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TEN VINEYARD GAZETTE, MARTHA'S VINEYARD, MASS. FRIDAY, AUGUST 19, 2Oll OAK BLUFFS BETTYE FOSTER BAKER 508-696-9983 ( It occurred to me, seated in Season's Restaurant this past week, that I had a window on the world, looking out on Circuit avenue in the same sense as the former Twin Towers restaurant in i with the same name, but on a smaller scale, which overlooked the most exciting and extraordinary city in the world and remains in the national memory as a great tragedy. I saw a place where people from many countries, cit- ies and towns across America come to be themselves, who speak different lan- guages, who literally rub elbows on our crowded Circuit avenue with those from very different cultures from themselves, to be part of some improbably scheme of conscious contentment if only for a few days or weeks;in a place where our President Obama, and President Grant, who came in 1870, and President Clin- ton, who came in the 1990's felt at home. It is comfortable here and perhaps that is the reason they came. As I looked out the window at bik- ers and walkers and folks driving fancy convertibles, I couldn't help but wonder if our President and his girls might be able to jump on bikes and ride down a lonesome road; if they might go clam- ming up-Island on Menemsha Pond, attend the fireworks in Oak Bluffs; or if they might visit Cottagers' Comer on Pequot avenue in Oak Bluffs, the clubhouse of the oldest African Ameri- can philanthropic organization on the Island (54 years), or Union Chapel as did President Clinton. We would wel- come a visit. The stream of people passed the window on foot, bike and car, from many cultures dressed in the simple to the outrageous, old and young wearing free and easy hair styles and braids, their eyes searching, faces filled with anticipation, some holding hands. Many decisions were being made where to eat, to buy that special souvenir or gift, whether to go to the beach-- it was all in their facial expressions, a look we know all too well when there is much to do and so little time to do it in. Kathy Taylor, associate vice president for Road Scholar, an educational travel group, hosted a reception on Tuesday at the Historic Shearer Cottage in Oak Bluffs in honor of L. Douglas Wilder, former Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia from 1990 to 1994 and the first African American to be elected governor in the United States Mr.W'dder discussed his book Claiming the Dream: The Po- litical Journey of L. Douglas Wilder. Mr. Wilder has had a distinguished career in public crvice for 40 years. At present, Mr. Wilder is a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University's L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs. "You can fly," is the signature signing statement of one of America's premier artists, Faith Ringgold. She writes this assurance every time she signs one of her adult or children's books, and in every quilt she creates there are people flying. As the children pushed their purchased books toward her for signing Tar Beach, Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists, Cassie's Word Quilt, and If Buses Could Talk faceboa Lorraine Iv OCEAN PARK, SCENE OF TONIGHT'S FIREWORKS, WAS FLOODED AFTER MONDAY'S RAINFALL. at L'iglegance Gallery in Oak Bluffs this past Saturday, their eyes were filled with a certain pleasure recognizing that this was someone whose imagination was wild as their own. It was a fascinat- ing thing for me to see. In her 1980 autobiography she wrote, "We flew over the bridge." What does that mean? Flying as a metaphor for believing in oneself, a winged message that there is a flight to success and one can take it, is testimony to a lifetime of dedication to her craft and the people whom she depicts in cities and towns, in happiness and historical misery, never denied, but overcome by transcending, by setting ones sights above the radar of discrimination and discouragement. This is her message of art and in her words, "To be shared." This past week I met some powerful women who also fly in metaphor. Their luncheon host, Linda Early Chastang, a powerhouse in her own right as con- gressional liaison to Homeland Security, entertained a delightful mix of guests and delicious fare. Her guests included Judge Michelle Capers Hollar-Gregory, of West Orange, N.J., and her daughter in law, HemilynVicente Hollar-Gregory, of