Martha’s Vineyard Community Notes


A trail map of Massachusetts gardens

Massachusetts boasts some of the oldest and most beautiful gardens in the country. The cool-temperate climate is highly favorable to a wide variety of plants of ornamental and economic value, many indigenous to the state or region. Botanic gardens, which display these plants with their proper scientific names, have long been a treasured resource for residents of the Commonwealth, who look to public gardens as a source of beauty and inspiration as well as information on how to create and maintain their own gardens.

In Massachusetts, 10 botanic gardens located across the state have joined forces to make it easier for tourists to discover them. With the support of the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism, and several regional tourist councils, the gardens have created a new website, that provides descriptions, photos, and directions to each of these horticultural gems.

Included on the list is the Polly Hill Arboretum in West Tisbury, which holds an extensive collection of woody plants, many not hardy elsewhere in the state, according to a press release.

Discover garden gems in the Commonwealth at

Walk-Run fundraiser for the new Edgartown Free Public Library

The Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library will hold the “Pennywise Path Walk-Run to the New Library,” a sanctioned 5 kilometer race, on Monday, September 2, Labor Day weekend. The race begins at 10 am at the Edgartown School on Edgartown-West Tisbury Road, next to the site where the library will be built.

All participants will be transported by bus from the school to the initial point of the actual walk/run race at the Pennywise Path Preserve off 18th street, according to a press release. Early registrants are guaranteed a tee-shirt. There is a $10 entry fee for kids 15 and under and $20 for adults. Day of race registration, $5 extra. All proceeds benefit programs sponsored by the Edgartown Free Public Library. Details are available online at (click the Friends tab) and on the registration forms which can be obtained at the Edgartown Library on North Water Street and at various places in town.

Gay Head Lighthouse 10K needs volunteers

The Save the Gay Head Lighthouse Committee needs volunteers for the first annual Gay Head 10K race to be held at 10 am, Sunday, October 6. Proceeds from the race will help fund the move and restoration of the Gay Head Lighthouse.

Volunteers are needed for the following tasks: promotion, registration, race site preparation, medical aid stations, course security, refreshments-water stations, awards, and clean up, according to a press release. The committee is also in need of a volunteer coordinator. To volunteer, or for more information about the race and the project to save the lighthouse, or to make a donation, visit

College offers three courses this fall

This fall, Cape Cod Community College will expands its course offerings on the Island of Martha’s Vineyard by adding Medical Terminology, an important course in the College’s commitment to expand the Allied Health career pathway for those working in the field, according to a press release. Lena Prisco, Director of the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital’s medical laboratory will teach the course Wednesday evenings in the hospital medical staff library.

English Composition I, and Early Childhood Education Preschool Practicum, will be offered in cooperation with the Adult Continuing Education Program of Martha’s Vineyard (ACEMV). Information on these courses is available directly from the Program’s website,

Tom Hallahan, on-Island liaison, is available to speak with Islanders about the college’s offerings and its student support services. His office is located in Room 209 at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. He can be reached at 508-939-3110, or

The Road From Charity to Justice

The Rev. Cannon Edward Rodman, John Seeley Stone Professor of Pastoral Theology and Urban Ministry at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, will lead services on August 25 and September 1 at Trinity Church on Ocean Park.

A well-known advocate for reform of the country’s legal, housing, and education systems, the subject of Rev. Rodman’s sermon is called “The Road From Charity to Justice.”

Over his 45-year career in the ministry, Rev. Rodman helped organize the Union of Black Episcopalians, served as a member of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church, and coordinated the Episcopal Urban Caucus.

Mr. Rodman earned his bachelor’s degree from the Hampton Institute and his Doctorate in Humane Letters from St. Augustine’s College. He also holds a Doctorate in Divinity from the Episcopal Divinity School.

Located across from the Steamship Authority in Oak Bluffs, Trinity Episcopal Church was the first Episcopal house of worship built on Martha’s Vineyard. It offers a diverse and inspirational schedule of visiting clergy through September 23. Services are at 9 am.

Connect to end violence

CONNECT to end violence, a program of Martha’s Vineyard Community Services will sponsor the 2nd Annual Seawall Event at the Vineyard Haven seawall from 11 am to 2 pm, Saturday, August 24. Island men are invited to stand on the seawall holding a poster indicating a woman they wish to honor in a unified stance against domestic and sexual violence toward women, according to a press release.

The Seawall Event brings together a network of like-minded, nonviolent men in an effort to build a safe community for those they love. For more information, contact Program Director Jennifer Neary at 508-684-8074 ext 103.