Community Shorts

Posted January 11, 2007

FARM Institute
Photo by Sara Piazza

Winter on the FARM

This January, The FARM Institute in Edgartown begins four separate programs to keep your children busy during the winter. For children in kindergarten through eighth grade there are Saturday sessions, beginning Jan. 13, where your child will help on the farm from 12:30 to 3:30 pm.

For those in grades one through six, there is the Tuesday after-school program from 3 to 5 pm, which begins Jan. 16. Friday Wee Farmer Mornings begin Jan. 19 for children ages 3 and 4, accompanied by a parent, from 10:30 to 11:45 am. For experienced farmers in fifth through eighth grades, join the Friday F.I.T. (Farmers in training), which also begins on Jan. 19.

All sessions run for 8 weeks, and vary in price from $95 to $175. Payment per class is also available. For more information or to register, call Nora Kennedy at 508-627-7007, or e-mail her at

Martin Luther King Jr.

Celebrate with song

The life of Martin Luther King Jr. will be celebrated at the Unitarian Universalist Society, located at 238 Main St. in Vineyard Haven, this Sunday, Jan. 14. A festive service in song and story will honor the life and birthday of Dr. King. Jim Thomas and his NAACP Spirituals Choir will perform, and Island actress Nancy Cox will present a narrative on the Old Testament about a freed slave who saves people from famine. For more information, call Nancy Cox at 508-696-8427.

Photo by Ralph Stewart

A Scottish splendor

The Scottish Society of Martha's Vineyard will celebrate their 12th annual Burns Nicht Supper at the Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown. On Saturday, Jan. 27, all are invited to celebrate the life of Scotland's national bard, Robert Burns. There will be Highland piping, a Celtic harpist, an Island fiddler, and Scottish songs for entertainment, and a hearty menu including chicken and leek soup, New York strip steak, mashed potatoes and green beans, and of course, haggis.

Reservations or transportation help should be made by Tuesday, Jan. 23, by calling Patricia at 508-693-4026. The dinner is $45 for members and $50 for non-members. Cocktails and social hour begin at 6 pm, and supper promptly at 7. Highland evening dress or other suitable attire is the dress.


Kwanzaa celebration

The Martha's Vineyard NAACP's annual Kwanzaa celebration is this Saturday, Jan. 13, in Oak Bluffs at the United Methodist Parish House. Everyone is invited to observe the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa and to enjoy a night of celebration with music, activities, and a potluck dinner. The evening begins at 6 pm. For more information, call 508-696-9434.

Scholarship web site launched

The Martha's Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) announces a scholarship web site for post-graduates. MVRHS and Island graduates can visit to learn of scholarship opportunities. Deadlines begin Jan. 31. For more information, call the MVRHS Guidance Dept. at 508-693-1033 ext. 222.

Honoring a great

The Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center and the Martha's Vineyard NAACP invite you to join them for a special Shabbat service to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrate his extraordinary life, dreams, and achievements on Friday, Jan. 12, at 5:30 pm at the Hebrew Center located at 130 Center St., Vineyard Haven.