Published: January 7, 2010
By popular demand, the Grace Episcopal Church hosted its famous Lobster Roll lunch during the winter season, this past Sunday, Jan. 3. According to the church, this is a "streamlined" version compared to the summer meals, with rolls, chips, and dessert only. Lobster roll lunches at the church are held on the first Sunday of the month, from 12:30 to 2 pm, following the 11 am service. For more information, visit gracechurchmvy.blogspot.com.
The Tisbury Senior Center is offering fitness and health education along with free exercise routines with personal trainer Eddie Parker on Saturday at 10 am. There will be 15 minutes of education followed by 45 minutes of fitness. All are welcome and it is suggested to bring a mat. To sign up, call 508-696-4205.
Happy Birthday Mr. Brown
Richard C. Brown of Oak Bluffs celebrated his 94th birthday Thursday, Dec. 31, at a luncheon at his home, surrounded by his wife Carolyn, sons William A. Brown, John LaBell, and Walter LaBell, all of Oak Bluffs, Noel LaBell of Connecticut, daughter Christine Clifford of Swansea, their families and friends. In addition to being a well-loved family man, Mr. Brown may best be known as the former owner of the original Dairy Queen in Edgartown, a Little League umpire, Boy Scout leader, volunteer at the Whaling Church Monday night soup suppers, and talented wood carver.
Vineyard Power meeting
Vineyard Power, a community-owned cooperative energy group, is holding a presentation and discussion at the Edgartown Town Hall tonight at 5:30 pm. Learn more about its mission to achieve a sustainable energy future for the Island, and consider becoming a member.
Sassafras, a nature-based education program, offers new programs involving include sensory exploration, naturalist skills, earth-based knowledge, plant life, while providing a safe learning environment for children and adults. It is located on Church Street in Aquinnah.
Saturday Squirrels begins this Saturday and will continue weekly from 10 am to 6 pm. The group spends the day outside doing activities that build connections to nature and learning skills for making shelters, fires, tracking, and observations, and more. Admission is $50.
For more information, visit sassafrasmvy.org.
Elementary string students to perform
On Wednesday, January 13, the nearly 200 string players who comprise the All-Island Elementary String Program will perform their winter concert at the Performing Arts Center of the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School. The stage is one of only a few on the Island large enough to accommodate this number of performers.
The appetite for string lessons for young children on Martha's Vineyard is an unusual phenomenon. One out of every seven children in grades one through eight play string instruments.
Teachers Nancy Jephcote, Chelsea Pennebaker, and new teacher Ariadne Nevin work together with accompanist Carol Loud to give the children a well-rounded musical adventure from the time-worn beginning piece, "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" through Vivaldi's "Winter" and Bach's "Gavotte in D Major," with detours through other material including the "Batman Theme." Eighth-grader Thorpe Karrabees will be a featured soloist on cello.
Both the advanced and intermediate orchestras will perform. The concert is free of charge and begins at 6:30 pm.
King Kong in collage
Artist Al Hurwitz of Chilmark, who is known for his landscapes that have previously shown at the Chilmark and West Tisbury libraries, has temporarily abandoned interest in the natural environment, and is delving into the fairy-tale world. A current exhibit at the West Tisbury Library displays Mr. Hurwitz's collages of King Kong, the mythical ape. For more information, call the library at 508-693-3366.
Saskia and David Vanderhoop begin weekly community salsa classes for pre-teens and teens this Friday, from 4 to 5 pm at Che's Lounge in Vineyard Haven. There are no pre-requisites. The suggested donation is $3 to $5. For more information, call 508-645-2008.
Crash course for entrepreneurs
The Martha's Vineyard Women's Network (MVWN) is holding a lunch meeting to discuss how to start or expand your business. Michael Bejtlich, professor of management and entrepreneurship at Cape Cod Community College, will teach you how to prepare a business plan and how to stay focused. The meeting is in the Baylies Room at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown on Tuesday, Jan. 12, from 11:30 am to 1 pm. Light lunch will be served, and check-in for the course is at 11 am. Meeting admission is $25 at the door, or $15 if you are a MVWM member and you pre-register by January 8. Following the meeting, Mr. Bejtlich will be available for one-on-one consultations with business owners.
Pre-register at email@example.com
Performances for 2010
Bella presents a new musical puppet show series called Bella and Arakataka's Little Band, which will be performed every Sunday in January. The first performance is this Sunday, Jan. 10, at 11:30 am in the warehouse space on 56 Main Street in Vineyard Haven (entrance is in the back alley). The play's songs were written by Bella and will be performed in English and Portuguese. Suggested donation of $5. For more information, call 508-292-1706.
News from ITW
The Island Theatre Workshop hosts its annual meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 7 pm at its new location: the former West Tisbury Library on Music Street. A second meeting will follow for the newly elected Board of Directors. For more information, call 508-693-2769.
Happy New Year
Islanders enjoyed New Year's Eve celebrations of all types last Thursday - from the Fourway Carriage House's annual Tree and Trains event, to the Drag-a-Thon at Che's Lounge. At the Tisbury School, eighth graders held a benefit party for their class trip to Washington D.C. Their classmates, friends, and parents partied the evening away.