Della Hardman Day Offers Celebration, Reflection on African American Progress

Oak Bluffs selectman Walter Vail called it a perfect Vineyard day. Kites hung in the clear blue sky over Ocean Park and a light breeze blew in off Nantucket Sound on Saturday. A crowd had gathered beneath a peaked tent to celebrate the memory of Della Hardman, a leader in the Island African American community and in the Island community as a whole.

What Would Della Say About Today?

The following essays were the top three winners in the annual Della Hardman Day essay contest for students at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. The theme this year was: “Does entertainment such as video games, TV, movies and social media, have the capacity to ‘ruin’ society, as Neal Gabler suggested in his book Life the Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality.”

Savor and See, Don't Just Sit; Della Hardman Day Still Inspires

In 2002 Della Hardman told the Vineyard Gazette: “When I retired I could have stayed in West Virginia, or gone wherever, somewhere, anywhere, but I chose to come to Martha’s Vineyard. And I didn’t plan to come and sit. I planned to be involved.

Inspiration Leads to Community Celebration at Della Hardman Day

It takes just one person to inspire a community. That is the legacy of the late Della Brown Hardman, educator, artist, writer, mother and friend. As residents and visitors in Oak Bluffs have witnessed since Della’s death in 2005, an inspired community can keep alive such a legacy through continued effort.

The annual Della Hardman Day celebration of the arts is tomorrow in Ocean Park. This will be the eighth year that a neighborhood, town and Island gather to celebrate art and life, Della-style.

Della L. Brown Hardman Was Educator, Gazette Columnist

Della L. Brown Hardman Was Educator, Gazette Columnist


Della Louise Brown Hardman, the artist and educator who enriched the Vineyard community as much by her gentle and gracious presence as by her far-reaching volunteerism, died Tuesday, Dec. 13, at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital following a brief heart-related illness. She was 83.

Celebration Saturday to Honor Life of Della Brown Hardman

Celebration Saturday to Honor Life of Della Brown Hardman

The message on her telephone answering machine and the closing for her letters, columns and e-mails was always the same: Savor the moment, she said.

Della Louise Brown Hardman, artist, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, teacher and columnist for the Vineyard Gazette, died suddenly on Dec. 13, 2005, at the age of 83. The Vineyard community in general and the Oak Bluffs community in particular mourned the loss of the artist and educator who had enriched so many lives.

Della Brown Hardman Day Celebrates Island Woman Who Savored Moment

Della Hardman, an artist, educator, writer and columnist, was a pillar of service in the Vineyard community.

She died in December of 2005, but not before enjoying Oak Bluffs’ first Della Brown Hardman Day in July of that year.

“We didn’t realize it would be her last year,” Ms. Hardman’s daughter, Andrea Taylor, said of the first event. “It was a wonderful celebration. A great way for her to look back on her career.”

Town Remembers Della Hardman

Savor the moment, she said; it was her favorite phrase. Della Brown Hardman, the distinguished artist, educator and volunteer died in December of 2005. And now each year the last Saturday in July is set aside in the town of Oak Bluffs as a day to remember her. The fourth annual Della Hardman Day is tomorrow and a series of events are planned to celebrate the arts, as Della did so beautifully in her own life.

Savor the Moments, Music of Della Day

Della Hardman had the soul of a West Virginian, the heart of a Vineyarder and an unparalleled curiosity for life. This weekend, the sixth annual Della Hardman Day event will celebrate what Mrs. Hardman encouraged everyone around her to do: savor the moment.

The Doctor Is In the Lighthouse: Just One Della Moment to Savor

The painted wooden sign resting on the base of the podium in Ocean Park read Savor the Moment, and when celebrated poet Sonia Sanchez stepped to the microphone to begin her program during Della Hardman Day on Saturday, it was impossible to imagine doing anything else. Words on a page are poor conveyors of the rhythms and intonations of Mrs. Sanchez’s commanding voice, which has been holding audiences rapt for decades.