Town Column : Tisbury
Fly your flag on Friday. It's the Fourth of July. The Avenue of Flags will go up in Oak Grove Cemetery to honor the men and women who have served our country. Help is needed in the morning to put up the 410 flags at 7:30 am and again to help take them down at 3 pm. As Ed Colligan says, "We can use all the help we can get." Call 508-693-0912 for more information.
Kaylee Harnen from Canonsburg, Penn. is visiting her grandparents Dan and Barbara Harnen. She and her family arrived just in time to celebrate her grandmother's birthday. Her father and brother only stayed for a long weekend. Kaylee also brought her Boston terrier, Oreo, and two special friends. The friends are Alyssa Thomas, also of Canonsburg, and Mara Fawcett of Peters, Penn.
Kaylee at 14 is an experienced visitor. She especially likes our Vineyard Haven Library, browsing in the rain at the Bunch of Grapes Bookstore, and stores such as Mix and Plum Creek. The girls say their favorite restaurant is LeGrenier and Martha's Vineyard Bagels are the best. They love being able to walk down to Main Street. Kaylee's mother, Jane, and the girls are enjoying all the pleasures of a summer break on the Vineyard, and the grandparents are enjoying the girls.
If you missed the opening of the Vineyard painting show at Louisa Gould Gallery, the work will be on display through next Thursday. The featured artists are Lynette Goric, Christopher Pendergast, Donna Blackburn, and Caryn King. Watch for more from Caryn. Her design for the Ag Fair has been chosen for this year's poster.
Julie Kimball has great news. Her company, Westmeadow Press, has just published "Extreme Birding," a collection of cartoons by Ted Hewett. Former students will know him from his years of teaching art at the high school. He's also known for the unusual wooden painted chests he creates. The book will be available at the Bunch of Grapes Bookstore for $12.95 (and on amazon.com). Jules Feiffer says Ted's cartoons are "low-key, charming and civilized," and Cynthia Riggs says they rank with those in The New Yorker.
Everyone is invited to join in. The First Baptist Church will host a free Community Supper at the parish house at 66 William Street every Wednesday evening promptly at 5:30 pm until August 27. Donations will be accepted.
The sale of African crafts from Ghana, Niger, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe will benefit Zambian children. See woven grass ceremonial cloth, baskets, jewelry, carved wooden bowls, sculpture, brilliant khanga printed cloth, and much more. The profits from these crafts by African artists will go to a small orphanage and a center for disabled children in Zambia. The sale will be Tuesday evening from 5 to 9 pm.
The annual Tisbury Street Fair opens at 6:30 pm on Tuesday. Main Street will be filled with an assortment of visitors and locals, with odd tee shirts, unusual offerings, and tasty foods. It is an opportunity to learn more about many Island organizations.
Happy anniversary to Steve and Judy Nichols on Wednesday.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Bob Benson, Cora Medeiros, as well as Larry Gomez of the Greenwood House B&B.
Friday marks not only our nation's birthday but also that of Sue Fairbanks and Steve Nichols. On Tuesday, wish the best to Jynell Kristal, designer of Island glassware and co-owner of the Crocker House Inn. I guess she'll be celebrating with everyone at the Street Fair.
Heard on Main Street: Keep your doors open. The wind blows the dust away.