What a great last Friday night at Pathways, getting to see Ben Cheney from the Yard perform a solo; Claire Ganz introduce her interactive “Part of Me” project; Wendy Weldon speak so eloquently about her working process, and sharing workspace at home with fellow artist James Langlois and at Featherstone during Open Printmaking; hearing Robert Hauck read an eloquent essay about writers who are artists set in an historical framework; listening to Jeanie Hay Sternbach passionately explain how she grew into the work she does with crystals and her shared inspiration with jeweler Jessica Kramer of Hawkhouse; hearing Andy Herr’s music accompanying spray-paint artist Alison Carr (available on YouTube) and getting introduced to Nate D’Angelo, who just graduated from MVRHS in January 2016. I will admit, I also loved watching my son Sawyer Klebs talk about hand-shoemaking and hearing my husband speak about how his latest book “A Last Glance: Trading Posts of the Four Corners” and photo project came to be. Stop by Pathways from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm and see all the wonderful new work from artists showcased last week (not open Wednesdays or Sundays).
I hope transitioning back from vacation to daily life and school is not too overwhelming for those who enjoyed warmer climes, ski trips, and visits with family and friends elsewhere. Congratulations to Town Clerk Jennifer Christy on officially becoming a Massachusetts Certified Municipal Clerk, and to Chilmark Coffee for their Coffee Brown Ale, made with Bad Martha’s Brewery. Their new SoCo Creamery ice cream will be available for just Vineyarders, and when you’re in Brookline, at the Winter Market, try Galley Ice Cream for that coffee taste of home! Also you can now get Chilmark Coffee at the YMCA. Get your chocolate fix while Chilmark Chocolates is open from March 3 to 26, Thursdays to Sundays, from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Pathways Projects presents the third annual “Women Live: Making Art/Realizing Change,” in honor of International Women’s Day, hosted by Natasha Taylor, on Saturday, March 5, featuring music and dance, poetry and writing, digital forms and visual art, with Heather Goff, Lynn Ditchfield, Jamie O’Gorman and the Belly Dancers, the Yard educators, and dancers Leah Crosby and Danielle Doell, poet Susan Puciul, and more. On Tuesday, March 8, Niki Patton hosts “Tell the World What You Think,” an evening of essays and spoken word, open to all, limit 5 minutes per person. Doors open at 6:30 pm, programs begin at 7 pm, all are free.
Peter Simon is throwing a dance party on Friday, March 4, from 8 pm to midnight, upstairs at the Barn, Bowl and Bistro in Oak Bluffs, free. And he will be DJing monthly and switch over to weekly after Memorial Day. Also, there will be weekly Saturday night dancing starting in May.
On Saturday, March 5, from 1 to 3 pm, at Thimble Farm in Oak Bluffs, learn more about year-round gardening in your home with hydroponic demonstrations, tour the Thimble Farm greenhouse, and partake in hands-on activities such as seeding, taste testing, and building a small-scale hydroponic system. Learn about home hydroponic setups from guest speakers Island Grown Farm program leader Keith Wilda and John Ross from Green Matters, a local hydroponic store on Cape Cod.
Have you wanted to create your own website? Join the free Web Design Workshop at the West Tisbury library on Sunday, March 6, from 12:30 to 3:30 pm, led by Linda and Stephen Chapman of West Tisbury. Workshop components include planning, developing, and organizing content using free web design templates; considering the balance of design, content, and message; launching your website and maintaining it on a free or low-cost web hosting service. Limited space. Registration is required. Call 508-693-3366.
Join artist Linda Thompson at her opening reception on Sunday, March 6, from 4 to 6 pm at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse in Vineyard Haven.
Pizza Nights at the Chilmark Community Church begin on Tuesday, March 8, from 6 to 7 pm; all are welcome.
Juli Vanderhoop of Orange Peel Bakery will offer a free Vegan Cooking Demonstration on Thursday, March 10, at 5:30 pm in Aquinnah Old Town Hall. Register by calling 508-645-2314.
This week at the Chilmark library, check out the Vineyard Conservation Society information session on banning single-use plastic bags on Wednesday, March 9, at 6 pm. With support from selectmen, boards of health, and Conservation Commissions in each Island town, articles have been put on 2016 town meeting warrants proposing the ban of single-use plastic checkout bags Island-wide. Don’t forget Stories and Songs on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10:30 am, and afterschool projects on Wednesdays at 3 pm.