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FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2013 VINEYARD GAZETI'E, MARTHA'S VINEYARD, MASS. [ l / Della Hardman was Gazette columnist, educator and artist. Alison Shaw Savor and See, Don't Just Sit; Della Hardman Day Still Inspires By XENIA RAKOVSHIK In 2002 Della Hardman told the Vine- Hardman Day, a day that has grown to yard Gazette: "When I retired I could become a weekend-long celebration have stayed in West Virginia, or gone of the arts with music, art, a guest wherever, somewhere, anywhere, but speaker and essay contest for young I chose to come to Martha's Vineyard. writers. This year's guest speaker is And I didn't plan to come and sit. I Khalil Gibran Muhammad, PhD, di- planned to be involved. Wherever I am, rector of the Schomburg Center for that's the way I like it. Life is interest- Research in Black Culture at the New ing." York Public Library. He will address one Thanks to her, life on the Vineyard of the Della Hardman Day sub-themes certainly continues to be. for festivities: commemoration of the Della Louise Hardman was born in 150th anniversary of the signing of the 1922 and raised in Charleston, WM In Emancipation Proclamation as well as 1945 she received a master's degree in the 50th anniversary of March on Wash- art from Boston University in 1945. After ington for Jobs and Freedom on August moving to the Vineyard in 1986, Mrs. 28, 1963. He speaks at 4 p.m. Saturday in Hardman dove into the Island com- Ocean Park. munity, becoming involved in the Na- "It was a hot August day," recalled than Mayhew Seminars, the Oak Bluffs Andrea Taylor, daughter of the late Library, Vineyard Nursing Association Mrs. Hardman, in a conversation with and the Martha's Vineyard Chamber the Gazette. "Della attended the March Music Society. She succeeded the late on Washington along with about 35 Harlem Renaissance author Dorothy other residents from Charleston, VVM, West as author of the Oak Bluffs column including her son, Francis Taylor Jr., for the Vineyard Gazette. She was an as- her brother, Attorney Willard L. Brown, sociate professor of art at West Virginia president, Charleston NAACP and or- State University for 30 years, during ganizer of the delegation, and me." The which time she hostedThe Black Expe- group chartered a bus and departed rience radio show, served as a chairman the evening before the march was to of the board of trustees of the Charles- take place and drove through the night ton Art Gallery, and the National Art without respite, unable to find a hotel Education Association recognized her that would provide them lodging. "We as an Outstanding Art Educator. Most arrived in DC early on the morning of notably the Vineyard NAACP awarded the March," Mrs. Taylor continued. "To Mrs. Hardman its first Humanitarian escape the heat me and my high-school Award in 1994 for her service to the boyfriend sat under the shade of an community. Among other honors~,she ~ enormous tree and watched events garnered in her. lifetimes. Mrs., Hard.-, ,unfold. We .knew in.that moment that man was named asan Outstanding Art this Was a transformative moment in Alumna of West Virginia State CollegeAmerican history and in our own lives." in 2000, inducted into the National The events of nearly 50 years ago black College Alumni Hall of Fame in stand irrefutably as a landmark for the 1998 and named a Distinguished West path America had chosen toward a Virginian by Gov. John D. Rockefeller progressive and modern culture. Yet in 1979. Governor Rockefeller also ap- the opportunity to continue paving pointed her to serve as a commissioner the way toward similarly monumental on the West Virginia Arts and Humani- signposts remains as pertinent now as ties from 1979 to 1978. itwas on that sweltering day in August. She died Dec. 13, 2005. "The irony is that back in 1963 we were During her 83 years, Della Hard- marching for jobs and freedom," mused man was a mother, grandmother, great- Mrs. Taylor, "and now more than ever, grandmother, writer, painter, photogra- all you hear about is the need for jobs pher, potter weaver and scholar, and justice. The younger generation Since 2005, the town of Oak Bluffs has always been crucial to change, and has designated the last Saturday in is still the driving force." July as a day to honor Mrs. Hardman. In honoring Della Hardman's maw Saturday, July 27 marks the ninth Della accomplishments, one is reminded of Summer Soul Benefits Cancer Patients Martha's Vineyard Summer Soul is coming to the Island on Sunday, Au- gust 12. The event is the inspiration of Sharon-Francis Moore a seasonal resi- dent of Vineyard Haven. After several friends were diagnosed with cancer, Ms. Moore decided to create a summer fundraiser to give back to four organi- zations instrumental in providing care for cancer patients. The organizations are Angel Flight Northeast, the Mar- tha's Vineyard Cancer Support Group, Project Renewal and Look Good Feel Better. Angel Flight Northeast arranges free flights to individuals in need of access to medical care. Since 1996 Angel Flight Northeast has scheduled more than 45,000 flights. Their volunteer pilots have flown over nine million miles providing nearly 60,000 patients and their families free air transportation to medical care. The Martha~ Vineyard Cancer Sup- port Group provides temporary and emergency financial assistance for re- lated healthcare needs to cancer pa- tients who reside on Martha's Vine- yard. Funds are used primarily for food, childcare and travel expenses to and from treatment and other expenses not covered by insurance. Project Renewal's scan van is a mo- bile mammography bus that provides mammography and clinical breast ex- ams to women in New York city: The organization targets the working poor and underserved women who are un- insured or under-insured. Look Good Feel Better is run by the American Cancer Society and provides support and beauty sessions to indi- viduals dealing with cancer. The fundraiser consists of a daylong series of events beginning with a free 9each yoga session led by Martha Abbot at 7 a.m. at Inkwell beach in Oak Bluffs. This is followed by a free beach cardio workout at 8 a.m., also at the Inkwell beach. