Tell Me a Story - Susan Klein Captures Creative Living Award

Twenty-five years ago, Susan Klein leapt into the void, counting on her muse to catch her. She was 30 years old, born and raised in Oak Bluffs, but she just knew "it was time to go."

"I had just bought the house, the mortgage was due," she recalled. "I'd quit my job, I had no health insurance, no retirement, no savings. I had $300 and I drove away. I had nine days' of work scheduled for the rest of my life."

Mitch Posin, Clarissa Allen Take Blue Ribbon for Creative Living

For Mitchell Posin, who runs the Allen Sheep and Wool Company with his wife Clarissa Allen, the most exciting thing on the farm right now is compost.

“This compost tea has really got my juices flowing,” said the farmer, a stone-hard hand resting on the 50-gallon plastic drum he uses in his barn to brew the solution. One barrel is enough to fertilize an acre of land.

“In the space of a single period at the end of a sentence, there are 500,000 bacteria in this. You’re talking little critters,” Mr. Posin enthused.

Ceremony Salutes Salt of the Earth Islanders

On Tuesday afternoon as thunderstorms threatened, they came to the West Tisbury Grange Hall early and straggled in late: fishermen fresh off their boats, cooks from Chilmark and New York, politicians and lawyers in coats and ties, teenagers on skateboards. They came to honor Clarissa Allen and Mitchell Posin, recipients of the 25th annual Award for Creative Living from the Ruth J. Bogan and Ruth Redding fund. The Permanent Endowment Fund for Martha’s Vineyard gives the award every year to acknowledge an Island resident who embodies the spirit of Vineyard living.

Hellcat Finally Gets What She Deserves: Creative Living Award

Her camp is the longest running, volunteer-operated overnight camp in the United States for children and adults with disabilities. Helen Lamb founded Camp Jabberwocky over 50 years ago on an impulse to do something good, and she did it, as she does all things, in a way that was pragmatic, efficient and sustainable.

Helen Lamb and Camp Jabberwocky Receive Island’s Creative Living Award

People have asked her, in their quest to initiate a program similar to the longstanding summer Camp Jabberwocky, how to go about doing so without any start-up money.

Money? Who needs money?

Creative Living Award for Helen Lamb, Jabberwocky

Helen Lamb and Camp Jabberwocky will be honored as recipients of the 2009 Creative Living Award on August 11 at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury beginning at 5:30 p.m. All are invited.

Creative Living Award Is Announced

Ross Gannon and Nat Benjamin will receive the 2010 Creative Living Award, the Permanent Endowment for Martha’s Vineyard announced yesterday. The award will be presented on Thursday, Oct. 14 at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury beginning at 5:30 p.m. All are cordially invited to attend.

Boatbuilders Gannon and Benjamin Honored for Creative Living

They need no introduction, certainly not on the Vineyard.

Nat Benjamin and Ross Gannon, the well-known Vineyard Haven boatbuilders and owners of Gannon and Benjamin Marine Railway, were honored last night at The Grange Hall in West Tisbury with the prestigious Creative Living Award, the annual honorarium given in memory of the late Ruth Bogan to an Islander who exemplifies the Vineyard way of life.

More than 100 friends and family members attended, including a number of respected wooden boat captains.

Well-Versed in Creative Living, Dan Waters to Receive Award

As hundreds of West Tisbury residents, including selectmen and moderator, awaited the beginning of the annual town meeting, Daniel Waters stood up to recite, not a prayer but a poem written especially for the occasion.

Tonight the gym is filled with chairs

In which our town will sit

Our democratic derrieres

And chew the fat a bit.

‘It seems we did this just last week,’

We comment with a groan;

Yet measured by our own physique,

Creative Living Award for Dan Waters

Daniel Waters will be honored with the 2011 Creative Living Award, the Permanent Endowment for Martha’s Vineyard announced this week.

The award will be presented on Oct. 18 at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury beginning at 5:30 p.m. All are invited to attend.

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