Community Shorts

Posted July 6, 2006

Native garden

The Friends of Sengekontacket Inc. (FOS), the Martha's Vineyard Garden Club, and Going Native Nursery teamed up to build a children's garden at the Oak Bluffs Library. In the garden, one will only find plants that are native to the Island, and will be fully organic with no chemicals. In July, there will be a children's reading focusing on gardening with Kate Hancock, a retired elementary teacher.

Good morning poetry

This Sunday, actor Nancy Cox will recite nine poems by Robert Frost. An honors graduate in Speech and Drama from Oberlin College, Ms. Cox performed on the Island two years ago when she portrayed Emily Dickinson, and later Lady Macbeth and other roles for the Island Theatre Workshop and the Vineyard Playhouse. Ms. Cox's finale on Sunday will feature a vocal solo, "Frostiana," by Susan Dillon and her mother, Joan Solomon. Randall Thompson composes "Frostiana", but the lyrics are those of Robert Frost.

Poetry recital, Sunday, July 9, 11 am. The Unitarian Universalist Society, 238 Main St., Vineyard Haven, one half block from the Vineyard Haven Public Library.

Antarctic birding

Recently back from a trip to Antarctica, well-known birder and world traveler Sue Whiting will talk about her trip on Sunday, July 9. With her husband, Flip Harrington, Ms. Whiting runs Osprey Tours. She co-authored "Vineyard Birds" and has written for the Vineyard Gazette on birding and the natural world for years. Her lecture will benefit the Friends of West Tisbury Library Construction Fund.

Birding Lecture, Sunday, July 9, 7 pm. Howes House, West Tisbury. $10 donation.

Island vanity

Three final vanity plate designs have been selected out of the 25 submitted, and now the community is being asked to vote for their favorite. If there is enough interest in the plates, they will cost $40, in addition to the standard registration fees. Volunteers are now seeking names and fees from car owners who want the new vanity plates, and as soon as 3,000 sign up, the plate will go into production. There are a number of ways to vote for your favorite plate. You may visit the Martha's Vineyard Donors Collaborative (MVDC's) web site at, send your choice by e-mail at, by US mail to MVDC, PO Box 1018, West Tisbury, 02575, or call the MVDC at 508-696-4647. The final decision will be announced on July 16.

Welcome, interns

The Hoft Farm in West Tisbury is anticipating the arrival of three interns from New York's High School for Environmental Studies who are coming to spend close to four weeks tending to native plants and fixing up trails, among other tasks. Shawn Jenkins, Jasmine Wright and Shannel Hodge will arrive around July 10 to begin their work at the Island's Nature Conservancy Research Station at Hoft Farm. The interns will stay until August 1, and will also focus on conservation work and environmental issues.

Happy 50th

This Sunday, the Mission Shop in Edgartown is celebrating its 15th anniversary. For 15 years, the shop, located at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, has sold a wide variety of cards, gifts, music, books and jewelry, all of a spiritual nature. The Mission Shop has also supported a number of Island charities throughout the years.

Anniversary celebration, Sunday, July 9, 11:30 am. St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Edgartown. For more information, call 508-627-5330.

The next step

The Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is hosting a community conversation titled "A Journey from Acceptance to Affirmation," this Sunday, July 9. Three special guests will be present, including Sam Thoron, National President of PFLAG. The discussion will include issues such as accepting gay and lesbian family members, and also about taking the next step openly.

Facing the energy challenge

This Tuesday and Wednesday, there will be two discussions concerning the Vineyard and the energy crisis going on around the world. On Tuesday July 11, at St. Andrew's Church Parish Hall in Edgartown, the talk will be "How the Vineyard can meet the energy challenge and what you can do to help." This will begin at 8 pm. On Wednesday at several locations there will be a number of solar open houses. Homeowners will be available to discuss their solar homes. For locations, visit

Another stack, please

The Rotary Club of Martha's Vineyard will be cooking up breakfast on Sunday, July 9 from 7 am to 1 pm at The Anchors, the Edgartown Senior Center at the Memorial Wharf.

Proceeds from the all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast will benefit Island charities. Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children under 12 and are available at the door or from any Rotary member.