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SIX VINEYARD GAZETTE, MARTHA'S VINEYARD, MASS. I'],',!/~"?, ill/ i '~11q i,', ~ , I. Smnmer Institute circa 1904 in Cottage City. --v , OAK BLUFFS CHAPPY PETER WELLS 508-627-1577 (peter@chappyferw.net) '*Every year the Chappy Community Center hosts a potluck supper to honor the Chappy ferry captains and deck- hands and to show our appreciation for their dedication to the task of operating our lifeline through all kinds of weather, E DGARTOWN day in and day out. There is always a huge turnout at this event. Please bring KATHIE CASE 508-627-5349 a dish to serve six. This year the supper takes place on Wednesday, Dec. 7. Ap- (kathleencase@comcast.net) petizers start at 6 p.m. with the buffet We are getting some much needed starting at 6:30 p.m. rain. We can take it and get the ground By the time you read this, the Edgar- water up and help the drought situation town Highway Department will have and fill the ponds. Like my friend ]an completed the installation of the grid Norton always said, when the ponds are and gravel system upon the dirt portion full it is time for winter. So we will see. of the ferry point parking lot. Then all Happy birthday to all who celebrated that will remain are a few minor details, their day this past week. Cazette archives The grid is made of recycled plastic Special birthday wishes go out to my formed into a honeycomb pattern de- niece Tina Polleys as she celebrated her signed to hold the gravel in place. The half century birthday on Nov. 27. Here over the years, thousands of students finished gravel surface looks perfectly, is to many more special days. came from "every state and territory smooth and perfectly sloped. It will be I hope you all had a good Thanksgiv- in the union, as well as representatives a shame to cover it up with parked cars. ing. It seemed like a lot of people were from Canada, Mexico, South America, I always endeavor to be observant here. I spent the day with my friends, the Hawaiian Islands, and even Eng- and appreciative of my surroundings or should I say my adopted family, land." The school was a forerunner to here on Chappy. I try to remember (they adopted me!), Mark, Ellen and many summer schools to follow, to scan the horizon often, especially Ella Blodgett. We had a great day. and Instruction was given in esoteric when I arrive at the wide open vista we were joined by Ellen's Godmother courses such as botany, didactics (the of the ferry point. With that in mind, I Carol, and her companion John. Also science of teaching), drawing, elocution share with you the following observa- joining us was Ellen's grandmother, (controlled speaking), English Litera- tions and appreciations of Lily Walter Louise Bernard, and her uncle Den- ture, entomology (the study of insects), who started Slip Away Farm on the old nis, Sarah Cuthbert, and Mark's par- French, Geology, German, Greek, Latin, Marshal property a half decade ago, ents from Redding, Ginny and Everett mineralogy, pedagogy (the method and and expanded the farming operation to Blodgett. practice ofteaching),philosophy, physi- Wasque Farm this past summer. As fer- I noticed my neighbors, Drew and cal culture, phonography (a writing sys- ties and farming both are at the mercy Paula Smith, had their lights on, so they tem representing sounds by individual of the weather I have empathy for her symbols), vocal music and zoology, responsibilities, were hereforThanksgiving, celebrating The school was held each July through "I thought you aU might like to hear a two meals, one with Drew's family, then August until the oldest of the summer little news from Slip Away and Chappy, the next with Paula's family, It sounds schools closed in 1907. so here you go. With the exception of like they had a great day and lots offood. The Institute described itself as "...an a few small tasks here and there, we As much as people traveled to the educational institution whose beneficial finished putting the farm to bed last Island, many left to go see family as influence has already been felt in every week, just in time for the cold weather Grace Conklin did. Grace and her four State of the Union; an institution that to set in. I always welcome this time of legged companion, Gunner, traveled to knows, in dispensing its benefits, no year, when I can start looking ahead Maryland to visit her dad. distinction of creed, race, or color." to the winter planning, and dreaming Without making this a sad story, I lost So it was not surprising to see in a about the upcoming spring. As I drain my four legged companion Harry two photograph from the Vineyard Gazette's hoses and tuck tools away on the farm, weeks ago. He became sick suddenly archives taken in 1904, of 67 people (47 I think about things I will do differently and I was off-Island getting ready for women, 19 men and one toddler) that next year, what Iwill improve on, build, cataract surgery when Ellen called me one of the women was black. Agassiz change. It is so easy in the fall to look to tell me Harry needed a vet right away. wasted quite a bit of his time proving back on the summer and be idealistic He came to enough that Mark bundled "the good is oft interred with their about future seasons, him up and he and Harry boarded the bones." As a farmer, them is always some- boat to Woods Hole where I met them, From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, thing you want to do better. We are all and took Harryto Cape Cod Veterinary Dec. 3, the Martha's Vineyard Museum eternal optimists. There