Community Shorts

Posted August 2, 2007


Medicinal herbalist Holly Bellebuono will lead an informal herb-searching walk next week at the Polly Hill Arboretum next week, followed by a workshop on making your own herbal salves a week later.

The walk is on Tuesday, August 7, from 10 to 11:30 am. Search the grounds for both medicinal and edible herbs and plants while learning medical traditions, identifying tips, and folk heritage. Admission is $15; $12 for members.

The workshop is on Thursday, August 16, and will begin with collecting herbs. Then, Holly will show you how to make oil infusions and beeswax-based ointments. Afterwards, you may take home your herbal creation. The workshop is $40; $35 for members. Pre-register by calling 508-693-9426.

The power of wind

We all have our opinions on Cape Wind, the proposed offshore wind farm in Nantucket Sound. Hear from Wendy Williams, a freelance writer and Cape Cod resident, and Robert Whitcomb, the editorial editor of the Providence Journal, at an evening lecture at the Chilmark Community Center. The two have combined talents and written "Cape Wind: Money, Celebrity, Class, Politics and the Battle for Our Energy Future on Nantucket Sound," which gives "a blow-by-blow account of the project from its inception in 2001 to its ambiguous conclusion today," according to a New York Times book review by William Grimes.

Hear both authors speak on Thursday, August 2, at 8 pm. The lecture is free for members of the center, and $5 for non-members. John Abrams will moderate the discussion, and "Cape Wind" will be available for purchase and signing after the discussion.

Remember Hiroshima

The Martha's Vineyard Peace Council will remember Hiroshima at the Gay Head Lighthouse Monday, August 6, at 6 am. All are welcome to the sunrise gathering to remember that day in 1945, "To share, in word and song, in prayer and silence. To rededicate to justice and peace," according to the press release. There will be a shuttle leaving at 5:15 am from Cronig's in Vineyard Haven, and at 5:30 am from Alley's in West Tisbury.

Land on the go

Currently, 21 percent of land on the Island is neither protected nor developed. How much of that do you think should be open space? That is the topic of the upcoming Island Plan forum titled "Natural Environment." The forum will also address questions such as "How can we improve beach access?" "How can we expand farming?" and "Can we better protect our globally rare habitat?" First, members of the group will provide a summer of findings concerning the talk, and second, will ask for feedback from community members. The forum is free. For a discussion paper summarizing the preliminary conclusions, visit, call the M.V. Commission at 508-693-3453, or at your local library.

African American classics

Adelaide M. Cromwell, professor emerita of sociology at Boston University, will speak next week on her latest book, "Unveiled Voices, Unvarnished Memories: The Cromwell Family in Slavery and Segregation, 1692-1972." The speaker is brought to the Oak Bluffs library by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), founded in 1915. The Martha's Vineyard chapter of ASALH was founded in 2002. The talk will be from 5 to 6 pm on August 9 at the library. For more information, call Bob Hayden at 508-693-8714.

Quest online

Quest Martha's Vineyard, the treasure hunt activity that shows and tells the natural and cultural history of the Island, now has a web site, Online, discover new, unpublished Quests, find out how to create your own Quest, get Quest curriculum, and learn about upcoming Quest events, such as a guided quest. If you don't know about Quest, there are currently 12 Quests around the Island. Each leads to a specific place where Quest'ers find a hidden box. Learn more about the treasure hunts online, or in the M.V. Quest book, available at local bookstores, and at the office of The Martha's Vineyard Times.