Larissa of Seastone Kids is holding a papermaking workshop for children age 8 to 13. There, they will learn different papermaking techniques to design special ornaments. To sign up for this unique gift-making experience, call 508-693-5786. Space is limited. The class runs from 9:30 am to 12 noon, and costs $50. Seastone Kids is located on Christiantown Road in West Tisbury.
Night of light
Donaroma's Evening of Enchantment is this Friday, Dec. 7. Stroll among Christmas trees and a miniature New England village, listen to the sounds of the West Tisbury Bell Choir, Jennifer Kish, and Robert Schellhammer, and feast your eyes on the illuminated nursery. Themed "The Angels Among Us!," it is a holiday event for the whole family, with entertainment, snacks, and refreshments for all. Enjoy the festivities from 6 to 8 pm at the nursery, which is located on Upper Main Street in Edgartown.
The following day is Donaroma's annual wreath making workshop and Santa visit, from 10 am to 4 pm. In the garden store, create a boxwood tree, a wet wreath, or a traditional balsam wreath, with all the trimmings. Refreshments are served, and Santa will be ready for photographs. For more information, call 508-627-8366.
Icicles, carols, and bells
"We love singing for you," writes chorus director Peter Boak in his message to the audience in the concert program. Last weekend's performances proved this statement to be true indeed. Mr. Boak and 120 of his close friends, known as the Island Community Chorus, gave two winter concerts and loved every minute of it. "Spectacular," was how one audience member described the concert.
As usual, Mr. Boak planned a combination of interesting and challenging music. The program opened and closed with selections from Handel's "Messiah," with the Hallelujah Chorus ending the show. The audience, already on their feet for the Hallelujah Chorus, a tradition begun by King George II upon hearing the piece, showed their appreciation both days with many minutes of applause.
Other selections included "Icicles Hang" and "Nativity Carol" both by John Rutter; "Night of Silence" by Daniel Kantor; "Hanukah Candle Blessings" by Moyshe Oysher; and "Jingle Bells" by J. Pierpont.
The chorus will begin rehearsing in January for their next concert which will be on Sunday, April 13, 2008 at the Performing Arts Center.
Sail MV, the non-profit organization that promotes sailing and maritime history, will host an art opening this Sunday, Dec. 9, from 4 to 7 pm at their Vineyard Haven office. The show will include maritime art, jewelry, stationary, and calendars by several Island artists.
A highlight of the show will be a silent auction of "The Cup Race," by Thaw Malin. The painting was donated by the artist and has a gallery price of more than $9,000. The opening bid is $300. Sail MV is located at 110 Main Street in Vineyard Haven.
The Louisa Gould Gallery at 54 Main Street in Vineyard Haven is also hosting an opening reception at the same time. A portion of all art purchases will benefit Sail MV's free sailing programs for Island children.
"Bella and Arakataka's Little Band" is a puppet show about a musical monkey who loves to play. See the show on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 3:30 pm, at the Unitarian-Universalist Society on Main Street in Vineyard Haven.
The show is for all ages and donations are accepted.
Artist's helping hands
The Granary Gallery in West Tisbury will host an opening reception for a very special art show this Sunday, Dec. 9, from 4 to 6 pm. The show will benefit the Hagen family as they battle cancer.
Artist John Hagen and his wife, Dede, have two children, Garret and Hannah. Dede is a teacher at the Martha's Vineyard Public Charter School and she is being treated for malignant melanoma.
The gallery has announced that approximately 80 artists have donated artwork and/or the proceeds from the sale of their work to support the Hagen family. The gallery will match the artist's donations.
The artwork can be seen through Dec. 23. Tax-deductible donations may be sent to You've Got A Friend, c/o Martha's Vineyard Savings Bank, P.O. Box 1069, Edgartown, MA 02539.
The Granary Gallery is located at 636 Old County Road, West Tisbury. For more information call 508-693-0455 or visit www.granarygallery.com/events.
For the 11th year the "Nutcracker Gala" has created a sense of wonder in Island audiences with the combination of talented dancers, spectacular guest stars, and the music of Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Last weekend the children and friends of the Martha's Vineyard School of Ballet; the Atlantic Coast Ballet; and guest dancers from the Milwaukee Ballet met for two performances at the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School.
Concert celebrates Hospice
On Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 pm, friends, families, and music lovers from across the Island will gather at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church in Oak Bluffs for the 11th Annual "Reflections of Peace" concert. This holiday tradition celebrates and benefits Hospice of Martha's Vineyard.
The concert will feature songs of the season by Novum A Capella, Shelley Brown, Brad Austin and Kevin Ryan, and West Tisbury Congregational Choir and instrumental offerings by the Katama Trio, the Vineyard Handbell Choir, and organist Wesley Brown. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the door. For more information, call 508-627-3166.
New opera season
With the success of the Metropolitan Opera's rebroadcast performances at the Capawock Theater last year, seven more operas will be screened in Vineyard Haven, this time from the famed La Scala Opera House in Milan, Italy. Capawock Theater and Emerging Pictures will bring opera to the Island beginning this Sunday, Dec. 9, at 2 pm, with Verdi's "Aida." Giuseppe Verdi himself premiered "Aida" at La Scala in 1872, and this current production is directed by Franco Zeffirelli and has a cast of more than 300.
This opera series will continue through June with more productions from La Scala, Teatro del Maggio Musicale in Florence, and the Teatro la Fenice in Venice. Currently planned titles include Wagner's "Tristan and Isolde," Verdi's "La Travista," Donizetti's "Maria Stuarda," and Puccini's "Il Trittico." These performances are recorded live in High Definition format with 5.1 digital stereo surround sound.
Tickets are $20 for general admission or $80 for five operas; and $15 for seniors and students.
Winter music on Cape Cod
On Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15 and 16, the Solstice Singers and guest artists present "O Sing of Light," at the Christ Lutheran Church in Falmouth. In their 16th season, the Solstice Singers and their guests will present music, dance, drama, and dress in a European Renaissance-style performance. The concerts include performers of all ages: Les Enfants du Soleil is a chorus of eight children ages seven to 12; three high school students have recently joined the Singers, and the newly-formed "Clownfish," a rapper sword dance group, will also entertain. Passacaglia members will accompany others in song, and also perform their own pieces.
"O Sing of Light" concert, Saturday, Dec. 15, 7:30 pm, Sunday, Dec. 16, 4 pm. Christ Lutheran Church, 485 Brick Kiln Road, Falmouth. $15; $12 in advance; $2 discount for seniors and students; 18 and under are free. For more information, call 508-548-3659 or visit solsticesingers.org.