are crops that Specialist in Bourne. I now call it the sponsors Appraisal Day with Skinner, succeeded and crops that failed. New Mass General of the animalworld. They Inc. The public is invited to bring prized systems implemented that either worked are open 24 hours a day and when you objects and treasures (no coins, stamps, or didn't. There are infinite ways of walk in they treat you llke you have been jewelry or musical instruments) to the doing things in agriculture, and every a patient of theirs all along. museum library to be examined by farmer develops his or her own methods The vet was wonderful and the vet appraisers from Skinner. Items may be which are likely to change from year to tech was more than helpful. I felt very consigned for sale by Skinner with a year. But the consistency of the seasons comfortable with everything they did portion of the proceeds benefitting the provides a steady framework around and they explained the things that were museum. Reservations are required and every farm, a canvas for us to create going on and gave me many options. the cost is $15 for one item or three for and recreate our fields. So, the farm is Unfortunately for me there was not a $40. Call 508-6274441, ext. 123 or email all packed up and ready to hibernate miracle cure and the end result would kfuller@mvmuseum.org, for these few dark months. I know come be the same no matter which way I SKIP FINLEY 508-6274311 (sfinley@mvgazette.com) Agassiz Hall was the name of the building that housed the Martha's Vineyard Summer Institute, the fabled school for teachers that ironically over- looked Highland Beach, and was used by black vacationers until it was taken over by the East Chop Beach Club. Its namesake was Louis Agassiz, a Swiss- American biologist who founded a sum- mer school on Penikese, one of the Elizabeth Islands. It was given to him in 1873 by John Anderson, a philanthropist who admired Agassiz' extensive work and contributions to science. Agassiz held several degrees and was an innovative scholar of zoology, geol- ogy and related areas whose work was widely acknowledged and respected, but he turned out not to be one of our people. It was said that his revulsion on encountering African-Americans in the United States caused him to spend much of his career rejecting Darwin's evolution and attempting to prove hu- man races were of different origins (polygenism). This is contrary to the widely accepted concept of monogen- ism, the single origin of humanity. The John Anderson school collapsed soon after Agassiz's death, but it is considered a model for the Woods Hole Institute, and the Martha's Vineyard Summer Institute established in 1878 The Oak Bluffs Library has sched- Mamh, I will be looking forward to wak- went. uc ..... xxn.t, uled the annual Library Friends Holiday. ing up once more, ready for the coming I wanted to write about them because l~~l.Homer fe,,~~~/i~~~mnoon t,.~.~.~.=~, .~..~.2~>-:~6hT~.. ~-~ .......... ,:. ........... "= ..... r'lovdmy v~:h~fe on the Island but a modest start and Institute began its career without funds p.m. The plan is to "eat good food, make I was so sad to hear that Ruth Welch when there is something more that of Pimpney Mouse Farm died this past needs to be done we find ourselves "inr buildingS.cottage parlorsInsteadanditonheldpiazzas,meetingSover you'rehlidaYsoCrafts'inclined.and sit on Santa's lap" if week Ruth was a great supporter of Slip going away. I wanted people to know offices and in tents." Friends of Oak Bluffs have a Dine To Away. She was always first at our farm that you have the same option for your Martha's Vineyard was chosen due Donate on Thursday, Dec. 8 at Offshore stand every Friday morning, loading up pet as we do for ourself and that this to its favorable conditions; "cool, quiet Ale for lunch and dirmer2-Portions of the her basket with vegg/es and flowers for hospital was a great one and you should andhealth-giving...asummerwatering- pmceedsg0totheFriendsofOakBluffs the week Our second fall on Chappy, nothesitateifyoufindyourselfhaving place, where the breezes, from whab who help keep the towil decorated,,: ,: Ruth: dug up and brought me about 80 to go there. ever quarter they blow, are cooled and In making tfiat list ~You're &egking gladiolus bulbs from her own garden, a Keep next Friday on your calendar for twice remember thereare gigantic deals featIfound impressive for a woman in her Donaroma's Evening of Enchantment purified by the surrounding ocean, on great goods to greet your generosity late 80's. Iplant these bulbs each spring, from 5 to 7 p.m. Everyone is working overlooking Vineyard Sound, the great marine highway between New York and all over Circuit avenue" / ..... harvest them come mid-summer, and dig hard to develop an enchanted forest. Boston." Of course Cottage City fit the Keep your foot 0na rock. them up again to store in the faiL Her We are so lucky to have many talented peach gladiolus have become a favorite of people to do this creation. So try to bill. mine. I will think of her every year when come by on Dec. 