Nature and Nurture
On Saturday, Nov. 15, from 11am-1:30 pm, the Polly Hill Arboretum repeats last year's program, Nature and Nurture. Join PHA staff for a tour of the grounds and learn the stories and history of their special trees and plants. Enjoy a bowl of soup and a soup-making demonstration by Cathy Walthers, author of "Raising the Salad Bar." $30; $25 for PHA members. Pre-register by calling 508-693-9426.
New home for Family Planning
The Friends of Family Planning invite the community to a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house this Sunday, Nov. 16, at their new location, 517 State Road Condominiums in Vineyard Haven. With the help of many donors, the organization bought and renovated a condo for both clinic and office space. Join them from 2 to 4 pm. For more information, call 508-696-6130 or 508-693-1208.
In the moonlight
Experience Felix Neck under the moonlight tonight. Join director Suzan Bellincampi at the wildlife sanctuary for a brisk evening walk to greet the full moon rising over Sengekontakcet Pond. Thursday, Nov. 13, at 4:15 pm.
Habitat for Humanity continues work on their current project, located at 21 11th Street South in Edgartown, and are looking for volunteers. Both skilled and unskilled workers are welcome to help in a variety of tasks that change weekly. Build days are Friday and Saturday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and continue weekly into the spring. For more information, call 508-696-4646 or visit habitatmv.org.
Photo by Mary Baker
Making pigs of themselves
Oink. Saturday, Nov. 8, was an all-day pumpkin feast for Island pigs. Feed a Pig a Pumpkin Day was also a sustainable way for Vineyarders to dispose of their week-old jack-o'-lanterns. The event, which involved the Allen Farm and Native Earth Teaching Farm in Chilmark, FARM Institute in Edgartown, and SBS in Vineyard Haven, was sponsored by Island Grown Initiative to bring awareness to the simple ways that Islanders can nourish the local farms that nourish them.
Though it's cold and gets dark early, riders and horses work to stay in shape during the winter months. Last weekend at Red Pony Farm in West Tisbury, regular visitor/instructor Tom Davis held a clinic for riders of all levels. Head instructor at Flatlands Equestrian Center in Rehoboth, Mr. Davis teaches on Martha's Vineyard about once a month.
Riding in the clinic was high school and work-study student Mariah Moreis of Oak Bluffs, on Calli. Mariah, a junior, works at Red Pony two to three times a week. In turn, she gets lessons, the opportunity to ride in clinics, and lease Calli.
Photos by Ralph Stewart
The roar of the crowd
On Sunday, the Martha's Vineyard Harley Riders (MVHR) took to the road to raise donations and contributions of new toys, clothing and books for the Red Stocking Fund. The MVHR has been a long-time supporter of the fund that provides needy children with gifts for the holidays. After making stops in the down-Island towns, the riders returned to the Portuguese-American Club in Oak Bluffs, where they were welcomed back by friends and Red Stocking volunteers, and treated to lunch hosted by club members Barbara and Paul Humber.
high school senior Jessica Seidman.
Photos by Ralph Stewart