Community Shorts

Posted August 3, 2006

Gay Head Cliffs. File photo by Tim Johnson
File photo by Tim Johnson

Many happy returns to the Gay Head light

This year marks the 150th birthday of the Gay Head Lighthouse, and there will be quite a celebration this Saturday. The party starts at 5 pm and will feature an historic photo exhibit, a Commonwealth proclamation reading, special guest musician appearances, and Martha Vanderhoop will speak of her family's long history with the lighthouse. Bring photos and artifacts for a show and tell, and picnics or food to cook on the grill. Of course, no party is complete without cake, so free cake and ice cream will be served.

The present-day lighthouse was built in 1856 to replace the first Gay Head light, built in 1799, and the original Fresnel Lens is on display at the Martha's Vineyard Museum in Edgartown.

For more information, call the Martha's Vineyard Museum at 508-627-4441.

Plant expert Raven to speak

Garden enthusiasts and conservationists, take note! Peter H. Raven, the director of the Missouri Botanical Garden, will deliver the David H. Smith memorial lecture sponsored by the Polly Hill Arboretum at the Agricultural Hall in West Tisbury. In addition to his responsibilities as the director of the Missouri Botanical Garden, one of the world's leading plant conservation centers, Dr. Raven is the director of the Missouri Botanical Garden and George Englemann Professor of Botany at Washington University in St. Louis. He has received awards in his field and is considered the leading proponent of plant conservation throughout the world.

"How Many Plants will Survive the 21st Century?" Wednesday, Aug. 9, 7:30 pm. For information, call 508-693-9426.

Help where it's needed

Next weekend, there will be a benefit sale to raise money for the Opeme Orphanage, in Lusaka, Zambia. Jewelry, carvings, and fabrics are among the goods to be sold from 10 to 2 pm on Friday and Saturday, August 11 and 12. Follow the signs off of New Lane in West Tisbury, or call Marsha Winsryg at 508-693-4059.

Event cancellation

The Afternoon of Jazz with the Wesley Nagy Band, scheduled to occur on Sunday, August 13, at Grace Episcopal Church in Vineyard Haven, had to be cancelled due to vital repairs being done on the church rectory.

Guest preacher

At this Sunday's Tabernacle service in Oak Bluffs, parishioners will hear from the Rev. Gail Willford, Minister of Evangelism and Discipleship for St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas.

Rev. Willford received a Master of Divinity degree from Perkiness School of theology at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and has also had careers in education and finance.

The service, "St. Benedict and Today," begins at 9:30 am, Sunday, Aug. 9. For more information, call 508-693-0525 or visit

Artie Boyle
Artie Boyle

Sharing a miracle cure

Hingham resident Artie Boyle was diagnosed with cancer in his kidneys that eventually spread to his lungs. Now he attributes his survival to a pilgrimage to Medjugorje in Bosnia-Herzegovina. He will speak at the Federated Church in Edgartown next Wednesday, August 9. The event is sponsored by the non-profit organization, Little Children of Mary.

After scheduling surgery to have a portion of his lung removed, Artie was persuaded by two friends to go to the shrine which is considered by many to be a magical healing place, and upon his return tests showed no remaining cancer on his lung. Since then he has shared his story on television and in lectures, spreading his messages of peace and hope, which come from the shrine. Medjugorje has drawn pilgrims since 1981 when six children reported seeing visions of the Virgin Mary there.

Healing talk, Wednesday, August 9, 7 pm, Federated Church, Edgartown.