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Posted November 29, 2007

Woods Hole folk

This week's Woods Hole Folk Music Society concert features John McCutcheon who will perform folk songs on guitar, dulcimer, banjo, and other traditional instruments. Having performed in Kentucky union halls and churches, he is compared to Will Rogers and Garrison Keillor. The acclaimed songwriter has five Grammy award finalists. He last performed in Woods Hole nine years ago, and since then has recorded nine albums. His latest is "This Fire." He travels far to perform: he recently headlined festivals in Australia, and toured Nicaragua to benefit a children's literacy program.

John McCutcheon in concert, Sunday, Dec. 2, 7:30 pm. Woods Hole Folk Music Society, Community Hall, 68 Water Street, Woods Hole. $12; $10 for members, discount for seniors and children. Doors open at 7 pm. For more information, call 508-540-0320 or visit

Sarah Ortlip-Sommers and Caitlin Serpa
Sarah Ortlip-Sommers, left, and Caitlin Serpa play "To the Market." Photo by Danielle Zerbonne. Click photo for larger version.

Thanksgiving concert

Eight musicians performed at the Thanksgiving Concert at the First Congregational Church of West Tisbury on Saturday. Produced by Rebekah Nivala, the two-part concert featured piano, violin, viola, cello, and flute performances with music by J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Hadyn, and Shubert, among others.

Writing for children

This Monday, Dec. 3, the Writing for Children Critique Group will meet from 7 to 9 pm at Marilyn Hollinshead's home. The relatively new group meets monthly to discuss news in the children's book world, ideas, and on-going writing projects. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, Jan. 7. For directions, call Marilyn at 508-693-5803, or e-mail mphollinshead@

Artisans Holiday Festival
The scene at the Artisans Holiday Festival last Saturday at the Ag Hall. Photo by Danielle Zerbonne. Click photo for larger version.

Holidays with the Artisans

This past weekend was the 12th annual Vineyard Artisans Holiday Festival, held at the Ag Hall in West Tisbury. Festival-goers enjoyed food from the Slice of Life in Oak Bluffs while eyeing handmade work from over 85 Island artists and artisans. There were seasonal items such as Christmas tree decorations and wreaths, and good gift ideas such as jewelry, artwork, and pottery for any time of year. This was the last event of the year for Vineyard Artisans, who will begin their festivals again next spring. For more information, visit