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Judy Collins: Photo courtesy of Outerland
Judy Collins. Photo courtesy of Outerland

Posted July 6, 2006

Songs from then and now

Greet a longtime musical friend when Judy Collins comes to Outerland at the Martha's Vineyard Airport Friday, July 7. Ms. Collins has thrilled audiences with her unique blend of interpretative folksongs and contemporary themes for more than 40 years. She released her first album, "A Maid of Constant Sorrow," at 22. Well-loved hits include Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now," Stephen Sondheim's "Send in the Clowns," and many more. The moving "On Wings of Angels" was inspired by the death of her only son, and her book, "Sanity and Grace, A Journey of Suicide, Survival and Strength," focuses on his death and the healing process. Welcome back to the Vineyard, Judy.

For more information, call 508-693-1137.

Micro wind turbine at Five 
Corners, Vineyard Haven: Photo by Pat Waring
"Micro" wind turbine at Five
Corners, Vineyard Haven. Photo by Pat Waring

Something's in the wind

Looking like a graceful sculpture or high-tech scarecrow, a small wind turbine has taken up residence in a patio garden at Vineyard Haven's Five Corners intersection. The Swift Rooftop Wind turbine is made by Renewable Devices Swift Turbines Ltd. of Edinburgh, Scotland. The "Micro" Wind turbine is a demonstration model of working turbines in the UK. It will be available for export in the near future and is suitable for private homes.

The Vineyard Conservation Society is sponsoring the demonstration. For more information, visit and watch for an upcoming story in The Times.

From their own mouths

This Saturday, nine Vineyarders will read from Linsey Lee's book "More Vineyard Voices - Words, Faces and Voices of Island People," which was released late last summer.

The book features stories from the nine readers, including Bob Carroll, Anna May Cecilio, Ruth Stiller, Ted Morgan, Betty Honey, Shirley Steere Smith, John Alley, Helen Issokson, and John Hughes. There will be tales of World War II, the 1938 hurricane, Edgartown escapades, and much more. Books will be available at the reading for sale and signing by the storytellers.

Book reading and signing, Saturday, July 8, 4 to 6 pm, Agricultural Hall, Panhandle Road, West Tisbury. For more information, call 508-627-4441 ext. 113.

Poetry contest to honor Elisa

Elisa Brickner died in an accident in 1973 at the age of 17. A poetry corner was established in her memory at the Chilmark Public Library. Now, to foster a love and appreciation of poetry, the Brickner family is sponsoring a poetry contest.

The contest is open to young people, entering grades 6 through 12. There are two categories: junior high grades 6 through 8 and high school grades 9 through 12. Each person may submit one entry, any length or subject. Judges from the Island's literary community will select the winning poems. First place winners will receive $200 and the runners-up will receive $100.

Entries may be mailed to Chilmark Public Library, Program Coordinator: Kristin Maloney, P.O. Box 180, Chilmark, MA 02535; or dropped off in person to the library at Beetlebung Corner; or faxed to 508-645-3737. The deadline for entries is Monday, August 7 at 5:30 pm. There is no residency requirement.

For more information on the poetry contest, call the Chilmark Public Library at 508-645-3360.

Margot Datz: MV times file photo
Margot Datz (right) .MV times file photo

One night only

Artist Margot Datz will host a one-night show at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury on Saturday, July 8 from 4 to 8 pm. The show titled "Mermaids, Metaphors, and L'amour" will feature a selection of sea nymphs and other recent works.

Ms. Datz's murals can be found on many Island walls including the Steamship Authority, Outerland, and Lola's. She has also illustrated four children's books for Carly Simon.

Download books

The Island CLAMS libraries, Edgartown Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven, are offering downloadable audio books from Recorded Books and NetLibrary.

After you set up your account, the digital audio books can be accessed from any computer, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. These books can be downloaded to your home computer or to an MP3 player. Downloading to your iPod is not yet available. Specific details on compatible players is available at

This new service is free. For more information, visit the CLAMS libraries web sites: or or