Jersey City, N.J.; Camille Riggs Mosley and her sister in law, Brenda Mosley, of Washington, D.C.; Lynn McKinley Grant, of Washington, D.C.; Stephanie Gibson Branton, of Little Rock, Ark., her sister, attorney Dorothy Gibson Capers, of Chicago, IlL, and her mother, Carolyn Gibson, of Olympia Falls, Ill.; attorney Janet Baker Walker, of Wash- ington, D.C., Janet Hailes, of Washing- ton, D.C., Sharon Giles Alexander, of Roseland, N.J., Malva Reid, of Wash- ington, D.C., Nancy Boxill, of Atlanta, Ga., and attorney Judith Browne Dianis, Washington, D.C. Judith is executive director of the Advancement Project, a national civil rights organization that has made tremendous strides in the voter education and protection arena. Lynn McKinley-Grant, a dermatolo- gist is author of essential dermatology in pigmented skin. Attorney Dorothy Gibson Capers and her husband are the producers of the Martha's Vineyard Comedy Festival. Nancy served as a Ful- ton County commissioner for almost 20 years. Stephanie, Chastang's longtime friend, is the daughter in law of noted civil rights attorney and former dean of the Howard University law school, Wiley A. Branton. These women somehow got the mes- sage early that they could fly, if not from Ms. Ringgold, than from their mothers or fathers, their aunts, uncles or grandparents. But on this afternoon, these women had cut their propul- sion systems and were gliding into an afternoon of great conversation and Vineyard hospitality for which the High Season is noted on a perfect summer afternoon with just the right amount of sun, wind and delicious food and drink. The host's intent was to make the afternoon one of warmth, welcom- LORRAINE PARISH DESI.GNS Open everyday 10-6 65 State Rd Vineyard Haven 693-9044 As seen in Avalon Magazine Summer Issue S A L E I! ing, informal, comfortable and fun. She succeeded admirably. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's. son, Martin Luther King 3rd, ambas- sador Andrew Young, Vernon Jordan, former Virginia Governor L. Douglas Wilder, a stellar group of supporters of the National Center for Civil and Hu- man Rights, based in Atlanta, Ga., were all on the Island at the Sailing Camp to lend their support to the newly-created qational Center for Civil and Human Rights; based in Atlanta. Center direc- tor Doug Shipman shared the vision of this exciting project and its progress in the creation of an organization which will focus entirely on telling the story of civil and human rights issues and instructing and inspiring the nation's youth to address them. The celebrated playwright and two-time Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe, creative di- rector of the center, was on hand to describe why and how the project will engage young people in telling the civil rights and human rights stories in defi- ance of boundaries. A 90,000-square foot facility adjacent to the New World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquar- ium in downtown Atlanta will be built to house special exhibits, speakers and gatherings consistent with the vision. Each summer we look forward to one of the most outstanding golf tourna- ments on the Island, the 13th Annual Ken Williams Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament. It will be held on Sunday, August 21, at 8 a.m. at Mink Meadows Golf Club in Vineyard Ha- ven. Golfers can register in advance by visiting, e-mailing the organization at kwms-, or by stopping by the pro shop at Mink Meadows. Profes- sor Charles Ogletree of the Harvard Law School will be the celebrity golfer. Lisette Williams, fund president, is ex- cited that several key relatives will be in attendance: Michael Hunter, her uncle, and her 96-year-old grandmother, Mrs. Marion (Mamou) Hunter, a long-term Polar Bear, who will be traveling to the Island from New Orleans, La. to provide family support at the tournament. On Tuesday, August 23, from 4 to 6 p.m, the Martha's Vineyard Branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALAH) will host their 2nd annual Vineyard Men Who Cook fundraiser at the high school. Donation is $25 per person. Advance tickets may be purchased at Cousen Rose Gallery, C'6st LaVie and L'llegance in Oak Bluffs. President Bob Hayden suggests you take a break from the kitchen and come out to sample specialty dishes and desserts prepared by male chefs from all over the country. Contact Roger Morris at 508-693-3181 for additional information