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J t FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2013 VINEYARD GAZETTE, MARTHA~S VINEYARD, MASS. SEVEN ~ii@~!i~i~!:51~;i~# ik Jimmy Tingle prepares for his closeup as auctioneer. Getting a Tingle for Possible Dreams By IVY ASHE Before comedian Jimmy Tingle could start his newest gig, he had to make a visit to the roundabout. Mr. Tingle takes up the gavel for the Art Buchwald Possible Dreams auction this weekend, and he visited the Vineyard last week to meet with event organizers and the staff of Martha's Vineyard Community Services. The auction is the principal annual benefit for Community Services and takes place Sunday, July 28 at the Winnetu in Edgartown. The day and date are changed this year from the traditional first Monday in August. The auction features one-of-a-kind unbuyable items and experiences -- including the old blinker light from the former fou, r-way stop. Hence Mr. Tingle's trip to the roundabout. "It was pretty funny," he said. "I guess that's Island life--a roundabout can take on a whole new meaning." No stranger to Vineyard shores, Mr. Tingle has been performing comedy shows here since the days of the Hot Tin Roof and the Wintertide Coffeehouse. In October he screened his latest film at the Martha's Vineyard Film Center. "The audiences are always great. You have the Massachusetts population but also people from all over the country and all over the world," he said. Possible Dreams chairman Sandy Pimentel contacted Mr. Tingle earlier this year about helming the event. Interest piqued, he sent off an audition tape -- his latest one-man comedy special Jimmy Tingle for President: The Funniest Campaign in History, in which he campaigns on the Humor for Humanity ticket. He got the job. "I'm just thrilled, really excited," he said in an interview last week. "I really want to make it as successful as possible." Born in Cambridge, Mr. Tingle began performing stand-up in Boston in the 1980s. He holds the record for the longest-running one-person show at the Hasty Pudding Theatre, he has worked as a contributor for CBS and MSNBC, and has made guest appearances on The Tonight Show and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. In 2001 he won a Best of Boston award for stand-up comedy. Mr. Tingle has also turned in the occasional acting role -- look for him in Head of State and Boondock Saints. He gave the 2010 Commencement Address at Harvard University. Though stand-up comedy is his main profession, while performing fund- raising shows, he would occasionally be asked to help out with an auction at the same event. Informal requests to help out evolved into a more formal role as comedian-emcee-anctioneer, he said. The roles certainly have their similarities -- working the crowd, improvising, holding an audience's inter- est, and of course, entertaining. "You learn on the job," he said. "You write out your material, think about what you want to say.., but it's trial and error." Laughter has long been associated with the Possible Dreams auction. The late humorist Art Buchwald chaired the auction for decades, and this year the event was named in his honor. "It's great to be included with something that Art Buchwald was so in- volved with and so passionate about," Mr. Tingle said. "This is something that we can do right here in our'own backyard, for friends and neighbors." ,, Last year's auction raised more than $400,000. Martha's Vineyard Community Services, the Vineyard's 0idest'social ser- vices umbrella organization, serves more than 6,000 people annually, through its early childhood programs, disability services, mental health counseling, domestic violence prevention and the Chicken Alley thrift store. "It's incredible to see how many volunteers are working on this so diligently, and how committed everybody is," Mr. Tingle said. "It's pretty inspiring." Book Festival Branches Out In past years the Martha'sVineyard Book Festival was a one-day event tak- ing place at the Chilmark Community Center. This year the organizers have added a second day at the Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 3, at the Harbor View hotel. On Sunday, August 4, the event moves to the Chilmark Commu- nity Center from 10:30 a.m. tO 5 p.m. A series of panels highlights Satur- day's events beginning at 11 a.m. with History: Past and Present with Jill Lepore, Tony Horwitz and Tom Reiss. At 11:50 a.m. the Whitey Bulger trial comes to the Vineyard as Kevin Cullen, Shelly Murphy and Dick Lehr, journalists and authors of two recent books, discuss the legendary Boston kingpin. Ward Just, Richard Russo and many other authors round out the day's panels. On Sunday