Community Shorts

Posted December 28, 2006

The write stuff

Martha's Vineyard Writing, a twice-yearly literary journal, is looking for Island writers, poets, and artists of all ages to submit their work for Vol. 2, No. 2 Summer/Fall 2007. Poetry, essays, stories, articles, book reviews, humor, experimental writing, and black-and-white artwork are all welcomed.

Submissions may be sent as hard copy, maximum approximately 2,500 words, to Martha's Vineyard Writing, P.O. Box 723, West Tisbury, MA 02575. Include a self-addressed and stamped envelope if you would like the manuscript returned. Work can be submitted electronically and not as an attachment to The deadline is Jan. 15, 2007.

Funding for nonprofits

Until March 1, 2007, the Edey Foundation is accepting applications for funding for Island nonprofit organizations. The purpose of the foundation, created by the late Maitland Edey, is to provide support for the Vineyard's conservation and environmental programs. Successful submissions will be those relating to ongoing conservation, energy, education, and scientific studies.

This year the foundation awarded approximately $85,000 to six Island organizations that included projects for education, native plant propagation, and water bird protection. For information and guidelines, contact Beatrice Phear at

Cooking class focuses on health

Island chef Elizabeth Germain is again offering classes on creating healthy soups, stews, and vegetables using seasonal Island products. Topics for the three classes - on Jan. 4, 11, 17 - are Warming Winter Soups, Cooking Under Pressure, and Hardy Greens Made Easy. Ms. Germain, an educator and food writer, will stress basic cooking techniques along with her recipes. Cost per class ranges from $75 to $95. Call 508-645-9466.

Relief support

In the unfortunate case there should be a disaster here on the Island or the Cape, the American Red Cross recently received funds to expand shelter capacity. The Cape Cod Five Charitable Foundation recently awarded the Red Cross $4,848 for its new Be Ready, Be Prepared Campaign.