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. and The business model was equally Controlled Burn Iplant them and I will continue to enter enjoy some treats as well. modest. Each department head con- them in the AgriculturaI Fair in her honor Have a great week and keep the home tributed to the expense and was paid The Edgartown fire department will each summer. Aren't we lucky to live in a by the tuition fees from his (or her) conduct a live fire training on Sunday, place with neighbors like her? candles burning. own pupils. Open public lectures were Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather As many of you know, we farmed given in halls and churches (Union permitting. The training will consist ' i: this entire season without a tractor. We lowing to get online at the Kickstarter Chapel was one) of interest to the folks of a controlled burn on a structure at 2 made-do with borrowed equipment, but Page: https://www.kickstarter.com/proj- of Cottage City, and the school ingrati- Muskoday Drive, off Crocker Drive in: :: the farm suffered without its own trac- ects/554351561/slip-away-farm-needs-a- ated itself in a way to receive wide Katama. ~ tor. We:now need to purchase a new tractor~ef=email support. After four years, the Vineyard Crocker Drive will be clos6d to machine, but we cannot do it without I hope you will consider donating. Grove Company gave the school a lot. through traffic for a period in the after- your help. We have just launched a We must reach ourfundraising goal of Subscribers contributed enough money noon. kickstarter campaign to help us pur- $20,000 to receive any of the funds, so for a building with 16 classrooms, which Those with questions can contact the chase what we need. The link can be please share this link with family and was completed in 1882. It was said that fire department at 508-627-5167. found HERE or by entering the fol- friends. Every little bit helps!" " .i Karen Packish Karen Elizabeth Packish Had a Nurturing Spirit Karen Elizabeth Packish died at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital on Nov. 22. She was 63. Karen was an Island native born on Feb. 27, 1953 at the Martha's Vine- yard Hospital. She was the daughter of Robert Packish and Margaret Getchell, and attended the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School. She had to drop out in the 11th grade because she was pregnant with her first child, William Maciel. She then went on to marry her high school sweetheart and have their second child, Sherry Maciel. After 20 years of marriage, she got divorced and decided she wanted to change and better her life. Karen went on to get her GED, and then to the Mas- sage Institute of New England. While going to massage school, she worked for the Vineyard Nursing Association doing private duty for the late Tom and Virginia Early. Karen loved caring and helping the elderly. She was a nurturer. Karen loved going for walks on the beach, spending time with her daughter and her two dogs, Bentley and Buckley, and watching movies with her long- term companion of 26 years, Paul W. Schultz. She is survived by her daughter, Sherry L. Maciel; her son, William E Maciel; her sister, Roberta Curtis and nephew, Stephen Curtis, Jr. She also leaves behind many aunts, uncles and cousins. A memorial service will be held on Friday, Dec. 2 at 11 a.m. at St. Augustine's Church on Franklin street in Vineyard Haven, followed by a graveside service at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Vineyard avenue, Oak Bluffs. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made for the pur- chase of her memorial headstone. Everyone who knew her recognized her big heart, her angelic spirit and her great sense of humor. She will be greatly missed. i- .4- ! VINEYARD HAVEN NANCY GARDELLA 508-693 3308 (iklean@yahoo.com) I am an old-fashioned girl. I write this still in the month of November. My pumpkins and Thanksgiving decora tions are still out and up. There will be nothing twinkling up until after Dec. l, and, hopefully by Dec. 15. But other signs of the season are out there. Our Vineyarders had to give the Island Cup back to Nantucket last weekend. We held the Cup for 12 con secutive games, alas! We played on our field last Saturday. Thank you to all the coaches, players, cheerleaders and fans who came out in support. Same time, next year, different island. That was sad football news for me. The Patriots win Sunday took the edge off that, and a very exciting game it was! To add to football traditions this season, I must tell you and our season als who also live in my Old Country that our traditional Turkey Bowl, played on Thanksgiving morning, Stepinac vs. White Plains High School, well, Stepinac won. I have a soft spot in my heart for Stepinac. Don't laugh. The last time I was at a Turkey Bowl I was cheer- ing for Stepinac, our brother school. All boys. My parents sent me to Good Counsel, an all girls school. The only way to meet a teenage boy was to vol unteer in cheerleading and/or working in the plays, both of which I did. Didn't think I was that kind of girl, did you? Women Empowered, the wonderful non-profit group started by my men- tor, Kaye Flathers, is having its annual Women of the Year Champagne Brtmch on Sunday, Dec. 4 at the Harbor View in Edgartown, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Three women are being honored. Polly Brown, from our town, is being recognized for her great work in healthy aging at home. Space is limited so call 508 696 8880 or email to Vivian.Stein@comcast.net. "Ihe focus of the talk at the brunch will be Beyond a Call to Action. Alex's Place, the teen center at our YMCA, continues to provide a sail:, ftm environment for our kids. There will be an eighth grade dance Dida> Dec. 2, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Admission at the door is $5. All island 8th graders and their visiting friends are welcome. When the summer season falls off, the poets on-Island take their rightful place. 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