Noteworthy events


Summer services

The Oak Bluffs Trinity Episcopal Church began another summer season last Sunday, June 20, with the Reverend William Heuss, who also serves as priest-in-charge. The Rev. Heuss preaches this Sunday and next, June 27 and July 4. The nine celebrants who each preach on two Sundays this summer, starting July 11, are the Reverends Marshall and Victoria Hunt, Reverend John P. Streit of the Episcopal cathedral in Boston, and the Rev. Canon Edward Rodman of the Episcopal Divinity School. The Rev. Dr. Timothy Cogan officiates the final Sunday of the year, Sept. 12.

Remembering the Mertie B.

The centennial observance of the Mertie B. Crowley’s grounding, the six-masted schooner that ran aground off Wasque in 1910, is tonight, June 24. The Martha’s Vineyard Museum hosts Mark Alan Lovewell and descendants of survivors in a discussion and talk, in the museum library at 5:30 pm. Admission is $12; $8 for museum members. For more information, call 508-627-4441 or visit

Lessons learned

Former professor Michael Kobran, who taught Political Science at Brookdale Community College in New Jersey, continues the Unitarian-Universalist Society’s Political Leaders of WWII series this coming Tuesday. Mr. Kobran will speak on Mussolini and the advent of nationalism starting at 7:30 pm, which will be followed by a Q&A and discussion period. Mr. Kobran’s multimedia presentation will expose the audience to the latest research on key players in World War II, to help explain current events our society is dealing with today. The series continues weekly through August 31. For more information, visit or call 508-693-8982.

Encore, BravEncore

August is approaching, which means the Festival Fringe is getting closer. BravEncore is having another event, to raise money to send the high school drama troupe to perform in Scotland, tonight, June 24, at Mediterranean Restaurant. Men In Kilts is a live auction followed by music from the Christopher Robin Band. Enjoy appetizers at 6:30 pm, followed by the auction at 7 pm, and music from 8:30 to 11 pm. Admission is $20 at the door, and attendees must be 21+. For more information, contact Val Estabrook at, call 508-696-8991, or visit

Cooking right

Jan Buhrman, passionate foodie who owns Kitchen Porch, a revered catering company on the Island, continues her Culinary Experiences through July. Topics include a Raw Foods Lunch on June 28, a Flavors of the East Seasonal Dinner on June 29, a weeklong Signature Cleanse that starts July 11, and a Kombucha workshop on July 12. To sign up, visit or call 508-645-5000.

Creative writing

Alexander Weinstein announces the weeklong Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing (MVICW), to be held July 25 through July 31, at the Mansion House in Vineyard Haven. The deadline to register is July 20.

For the weeklong event, Mr. Weinstein invites published authors, literary journal editors, and creative writing faculty from universities around the country to teach editing and publishing, as well as lead workshops and one-on-one tutorials.

Leaders, so far, are Christopher Citro, associate editor for the Lyric Poetry Review; Adbel Shakur, former editor of Indiana Review; Nina Mamikunian, current editor-in-chief of Indiana Review; Keith Leonard, 2010 Vera Meyer Strube Poetry Prize winner; and Mr. Weinstein, director of MCICW and creative writing teacher for the past 10 years.

“Our goal is to make the writing program experience a personal one that aids in building a writing community, establishing friendships with other writers, and offering contacts in the industry,” notes Mr. Weinstein in a press release. “The institute gives writers the opportunity to develop their craft amongst established authors, by providing a comprehensive weeklong focus on writing, providing writers with the necessary time to devote to their art.”

Tuition is $900 for the week. For more information, visit To register, send a check, made out to MVICW, and mail it to The Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing, attn: Alexander Weinstein: Director, 7 East Pasture Rd., Aquinnah, MA. 02535.

Thespians in training

Island Theatre Workshop’s (ITW) Children’s Theatre Summer Program opens Monday, June 28 at the Sailing Camp Park in Oak Bluffs. Four two-week sessions, from 9 am to 2:30 pm daily, are open for children ages 6 to 18. In addition to working on voice, movement, and acting technique, students rehearse and perform an original play at tne end of each session, with the guidance and support of ITW’s staff. For more information, or to register, call 508-693-2769, 508-737-8550, email, or visit

Speak up for health

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) sponsors a meeting this Monday, June 28: The National Conversation on Chemicals (and mold) and Public Health. Speak up about cancer, depression, alcoholism, autism, lyme disease, moldy schools, and pesticide use to help change policy and medical education. The event, hosted by Dr. Lisa Nagy of Vineyard Haven, is from 5 to 7 pm at the Katharine Cornell Theatre. For more information, call 508-696-6998.