Warm up to Susan Klein's acclaimed storytelling this Friday, Jan. 30, as she continues her one-woman-show at Grace Church in Vineyard Haven. Combining folklore, literary, and love stories, Ms. Klein has made a name for herself by traveling throughout the U.S. and Europe telling stories and teaching memoir writing workshops. "A Winter's (Tall) Tale" begins at 7 pm; admission is $15; $10 for seniors. For more information, call the church at 508-693-0332.
On the walls
Images of exotic climes by Aquinnah resident Lisa Vanderhoop adorn the walls of Sovereign Bank in Chilmark from January 30 through February. Well-known for her Vineyard Seadogs calendars, she also offers Seadog Valentine cards for sale.
"Breaking Away" in Chilmark
The Chilmark library and the Martha's Vineyard Film Festival continue their "Eight Films on Courage" program this Friday evening with "Breaking Away," rated PG. Dennis Quaid, Dennis Christopher, and Daniel Stern star in this 1979 coming-of-age film about teenagers trying to figure out life after high school. Admission is free; popcorn is served. For more information, call 508-645-3360.
Ameriprise Financial hosts a free luncheon presentation this Friday, Jan. 30. From 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, hear from Christopher Reed, regional sales director for Columbia Management Distributors on "Economic & Market Outlook - Election, Economy and Markets." The event is at The Grill on Main in Edgartown. Pre-register by calling 508-627-7777.
Photos by Ralph Stewart
A Toast to Rabbie
Note: This is an excerpt from the toast given at the annual Burns Nicht Supper held Saturday, Jan. 24, at Edgartown's Harbor View Hotel. Sponsored by the Scottish Society, the occasion celebrated the 250th anniversary of Scottish poet Robert Burns.
If a Scot be ripe for toastin',
If a Scot be fit for praise,
If a Scot stands high above the rest
For the way he spent his days,
Let's raise a cup now, all about,
And celebrate the cheer
That Rabbie Burns has brought to the world
Now for two hundred, fifty years.
Nay, no poet was 'ere as fecund or fine
To be borne out of dear Scotland's womb.
Dear Rabbie Burns, fervent, fiery and fair,
Was plucked in the prime of his bloom.
'Tis Rabbie who wrote of the "red, red rose,"
And told of Tam 'o Shanter's fierce ride
'Tis Rabbie who still sings us the new year in,
And strolls with us through the Rye.
'Tis Rabbie who says that a man is a man,
That a witch can run faster than fast,
'Tis Rabbie who pities the mouse in the field
And scolds the louse on the bonnet of a lass.
Yes, Rabbie's eye looked both high and low
For details in life's daily endeavors
Sure, Rabbie's wit could capture an instant's joy
To make it endure forever.
Dr. Yukevich is an Island physician as well as an author and regular participant in Island theater.
Photo by Susan Safford
Back in town
John Cruz surfed into town on a wave of inaugural fever for a single performance Saturday evening, Jan. 24, at the Katharine Cornell Theatre. Straight from a scheduled appearance at the Hawaii for Obama Inaugural Gala in Washington, his up-tempo blend of folk, rock, jazz, and his native Hawaiian music had the full house applauding for more. His playing buddy, Joe Keenan, from the old days when Mr. Cruz lived on the Vineyard, joined him for one set. Like his show last year, he was backed by his band, a mellow, skilled group. Mr. Cruz told inauguration stories before his encore of "America" and a couple of other patriotic songs that the audience joined in on.
New chapter: Year of the Ox
On Saturday afternoon, Jan. 24, the Edgartown Public Library hosted a Chinese New Year celebration, in which children enjoyed a dragon parade, refreshments, Chinese music, and a variety of games and craft activities. It was a fun and educational way to bid farewell to the Year of the Rat and greet the new year, which belongs to the Ox. The celebration, also known as the Lunar New Year, begins on the first day of the first lunar month in the Chinese calendar.
Photos by Ralph Stewart
In support of its expansion program, the Edgartown library is raffling a Valentine's Day gift basket. Made by library trustee Elizabeth Cosgrove, it includes a DVD of "The Notebook," Organic Love coffee and a mug from Espresso Love, a library bear, computer programs, Valentine fortune cookies, and more. Tickets, which can be purchased at the library, are $3; 2 for $5; 10 for $20. A winner will be drawn on Friday, Feb. 13 at 4 pm. For more information, call 508-627-4221.
From Carhartt to Cartier
Martha's Vineyard Online (MVOL) seeks men who want makeovers. One Island male will win a salon treatment at Maggie's Salon, a clothing item from The Green Room, a Valentine's Day dinner for two at Zephrus, and a bottle of champagne from MVOL. Each contestant must send a photo along with name and contact information to email@example.com or at the MVOL office in Vineyard Haven by 5 pm on Tuesday, Feb. 10. For contest details, visit mvol.com/makeover.
Ryan M. McCarthy, previously of Edgartown, was recently recognized as 2009 Teacher of the Year at Sierra Vista Academy in Scottsdale, Ariz., where he works as a special education teacher. Ryan graduated from Martha's Vineyard Regional High School in 1999.
"Zeb Schooner Life," a documentary film by Detrick Lawrence Productions of Edgartown, recently won Best of Show from the California-based Accolade Competition.
Kayo B. Oliveira
Maralisy Lobo and Josmar Oliveira of Edgartown announce the birth of their son, Kayo Braganca Siqueira Lobo de Oliveira, on January 20 at Martha's Vineyard Hospital. Kayo weighed 10 pounds, 3 ounces.
Tiffany B. Balbino
Angelica and Silomar Balbino of Vineyard Haven announce the birth of their daughter, Tiffany Belo Balbino, on January 21 at Martha's Vineyard Hospital. Tiffany weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces.
Nevah M. Fitzgerald
Emily Cavanagh and James Fitzgerald of Tisbury announce the birth of their daughter, Nevah Maine Fitzgerald, on January 22 at Martha's Vineyard Hospital. Nevah weighed 8 pounds, 13 ounces.
Congratulations to the following students who have been placed on the dean's list at their colleges and universities for the fall 2008 term.
Mallory Fauteux of Edgartown, at Salem State College in Salem. Mallory is the daughter of Henry and Brenda Fauteux.
Kelly Silvia of Vineyard Haven, at Lasell College in Newton.
Olivia Larsen of Chilmark, at Lasell College in Newton. Olivia is majoring in humanities.
Samantha Rabin of Edgartown, at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y. Samantha is the daughter of Karen and Steven Rabin.
Genevieve Flanders of Chilmark, at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y. Genevieve is the daughter of Joyanne and Steven Flanders.
Jakob Palches of Oak Bluffs, at Mass Bay Community College in Wellesley Hills. Jakob is the son of Peter and Ann Palches.
Kandace Sylvia and Timothy Mavro
Kandace Sylvia and Timothy Mavro announce their engagement. Kandace is the daughter of Gary and Robin Sylvia of Vineyard Haven. Timothy is the son of Richard and Nola Mavro of Oak Bluffs. A 2011 wedding is planned.
Kerry Sertl and Sean Cummings
Kerry Sertl and Sean Cummings announce their engagement. Kerry is the daughter of Diane Sertl of Vineyard Haven and the late Mark Sertl. Sean is the son of Annie Cummings of Edgartown.