Do-si-do and around you go
The Gay Head Community Baptist Church - the oldest continuously operating Native American church in the country - had a benefit square dance last Saturday night. Caller Don Beck kept dancers moving to the sounds of The Flying Elbows, and the Black Brook Singers taught the crowd a few Native American dances.
According to Mike Gilman, approximately $1,000 was raised to benefit the restoration and preservation of the 152-year-old church. "The event was a huge success and both those dancing and those performing made a point of letting the organizers of the event know that they hoped we were planning similar fundraisers in the future," Mr. Gilman said in an email. "We are...as early as sometime this mid-summer."
Donations may still be sent to the church at P.O. Box 151, Aquinnah, MA.
Toys and Treats
Art on sale
Artist Washington Ledesma is cleaning out his studio to make way for new pieces. The annual Spring Shelves Clearance Sale is open on Fridays, March 26 and April 2, from 10 am to 6 pm, on Saturdays, March 27 and April 5, from 10 am to 5 pm, and Sundays, March 28 and April 4, from 11 to 4 pm. Tiles, cups, plates, jewelry, paintings, and more will be for sale. The studio is located on 5-R Murrant Avenue, in Oak Bluffs, off of Sea Glen Road. For more information, call 508-693-1823.
LeRoux at Home offers cooking demos on Wednesdays from 11 am to 1 pm. The next demo is with Cybele Sprague of Zapotec Restaurant, on Wednesday, March 31. Other upcoming demos will include Mai Laothong of Sai Mai Thai Restaurant, Evan Fielder of Fielder and Fielder Imports, and Jean Dupon of Le Grenier French Restaurant. Also, LeRoux at Home is currently having a coupon special for 20 percent off one regularly priced item (with the coupon), which is valid until April 15. For more information, call 508-693-0030.
Nursery open houses
Join Heather Gardens for its spring open house on Sunday, March 28, from 10 am to 3 pm. Refreshments will be served until 2 pm. Visit heather-gardens.com or call 508-693-1467 for more information.
Vineyard Gardens in West Tisbury hosts its annual open house on Palm Sunday, March 28, from 11 am to 3 pm. Get an early feel for spring inside one of their many greenhouses. Refreshments will be offered. For more information, call 508-693-8511.
Join Jan Buhrman of Kitchen Porch, Sherry Sidoti of FLY Yoga, and chiropractors Dr. Dardy Slavin and Dr. Kristine Kopp for a seven-day spring cleanse, beginning on April 9. The cleanse includes detoxification yoga and meditation, oxygenating foot baths, and purification supplements.
Registration is $330 if you register by Tuesday, April 6; after that it is $350. The program involves learning easy recipes and cooking techniques, and what foods shed body fat and enhance detoxification. Visit culinary-experiences.com to register, or call 508-645-5000.
Spoon in the Moon
The Spoon in the Moon Coffeehouse at the Vineyard Playhouse features the musical trio of Cindy Kallet, Ellen Epstein, and Michael Cicone on Friday, April 2. The trio will perform original songs and folk favorites, both a cappella and accompanied by guitar and hammered dulcimer. Doors open at 7 pm and the performance begins at 7:30 pm. Enjoy free coffee and tea, and tickets are $15; $10 for seniors and children. For more information, call 508-693-6450, ext. 13.