The Yard announced last week that they have been selected for listing in the prestigious Massachusetts Catalogue for Philanthropy for 2007. Of the 390 charities that applied for a new listing, the Yard was among the 54 selected. The catalogue's purpose is to educate donors and strengthen the state's culture of philanthropy. According to catalogue president George McCully, "The Yard, Inc., was chosen because they are a great example of 'private initiatives for public good, focusing on quality of life' in Massachusetts, and because they are both excellent and cost-effective."
It was also announced that The Yard ranked third in the state among dance organizations with the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The Yard receives funding from the National Endowment for the Arts through its Access to Artistic Excellence grant program along with support from Dukes County Charitable Trust, the Martha's Vineyard Cultural Council, the Martha's Vineyard Rotary Club, and the Permanent Endowment Fund of Martha's Vineyard, and Island business sponsors.
The Yard's mission is to support the creation of new work through their residency program. In addition, the Yard presents world-class dance and performing artists as well as school programs and community classes.
Christmas on ice
The Island Ice Skating School hosted their first Winter Extravaganza ice show this past Friday night, Dec. 7. Skaters of all ages entertained with routines set to holiday songs such as "All I Want for Christmas," "Happy New Year, Baby," and "Dominic the Donkey." The show benefited the Island Food Pantry as the admission price was a food donation.
Island Ice was established this past March, and offers three types of programs. weSkate 1 and 2 are basic lessons, Beginning Freestyle will begin in January, and private and semi-private lessons are for those who complete the former.
This skating school is a member of the Ice Skating Institute. For more information, call Julie Meader, founder of the school, at 508-693-9798. Along with Ms. Meader, Diana Woods and Ashley Hamilton also coach.
Writing down our memories
"Spice of Life - Memoir Organization and Writing" was such a popular class a few months ago that the Tisbury Senior Center has scheduled another series to begin on Jan. 3. Susan Klein will teach the classes each Thursday, through Feb. 21, from 1:30 to 4 pm. Ms. Klein is the recipient of the 2007 Creative Living Award and is an internationally known storyteller. She is the author of "Through a Ruby Window: A Martha's Vineyard Childhood."
If you are interested in writing your life story for a legacy for family and friends or for publication, call Ms. Klein at 508-693-4140. There will be a registration fee.
Celtic Christmas music
Just across the water in Woods Hole the folk music society hosts a popular concert series. This Sunday, Dec. 16, Matt and Shannon Heaton will perform Celtic Christmas music at Community Hall on Water Street, a very short walk from the ferry.
Matt and Shannon Heaton have been performing Irish music together for more than a decade. Sunday's concert will feature music from their latest CD, "Fine Winter's Night." The CD brings together sacred and secular music from the 12th through the 21st century and blends traditional and original lyrics and melodies.
Woods Hole Folk Music Society concert, Sunday, Dec. 16, 7:30 pm, Community Hall, 68 Water Street, Woods Hole. Tickets are $12 or $10 for members. For more information, call 508-540-0320.
Movie casting call
Detrick Lawrence Productions has issued a casting call for male voices for their documentary "Zeb-Schooner Life." They are looking for actors to play the voices of Zeb Tilton; historian Henry Kittredge; and writer John Leavitt.
The auditions are by appointment on Tuesday, Dec. 18, from 3:30 pm to 8:30 pm, at the Vineyard Playhouse, 24 Church St., Vineyard Haven. For more information, call 508-627-8844 or visit detricklawrence.com.