Martha’s Vineyard Community Notes


Hiroshima remembered

The Martha’s Vineyard Peace Council will hold a public sunrise service at the Gay Head lighthouse at 6 am, Tuesday, August 6 to remember the Hiroshima bombing.

Attendees join in a circle and offer music, songs, prayers, words, and silence in remembrance of the terrible destruction of nuclear power 68 years ago that day and in hope for and for commitment to peace, Alden Besse, co-chairman of the Peace Council, said in a press release. “We do not gather judgmentally to assess blame for Hiroshima, but gather to remember the horror of nuclear devastation, the terrible destructiveness of war, the human and environmental price of hostile violence, and to rededicate ourselves to do whatever is best to establish a lasting peace built on goodwill and justice.”

Anyone who needs a ride is asked to meet at Cronig’s, Vineyard Haven at 5:15 am sharp or Alley’s at 5:30 am, or call 508-693-3930.

Poetry to save the Gay Head Lighthouse

The Martha’s Vineyard Institute for Creative Writing and The Martha’s Vineyard Poetry Society in conjunction with The Save the Gay Head Light Committee announced the launch of The Lighthouse Poetry Project.

The committee invites people to write a poem about the Gay Head Lighthouse. All submissions will be displayed on the Save the Lighthouse website and Facebook page. Selected poems will be published in a limited edition, letter-press, hand-bound anthology. All sales will benefit the Town of Aquinnah’s Gay Head Lighthouse Fund, according to committee member Stephanie Hecht.

“Capture its beauty, marvel at its history, reflect on its seeming (and illusionary) timelessness, find words for your feelings when you married there, stood there as a child, first saw it from afar, or watched fireworks explode over Devil’s Bridge,” Ms. Hecht said in a press release. “Write of the sea’s edge and eroding cliffs, of the wild Atlantic and the limits of the land, and of this beacon of light at the edge of our Island.”

Up to three poems per person of any style or length (prose poems accepted) should be sent by January 1, 2014 to All winning submissions will be notified by email in February 2014.

Email submissions are preferred, but hard copies may be sent to Town of Aquinnah Lighthouse Poetry Project, 65 State Rd., Aquinnah, MA 02535

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