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The Martha's Vineyard Times

The Martha's Vineyard Times is a weekly publication.
July 14 - July 20, 2005 Edition
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July 14
, 2005

By Jacqueline Sexton - 508-645-2895 -

You probably have time to go to the beach in the morning and go fishing around midnight, but the rest of the day will be swallowed up by concerts, art openings, films, and book signings. And if you stray out of Chilmark to see Hermine’s wonderful landscapes or Marty Nadler’s hilarious show at the Mansion House, forget the beach AND the fishing.

In the midst of all the rushing about, the church calmly continues its good work, raising money for the installation of a well in Malawi, Africa which will provide safe, clean drinking water. To participate, you can write a check to the Chilmark Community Church and drop it off there, or mail it.

Next Sunday’s worship will be dedicated to blessing the fleet — all the vessels in the harbor. A list of the boats and their owners is available at the church.

Condolences to the family of Marijane Poole who died last Wednesday at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. A graveside service at Abel’s Hill was held on Sunday.

“A Certain Kind of Beauty”, the documentary of Dan Aronie’s journey living with MS, will be shown next Thursday, July 21, at 7 pm at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School Performing Arts Center in Oak Bluffs. The film has been fine-tuned since two rough cuts were shown last summer; it is 64 minutes long. Marty Nadler will be the emcee. Tickets are $10 and available at the Chilmark Store.

Aspiring poets in grades six to 12, both local and visiting, may want to start thinking about a poem to submit to the library’s annual Brickner poetry contest. The deadline for submission is Saturday, August 13 at 5:30 pm. For more details, call the library at 508-645-3360.

Josh Gamson will have a signing for his book “The Fabulous Sylvester” upstairs at the Bunch of Grapes next Tuesday, July 19 at 7:30. The book looks back on the 1970’s in San Francisco as seen through the life of an ultra-fabulous superstar. Mr. Gamson, the son of Bill and Zelda Gamson, is a Yale-trained pop culture specialist.

The Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society will present a concert at the community center next Tuesday, July 12, at 8 pm with Delores Stevens at the piano. Selections from Ravel, Shostakovich, and Mozart are on the program.

Julie Coleman’s walking women will meet at 9 am next Thursday, July 21 at Sepiessa Point, off New Lane, off the West Tisbury-Edgartown Road. Newcomers are welcome. Bring water or juice and wear long pants as protection against ticks. For more details, call Ms. Coleman, before 9 am, at 645-2261.

Hermine Hull of West Tisbury will have an exhibition of new oil paintings at the library starting this Saturday, July 16. Her views of special up-Island places are magical.

Thomas Bena and his Sea The World productions (creators of the Martha’s Vineyard Independent Film Festival), is back with a summer schedule of films to be shown at the community center. The films begin at 8, but the doors open at 7, “so you can have dinner with us” (Scottish Bakehouse supplies the meals). Next Wednesday, July 20, Joe Berlinger will be here to present his film “Metallica – Some Kind of Monster.”

At the library next Wednesday, July 20, Carol Gilligan, author and professor, will speak on her adaptation of Hawthorne’s “A Scarlet Letter,” which will be performed this summer in New York City at The Cultural Project. Time is 5:30 to 6:30 pm.

And the next day, Thursday, July 21, also 5:30 to 6:30, Linda Fairstein will talk about her latest book, “Death Dance,” starring DA Alexandra Cooper. The book is set in New York City and Chilmark.

Margot Adler, Vineyard summer resident for more than 50 years and a National Public Radio reporter of long standing, will discuss current issues at the community center tonight at 8 pm. Ms. Adler’s mother was one of the founders of the community center.

Next Wednesday, July 20, Bonnie George will teach interested persons how to knit a scarf in the art shack at the community center from 5 to 7:30 pm. As space is limited, call ahead to register at 508-645-9484.

Tomorrow, Friday, July 15, Joel Harrison and Sam Strickland will host a jazz and Caribbean blues dance party at the center, starting at 7 pm.

And that brings us to Zoli Clarke’s word of the month, malacologist, from the summer issue of The Chilmark Times. Zoli tells us the word means “someone who researches shells”. How many people looked it up?

A reminder: You can take your hazardous waste to the Edgartown Waste Water facility next Saturday, July 16, from 9 am to 12 noon. The next collection is August 20.

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