Community Shorts

Posted July 5, 2007

Summer youth project

Students in kindergarten through eighth grade are invited to participate in a poster design contest for Coastsweep, a state program established 20 years ago to reduce marine debris and encourage volunteers to clean up the coast. This year, the poster winner will receive aquarium tickets, tee-shirts, and an REI outdoor school voucher for two, which is good for any class or outing they offer, from kayaking and hiking to biking and photography. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, July 18. For more information, call Pauline Westhaver at 617-287-5570, email, or visit

Seafare thee well

As part of the Vineyard Cup & Seafaring Festival Weekend the first nautical antiques sale will be held at the Tisbury Wharf on Sunday, with vendors such as Pyewackets, Beach Plum Antiques, Above Board Salvage and Antiques, Abby-Ems, and ML Pikor. Find oars, pictures, ship lanterns, antique Island maps, buoys, portholes, and more. And for entertainment, there will be music, guest speakers, workshops and tours. Visit the wharf on Vineyard Haven Harbor from 12 noon to 5 pm. For more information on the sale, call Joanne Leighton at 508-627-5181. Visit for more information.

Volunteer at Felix Neck

Have a few extra hours on your hands this summer? Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary is looking for people who can commit a minimum of four hours a week as a desk receptionist. Duties include answering phones, greeting visitors, registering people for public programs and memberships, and handling cash and credit card sales for admissions and the gift shop. Felix Neck is part of Mass Audubon, which works to protect the nature of Massachusetts, for both wildlife and people. Call Marion Hammond at 508-627-4850 ext. 101 if you are interested.

A stellar talk and tour

Join Paul Cappiello at Polly Hill Arboretum for their first lecture in the summer evening series as he speaks on "Stellar Trees for the Garden." Learn more about the assortments and beauty of small, ornamental trees such as dogwoods, crabapples, and stewartias. His book, "Dogwoods," will be available for signing after the lecture, on Wednesday, July 11, at 7:30 pm. Admission is $8; $5 for members.

The next day, Thursday, July 12, join Mr. Cappiello from 10 to 11:30 am on a small flowering tree tour throughout Polly Hill's grounds. The tour is $15; $12 for members. To register, call 508-693-9426.

Go join the circus

If you have ever felt like telling your children that, here is your opportunity to send them to circus camp. For the first time Island Gymnastics brings two weeks of circus arts to the Island. Have fun and learn skills such as balance, strength, acrobatics, and timing. Children ages 6 to 13 will use unicycles, stilts, the flying trapeze, and work on juggling, the hula hoop, and plate-spinning, along with many more circus props and equipment. Also, learn performance tricks such as miming, magic, balloon-animals, and more. Week one is from July 17 to July 21; week two is July 24 to July 28. The camp meets Tuesday and Thursday from 5 to 7:30 pm, and Saturday from 9 to 11:30 am. One week costs $200, and two weeks costs $325. Scholarships are available to current Island Gymnastics Training School students who qualify. For more information, call 508-693-8358 or e-mail

Also at Island Gymnastics is a 10-week summer gymnastics camp, for children over age 4. The camp runs until August 31, and is designed to increase skill, strength, flexibility, and self-esteem. Call the number above for more information or to register.

Emerson Haslam
On May 4, Emerson Haslam of Edgartown enjoyed the first lobster roll of the 2007 season. Photo by Danielle Zerbonne

Lobster Fridays

If you like lobster rolls, consider dinner a done deal every Friday evening, thanks to the Grace Episcopal Church in Vineyard Haven. This year, the church won "Best of the Vineyard" for best lobster rolls. From 4:30 to 7:30 pm, enjoy the main course, along with a drink and potato chips, for $13. For another $3, get a slice of pie for dessert. If you'd rather eat somewhere else, you can get take-out by calling your order in ahead of time. The church is located on Woodlawn Avenue, off of Main Street. For more information and for take-out, call 508-693-0332.

At The Bodhi Path

Lama Tsony, one of the Bodhi Path's foremost lamas and teacher throughout Europe and the United States, returns to the Island for a series from July 6 to July 8. An introductory talk by him, "Timeless Wisdom for Modern Times: How to bridge spiritual practice into daily life," is from 7 to 8:30 pm on Friday, July 6. On both Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 12 noon and 2 to 4 pm, his topic is "Recalling the qualities of the three jewels sutra," a focus on the three objects of refuge: Buddha, Dharma, and the Sangha. Participants are not required to attend all sections, and may come and go as they please. Bring a lunch if you'd like. The suggested donation for each day is $15 to $20. The Bodhi Path is located at 21 Laurand Drive, across from the airport in West Tisbury. For more information, call 508-696-5929.

Beloved Sippewisset

Author Tim Travers, who recently wrote "Sippewisset: Or, Life on a Salt Marsh," will speak about his book on Tuesday, July 10, at 7 pm at the Vineyard Haven library. The Cape Cod author will introduce the often-studied marsh through its history, science, and present reality through his eyes. Mr. Travers will also talk about the mix of people who surround the marsh, from the "Oyster Lady," to a sea captain who took his own life as the bass population began to suffer. Join Mr. Travers at the library at 7 pm for the free lecture.

A Whale of a Sale

The Federated Church Unity Club's Whale of a Sale and Luncheon began in a tiny cabin near the church, which served as the Parish House, and a pup tent. Now in a completely different Parish House, the event has grown to include many tables filled with gifts for sale. This year's chairpersons are Sue Johnson and Shirley Dewing, who are working with a number of volunteers. Find a raffle, craft tables, baked goods, plants, and more. If you're hungry, enjoy lobster rolls, sandwiches, beverages, and desserts. The sale is from 11 am to 2 pm at the Federated Church Parish House on S. Summer Street in Edgartown. For more information, call Lorraine St. Pierre at 508-627-5158.

Your turn at bat

The Oak Bluffs Public Library says "Step up to the plate." Come to the library on Tuesday, July 10, between 10 am and 8 pm and enter a raffle for a 2007 team set of baseball cards. You choose your favorite team. You can also win a trip to Cooperstown, N.Y., to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame.

For more information, call the library at 508-693-9433.

Chappy ice cream social

The Chappaquiddick Community Center will host their first ice cream social of the season on Wednesday, July 11, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. After the social, there will be a concert by the a cappella group, Vineyard Sound, a first for Chappy. The concert begins at 7:30 pm.

The cost for the ice cream social is $3.50. Tickets for the concert are $15 for adults; $5 for children age 10 to 16; and children under 10 are free. For more information, call 508-627-8222 or visit