Don't miss the story and guided painting workshop with Bettie Eu- banks at the Oak Bluffs Library on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Preregistration is required and children must be able to be on their own. The Rev. Dr. Amos C. Brown, senior pastor of Third Baptist Church of San Francisco, Calif. will speak at Union Cha- pel this Sunday. The service is preceded by organ preludes by Garrett Brown at 9:40 a.m. Union Chapel is located at the foot of Kennebec and Circuit avenues in Oak Bluffs. It is nondenominational and welcomes all to participate. Also on Sunday at the Tabernacle, Rev. Tim Safford, of Christ Church, Philadelphia, Pa. will be the guest preacher. All are welcome. The Very Rev. John P. (Jep) Streit will be celebrant Sunday, at 9 a.m., at Trinity Episcopal Church. Reverend Streit is Dean of St. Paul's Cathedral in Boston where he is well-known for his outreach and inclusiveness among Boston's di- verse ethnic and religious communities. Trinity Episcopal Church is located across from the Steamship Authority in Oak Bluffs. Summer services are at 9 a.m. and all are welcome. It's almost football season and the junior high cheerleading program is open for sign-ups! The program pro- motes leadership, team building, com- munity service, and dance, school spirit, conditioning and cheering of course! The program is open to girls or boys in grades 6 to 8. If you would like more information or want to sign up your daughter or son, please call Sue Costello at 508-627-9568 or e-mail her at Renaissance House has two openings for their writer residence program for the weeks of Sept. 4 and 18. Anyone in- terested should e-mail Abby McGrath at The Howard University Alumni As- sociation, in conjunction with the How- ard University Law Alumni Associa- tion will host a weekend of networking and professional development from August 24 to 28. On Wednesday morn- ing, August 24 at 7 a.m. join them for a meet and greet with the Polar Bears at the Inkwell. From 7 to 10 p.m., the Wine and Cheese Art Show will take place at 2 Narrangansett avenue, sponsored by the Bouchet Jackson firm and the law offices of Margot Bouchet. The event will feature the photography of Howard Alum Eddie Fontno and Harry Seymour. On August 25, at 8 a.m. there will be a golf tournament at Farm Neck Golf Club and a tennis tournament at 9:30 a.m. at the Island Tennis Club. 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Phillip currently works as the property manager at the Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary while Emily works at Off- shore Ale and is a photographer and lead singer for various Island bands. The couple resides in West Tisbury. Ben Willmott and Kristen Emery were married in Canandaigua, N.Y. on July 30. Ben works for Wilkins Management which handles Branford Marsalis, Harry Connick Jr. and other well known jazz performers. This fall Liz Willmott will marry Andrew Sto- rey in Seattle, Wash. Liz recently left :he Obama administration where she worked as a program director for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. She currently runs a consulting company on climate change in Seattle. Barbara and Tom Willmott honored their two children at a Beach Club party on August 13. For those of you who enjoy stories with happy endings, please continue. Last week some lockers were vandal- ized at the East Chop Beach Club during the night. Among several items stolen were three valuable surf boards owned by Eli Hammett, Max Potter and Ian Harris. The following evening Larry and Marty Wilder along with son Ethan walked into Oak Bluffs. As they ambled along the sidewalk by the harbor, Ethan spied the three boards. While Larry went home for the family car, Ethan stood guard by the boards. The next morning a proud Ethan de- livered the boards to his three friends. Finally, last Saturday the beach club and tennis clubs held their annual Au- gust meetings. In many ways, the meet- ings were routine. The finances of both clubs are healthy, and the facilities are in good shape thanks to ongoing main- tenance programs. It was the last meeting for the two club presidents. Bill O'Brien is retiring after two years as president and several years on the board. In speaking with board members after the meeting, Bill was praised for his steady, thoughtful leadership of the club. I also learned that he had a large impact on several business-related matters such as