"Spice of life"
Susan Klein's memoir organization and writing course entitled "Spice of Life" will run from Thursday, Oct. 2 to Nov. 20 at the Tisbury Senior Center on Pine Street. Because space is limited, register for the course as soon as possible by calling Ms. Klein at 508-693-4140. Recipient of the 2007 Creative Living Award, Susan Klein is an internationally known storyteller and author of "Through a Ruby Window: A Martha's Vineyard Childhood."
The Cape Cod Playwright's Competition committee announces its third annual Full-length Play Competition, open to new and experienced playwrights living on Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket. One play will be awarded the $1,000 Kaplan Prize and will have a staged reading in June 2009 on the historic Gertrude Lawrence Stage in West Dennis as part of Eventide Arts' 2008-2009 season. Plays must have 10 characters or fewer and be submitted before October 30 in a binder in Standard Play Format and single-sided on the page. Plays may be edited and resubmitted by Feb. 28. For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Send your play with $15 registration fee to Play Competition, c/o JMLoring, P.O. Box 338 Monument Beach, MA 02553. Make checks out to Eventide Arts, Inc.
Martha's Vineyard School of Ballet moves
Martha's Vineyard School of Ballet moves to a new location at Camp Jabberwocky on Greenwood Avenue in Vineyard Haven. The new studio is complete with professional barres, mirrors, and a professional floor. Classes for all ages begin Monday, Sept. 29. To register, call 508-693-0023.
New coffeehouse seeks performers
The United Methodist Cooperative Ministry is looking for an eclectic mix of talented amateur performers for a new coffeehouse concept that will start in late November at the Trinity Church Parish House in Oak Bluffs. Their aim is to feature a blend of local and off-Island talent, refreshments, and conversation. Performers would entertain in a respectful, family-friendly manner for free in return for the open venue. If interested, call the Cooperative Ministry Office at 508-645-3100.
Photo by Dan Cabot
Vineyard honors Eric Turkington
About 100 Vineyarders, many of them elected officials, gathered at the Agricultural Hall in West Tisbury on Sunday afternoon for a wine-and-hors d'oeuvres party to thank retiring state representative Eric Turkington. The gathering was organized by a large committee headed by Rhonda Cohen of Edgartown, Barbara Day of West Tisbury, and Russell Smith, longtime liaison to Representative Turkington for Martha's Vineyard. Tristan Israel and Paul Thurlow provided music, and there was a short program of speakers. Old friends Bob Sawyer, Roger Wey, Warren Doty, John Early, and Mr. Smith thanked Mr. Turkington for his many legislative actions favoring Vineyard interests. Richard Knabel presented Mr. Turkington with a small snapshot of a large framed photograph with a brass plaque acknowledging his 20 years of service. The larger photo, of Martha's Vineyard taken from space, will become Mr. Turkington's after he leaves office on January 1.
Mr. Turkington is running for Register of Probate in Barnstable County.