Raising their voices
The Martha's Vineyard Public Charter School Community Chorus, under the direction of Roberta Kirn, presents Songs of Peace, Hope and Light on Thursday, Dec. 18 at the Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center on Center Street in Vineyard Haven. The chorus is composed of children from all grades, as well as members of the Martha's Vineyard community. The concert is free, and will include traditional as well as contemporary seasonal music.
The Martha's Vineyard Figure Skating Club presents their Holiday Exhibition this Sunday, Dec. 14 at 2:30 pm. Enjoy performances by skaters of all levels at the Martha's Vineyard Arena. The organization accepts donations at the door towards their scholarship fund.
In need of gift ideas? Seastone Papers offers a class this Monday on Polaroid Transfers and Emulsion Lifts. In other words, bring slides, photos, collages, or 3-D objects and without damaging, transfer them onto film, which can then be transferred onto a variety of paper. The images are fresco-like, and make a unique piece of art. The class is from 9:30 am to 3 pm. For more information, call Sandy Bernat at 508-693-5786.
This coming Tuesday, Dec. 16, the Vineyard Sinfonietta performs a holiday concert at the Vineyard Haven library. Beginning at 7:30 pm, hear music by composers Telemann, Gluck, Glazunov, Warlock, Britten, Willson, and Gershwin by Jan Hyer and Heidi Schultz on cello, Matt Pelikan on viola, Jo-Ann Ewing and Patricia Szucs on violin, and Holly Wayman and Nan White on flute. A reception with punch and cookies follows the concert. For more information, call 508-696-4211.
Photo by Ralph Stewart
I'd like to thank the Academy
This past Sunday at Vineyard Playhouse was an occasion for Tea & Spirits, an award ceremony recognizing the year's artistic achievements and giving awards to those who contributed to the theater's success. While wine, tea, and treats were enjoyed, those attending celebrated the generous efforts of the 12 award recipients. Among them were Dr. Gerry Yukevich and Caroline Sharp, winners of the Olga Award (named for theater patron Olga Hirshhorn), and John Lipsky and Joann Green Brewer, winners of the Patricia Neal Award, in honor of "outstanding achievement in theater arts at The Vineyard Playhouse."
Golden Crow Awards were distributed to Steve Bernier, of Cronig's Market, and Chris Decker of The Tisbury Printer; performer Christopher Kann; staff members Kate Hancock and Stephen M. Zablotny; volunteer Rich Kugler; a special Playhouse family, Jules, Jenny and Halley Feiffer; a special Playhouse couple: Sally and George Cohn; and American theater luminaries Robert Brustein and James Lapine. Special awards were given to major supporters, Ellen Liman and Claudia Miller.
The program also included a moment of remembrance for actor Paul Benedict, who died in his Aquinnah home last week. Mr. Benedict served on the Honorary Board of the Playhouse and appeared frequently in staged readings.
The Nutcracker, with a cast of 76, including 14 professional dancers from the Atlantic Coast Academy of Dance, was performed Saturday and Sunday at the Performing Arts Center in Oak Bluffs. In its 11th season, the production featured more than 40 young girls from the Martha's Vineyard School of Ballet. The show's director, Beth Vages, has been putting on productions of the Nutcracker here and on the Cape for 15 years.
Photos by Ralph Stewart