Community Shorts

Posted December 7, 2006

Food, not fines

In an effort to retrieve overdue materials and to help the Island Food Pantry, all six Island libraries have declared an amnesty on library fines. Return your overdue books, movies, etc. and donate canned goods and forget about paying the fine.

"We hope that patrons who have some long overdue library materials will take advantage of the amnesty and return them so other patrons can enjoy them," said Ebba Hierta, Chilmark Public Library director. "Start the new year with a clean slate and help the Island's less fortunate residents."

The library fine amnesty will go from Monday, Dec. 18 to Sunday, Dec. 31.

Chocolate Delight!

The FARM Institute is happy to announce its first adult program, Chocolate Delight! Pastry chef Troy Himmelman of the Coach House is holding a workshop at Katama Farm on Sunday, Dec. 17, from 5 to 8 pm. Learn how to temper white and dark chocolate to make ganache-filled bon-bons, and learn how to mold, color, and hand-roll truffles. The history and uses of chocolate will be discussed throughout the workshop.

Chef Josh Hollinger will serve hors d'oeuvres made with ingredients from the Katama Farm. The cost is $35, and you must pre-register by Dec. 15. Space is limited to 12. To register, call Nora Kennedy at 508-627-7007, or e-mail her at

Museum grant challenge

The Martha's Vineyard Museum has received a $25,000 Challenge Grant from an anonymous donor. The grant will match dollar for dollar all gifts for the Fall Appeal from new donors, as well as any previous donor's increased gift.

"We are thrilled that this donor has come forward with a creative way for contributors to increase their giving, and the response thus far has been tremendous," says Matthew Stackpole, executive director of the museum.

Donors can make a contribution online at, or call 508-627-4441 ext. 121.

Visit the sheep

The Allen Farm in Chilmark is having an open house on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 11 am to 5 pm. Cookies, cider, and eggnog will be served. Go up-Island and say hello.

Meeting adjourned

Winter on the Island has finally arrived. Unfortunately, the Soirée Française will not meet again until May, due to low attendance during the winter months. However, the noche de Hablar Espanol will meet monthly on the third Tuesday at St. Andrew's Church in Edgartown.

Get your playhouse ornaments

The sixth annual Vineyard Playhouse holiday tree ornament sale and silent auction begins Friday, Dec. 8. The silent auction ends on Sunday, Dec. 10. The tree will be on display at the Playhouse from Dec. 8 until Dec. 23, on which will hang unique holiday ornaments made and donated by Island artists. Stop by the Playhouse at 24 Church St. in Vineyard Haven to place a bid, or buy an ornament. For more information, call 508-696-6300.