Short Subjects

Posted October 11, 2007

Through the lens

Chris Baer and Janice Baer would like to de-mystify the digital camera for you in a four-session workshop beginning Thursday, Oct. 18, from 6 to 9 pm at the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School. The workshop will include shooting techniques, contemporary and classic photography, correcting and enhancing images with Photoshop CS3, digital printing, and much more.

Mr. Baer is the art, design, and technology instructor at the high school and Ms. Baer is the director of the Center for Creative Expression. The workshop costs $250 and the class size is limited to 12. For more information, call 508-696-8797 or email

LOL with IMP in OB

The IMP Improv Comedy troupe is performing at the Oak Bluffs library a week from tonight, on Thursday, Oct. 18. The show starts at 6:30 pm. The performance is part of the library's "Teen Read Week" and themed "LOL @ your library." Snacks will be provided. For more information, call 508-693-9433.

April Verch

Fiddle, song and dance

For the first time, fiddler, step-dancer, and singer April Verch will perform at the Woods Hole Folk Music Society concert series next Sunday, Oct. 21. Ms. Verch, of Ottawa, is known for her country songs, roots music, French Canadian fiddle tunes and songs from Appalachia. She began playing the fiddle and step-dancing at age 3, and has since won many awards. She also was nominated for a JUNO, Canada's version of the Grammy award. In the concert, she will be joined by Marc Bru on percussion, Issac Callender on guitar, and Cody Walters on upright electric bass.

April Verch Band, Woods Hole Folk Music Society Concert, Sunday, Oct. 21, 7:30 pm, Community Hall, 68 Water St., Woods Hole. $12; $10 for members; senior and children discounts. Doors open at 7 pm. 508-540-0320.

Children's art classes

Sense of Wonder Creations announces their art classes available for the 2007-2008 season. Instruction is offered in drawing, painting, hand and wheel clay, sculpture, printmaking, history, community service projects, and more. The classes are for children from age five to 13, and run from October through May. For more information, call Pam Benjamin at 508-693-3142.

Alzheimer's benefit

The Vineyard Playhouse will have an encore performance of "Slow Train Coming," Maureen Hourihan's trilogy of short plays on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 7 pm. Ms. Hourihan wrote the play as a tribute to her father who had Alzheimer's disease. The show is a fully staged reading directed by MJ Bruder Munafo and features Clark Maffitt, BeeBee Horowitz Kendall, Paul Munafo and Victoria Campbell. The play follows the journey of one family as they cope with the realities of the disease and the life lessons learned along the way. The evening will begin with Arlene Bodge reading selections from her own writings on the subject of memory loss.

A portion of the proceeds from Saturday's show will benefit Alzheimer's Services of Cape Cod and the Islands. The organization's goal is to raise awareness and funds.

"Slow Train Coming," Saturday, Oct. 13, 7 pm, at Vineyard Playhouse, 24 Church St., Vineyard Haven. Tickets $20. For more information, visit or call 508-696-6300.

A ewe and her triplets at the Thompson Farm. This photo originally appeared in the April 5 Times. Photo by Julian K. Robinson

Through two lenses

Two Island photographers have their photos included in the 2008 calendar published by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources.

A close-up of a pig at the Martha's Vineyard Agricultural Fair by Kelly DeBettencourt of Tisbury is featured in the month of January; while a sheep with triplet lambs taken at the Thompson Farm in Tisbury by Oak Bluffs photographer Julian K. Robinson won honorable mention and appears on the February page.

Both photographers were invited to last month's Big E state fair in Springfield to accept their awards.

To order a copy of the 2008 calendar, send a check for $10 made payable to: Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom, Inc., P.O. Box 345, Seekonk, MA 02771. For more information, visit

Encore film

"Vanaja," the touching film from India, receives an encore showing on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 pm, at the Capawock Theater in Vineyard Haven.

The film won 14 major awards at festivals around the world and tells the story of the caste system that shapes the life of a teenage girl.