Calendars of Martha's Vineyard
By Mary Quinn
Published: December 17, 2009
"I'll have to check my calendar..." Familiar words heard when scheduling life's appointments and plans.
While the world of calendars is drastically different since the development of the Internet, palm pilots, smart phones and similar devices, the home wall calendar remains a constant. It's a reminder of upcoming holidays, days the children have no school, doctor's appointments, birthdays, and other important events or appointments.
The wall calendar that hangs in the kitchen or by the phone usually appeals to one's values, hobbies, commitments, and sense of aesthetics. Martha's Vineyard 2010 calendars support our local artists, businesses, and nonprofits. Islanders produce a wide array of calendars containing pictures taken by local photographers. Calendars represent many interests, and a number of the calendars support local causes with their proceeds.
Seadogs 2010 Calendar by Lisa Vanderhoop ($16) is the only calendar sold at Craftworks, and the staff and owner of Craftworks, who are dog owners themselves, are fans. Ms. Vanderhoop's photographs of Island dogs include a great shot of six Wheaten Terrier pups on Lucy Vincent Beach. "I had to take approximately 580 pictures to get that photograph," she explains. The month of August is accompanied by a photo of a yellow Lab leaping in mid-air, as it jumps from a dock into the water.
Ms. Vanderhoop supports two causes with a portion of the proceeds produced by her calendar. Half the profits from calendars sold at Featherstone go to Featherstone. A portion of the proceeds from calendars sold elsewhere support the Animal Shelter of Martha's Vineyard. The calendar is available at bookstores, Rainy Day, Alley's, and SBS, among other shops.
The Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary Calendar 2010 ($12) is organized and put together by Penny Uhlendorf to raise funds in support of the sanctuary. The calendar cover is a picture of a barn owl, taken by Tim Johnson. January contains a beautiful picture of two hooded mergansers on Lagoon Pond in Oak Bluffs. Each month provides a fact about the bird or animal in the corresponding picture. The calendar is available at Alley's, Cronig's, Morning Glory Farm, and a number of other local businesses. On Sunday, Dec. 20, at 5 pm, Island residents are invited to meet and talk with the Calendar photographers at Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary.
Martha's Vineyard Agricultural Society 2010 Calendar ($15) will have a familiar look to anyone who reads The Times. Wildlife photographer (retired college administrator) Julian K. Robinson's photos appear regularly in the Community section, usually accompanied with his original poems. But for his new calendar he features up close images of farm animals along with Ag Fair scenes. Positions of the moon are noted as well as days of special significance. Sold at Morning Glory Farm.