Steve Ewing to receive Creative Living Award

Steven Ewing — Photo courtesy Steven Ewing

The Permanent Endowment Fund for Martha’s Vineyard announced that Steve Ewing of Edgartown will receive the 2014 Creative Living Award in a ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 5:30 pm at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury.

The public is invited to attend.

This will be the 32nd year since the Creative Living Award was established to recognize members of the Vineyard community who embody the spirit of Ruth Bogan, who, in the words of her friend Ruth Redding, was a “gallant woman who loved beauty, who loved the Vineyard and who believed ‘anyone can do anything.’”

A native of the Vineyard, Mr. Ewing has grown his own company, Aquamarine Dockbuilders, singlehandedly dock by dock. He has built most of the private docks on the Island, and is well known by laborers, tradesmen, and private homeowners as a go-to guy for help, and not just with dockbuilding, according to a press release.

“Steve is a conservationist, public servant, family man, and storyteller,” said Permanent Endowment Fund board chairman Melissa McKee Hackney. “He has served on innumerable conservation committees, is a charter member of the M.V. Scottish Society, and was the first Poet Laureate of Edgartown. Yes, he is also a poet.”

He lives in Edgartown with his wife, Claudia.

The evening will include a drawing for a guest to win the opportunity to award $1,000 to an Island nonprofit of his or her choice. This drawing was made possible by the 11 members of the Permanent Endowment Board who donated $1,000 to demonstrate their commitment to fostering philanthropy on the Vineyard.