Published: November 25, 2009
Welcome to the Island
Wendy Taucher of The Yard is hosting a welcoming party for new executive directors of various Island organizations. On Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 5 to 8 pm at her home in West Tisbury, welcome Ewell Hopkins of Island Affordable Housing Fund, Adam Moore of Sheriff's Meadow, David Nathans of the Martha's Vineyard Museum, and Jill Robie of the YMCA. RSVP by Wednesday at 12 noon; call or email for directions: 646-696-1768; email@example.com.
Slide and glide
Skate off some of your holiday calories on Friday, Nov. 27, at the annual Turkey Skate at the M.V. Ice Arena, from 2 to 3 pm. Admission is $5 per family; $3 per student, and special skate rental rates. Proceeds benefit the Oak Bluffs seventh grade ski trip.
A look at the past
Learn all about fossils at the Chilmark Library this coming Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 5:30 pm, with Dr. Hotchkiss, a.k.a. Fossil Fred. Mr. Hotchkiss will bring an assortment of fossils, and encourages you to do the same. For more information, call 508-645-3360.
Welcome Pastor Seadale
St. Andrew's Church in Edgartown welcomes its new rector, Vincent "Chip" Gerald Seadale. He will first preach and celebrate the Eucharist on Sunday, Nov. 29, at 9 am, which is the beginning of Advent, the start of a new church year, and the annual St. Andrew's Day celebration. The single service on Sunday will be followed by a brunch.
Mr. Seadale graduated from Colgate University and then received a law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law. After working as a lawyer in Connecticut, he graduated from Yale Divinity School in 2004. After being ordained, he became associate rector for youth and young families at Christ Episcopal Church in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., and then was rector at The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Jacksonville, Fla.
He comes to the Island with his wife of 26 years, Colleen, and their three children: Caitlin, Bridget, and James.
The prior rector at St. Andrew's was Robert D. Edmunds, who resigned in June 2008 to be the chaplain to the Anglican bishop in Jerusalem.
Dogs in training
The Monks of New Skete of Woodstock, N.Y., are well known for their dog-training acumen. This past weekend, Janine Lazarus, an assistant dog trainer with the monks, worked with a handful of Island dog owners and their dogs on the grounds at the Agricultural Hall in West Tisbury. Commands such as stay, sit, and heel were reinforced with the use of a remote-controlled E-collar, which sends a vibration to the dog. Ms. Lazarus stressed that the dog owners should use simple, consistent commands for successful training.
All that glisters is not gold
Nicole Galland and Chelsea McCarthy's Shakespeare for the Masses continues this weekend with a lively staged reading of "The Merchant of Venice." Performances are on Friday and Saturday, at 7 pm, at the Vineyard Playhouse in Vineyard Haven. Admission is a suggested donation of $5. For more information, visit vineyardplayhouse.org or call 508-696-6300.
For the third year, Alex Karalekas and Willy Mason host the Chilmark Potluck Jam, an evening of potluck and performances by Island musicians this Friday, Nov. 27, from 5 to 10 pm at the Chilmark Community Center. Slated to perform are the two hosts, in addition to Ballywho, Nina Violet, and Colin Ruel, among others.
"We're trying to keep it going," says Mr. Karalekas. "A lot of people seem to really like it."
Mr. Karalekas says they're planning another potluck jam after Christmas.
Admission is a suggested donation of a potluck dish.
This Friday and Saturday is the annual Holiday Bazaar at the Tisbury Senior Center. From 9 am to 1 pm, find wampum jewelry, quilts, coats, books, baked goods, Christmas ornaments, and much more.
Last Saturday, the American Legion Post 257 of Vineyard Haven hosted their annual Thanksgiving and Christmas Bazaar. Among the gift items were handmade food baskets, baked goods, and a raffle.
The Martha's Vineyard Women's Network continues its 2009/2010 series with True Stories: Women Entrepreneurs on Martha's Vineyard on Tuesday, Dec. 1, from 7 to 9 am in the Baylies Room of the Old Whaling Church. Hear from Lynn Buckmaster-Irwin, owner of Weddings on the Vineyard; Sherry Sidoti, owner of FLY Yoga; Carol McManus, owner of Espresso Love; and Jan Pogue, owner of Vineyard Stories, in a panel discussion moderated by Susan Klein. Admission is $25; $15 for members, which includes a light breakfast. For more information, visit mvwomensnetwork.org.
This Saturday, Nov. 28, beginning at 7 pm, Nectar's hosts a fundraiser for Dave Tucker, Island resident for more than 30 years. Mr. Tucker suffered a heart attack in September, and has remained in the hospital since. The musical line up includes his son, Brad, with his band Ballywho, Kate Taylor, Jemima James, Willy Mason, Isaac Taylor, Erich Leuning, the Phil daRosa Band, among others.
There will also be a silent auction with numerous items, and a 50/50 raffle. Admission is $20.
Lighting the town
The annual Oak Bluffs Tree Lighting Ceremony is this Wednesday, Dec. 2, in Post Office Square. This year, selectman Greg Coogan has the honor of lighting the tree. At 6:30 pm, the Vineyard Classic Brass Ensemble begins the ceremony, followed by the tree lighting, then holiday fare in the Game Room. Enjoy hot chocolate, baked goods, a special musical production directed by Brian Weiland, and of course, Santa, who will collect canned good donations for the Island Food Pantry. For more information, call 508-696-7643.
Bravo, Oak Bluffs fourth graders
On Saturday, Oak Bluffs School students performed in the Fourth Grade Theater Project at the Vineyard Playhouse. Over the last four weeks, the students created their own storylines, helped develop characters and write the dialogue, made sets and props, and, finally, acted out their own creation. Ms. Muldaur's class presented "Taj Mah-Trouble," while Ms. Brown's class did "Potion Commotion" in two performances.
Among adults participating were the two teachers, project director MJ Bruder Munafo, stage manager and writer Kate Hancock, and actors Christopher Kann and Chelsea McCarthy.
Singing the night away
The M.V. Regional High School Minnesingers held their annual auction and mini-concert last Saturday at the Portuguese-American Club. The Minnesingers are raising money for their 2010 trip to Prague.
Big bets for Boys and Girls Club
The Martha's Vineyard Boys and Girls Club raised $3,551 during their biennial Casino Night fundraiser on Friday, Nov. 20. It was truly a community event: the Edgartown Yacht Club hosted the event and donated the night's bar proceeds to the organization, the M.V. Regional High School's Culinary Arts Department made chili, soup, and salad, and many other individuals and businesses donated their time and services.
Raffle tickets for two roundtrip business class SWISS airline tickets from Boston to the European destination of your choice are still available at the Club (508-627-3303) and at the Second Hand Store in Edgartown. The drawing is Wednesday, Dec. 16.