Noteworthy events on Martha’s Vineyard

The Charter School Players present…

“A most spectacular and riotous melodrama,” according to the poster, at the Grange Hall this weekend by the students of the Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School. See “You Can’t Stamp Out Love or Oh My Darlin Val Ann Tyne” this Friday, April 5, at 7, or Saturday, April 6, at 2 and 7 pm. Admission is $8; $4 for children; $20 families.

For the Love of Trees

Featherstone Center for the Arts announces a new art show, For the Love of Trees, which celebrates an opening reception this Sunday, April 7, from 4 to 6 pm. The show continues through April 19, 12 noon to 4 pm daily. For more information, call 508-693-1850 or visit featherstoneart.org.

Volunteers wanted

The Nature Conservancy is looking for 5 to 10 volunteers to help remove debris from perennial plant bends at its Native Plant Nursery this Saturday, April 6, for approximately two hours (rain date: April 13). The work is not strenuous, but requires repeated kneeling and standing. If interested, contact Liz Loucks at eloucks@tnc.org or 508-274-6919.

Rehearsals start for Spirituals Choir

Rehearsals for the 2013 season of the Martha’s Vineyard Spirituals Choir begin on Wednesday, April 10, at 6 pm at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center. Rehearsals take place weekly and last an hour. New members are welcome.

Spirituals are songs that were sung by African slaves in the United States. Some, like “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and “Wade in the Water,” are widely known. Others are less so.

Choir director Jim Thomas is the founder and director of the U.S. Slave Song Project, which is dedicated to educating the public about these songs through presentations and performances. For more information about the choir or the U.S. Slave Song Project, or to invite the choir to perform in 2013, contact Mr. Thomas at 703-407-1207 or email jimtho2405@peoplepc.com.