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. there is a Summer Soul Brunch at Dreamland in Oak Bluffs. Tickets are $75 and all proceeds go to the above named orga- nizations. The master of ceremonies for the brunch is Stephen G. Hill, president of music programming and specials for BET Networks. There will also be a food demonstration by Chef Huda. From 1 to 6 p.m. at Union Chapel there will be a Summer Soul Fair featur- ing local artisan vendors. This event is free and a portion of all sales will go to the above organizations. For more information, visit summer- soulmv.com. NOW W/TH & STADIUM SEATING! Schombug Center's Khalil Muhammad is guest speaker. the role that youth has and continues to hold in shaping an increasingly cre- ative and progressive future. Her often referred to mantra, Savor the Moment, acts as a simple reminder of Mrs. Hard- man's inexhaustible drive to encourage people to stay present and interact with the world around them, and to facilitate positive change. "My approach was trying to teach people to see," blrs. Hardnlan recalled in 2002. "I can remember trying to make them aware of the world in which they lived. Instead of looking through things, to really see and get some sense of the things that they were looking at and were associated with that were part of their lives." The events for the ninth annual Della Hardman Day are as follows: Saturday, July 27 at 4 p.m. in Ocean Park, special guest Khalil Gibran Mu- hammad, PhD, director, the Schom- burg Center for Research in Black Cul- ture at the New York Public Library, will speak. The one-hour program will also include greetings from the town of Oak Bluffs and award presentations to high school essay contestwinners (essay are published on the Commen- tary Page in today's edition) and a cake reception. Sunday; July 28 at 6 p.m., the Della Hardman Day committee and the Mar- tha's Vineyard Museum will present a sunset concert at the East Chop Light- house featuring the spirituals choir led by Jim Thomas and also featuring Christina Montoya, dancer. LET US DO IT FOR YOU Blowouts, color, body waves, smoothing treatments. 5 8.693.8665 Designer: Stephens, Waring & White Donald Tofias, Yacht Developer Builder: Brooklin Boat Yard W-Class Yacht Compmly, (617) 901-5242 www.w-class.com KL, ERT. COLLEGIATE BASEBALL AT THE SHARK TANK (@ MVRHS) UPCOMING FRIDAY, JULY 26TH vs North Shore Navigators SATURDAY, JULY 27TH vs Torrington Titans 6:45pm SUNDAY, JULY 28TH vs Pittsfield Suns 6:45pm MONDAY, JULY 29TH vs Wachusett Dirt Dawgs 6:45pm THURSDAY, AUGUST IST vs Brockton Rox 6:45pm sponsored by: MVSHARKS.COM 508-687-9705 Please Adopt Us The dog days of summer are here and the Animal Shelter of Martha's Vineyard has nary a dog to adopt. It must be doing its job very well as all the dogs have gone to homes. "Ihere are a few cats hanging out in the air conditioned cat room. T.C. is a lovely calico, female of course, as are all calico cats. She purrs when petted and seems to have a very good disposition. The big black male, Michael, has overcome his jitters and now emerges from his hiding place to greet visitors. Then we have a new addition, Viola, a young black and white lady who is content to be either an indoor or an outdoor cat. So far she has not warmed up to her roommates, but that could be because she is new to the environment. Speaking of the environment, the shelter would like to stress that it is in- humane to abandon your pets in it with no visible means of support. Our most recently acquired animal is a beautiful bunny. A male, Doolittle is white with brown spots. He was a stray! His owner must have opened his cage and freed him to join the wild population on the Island. This is not recommended. A tamed rabbit is accustomed to a certain diet that a lawn or garden cannot pro- vide, also to petting and fondling by a human companion. The shelter exists to solve the problem of the inconve- nient pet. This facility was founded to care for the homeless animals on the Island. The loving staff and dedicated volunteers will not only provide a roof over the pet's head, but a proper diet and veterinary care. A suitable home with a new owner will be found. So think belbre letting a animal go free. Freedom does not equal happiness among domesticated animals. As it is a no-kill facility; each animal brought to the shelter is ensured a natural life span. Shelter hours are Tuesdays and Wednesdays 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The shelter is closed Sunday and Monday. The telephone number is 508-627-8662. Contributions are always gratefully accepted; the shelter is funded solely by donations. Please make checks out to The Animal Shelter of Martha's Vine- yard; the mailing address is P.O. Box 1829, Edgartown MA 02539. ~ yourbeach & baby needs HVBabYT ent 508.627.8830 mvbabyrent.eom Kate S. Warner, Architect www.kateswarner.com lessica Shannon Had Grace, le ica L Shannon was an Islander. She Was born in Oak Bluffs on February 20 1957 and died peacefully in Oak Bluffs on July 12, 2013,'v