West Tisbury: Music in the cause of peace


Beth Kramer will be writing the West Tisbury column in place of Hermine Hull for the next few weeks.

Glenn and Linda Hearn are enjoying a visit from their granddaughter, Devon Hearn. Devon will be graduating from the South Shore Charter Public School in early June, and one of her senior graduation requirements is a three-week internship where she can learn new skills and gain valuable, practical experience. Devon’s intern experience is at the West Tisbury library, where she is primarily working with Amy Hoff in the Young Adult area.

I visited Hingham last weekend to see the Mass Memories Road Show in action. The Mass Memories Road Show is an event-based public history project that digitizes personal photos and memories shared by the people of Massachusetts. All of the libraries on the Vineyard will be collaborating to sponsor a visit of the Road Show to the Island this October. Time to begin to look through your photographs to see which you would like to share with your community. More information soon!

Be sure to come to the library this Friday evening at 7 pm to listen to “Music Presented in the Cause of Peace, honoring the Rev. Alden Besse.” This is a free concert, featuring Lisa Weiss on piano; Stephanie Barnes, soprano; Martha Hudson, mezzo-soprano; and Jesse Keller, dancer; in a program including Bach, Golijov, Liszt, and Schubert. Call the library to hold a seat: 508-693-3366.

Paddy Moore has written to let us know that the annual West Tisbury Democratic Town Committee Meeting will be held on Saturday morning, May 30th, at 9:30 at the Howes House. All West Tisbury registered Democrats are invited — nay, urged! — to attend.

Bea Phear invites everyone to a forum, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Martha’s VIneyard, on “Pricing Carbon to Combat Climate Change: Legislation that Works,” Saturday, June 6, 2015, at 10:30 am at the West Tisbury library. LWVMV has gathered a panel of experts: State Senator Mike Barrett, primary sponsor of a bill pending before the state legislature that proposes to reduce greenhouse gases by putting a price on carbon; Dr. Gary Rucinski, physicist and northeast regional coordinator for Citizen’s Climate Lobby; and Zaurie Zimmerman, an architect-activist and co-founder of Business Leaders for Climate Action.

The Martha’s Vineyard Lyme Disease Support Group invites everyone to a presentation by Dane Boggs, titled “A Path to Wellness,” at Howe’s House on Friday, May 22nd, 7 to 9 pm. Mr. Boggs will discuss his personal victory over Lyme disease using Rife and Reiki. His Rife machines will be available for use and demonstration purposes. The power of Reiki will also be shared with those who wish to receive. RSVP to Dane Boggs at cwboggs@aol.com or 904-631-6536.

You are also invited to hear Barbara Sarah Smith discuss “Coping with Lyme Disease: Wisdom for the Journey” on June 3 at 6:30 pm at the Howes House.

Valerie Sonnenthal invites you to come and check out the MELT method at the Howes House on Tuesdays from 1 to 2 pm. These are simple self-care techniques that you can use every day to make your body feel better and function more efficiently. Contact Valerie at 508-693-2896, or go to peakedhillstudio.com.

Heidi Schultz writes to let us know that the musicians of the Vineyard Sinfonietta will be giving a concert on June 13th, Saturday, at 3 pm at the library. They are a group consisting of winds and strings, and will play music ranging from Mozart to Scott Joplin.

The Edgartown Lighthouse is opening for the season. Beginning Saturday, May 23, the Edgartown Lighthouse will be open on weekends from 10 am to 5 pm. The weekend schedule will continue until June 22nd, when it will be open from 10 am to 5 pm daily for the summer. The Lighthouse is closed in inclement weather.

Farm.Field.Sea, an Island Culinary Adventure, is scheduling adventures on May 30, June 13, June 24, and, in partnership with the Grey Barn Farm, July 10. The adventures include foraging, fishing, farming, and making cheese. For more information, contact Nevette Previd at eat@ffsmv.com.

Congratulations to Holly Bellebuono of Vineyard Herbs Teas & Apothecary, who has been named the Cape Cod SCORE Small Business Owner of the Year. Holly has new ebooks out this spring, and will be offering lectures, a retreat, and her training program this summer. She will have all of her products at the Farmer’s Market, which begins June 6 at the Grange. Contact Holly at holly@vineyardherbs.com.

The Visitor Center at the Polly Hill Arboretum is open from Saturday, May 23, through Oct. 12, 2015. They are open daily from 9:30 am to 4 pm, and offer daily tours at 10 am. There will be a Grounds Volunteer Day on Thursday, June 4, from 9 am to noon.

Individuals interested in volunteering on the PHA grounds are encouraged to join them on the first Thursday of the month, from May through October, from 9 am to noon. Learn about PHA grounds and tree maintenance program, and lend a helping hand. Please call ahead if you plan on attending. 508-693-9426.

Please join Tim Boland, PHA director, on Saturday, May 30, at 2:30 pm, at the West Tisbury library. Tim will discuss the landscaping of the new library, and take participants on a tour of the grounds.

The upcoming programs at Felix Neck in June include kayak tours, Natural History Day Camp, and many other programs, including marine and seashore discovery, and spinning wool. Please call 508-627-4850 to sign up and for more information. Please save the date: Sunday, June 21, from 7 to 9 pm, will be the Summer Solstice Celebration. This celebration is free with sanctuary admission.