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Quote of the Week
“These were difficult decisions. The students clearly put a great deal
of thought into their work and there is a lot of talent in this group.”
--Ann Smith, Executive Director, Featherstone Center for the Arts
Summer Solstice Celebrations
Sunday, June 21, 7:00 pm.
This year, solstice night presents two great options for getting
outdoors and reconnecting with the natural world. In Aquinnah, Sassafras
hosts their annual free potluck with live jazz music and a solstice
fire and ceremony (more info here
). Or, welcome the beginning of summer at Felix Neck with music, stories, food, and a camp fire; event
admission is $4 (free for members).
Farm Club Saturday, June 27, 11:00 am to 3:30 pm, Katama.
The Farm Club, a year-round program held on the last Saturday of the
month, presents a lower-cost option to experience what the FARM
Institute has to offer in the summer months. Membership costs ($10 per
session) are matched and placed into an account to be used for projects
and trips. For more information see website
, or call (508) 627-7007.
Thursdays, starting June 25, 8:00 to 9:30 am, Edgartown.
A casual walk at Felix Neck Sanctuary in search of summer birds. Free
with general admission ($4, children $3), for more info call (508)
West Tisbury Farmers' Market
Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9:00 to noon
, West Tisbury.
Starting this week (and until Aug. 26) the Farmers' Market is on two
days a week. Outside of the Grange Hall in West Tisbury. For more info,
In Season Recipe
Strawberry Frozen Yogurt
If you have an ice cream maker, don't let the rest of strawberry season
pass by without trying this. Pick up some real yogurt from Mermaid Farm
(near the down-Island end of Middle Road) and strawberries (Mermaid
might still have some, or check out the Strawberry Festival
at Morning Glory Farm this weekend!) and you're almost done.
Like many other frozen yogurt recipes, this simple one from "Once Upon a Chef"
uses a small amount of liquor to keep it from becoming too solid after
storing in the freezer. However, this is very much optional -- it is
still quite good even when hard as a rock!
- 1 pound strawberries
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon vodka
- 1-1/2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1-1/2 cups Mermaid Farm yogurt
See "Once Upon a Chef" for preparation
and other tips.
|Monday, June 15, 2015
Envisioning the Next Half Century
VCS Annual Meeting Features Guests John Abrams and Marc Rosenbaum
For fifty years, VCS has worked to protect the land, water, and natural
beauty of Martha’s Vineyard. In the 1960s, the nature of the mission was
conceptually simple (if sometimes difficult in practice): protect the
remaining special places and critical natural habitats on the Island
from unfettered development. In a time before the Land Bank or MV
Commission, with no local zoning regulations or town Conservation
Commissions, the pressing need was to provide tools and motivation for
private landowners to conserve natural areas instead of developing them.
As new environmental issues have emerged over the decades, VCS has
adapted its mission to include protection of family farms and promotion
of sustainable agriculture, advocating for recycling and better solid
waste disposal, energy conservation, water quality protection, and much
more, all while maintaining an active focus on land protection through
facilitating purchases and conservation restrictions.
The focus of our Annual Meeting in our 50th anniversary
year will be to look ahead: what will be the issues, challenges, and
opportunities of the next half century? We know that some will be
impossible to predict; to that end, our Connect – Reflect – Protect
initiative is meant to foster in our next generation the passion and
knowledge to address what we can’t foresee. But for one night, June 23,
we’re going to pull out the crystal ball for special guests John Abrams
and Marc Rosenbaum, who will lead an informal conversation about
sustainability for the coming decades. How do we balance the challenges
facing this unique island (threatened rare habitats and water quality, a
housing shortage, climate change, a seasonal economy, declining fish
stocks, an aging population, etc) and what is VCS’s role as an
So please join us from 5 to 7 at the Ag Hall in West Tisbury for
great food, a quick look back, and a longer look forward. The meeting is
free for VCS members and family, $10 per person for the public.
Don't forget to renew your membership before the Annual Meeting!
Not a member yet? Join today!
(poster by Mya O'Neill, Youth Development Committee Chair; click to enlarge)
New Trails Open at Sailing Camp Park
In red, the new public walking
trails at Sailing Camp Park on Barnes Road in Oak Bluffs (Map courtesy
Elizabeth Durkee, click to enlarge)
There will be a grand opening from 10:00 - 2:00 on June 28 to celebrate the creation of new trails looping through Oak Bluff's Sailing Camp Park.
The park, purchased by the Town in 1983, represents 15 acres of
conservation land including woods, beach, and scenic views of Lagoon
Pond and the Vineyard Haven harbor. It is open to the public from dawn
Operated as a summer sailing camp by the Patriot’s Trail Girl Scout
Council since the 1930s, the land came to be on the market when the camp
was closed in 1981. For about two years, VCS and the Vineyard Open Land
Foundation worked to keep alive the option for purchase by the Town,
giving them time to secure funding. The alternative could have been
private development of up to 40 houses –- putting further pressure on
the Lagoon, which was already showing signs of excessive nitrogen from
septic systems. (Read more in these excerpts from the 1981/1982 VCS newsletters.)
Water Works, Now Online
Reflections, by Olivia Smith of MVRHS, winner of a Special Distinction award (Click to enlarge)
This spring, our Art of Conservation high school art contest asked
students to meditate on the importance of water, expressing what it
means to them through their works. Despite having a more specific theme
than last year, all evidence suggests
they still had plenty of room for personal interpretation. (After
clicking the link, look for the “slideshow” button at the top left.)
Congrats to all the winners, and thank you to all who participated!