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Almanac Archive for December 18, 2018

Conservation Almanac Special Edition
     The VCS Year-End Appeal
          Gallery Opening Benefit on Saturday
               Vineyard Conservation History & Future Outlook

The VCS Environmental Action Appeal 

“I thought of it as a society to work on every facet of conservation.”
Richard Pough, speaking about the formation of the Vineyard Conservation Society

Over the last five decades, quite a diverse mission has evolved from our co-founder’s ambitious vision. From education and public advocacy to legal defense of conservation gains, VCS has shaped the Vineyard we know and love.
This is our year-end appeal, your opportunity to help sustain that work. VCS is a membership organization, relying on member support for our work. So, if you are not already a member, please join today!

And to our members, we ask for your support with a year-end gift in whatever amount you can, and that you help spread the spirit of conservation to family and friends with a gift membership – please give today!

There is no doubt Dick Pough anticipated many of the challenges we are facing right now on Martha’s Vineyard. He and Henry Beetle Hough (our other co-founder) were especially skilled at articulating threats arising from overly rapid growth and development: dwindling open space, burgeoning traffic, pollution and over-stretched natural resources.

Fighting to protect our Island’s land and water will always be a core element of our mission, but we also must call attention to the more optimistic, uplifting work happening at VCS. These are the other “facets of conservation” referenced above, such as educating the next generation of Vineyard conservationists, sharing land-use and conservation history through Winter Walks, and the waste reduction initiatives that will make possible a more sustainable future.

Last week a “Director’s Update” went out detailing recent progress on these programs and other highlights from what we’ve taken to calling the “Connect – Protect – Reflect” sustainability agenda. If you missed it, take a look now!

Thank you for your support in helping us protect our Island environment

Benefit Event this Saturday
Gallery Opening Showcases Persian Rugs

This Saturday (Dec. 22), the Solviva Tribal Rug Gallery in Vineyard Haven re-opens with a special event. A new collection of Persian rugs will be offered to the public for the first time, with 10% of all sales to be donated to support the work of VCS.

The Gallery now has several hundred exquisite old Persian Tribal Rugs hanging on walls and covering the floors: area rugs and runners of all sizes, all stunningly beautiful with glowing colors and intricate traditional patterns. Most of them were made several generations ago by nomadic tribal people in accordance with their traditional Persian culture, working by hand with great skill and artistic sensitivity.

Please join your VCS friends from 1 to 6 pm at the Solviva Gallery, 100 Skiff Ave. in Vineyard Haven for wine and other goodies, and then take home one of these unique handmade treasures. Thank you to Anna Edey for putting this wonderful event together!

After Saturday, the 10% donation offer will continue for every buyer who refers to VCS as the beneficiary, but the gallery will be open only by appointment. For more info on the event or to set up an appointment, please email Anna.


Conservation Outlook 20/20
Looking Back, Looking Ahead

This August, VCS Executive Director Brendan O'Neill was invited to give the annual David H. Smith Memorial Lecture at the Polly Hill Arboretum. Brendan reflected on decades of conservation successes and setbacks on Martha’s Vineyard, and spoke to the challenges we face in the next half-century.

If you missed it, a video adaptation of the entire talk can be found at the VCS website. Later this winter we expect to have completed a short video focusing on the critical issue of current development trends; we are just awaiting the most recent update on growth data from the MV Commission to complete the picture. 

P.S. - If you shop at Amazon, make sure to use the "AmazonSmile" donation program! All you have to do is log in at the AmazonSmile page before shopping and Amazon donates 0.5% to the charitable organization of your choice. Please consider choosing a local non-profit such as Vineyard Conservation Society as your designated charity. Every little bit counts! 
December sunrise over the harbor in Vineyard Haven. Photo by Mya O’Neill.


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