshops sponsored by Island Grown Gleaning. The series of classes is an effort to demonstrate how easy and healthful it is to use locally grown whole foods, according to the press release.

“The sugar pumpkins were grown and donated by Morning Glory Farm. They are very high quality and easy to work with. I hope that this workshop will inspire people to make pumpkin one of their winter food staples,” said Jamie O’Gorman, Program Coordinator for Island Grown Gleaning.

The workshop will take place at Jan Buhrman’s commercial kitchen on Monday, Jan. 14 from 10 am to 1 pm. The rate for this class is $25 (sponsored by Jan Buhrman and Island Grown Gleaning), with scholarships available to those with low income. Students of all skill levels are welcome but space is limited. Register by calling Ms. O’Gorman at 508-687-9603.Inaugural Ball celebration

A festive Inaugural Ball at Grace Episcopal Church on Sunday, Jan. 20 offers Vineyarders the chance to celebrate President Barack Obama’s second term in style without traveling to Washington, D.C. The church parish hall – best known as a lobster roll destination – will be transformed into an elegant ballroom for the upbeat evening of feasting, dancing, and friendly fun.

A social hour at 6 pm featuring passed hors d’oeuvres kicks off the soiree, followed by dinner created by chef Jesse Martin of Park Corner Bistro, Oak Bluffs. Guests may choose between a beef and fish entrée, and look forward to a special surprise dessert. Mike Benjamin’s five-piece band will play for dancing into the evening.

Wear your fashionable Vineyard best and break out the jewelry and political memorabilia. Ladies, let Michelle be your inspiration. Gentlemen, black tie is optional.

Funds raised will help install needed new flooring in church meeting rooms. Advance reservations are requested as soon as possible and must be paid in full by January 15. Tickets are $125 for individuals, $250 for couples. Checks may be sent to: P.O. Box 1197, Vineyard Haven, MA, 02568. For more information, call 508-693-0332.

Wanted: Books!

The Library Friends of Oak Bluffs are holding a Book Drive this Saturday, Jan. 12, from 12:30 to 2:30 pm at the Oak Bluffs Library.

The Friends are looking for used books, in good condition, across all categories: for children, teens, adults, hardcover and paperback, fiction and nonfiction, as well as DVDs, CDs, and audio books, and recent textbooks from the past five years. They must be in good condition with no missing pages, water damage, or mold. The drive is not accepting condensed books, encyclopedias, phone books, VHS video tapes, or audio cassettes.

The drive is for the annual July book sale, and proceeds benefit the library’s programs and services.

For more information, call Marilyn Miller at 508-696-8649.