Community Shorts

Posted May 31, 2007

White Ginger sale

Find hand-woven silks and organic cottons at White Ginger's eighth annual "A Lighter Step Trunk Show and Sale." Proprietors Katherine Young and Mary Miller offer a range of handmade purses and jewelry, along with the silks and cottons, made by artisans in Cambodia for Tabitha, White Ginger's foundation that works to support the poor in Cambodia by selling their handmade items.

The sale runs from Friday, June 22 to Saturday, July 21 from 10 am to 6 pm at 505 State Road, West Tisbury, between Bea's Fabrics and Eileen Blake's pies. On Saturdays, the sale begins at 8:30 am. For more information, call 508-693-7768 or visit

Organic plants

The Native Earth Teaching Farm is offering $5 heirloom varieties of organically grown tomato and pepper plants, and soon eggplants. Purchase them self-serve, anytime, at the farm on 94 North Road in Chilmark.

Rebecca Gilbert is also offering gardening classes all summer long. The classes are for both beginner and more experienced gardeners. You can take one class or come back each week through the fall harvest.

For more information, call the farm at 508-645-3304.

Buddhist retreat

The three Buddhist wings of practice, "Theravada", "Vajrayana", and "Mahayana" all have locations on the Island, leaving residents an abundant supply of choices when it comes to practicing. On Saturday, June 9, practice the earliest wing, "Theravada", with Chas Di Capua, at the Unitarian-Universalist Chapel in Vineyard Haven. From 9 am to 4 pm, take part in sitting and walking meditation, discussion, and a dharma talk, "Turning Towards the Dharma." The fee is $30. Brown bag lunch included at noon. Fruit, crackers, dips, and beverages supplied. To register, call 508-693-2827 or 508-627-9835. Registration deadline is June 6; half-day registration is available.

First Baptist Church
Illustration courtesy of the First Baptist Church

Reserve your space

The Tisbury Home Grown Market begins its weekly schedule on Saturday, June 23. Local produce, fresh baked goods, used books, and handmade crafts can be found weekly at the First Baptist Church in Vineyard Haven. If you would like to reserve space, call 508-693-5186. The market is from 9 am to 1 pm on Saturdays through August.

Anniversary party

The Tisbury Senior Center is celebrating their 16th year with a big party on Sunday, June 3, from 2 to 4 pm. Delicious food from the Culinary Arts Department of the regional high school will be served and Ray Frazio will provide the music.

Stop by for this party and open house. The senior center is located on Pine Tree Road.


Girl Scout Troop 802 wants you to relax and perhaps take a nap in a comfortable hammock. You don't have a hammock? Buy one from the scouts this weekend.

These special hammocks are portable, easy to set up, perfect for the beach, come with their own carrying case, and can hold up to 300 pounds. They are being sold for $50 each.

The hammock sale will take place at the Murphy home, 26 Fairfield Avenue, Vineyard Haven, on Saturday, June 2, from 9 to 11 am. Money raised from the sale will go toward the troop's Boston trip and for the Girl Scouts building fund.

Animals in art

There will be an opening reception for the show Animals in Art at Featherstone Center for the Arts on Sunday, June 3, from 4 to 6 pm. The show includes photographs and paintings of animals on the Vineyard and off. More than 15 artists have work on display, including photographs by Harvey Beth, Jeanne Campbell, and Bob Schellhammer, dog paintings by Carolyn Daniele, pottery animals created by Washington Ledesma and underwater coral and sea anemones by Bob Rosenbaum.

The show runs through June 15. The gallery is open daily from 12 noon to 4 pm. For more information, call Featherstone at 508-693-1850. Featherstone is located on Barnes Road in Oak Bluffs.