the readings begin as all 27 authors take the stage to discuss their most recent books. For a complete list of authors, visit Make this a memorable summer with Peter Simon Photography Now taking bookings for the rest of the season. First come, first served for prime time light. Call 508-645-9575 for appointments For family photo examples and other prioducts visit: Peter is now conducting 24 hour One on One intensives! Please inquire by phone or email: Priceless Dreams Aid Community Services From Page One that it is going to be funny," Ms. Coogan said. The Community Services campus is located not far up the road from the roundabout. "There are a lot of people who like the piece of history, the piece of hilarity from the Island," she said. "We thought, we'll see, there's no price tag on that one." The old blinker light awaits its new home at the Oak Bluffs highway department garage off Old County Road. Many of the other dreams are simi- larly priceless, their value generated by the bidders' promised exposure to fame or exclusivity. Returning dreams include a tea with Island literary icons, an ancestry study with Henry Louis (Skip) Gates Jr., and a custom painting from Islander Mien Whiting, in his sixth year donating his time and talent. "I am happy to support CommuniW Services and it's great to be part of the Island communiW," said metal sculptor Anthony Holand, who invites the winning bidder of his dream to accompany him as he designs and sculpts a custom work. "This is my home and I am proud of that." Others are worth thousands of dol- lars. For example, one dream is a wed- ding package, which includes the use of a venue, a justice of the peace, flow- ers, photography, sweets, and even two portable restrooms. Another popular dream is a daylong group bus trip with moving truck company owner Tripp Barnes, who tours bidders around un- disclosed spots off the beaten path. "We started out as a bunch of strang- ers in a Vineyard Transit Bus... and by the end of the night we are all good friends," said Cecilia Brennan, who bid on Mr. Barnes's unique tour last summer. The group has already held one reunion, and is planning a second in August. Island organizations and residents say they enjoy giving back to the organi- zation which has cared for the commu- nity's vulnerable members since 1961. "Everyone needs help at some time in their life, whether it's with their kids and childcare, a friend or family member who has a disability, or dealing with mental health issues," Ms. Coogan said. "We cover so many things that can happen in a life, and we deal with them so discreetly and efficiently." A key event, the auction makes up about 10 per cent of the CommuniW Services budget. "We depend a lot on our events and fundraising," said Ms. Coogan. The legendary columnist Art Buch- wald, who died in 2007, was the long- standing auctioneer and the donor of a dream that consisted of an interview with him. This year, two WBUR radio hosts -- Tom Ashbrook of On Point and Robin Young of Here and Now -- will present an updated Buchwald dream which features an interview with Ms. Pictures by Ray Ewing Five card stud? Bid on a round of poker with West Tisbury's own Jesse Sylvia. The silent auction was added last year in an effort to appeal to people of more modest means. "I think for years, it was great to have these big dreams who could go to these top percentile of people who could afford them," Ms. Coogan said. "But when reality hits and not everyone can afford the big ticket items all the time," the silent auction items seemed more appropriate. Last year, the auction raised more than $400,000. The auction was historically held on the first Monday in August, but this year it was moved to a Sunday night in July. The auction will be formally named for Mr. Buchwald this year. The 35th Art Buchwald Possible Dreams Auction is Sunday, July 28, at the Winnetu Oceanside Resort in Ed- gartown. Doors open at 3:45 p.m., the silent auction begins at 4p.m., and the live auction starts at 5p.m. .... ;iiiiiiiiiiii~;i> 6et the Inside Scoop on Martha's Vineyard Real Estate! [ Hosted by David Lott Ever! Tuesday and Thursday at 10 to 11 AM- WWY-FM 93.7 Marthas Vineyard Community Radio 'On the House' is the must-listen-to show for people interested in Martha's Vineyardreal estate. Brought to you by the Vineyard Gazette and Young in the WBUR studios in Boston. Since the purchase of the MVY 92.7 d ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~1~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ signal last year, the public radio station ~ has made efforts to connect with the lo- **~ cal Island community. 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