Community Shorts

Posted June 21, 2007

Stone wall walk

Geologist Robert Thorson, founder of The Stone Wall Initiative in New England, is hosting a lecture and a walk around the Chilmark town center to look at stone walls. Author of "Stone by Stone: The Magnificent History in New England's Stone Walls," Mr. Thorson will first speak on Thursday, June 28, at 5 pm, at the Chilmark library. The guided walk is on Friday, June 29, at 9:30 am. Brought to the community by the Chilmark Historical Society and the Chilmark library, the event is free, but there is a sign-up sheet at the library. For more information, call 508-645-3360.

Spell crafting seminars

Jacki Smith of Coventry Candles Inc., is holding an Experiential Workshop and Hoo Doo informational on July 2 and 3. Learn about ingredients for Coventry candles and expand knowledge of candle spells in the workshop, and discover the origins of Hoo Doo, African American folk magic, which is the core of American witchcraft taught today. Using herbs and oils, Jacki will also review magic correspondence and have a review of candle symbolism. The Experiential Workshop is $60, and is on Monday, July 2, from 6 to 9 pm. The Hoo Doo informational is $30, and takes place on Tuesday, July 3, from 9 to 11 am. Both are at the VFW Post, 14 Towanticut Ave., Oak Bluffs. Pre-register by calling 508-693-8331, or visit New Moon Magick, 4 Chapman Ave., Oak Bluffs.

At Polly Hill Arboretum

Polly Hill Arboretum invites all to Polly's Plant Introductions, the second in a series of arboretum tours given by Tom Clark. See and learn about the plants Polly worked so hard to grow, such as North Tisbury azaleas, deciduous hollies, magnolias, and more. The tour is on June 26 from 10 to 11 am, and is free for members, $5 for others.

Also at the Arboretum learn about clematis, a garden vine, with vine expert Dan Long. Owner of Brushwood Nursery, Mr. Long will elaborate on fine, unusual, and new species of the vine, and will give tips, techniques and a tour of the arboretum's clematis collection. Also, Mr. Long will have vines and climbers from his nursery for sale. You can pre-order plants for pick up at the class by visiting his web site at You must pre-register for the class by calling 508-693-9426. The class is on Wednesday, June 27, from 1 to 3 pm, and costs $24; $20 for members. The arboretum is located on State Road in West Tisbury.

12 steps towards healing

Starting this Friday, June 22, the 12-Step Christian recovery group, a part of the M.V. Chapter of Overcomer's Outreach, begins a weekly summer video series, "A Hunger for Healing: The 12 Steps as a Classic Model for Christian Spiritual Growth." Based on a book by J. Keith Miller, the series will be held every Friday at 7:30 pm at the Vineyard Assembly of God, State Road, Vineyard Haven. For more information, call 508-693-4031.

A working retirement

If you're sick of retirement or just need to ease into getting back to work, the Mature Workers Program of Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands, Inc. can assist you. There are openings in their "Bridge Back to Work" program for people 55 and older, where there is paid work and skill training opportunities available. For more information, call 888-394-4630 or 508-394-4630.

Minnesingers on hold

Due to low response, the Minnesinger 40th reunion planning committee has decided to cancel the upcoming reunion concert on August 26. For those still interested in getting together, Pam (Simmons) and Jim Butterick are hosting an informal gathering, which will include Tom and Arlene Mills. Any other minnesingers from 1967 through 1970 who would like to attend should call the Buttericks at 508-693-6871.

Chowder suppers

This summer, before you head to the Vineyard Sound Concert on any Thursday night at the Federated Church in Edgartown, enjoy a New England Clam Chowder supper, pre-show. The dinner, also at the church, is from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, with the concert beginning at 8 pm. The chowder is served with salad, bread, and dessert, for $8 and $5 for children 12 and under. And, all of the dinner proceeds will go to benefit the Island Food Pantry. The concert has a suggested donation of $7, $5 for children.

First Baptist Church

First Baptist market

This Saturday marks the beginning of the First Baptist Church of Vineyard Haven's "Go Local' weekly summer market, baked goods, and produce sale. Find arts and crafts, clothes, books, and other collectibles every Saturday this summer from 9 am to 2 pm at the church, which is located at 43 Spring Street, Vineyard Haven. Pastor Roger Spinney will have coffee for early visitors, and grill hamburgers and hot dogs for lunch.

If you'd like to reserve a vending space for $25, call Lynn at 508-693-5186. Proceeds benefit the church building fund.