Food, Arts, & Island Living

Photography Fundamentals: Capturing Springtime 
Instructor: Maria Thibodeau

This class is an introduction to the basics of photography. The course will cover everything that the beginning photographer needs to take control of their camera and move beyond the “auto” settings — including exposure, light, composition, and post-processing. It is recommended that students have a DSLR camera with manual controls in order to take full advantage of the class material. 

Maria Thibodeau is a professional photographer who lives year-round on Martha’s Vineyard and works in a variety of photography contexts, including journalism, event photography, family photography, and studio photography. She regularly photographs a range of community events and portraits of local and not-so-local people for the Vineyard Gazette. Her photos have also been published nationally in the Boston Globe and the Washington Post More work can be seen on her website: www.mariathibodeauphotography.com.

6 Mondays, 5:50-7:30PM
April 1, 8, 22, 29 | May 6, 13
MVRHS: 511
Fee: $175

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Leadership in a Democracy & My Responsibility (required textbook: see below)

Instructor: Marge Harris 

What is a good leader and what characteristics do good leaders possess?  This course will review four former U.S. Presidents and their struggles with person and professional crises. 

Students will read presidential historian, Doris Kearns Goodwin’s latest book Leadership, In Turbulent Times, and discuss the elements of leadership as found in these histories. Students will discuss common traits, characteristics, and events that shaped the leadership of four U.S. Presidents. Students will also discuss how leadership transcends politics and influences a plethora of other arenas including the classroom, large and small businesses, farm & field. 

Discussions will be based on the REQUIRED TEXT: “Leadership; In Turbulent Times,” by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Students are required to purchase the book by the start of the course. 

6 Thursdays, 6:00-7:30PM
March 14, 21, 28 | April 4, 11, 25
MVRHS: TBD
Fee: $150

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MV Museum Presents The Vineyard and the World (beginning January 29th)

Instructor: Bowdoin Van Riper

Come and learn in the beautiful backdrop of the new Martha’s Vineyard Museum!  Students will spend five weeks exploring the history of the Vineyard’s relationship to the rest of the world, from wandering Vikings and marauding redcoats to far-flung whalers and Portuguese immigrants.

Everyone but the Wampanoag came to Martha’s Vineyard “from away,” crossing the waters that separate the Island from the mainland? Vineyarders have also, for centuries, crossed the same waters as they fanned out across the world in search of wealth, adventure, or a better life. This five-week course is a fast-paced survey of the history of the Vineyard that follows those two intertwined stories exploring how our Island shaped . . . and was shaped by . . . the wider world.

Week 1: Erickson, Gosnold, Mayhew & Pease, 1000-1650

Week 2: The Vineyard and the Atlantic World, 1650-1800

Week 3: Far from Home: Vineyarders Abroad, 1780-1940

Week 4: Come From Away: Portuguese Immigration, 1780-1940

Week 5: Lifeline to America:  Boats, Trains, and Automobiles, 1865-yesterday

A. Bowdoin Van Riper is self-described “third-generation wash-ashore,”  Bowdoin (“Bow”) first came to the Vineyard at the age of 4 months, and has been a year-round resident since 2011. A history professor for 21 years, he’s now Research Librarian at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, and editor of the MVM Quarterly. He is the author, editor, or co-editor of 17 books, including the photographic history Edgartown (2018).

5 Tuesdays, 6:00-7:30PM
January 29 | February 5, 12, 19, 26
Location: Martha’s Vineyard Museum, 151 Lagoon Pond Road, Vineyard Haven
Fee: $150

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Cake Decorating

Instructor: Val Stoyer, Val Cakes 

Learn how to pipe frosting like a pro! Borders, stars, shells, rosettes and basket-weave. Take home the tricks of the trade, along with your own decorated mini-cake. Chef Valerie of Val Cakes will work with you so you can learn to create your own confectionery masterpiece.

Valerie (Val) Stoyer is a pastry chef and owner of Val Cakes, gained a following for her beautiful wedding cakes and delicious French macarons. Stoyer also creates delicious cookies including favorites like chocolate chip, sugar, and peanut butter, and her flavored shortbreads. 

3 Thursdays, 6:30-8:00pm
March 21, 28 |April 4
MVRHS: Culinary Arts Kitchen
Fee: $135, includes materials

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Indian Cooking 

Instructor: Uma Datta

Learn to cook Indian vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals, appetizers and snacks from different parts of India using all fresh ingredients without preservatives! Enjoy the flavors of curry and saffron with fresh ingredients like vegetables, lentils, and chicken. Students will also learn about the medicinal properties of the many spices she incorporates.

Uma Datta is a caterer and has a rich history of hosting cooking classes on the Island.

5 Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00pm (7.5 hours)
February 6, 13, 20 | March 6, 13
MVRHS: Culinary Arts Kitchen
Fee: $189, includes materials

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Plant-Based Cooking – 2-Day Workshop
  • What are plant-based foods?
  • What is eating the rainbow?
  • What factors affect digestion?

Learn how to create delicious plant-based meals and incorporate more plant-based cooking or vegan cooking into your diet. Nutrition is critical to our health. This two-day workshop takes a look at health and how food affects us. The goal is to teach you how to incorporate plant-based foods without giving up on flavor. 

Kyleen Keenan is co-owner of Not Your Sugar Mamas. Kyleen’s work with your young entrepreneurs from South America helped foster her interest in developing a business with a conscience. In 2014 Keenan and her Not Your Sugar Mamas partner Bennett Coffey earned the Rising Star Concept Chef award from StarChefs.com. 

1 Wednesday & 1 Thursday, 6:00-8:00PM (4 hours)
January 30, 31
MVRHS: Culinary Arts Kitchen
Fee: $100

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Artisan Breads from Around the World 

Instructor: Teri Culletto, The Village Baker

Artisan bread is best described by thinking about the individual who makes the bread. The artisan baker is a craftsperson who is trained to the highest ability to mix, ferment, shape, and bake a hand crafted loaf of bread.

This fun, interactive class will teach you methods and techniques to produce excellent yeasted breads that will impress your family and friends. Bake savory and sweet breads, learn about various flours, grains and the nutritional values associated with each and kitchen tool tips and tricks! Come and break bread with us!

Teri is a professional baker who appreciates the experience of baking with and for family and friends. She has received her training at Johnson and Wales and the King Arthur Baking School in Norwich, VT.

5 Thursdays, 6:30-8:00pm
February 7, 14, 21 | March 7, 14
MVRHS: Culinary Arts Kitchen
Fee: $189, includes materials

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