Making book on love
Celebrate Valentine's Day at the Chilmark and West Tisbury libraries this Saturday, Feb. 14. In Chilmark, drop in from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm for hot chocolate, goodies, and make a Valentine. In West Tisbury, make Valentine crafts from 10 am to 4 pm and see a puppet show at 11 am. A Valentine scavenger hunt begins at 12 noon, followed by a winter witch hazel talk with Tim Boland. The day ends with a performance by Nina Violet, part of the library's winter concert series, at 5 pm.
Casino for Camp
The Safe Haven Project is hosting a casino night fundraiser tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 13, at The Grill on Main in Edgartown. All proceeds benefit the organization's camp for young people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS, held each spring on Martha's Vineyard. Play blackjack, roulette, Texas hold'em, and enjoy hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction, and raffles. Tickets are limited and can be purchased at Martha's Vineyard Glassworks, The Grill on Main, or by calling 508-627-7617. The event is 21+.
Photo by M.C. Wallo
Dr. Seuss to music
Last week, the Edgartown School's fourth through eighth grades performed "Seussical the Musical Jr.," a play that interweaves Latin, pop, swing, and gospel music with the stories of popular Dr. Seuss characters. On Saturday evening, the second of the three performances, audience members enjoyed a dinner that accompanied the show. The production was directed by Beth Carr and Donna Swift.
Petaling toward spring
Time to order daffodils to support the American Cancer Society's annual fundraiser, Daffodil Days. Volunteers are taking orders until Friday, Feb. 27. Bunches of 10 daffodils cost $10. On Wednesday, Feb. 18, they will be available at down-Island Cronig's, the lobby of the Vineyard Hospital, and possibly Edgartown Stop & Shop. On the 19th, they can be purchased at Alley's General Store. Flowers will be distributed March 17. For questions, call 508-693-0969.
History at home
On Thursday, Feb. 19, in celebration of Black History Month, author Robert C. Hayden will present "Moments in Black History and the Martha's Vineyard Story" at the Vineyard Haven library. The free program, in collaboration with the Martha's Vineyard branch of the National Association for the Study of African American Life and History, will include members of the group sharing experiences from their lives. For more details, call 508-696-4211, ext 16.
Photo courtesy of the West Tisbury school
Top honors to Jacob
Eighth-grader Jacob Lawrence was victorious in this year's National Geographic Bee at the West Tisbury school. Jacob will submit a written test to compete for a spot in the state level bee, which is on April 3. Competing against nine other students in grades five through eight, he correctly answered "Africa" in the championship round to the question, "The Gulf of Guinea is a major offshore oil exploration and drilling zone off the west coast of what continent?" Second place went to fifth-grader Oliver Silberstein. Other participants were Wyatt Jenkinson, Peter Ruimerman, Steven Perzanowki, Andrew Ruimerman, Sarah Ortlip-Sommers, Thorpe Karabees, and Kelsey Dandeneau.
Island champions must take a written test to qualify for the state geography competition. State winners will compete in national geography bee finals in Washington, D.C., on May 20 and 21, hosted by Alex Trebek of "Jeopardy!"
The first prize is a $25,000 college scholarship.
A small but enthusiastic crowd dressed in Kentucky Derby attire attended A Night at the Races, held at the Harbor View Hotel last Friday night. At the event, which benefitted Vineyard Baseball, Inc., guests used pretend money to bet on pre-recorded thoroughbred races from accredited tracks across the country. The high-energy evening was full of cheering, clapping, and jumping up and down, as horses sped around the track towards the finish line.
Photo by M.C. Wallo
Questions will be raised, information offered, and issues debated during "Right to Die," a two-hour seminar sponsored by ACE Martha's Vineyard, today, Thursday, Feb. 12. The legal and ethical context of decisions about ending life will be presented. Attorney Nell Coogan, the legislative liaison for the Vineyard, will conduct the seminar held at the regional high school, room 417, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. $35. 508-693-1033, ext. 240.
Music opens doors
A benefit concert to raise money for Martha's Vineyard's homeless on Friday, Feb. 13 at 7:30 pm, will feature favorite Island musicians: Nancy Jephcote, Paul Thurlow, Brad Tucker, and Tristan Israel. The concert, being held at Katharine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven is associated with Island Affordable Housing. Admission, $10 at the door.
On your mark and get set on Friday, Feb. 14 at 11 am, for the Martha's Vineyard 20 Miler race that begins at the Steamship Terminal and ends at Oak Bluffs school. The course, mostly flat, circles Martha's Vineyard. Only 500 registrants will be accepted. Entry fee, $40. For information, go to mvmultisport.com/20miler/details.
Hutker Architects, Inc. was recently awarded the Boston Society of Architecture's Citation Award for Design Excellence on behalf of the Meadow Residence in Edgartown.
Linden T. MacLeod
Hope and Chris MacLeod of Chilmark announce the birth of their daughter, Linden Theresa MacLeod, on February 3 at Martha's Vineyard Hospital. Linden weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces, and joins sibling Finnegan.
The following students have been named to the honor roll for the second quarter of the 2008-09 academic year at the Tisbury School.
High Honors: Lily Bick, Rayne Bick, Dylan Brockmeyer, Lauren Dostal, Annabelle Hackney, Fionnuala Howell, Dana Jacobs, William Kadison.
Honors: Cord Bailey, Zachary Bernard, Kaitlyn Bruni, Megan Buchanan, Leah Casey, Alan Ciminski, Michael Cutrer, Katherine Donegan, Isabel Hazell-ElDeiry, Micheli Lynn, Christopher Mayhew, Sean McAndrews, Hailee McCarthy, Paige McLaughlin, Marc Natichioni, Margaret Riseborough, Alec Tattersall, Samantha Valley.
High Honors: Nathaniel Horwitz, Emily Medeiros, Jacqueline Menton, Barra Peak.
Honors: Isabella Canham, Callie Jackson, Jennifer Tripp.
High Honors: Grant Santos, Liam Smith, Ashlyn Tattersall, Willow Wunsch.
Honors: Nathaniel Backus, Eleah Caseau, Alyssa Cimeno, Kyle Dostal, Kayla Goldman, Olivia Jardin, Nicklas Kent, Dylan Lyonnais, Michael Mussell, Kaitlyn Seaton, Elizabeth Smith, Aaron Teves, Alexander Trotter, Hamilton Walker.
High Honors: Benjamin Davey, Olivia Jacobs, Casey McAndrews.
Honors: Matthew Barton, Yuri Da Silva, Edwin Gould-Hatt, Mya Houston, Karem Guimaraes, Jacob Janak, Nelly Katzman, Jacob King, Evan Kirstal, Dayanna Middleton, Maxwell Santos, Zachary Stevenson, Kaela Vecchia-Zeitz.