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Almanac Archive for June 9, 2021

Conservation Almanac Special Notice
Now through June 27th, please join us in celebration of nature, open space, and our sense of place as an island by visiting Featherstone Center for the Arts for the "love it. protect it. mv" show. Selected works of art and poetry will be viewable every day from noon to 4:00 in the Francine Kelly Gallery. Also, we hope to see you at one or more of the scheduled events (see below) occurring outside (weather permitting, otherwise in the gallery) during the show's run. All events are free, but capacity is limited so please email FCA, or call (508) 693-1850 to register.

Why "love it. protect it. mv"?

The past year and a half has made one thing abundantly clear: Our Island’s open spaces — the forests, fields, and waters that sustain the natural world — are also vital to nourishing the human spirit. But, as an organization dedicated to environmental advocacy, VCS knows all too well that if we truly love these places, then we must protect them.

In recognition of this, last fall we launched our first-ever community arts and ideas project. For love it. protect it. mv, we asked residents and visitors alike to reflect on nature and open space, consider what it means to them, and share their responses. Now, as a fitting culmination for what has become a stunning and inspirational collection of work, we are thrilled to be able to partner with Featherstone to present an  in-person show of the highlights. We offer our sincere thanks to FCA for hosting and curating, and to every member of the Vineyard community who has participated. This is your show!

Today at 4: Poetry Reading
     Vineyard poets share nature inspirations at Featherstone  

Please join twelve of our most insightful local poets today (June 9) for a live presentation of selections drawn from love it. protect it. mv. The reading will be from 4 - 5 outside the Art Barn at FCA's beautiful campus in Oak Bluffs (directions). As a bonus, there's no better time to get a first look at the show!
Future Events
June 13 @ 3:30 - The Art of Conservation
Opening show and awards presentation for the winners of this year's contest for Vineyard middle and high school students

June 16 @ 4:00  - A Conservation Conversation
A discussion of nature, advocacy, and art with Executive Directors Ann Smith of FCA and Brendan O'Neill of VCS, and participating local artists

June 23 @ 5:00  - VCS Annual Meeting
The Annual Meeting of the Membership & Board, featuring guest speaker Emily Molden, Executive Director of the Nantucket Land Council; event will be both in-person and online via Zoom, details to come

Please email or call (508) 693-1850 to register for all events

Walking Our Way Home
It seemed important to keep track
of our Land Bank hikes then,
way back in the beginning,
when March inflicted
its thousand cuts.
Making our way through
the Walking Trails Guidebook,
checking off Fulling Mill Brook,
Katama Trails, Quansoo,
Menemsha Hills, Waskosims,
marveling at the great rock,
the stone walls dressed in lacy lichen,
espying an egret or a swan
in the lagoon, and imbued
with an urgency that did not match
the verdure and splendor in our path.
What did we hope for?
To walk through the ancient ways
and rustling forests, and return,
as to Narnia, to find the world at peace,
sanity restored, and nary a mention of a mask.

--Christine G. Burke



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