Community Shorts

Posted April 19, 2007

Helping hands

Volunteers don't expect a reward for their work, but Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is offering a free lunch for just two hours of your time. Volunteers are needed to move the residents from their upstairs rooms to in-house activities downstairs at Windemere on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10 am to 12 noon.

Activities director Betsy Burmeister has issued the call for help and added the free lunch coupon for the hospital cafeteria as an incentive. If you can help on any or all of these days, call Ms. Burmeister at 508-696-6465, ext. 722.

What's your story?

StoryCorps, an oral history project by NPR radio, is coming to record the stories of willing Islanders. The idea of the project is for participants to record in pairs, such as friends or family. One person interviews the other, with the help of a trained facilitator. Each session is 40 minutes long, and participants each get a CD of the session. Copies of the CD will be given to WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR station, for a future broadcast, and also to the Oral History Center at the Martha's Vineyard Museum, the event's co-sponsor. You may register beginning April 26, by calling 800-850-4406, or by visiting There is limited space available, so register soon. Recordings will take place from May 10 to May 19, in mobile StoryBooths outside of Cronig's Market in Vineyard Haven.

A daughter's interpretation

During her 99-year life on the Island as a prolific writer of nearly 1,000 poems, Dionis Coffin Riggs was unofficially called the poet laureate of Martha's Vineyard. This Sunday, April 22, her daughter Cynthia Riggs of West Tisbury will read aloud her mother's work, and speak about her life. Her work, often compared to Robert Frost, is "deceptively simple," according to her daughter, Cynthia. Hear more about Ms. Coffin Riggs at 11 am, at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Martha's Vineyard, 238 Main St., Vineyard Haven.

Community radio bash

The Martha's Vineyard Community Radio station (WVVY) is hosting a benefit dance this Saturday, April 21, at the Portuguese-American Club in Oak Bluffs. Local DJ Steve McCullough will spin Motown, soul, and R&B. The night begins at 9 pm, and there is a $5 donation that goes to WVVY, a nonprofit, alternative radio station that broadcasts music, comedy, interviews, and talk shows. Future WVVY benefit concerts will be May 19, June 23, and July 28. For more information, call 774-368-0390 or visit

Pre-pre school

Continuing their weekly parent-child activity groups, the Plum Hill School has scheduled watercolor painting for Saturday, April 28. The events, for children up to three and a half years old and parents, are for children to explore, make new friends, and try out simple art activities, with the security of parents being nearby. Later on, parents and children join together for circle games, enjoy a healthy snack and clean-up. A teacher puppet show ends the day. Waldorf Tradition child development and education readings are available.

The series continues with bread baking, finger puppets and storytelling, and nature crafts. The group meets on Saturday mornings from 10 am to 12 noon. Call 508-696-7701 to sign up. Each session is $20. The school is located on Great Neck Rd., West Tisbury, which is off New Lane on the Edgartown-West Tisbury Rd.

Read for Seeds

The FARM Institute invites all to participate in their planting and book sale, Read For Seeds, which benefits the FARM's teaching garden and the Island Food Pantry. Beginning on Monday, April 23, the book sale runs through Sunday, April 29, in the horse barn from 9 am to 5 pm. On Sunday, the last day of the sale, there will be a community potato planting from 12 noon to 2 pm. A portion of the potato crop will be donated to the Island Food Pantry in the fall. If you cannot make it to the sale or planting, you can make a financial contribution to the FARM by sending a check to the FARM Institute, 14 Aero Ave., Edgartown, 02539, with a Read for Seeds memo.

Shoreside sailing class

Sail Martha's Vineyard is offering a hands-on indoor sailing class on three Mondays, beginning April 23. The course is based around a full size Optimist Pram, which will be set up inside the Sail MV building. Learn the organization of the boat and how to rig it, and learn knots and when to use them. To simulate actual sailing, there will be a large fan to demonstrate the importance of wind direction and the process tacking. The class goes from 6:30 pm to 8 pm at Sail MV, 110 Main Street, Vineyard Haven. The class continues on April 30 and May 7, and is $60 for all three. To register, call 508-696-7644.