Community Shorts

Posted May 17, 2007

"More Than Art"

Do you dream of having an Offshore Ale beer named after you? Or wish to spend an evening of entertainment with Bob Glover, an Emmy-award winning producer? Mr. Glover is the auctioneer at this year's Habitat for Humanity of Martha's Vineyard's "More Than Art" auction on Friday, May 25. Along with the Offshore item, there are pieces from Island artists Traeger DiPietro, Peggy Zablotny, and Michele Dangelo, dinners, harbor cruises, massages, and much more. The night begins with a silent auction at 6 pm, including hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. Following at 7 pm is a sit-down dinner and live auction, all taking place at the Harbor View Hotel, North Water Street, Edgartown. Tickets are $50, and tables of 10 may be reserved. For more information and for tickets, call 508-696-4646.

Birding tours

For years, Islanders Robert and Wendy Culbert have been bird watching on the Island, leading natural history classes, and walks. This year, they will be leading bird education walks at a variety of Island locations, every Saturday. The tours can be short, guided walks near your property, or car caravans that go to different sites; for Islanders and tourists. Self-guided tour brochures can also be developed. Tour topics range from animal and plant identifications, animal behavior, conservation, bird migration and more. The tours are from 8 am to 11 am, and meet at the high school parking lot by the athletic fields, and are $10 per person. For more information, call 508-693-4908.

Two great men

Friends and family of Dr. Milton Mazer and Dr. John Pearce will gather to honor their memories this Saturday, May 19, at 1 pm in the courtyard of Martha's Vineyard Community Services (MVCS), on Edgartown-Vineyard Haven road in Oak Bluffs. Both men played significant roles in MVCS; "Here at MVCS we remember our friends Milton and John with great respect and affection," says an MVCS press release. If you are interested in attending the memorial reception, please contact Mary Jean Connelly at 508-693-7900 ext. 267.

Photo by Diana Waring

Preserving West Tisbury

If you live in West Tisbury and are concerned with protecting trails and ancient ways, the byways committee needs you. If you would like to be a member, send a letter of interest by June 4 to the West Tisbury Planning Board, P.O. Box 278, West Tisbury, MA 02575, or e-mail

Elizabeth Castellana and Monica Canfield-Lenfest
Elizabeth Castellana (left) and Monica Canfield-Lenfest talk about COLAGE and the 24-poster traveling exhibit. Photo by J. W. Smith

Words can hurt, heal

With their exhibit titled "That's So Gay," the Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere (COLAGE) use this derogatory phrase and defuse it by shedding light on their lives. With LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender) parents, these children have had to deal with more than their share of unkind remarks. COLAGE was formed to help children, called queerspawn, and give them a space to address their particular needs.

Two members of COLAGE spoke at the Vineyard Haven Public Library on May 5, guests of the local chapter of PFLAG, Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. u

"That's So Gay" exhibit can be seen through May at the Vineyard Haven library on Main Street.

Father Nagle
Father Nagle blesses the bikes as they leave the gathering.

Divine ride

Donned in a Martha's Vineyard Harley Riders jacket, Father Michael Nagle, of the Good Shepherd Parish, performed the blessing of the motorcycles at the Steamship Wharf in Oak Bluffs this past Sunday.

Cyclist Linda Wood counted 41 motorcycles in the blessing, which was sponsored by the Martha's Vineyard Harley Riders Club.