re- viewing contracts, insurance policies, and the club's relationship with banks. His hard work on these issues has both saved the club money and professional- ized its operations. The story regarding Jim Davin at the tennis club is much the same. Jim is also retiring after two years as president and several years on the board. Board members praised him for his sense of fun, his enthusiasm, and his hard work over many years in improving the club's facilities. We were fortunate in having both men leading our clubs. The other aspect about both meet- ings that was routine were the many thank yous. I was humbled as I learned about the long hours so many of our residents spend working to improve our community. We all know who they are. Please thank them for their efforts when you run into them. East Chop is a far better place for all the hard work they do. Union Chapel The Rev. Dr. Amos Cleophilus Brown Sr. will be preaching at the Union Chapel in Oak Bluffs this Sun- day, August 21. A native of Jackson, Miss., Dr. Brown has been pastor of San Francisco's Third Baptist Church since 1976. As a scholar, theologian, preacher and social activist, he has maintained a marriage of piety and political action in his ministry. Under his leadership, Third Baptist Church has created an after-school academic enrichment program (Back on Track) in partnership with Temple Emanuel Congregation, the Charles A. Tindley Academy of Music; spon- sored more African refugees than any local congregation in the nation and sponsored 80 children from Tanzania to receive heart surgery in the United States. He led the Bay Area in raising $68,000 for the Somalian relief effort in 1984, led in founding the Black Ameri- can Response to the African Crisis, which raised $300,000 for the Ethiopian famine crises, and led an airlift to Ethio- fia under the auspices of the National Baptist Convention. REV. BROWN TO PREACH. The Union Chapel is a nondenomi- national church and is located at the intersection of Circuit, Kennebec and Narragansett avenues. The organ pre- lude by Garrett Brown begins at 9:40 a.m. and the service begins at 10 a.m. All are welcome! Closest ferry to New York, New Jersey & Connecticut All Dockside Parking for only $10 per day Providence Airport Shuttle (only 10 minutes away) Amtrak Shuttle (only 25 minutes away) First Class Amenities Advance Reservations highly recommended Depart from Quonset Point, North Kingston, Rhode Island and start your vacation or daytrip to Martha's Vineyard hours earlier. Enjoy a quick 95-minute ride down Narragansett Bay and through Vineyard Sound right into Oak Bluffs, the heart of Martha's Vineyard. (401) 295-4040 vineyardfastferry.corn Leighton Burriss Leighton Burriss Was Navy Man, Storyteller, Musician Leighton Lamar Burriss of Oak Bluffs died August 13. He was born Nov. 3,1930 in Washing- ton, D.C. Leighton was the son of Wil- liam E Burriss and Henrietta L. Lutes. Leighton was a veteran of the U. S. Navy Seabees and a lifelong member of the VFW. He was a retired paint contrac- tor, an accomplished artist, and an avid reader and storyteller. He enjoyed all types of music and in earlier years he played the guitar, banjo and harmonica and raised and hunted with foxhounds. Prior to moving to Martha's Vine- yard, Leighton lived in Ferrum, Va. He is survived by three children: Jac- queline B. Meadows (Steve) of South Boston, Va., William James Burriss of Oak Bluffs, and Joanne McFarland of Randallstown, Md.; four grandchildren, Karen Epperly, Sean Epperly (and his wife Magali), Kelly Clark (and her husband Ricky) and Danielle Solomon; five great-granddaughters; Kendall,tta- ley, Julia, Leighton and LeL and a great-great-grandson, Tristan. Although he leaves many close and lifelong friends, a private service will be held in connection with the interment. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Library Friends of Oak Bluffs, EO. Box 1421, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557-1421 or Hospice of Martha's Vineyard, EO. Box 2549, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557. Please visit for online guest book and information. follow us on 8AlL MAGIC * CARPET a classic 56" wooden yawl r r Catering to individuals, couples, and small groups. Also available for private groups up to 18. 508.627.2889 BHlliant Beautifnl Refreshing Gorgeous New Fall Clothing Arriving Daily? 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