Community Shorts

Posted September 14, 2006

Living simply

Tony Shuttleworth, native New Zealander and former Vineyard resident, will give a workshop on a Simpler Life and Compassionate Living next weekend. Mr. Shuttleworth has worked for years with spaces and people in carpentry, feng shui, dowsing, and landscaping to help simplify one's lifestyle. Silent and guided meditation will be a part of the workshop, which is designed to show participants the tools they can use on a daily basis to benefit themselves and the environment.

The workshop runs next Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23 and 24, from 10 am to 5 pm at the Common House, located in West Tisbury. The cost is $295, or $250 for those who register by Sept. 15. To register, call 207-856-1135 or at

Arts grant deadline

The Martha's Vineyard Cultural Council has set an October 16, 2006, deadline for groups that support cultural activities to apply for grants. This year's grant allocation for the Island is $24,000, according to council chair Joanne Horgan. Funds can be used to help support a variety of artistic projects and programs including exhibits, school performances, lectures, and festivals.

Those that were funded last year by the program received amounts ranging from $300 to $2,000. For more information, or an application form, visit, or visit an Island town hall beginning Friday, Sept. 15. Completed forms must be postmarked no later than Oct. 16, 2006, and mailed to Martha's Vineyard Cultural Center, c/o Town of West Tisbury, P.O. Box 278, West Tisbury, MA 02575. For more information, e-mail Joanne Horgan at, or call her at 508-693-7238.

Remember those high school days

Attention Martha's Vineyard Regional High School grads from 1961 and 1966 - reunion time is coming! The class of 1961, the second class to graduate from the school, is holding its 45th reunion over Columbus Day weekend, Oct. 6 through 9. The weekend-long event begins with a re-acquaintance get together at Mary Ellen Larson's home on West Chop. On Saturday, the class will enjoy dinner and dancing at Zephrus on Main Street in Vineyard Haven, as well as a small auction of Island gifts and classmates' arts and crafts to support their upcoming 50th reunion. Ray Silvia will host a cookout on Sunday, as well as coffee and donuts on Monday morning, at his home on the Lagoon. If you are interested in helping complete the plans, call Mary Ellen at 508-693-1103, Elaine Carroll at 508-693-4023, Carol Clark at 508-693-1941, or Don Macdonald at 508-693-0709.

The class of 1966 is celebrating its 40th reunion with events on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 14 and 15. On Saturday, the class will meet at the Portuguese-American Club in Oak Bluffs at 5:30 pm for a buffet dinner. The cost is $20 per person, and there will be a cash bar. People are encouraged to bring CDs of 60s music. On Sunday, the class will gather for brunch at the Farm Neck Golf Club. This event is also $20, and payment is due in advance.

For more information, contact one of the reunion committee members: Ann Boren Ross at 508-693-0541, Leslie Ingraham Malcouronne Bunker at 508-696-8053, or Herb Ward at 508-693-7683.

If anyone knows how to get in touch with the following people, please contact one of the members of the reunion committee: Diane "Didi" Boyd, Patricia DeWitt, Janet Figueiredo, Issac Hughes, June Parsons, Constance Shew, Linda Silva, and Sharon Snowdon.

Photo by Brian Jolley
Photo by Brian Jolley

Welcome, autumn

Join Felix Neck naturalist Susie Bowman Saturday, Sept. 23, for the autumnal equinox walk, from 10 to 11:30 am. The equinox marks the beginning of fall, the day when the day and night are the same length. The walk is $8 for non-members and $6 for members. For more information, call 508-627-4860.

Fall at the FARM

The first of the FARM Institute's fall Food, Farming, & Fun programs begins this Saturday, Sept. 16. This program is designed to connect Island children and their parents to the traditions of the harvest season. Children will do chores, projects, and activities to help harvest crops, care for the chickens and other farm animals, and prepare the farm for the winter.

A 10-week after-school option for students in first through sixth grades begins Tuesday, Sept. 19. Students will work within their own age groups, with the older children mentoring the younger students as well.

Local teachers are encouraged to participate in field trips offered on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings throughout the school year. The focus will be on science, math, literature, and history through farming. Adults are also encouraged to lend at hand on the farm. For more information about the FARM Institute's programs, contact Melinda at 508-627-7007 or visit