Community Shorts

Posted December 6, 2007

Women's network meeting to focus on local food

In conjunction with their monthly meeting, the Martha's Vineyard Women's Network is holding a "local food" cocktail party and presentation at 6 pm on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at the Vineyard Alternative Heating showroom, 151 Beach Road, Vineyard Haven. Dubbed "The Queens of Cuisine," speakers will be Elizabeth Germain of Food for Well-Being, Ali Berlow of Island Grown Initiative, and Daniele Dominick from the Scottish Bakehouse. The event is open to the public, but there is limited capacity. Pre-register by calling 508-696-3188 or visit The cost is $25 and $20 for members.

Jesse Herman
The children listen intently to Jesse Herman's reading of "Latkes and Applesauce." Photo by Danielle Zerbonne. Click photo for larger version.

Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel

Last Friday, the Edgartown library got a jump-start on Hanukah by hosting a dreidel game afternoon. Children learned how to play with dreidels and played among themselves, and also heard Jewish holiday stories, and enjoyed latkes and applesauce. Jesse Herman read aloud "The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming," by Lemony Snicket, and "Latkes and Applesauce," by Fran Manushkin.

Due to a problem with the library's furnace, they have relocated upcoming holiday events to the Edgartown Town Hall Selectmen's meeting room. All visitors must enter through the back door. The next library holiday event will be during Christmas in Edgartown on Saturday, Dec. 8. From 12 noon to 4 pm, enjoy a drop-in craft time for both children and adults. For more information, call 508-627-6189.

Need a gift idea?

Instead of a material object, The Trustees of Reservations, a non-profit Massachusetts conservation society dedicated to preserving open land, urges you to consider giving a gift of membership this year. With five properties on the Island and 99 in all throughout Massachusetts, this is a great gift for those who live on and off the Island. Included in the membership are free/reduced admission to all properties, discounts at Trustees bed and breakfasts, events, workshops, etc., a copy of The Trustees Property Guide, and a year's subscription to "Special Places," The Trustees quarterly magazine. Memberships range from $45 for an individual, to $600 for a sponsor. If you purchase a gift membership of $100 or more , you will receive a Trustees tote bag. For more information, visit, or call 978-921-1944.

Taylor Smith with Will Oberfest
Taylor Smith, left, plays with Will Oberfest during the Instrumental Music Concert. Photo by Ralph Stewart. Click photo for larger version.

High school high notes

Last week, on Nov. 27 and 29, the Performing Arts Center at the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School was host to two separate concerts; the Instrumental Music Concert and the All-Island Choral Festival. The latter included students in grade seven through 12 in all Island schools.

High school students took the stage and played flutes, saxophones, electric guitars, drums, clarinets, and more in the Instrumental concert on Nov. 27.


As a benefit for several programs, the Vineyard Haven library is offering limited edition sterling silver charms of the library building, perfect for a holiday gift. Commissioned by the Friends of the Vineyard Haven library, proceeds from the sales will go to the children's, summer reading, and summer programs, as well as other Friends events and programs. The charms are $120, and are available at the front desk, or by calling 508-693-0833.

Christmas tree
Photo by Sara Piazza. Click photo for larger version.

Tree of Lights

The 24th annual Martha's Vineyard Hospital Auxiliary Tree of Lights ceremony is this coming Monday, Dec. 10. Since its inception in 1983, the fundraiser has raised over $90,000 for the hospital. As a result of the new construction, the grand pine tree used for the ceremony has been replanted at Mink Meadows Golf Club. This year and until the construction is complete, a temporary tree will be used. The ceremony is in the main lobby of the hospital at 4 pm.

To purchase a light, you may write a check to the Martha's Vineyard Hospital Auxiliary, and mail it to Martha's Vineyard Hospital Volunteer Office, P.O. Box 1477, Oak Bluffs, MA. 02557. Lights are $10 each, in memory or in honor of an individual. Perpetual lights are $125.

Island Plan on Island transit

A new workgroup has formed with the topic of Island transportation on its agenda. The Island Plan Transportation Work Group's kickoff workshop is on Monday, Dec. 10, at 7 pm. Those interested will discuss getting to and around the Island, traffic and road conditions, public transportation, tour buses, taxis, bikes, and pedestrians. The meeting is at the Martha's Vineyard Commission Offices, 33 New York Avenue, in Oak Bluffs. For more information, call 508-693-3453.