Community Shorts

Posted August 16, 2007

Roy Lancaster
Roy Lancaster

At Polly Hill

On Tuesday, August 21, British plantsman and horticulturist Roy Lancaster will join Tim Boland, Tom Clark, and Steve Spongberg for "Wine, Cheese, and Trees," at Polly Hill Arboretum. There, you will have the opportunity to walk the grounds and talk trees with this educated group. Space is limited, so call 508-693-9426 to register. Admission is $25.

On August 22, Mr. Lancaster will share his account of worldly adventures searching for new plants. He will show images and description of the exact point of the plant's discovery. The event is at 7:30 pm at Polly Hill, and is $8; $5 for members.

Starfish phenomena

Frederick Hotchkiss, founder of the Marine and Paleobiological Research Institute in Vineyard Haven, presents a talk, "Starfish and the Number Five." Ever since college, he has been passionately interested in starfish, and will share information on the rays of starfish, and the prevalence of the number 5. The talk is at Featherstone Center for the Arts, located on Barnes Road in Oak Bluffs. Seating is limited, and the lecture begins at 7 pm on Tuesday, August 21. For more information, call 508-693-1850.

Conquering Mt. Everest

Experienced mountain climber Ed Webster presents a story and slideshow of his five years on and off Mt. Everest. Both author and photographer, Mr. Webster's presentation is based on his book, "Snow in the Kingdom: My Storm Years on Everest," which combines a historical account of the mountain, the mountain climbing death of his girlfriend, and his successful redemptive climb up an uncharted route on Everest's most dangerous side. The book includes over 450 photographs, and Mr. Webster will be available after the talk to sign books. The event is at the Chilmark library on Monday, August 20, at 7 pm. A dessert reception follows. Donations are accepted to benefit the Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary in Edgartown. For more information, call 508-627-4850.

Whole Foods on-Island

The co-president and COO of Whole Foods Market Inc. will speak at the Chilmark Community Center tonight at 8 pm. Water Robb will offer his views on the second generation of the organic foods revolution, as he is part of the word's leading retailer of natural and organic foods. The lecture is $5 and free for members of the center.

A growing Island

The next Island Plan forum takes place this Wednesday, August 22, and concerns "Development and Growth." The Island Plan has just begun to look at critical issues such as how much, where, and how the Vineyard should grow. The forum will be presented by Jim Athearn, Tom Chase, Henry Stephenson, and Kurt Gaertner. Copies of the forum discussion paper are available at, Island libraries, and the M.V. Commission by calling 508-693-3453.