Community Shorts

Posted July 27, 2006

A Wampanoag clambake

Reserve your tickets by this Friday, July 28, for the August 5 "appanoaug," the Wampanoag term for clambake, which will benefit the Aquinnah Cultural Center. The Island's newest museum, the center is located at the cliffs, on a six-acre site known as the Vanderhoop Homestead.

The cooking tradition for the clambake has been handed down for generations. Lobster, other shellfish, and vegetables are cooked on a bed of seaweed over hot rocks.

Traditional Wampanoag clambake, Saturday, August 5, 5:30 pm. Tickets, $125, must be reserved by Friday, July 28. For more information, call 508-645-7900.

Survival of the greenest

The Polly Hill Arboretum continues to offer fascinating lectures and workshops. On Wednesday, Aug. 2, join Andrew Bunting and Tim Boland in an exploration of the beautiful, and ever-popular hydrangea. From the old favorites to rare and unusual varieties, the workshop will guide you with a slide presentation, practical guidelines, and a tour of a private garden.

"How many plants will survive the 21st century?" is the title of this year's Polly Hill Arboretum David H. Smith memorial lecture. The speaker, Dr. Peter H. Raven, will provide insight into how our communities can stop the loss of plant species. We are heading into a "sixth extinction," according to Dr. Raven, and it is being caused by people's carelessness, not a natural disaster. Dr. Raven is a professor of botany at Washington University in St. Louis, and Director of the Missouri Botanical Garden, which is the world's leading plant conservation center. Deemed "a hero for the planet," by Time Magazine, Dr. Raven is a leading proponent for plant conservation throughout the world.

Polly Hill Arboretum hydrangea workshop, Wednesday, August 2, 1 to 4 pm, at the arboretum, State Road, West Tisbury. Cost, $24 or $20 for members. Lecture with Dr. Peter H. Raven. Wednesday, August 9, 7:30 pm, Grange Hall, State Road, West Tisbury. Call 508-693-9426 for more information. $8, or $5 for members.

Elder volunteer needed

Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands is looking for an ombudsman to provide advocacy to long-term care residents. Someone with strong interpersonal and communication skills who is comfortable in a long-term-care setting should consider this opportunity to help.

Call Susan Schneider, ombudsman director, at 508-394-4630 or 800-244-4630 ext. 220 for more information.

Powering up for John Hall

He may be best known to those of a certain age as a singer/songwriter, from his days with the band Orleans and as a solo performer, but John Hall has also dedicated much of his life to social and environmental activism. And now he's running for a seat in the U.S. Congress, representing the 19th District, which is located in the mid-Hudson region of New York state.

To help fund his campaign, a Take Back the House party will be held on Friday, July 28, from 5 to 8 pm at the home of Peter and Ronni Simon in Chilmark. John Hall will be the featured speaker at the event.

A minimum donation of $50 is suggested. For more information, call 845-831-0025 or contact

Cookin' at the parish

The Rev. Roger Spinney is cooking again. On Saturday, July 29, from 5 to 6:30 pm, the parish house at the First Baptist Church on William Street in Vineyard Haven will be filled with the aroma of barbecued pork.

The full dinner of pulled pork, corn bread, coleslaw, sweet potato fries, and dessert is only $10. The proceeds benefit the church. Get there early. Eat-in or take your meal home.

Barbecue for Jim

A first fruits celebration will take place on Tuesday, August 1, at 5 pm, at the Native Earth Teaching Farm on North Road in Chilmark. The barbecue will help raise funds for Jim Sullivan's medical expenses. Mr. Sullivan is a long-time Island resident who has worked on several farms, including the Hopkins's sheep farm on Indian Hill, and the Native Earth Teaching Farm. He is currently undergoing cancer treatment.

The Celtic holiday of Lammas, or first fruits, is a gathering to enjoy the fleeting gifts of the season as well as the power of friendship.

Tickets are $30 and include delicious food and non-alcoholic beverages. The friendship and community spirit are free.

For more information, call the farm at 508-645-3304.

Yoga workshop

Boston-area teacher Liz Owen will offer a weekend yoga workshop this weekend at the Wakeman Conservation Center. The theme of the workshops is "The Heart of Yoga: the Heart of Nature." Classes are for all levels and include postures, breathwork, and meditation.

Iyengar yoga workshops, Friday, July 28 through Sunday, July 30, times vary. Call 781-646-1740 to register.