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Posted October 4, 2007

A cappella in Woods Hole

On hiatus for the summer, the Woods Hole Folk Music Society (WHFMS) concert series opens this Sunday, Oct. 7, for a long winter season of musical entertainment. This week hear Craig, Morgan, Robson, a women's British a cappella harmony trio, who will sing traditional ballads and songs from their native country.

The trio formed four years ago and is made up of Moira Craig of East Kilbride, Sarah Morgan from Hampshire, and Carolyn Robson of Northumberland and Scotland.

A recipient of the "Sidmouth Singer of the Year" award, Ms. Craig performs at club and festivals doing interpretations of Scottish, Irish, and English songs and ballads.

Ms. Morgan has been performing folk music for over 30 years, is involved with the Community Choirs movement, and has published numerous Song Books.

Lastly, Ms. Robson, also involved with the Community Choirs movement, worked as a radio presenter and still sings on air. In addition, she has experience in vocal teaching and has done many performances in clubs and festivals.

The WHFMS offers one-year memberships for $10, and a season pass for $130. A season pass includes admission to all 15 concerts, and no waiting in line.

Craig, Morgan, Robson trio, Woods Hole Folk Music Society concert, 7:30 pm, Sunday, Oct. 7. Community Hall, 68 Water St., Woods Hole. $12; $10 for members. Discounts for students, seniors.

Indian gem

This week's Undiscovered Gem at the Capawock Theatre is "Vanaja," an "extraordinary, beautiful, heart-touching film from India," according to film critic Roger Ebert. Vanaja is a 14-year-old girl of South India and daughter of a poor fisherman. A sooth-sayer predicts she'll one day be a great dancer, and she goes to work for the local landlady in hopes of learning the Kuchipudi dance.

She learns the dance and even begins to master it, but her luck ends when the landlady's 23-year-old son comes home from the U.S. and devastatingly attacks young Vanaja.

The film is the winner of awards at 14 major film festivals around the world, and plays this Sunday afternoon and evening.

"Vanaja" 4 and 7 pm, Sunday, Oct. 7. Capawock Theatre, Main St., Vineyard Haven.

Cape Wind Forum on MVTV

In case you missed the Nantucket Sound Wind Forum held two weeks ago at the Katharine Cornell Theatre, you may see it again on television, channel 13. Showings began on Monday, Oct. 1, and continue daily at different times for 30 showings. Call 508-696-9760 for scheduled times. The forum features Audra Parker from Save Our Sound and Mark Rodgers from Cape Wind, with moderator Judy Crawford.

At Sun Porch Books

Sun Porch Books in Oak Bluffs has added coffee shop goodies and living room furniture to create a mini-café society on Circuit Avenue. In addition to tables and chairs, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, cold beverages, and cookies are available for browsers in the store, which owner Holly Nadler calls her "living room on the town."

In addition to snacks, Ms. Nadler is starting a regular Saturday afternoon program titled "Q&A With," sessions with Island-connected authors, publishers, etc. who will answer questions. The first speaker is Perry Garfinkel, who will speak this Saturday, Oct. 6, in a talk titled "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Buddhism." The event is free, and Mr. Garfinkel will be available to sign books. His bestselling book, "Buddha or Bust," was recently published in Brazil and Italy.

For more information about Sun Porch Books or to organize your own topic and discussion, call 508-693-3880, or e-mail

Strings and keys

The Grace Episcopal Church is hosting a concert this Friday, Oct. 5, with C. Atzic Marquez on fiddle and John Gorman on piano. The musical program includes "Souvenier" by Dradla, "Sonata #10" by W.A. Mozart, "Sonata #2" in A by J. Brahms, and "Meditation 'Thais'" by J. Massenet. Donations are accepted and will benefit the Rector's Outreach Programs.

Fiddle and Piano Concert, 7 pm, Friday, Oct. 5. Grace Episcopal Church, William St., Vineyard Haven. Free-will offering. 508-693-0332.