Know anyone interested in training on-Island to become a practical nurse? Meet at Windemere, first floor, tonight at 6:30 pm. Learn about a new practical nursing program planned for next fall on-Island. Financial aid is available. Call 508-862-1953.
Tomorrow at 3 pm the American Cancer Society Relay for Life begins at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. It opens with a wonderful parade of cancer survivors, happily a large group. Many survivors and supporters will walk not only to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, but also to remember loved ones lost, and to raise money for research.
A lovely afghan has been made to raise funds for the Relay. The blanket was lovingly made by the MVY Knitters Group: Diane Drake, Lynne Benson, Marcia Fenn, Joan Hewson, Caroline Taylor, Claire Chalfoun, Laurel Dupuis, Pat Johnson, and Alice Upham. The raffle drawing is on Saturday.
Memorial Day weekend was memorable for gorgeous weather such as we have not seen since early last fall. The abundant flowers blooming make all those April (and May) showers almost worthwhile. Our dirt road has not yet recovered, but the flooded marshland in the middle has begun to dry up.
The ferries were full. The restaurants had long lines, and the sidewalks were full of smiling people enjoying the sunshine and the Island. The flags were flying to remember our veterans and those battling to keep the world free today.
Tuesday is a busy day. You can pick up lobster rolls at the American Legion Hall across from the school from 4:30 to 7 pm. Clam chowder is also available, every Tuesday this summer, to eat in or take out.
Meet some Vineyard artists on Tuesday evening from 5 to 8 pm at the reception for the Group Art Show at the Vineyard Haven Library. The work of your friends and neighbors is featured this month.
Some of the artists are Laura Beebe, Harvey John Beth, Bill Buckley, Anne Caldwell, Winfrid Dantis, Sarah L. Delaney, Ruth DeWilde-Major, Karen E. Dutton, and Paulette Hays. See displays by Susan Johnson, Shirley Kennedy, Jennifer Langhammer, Jeri Larson, Marilyn Miller, Kathy Poehler, JoAnne Rice, and Maggie Shannon. Also work exhibited is by Jessica Soleil, Patricia Williams, Michael Wooley, Christopher Wright, and Barney Zeitz. You can enjoy this exhibit at the library through June 18.
In addition, eight 5th grade students at the Charter School have been invited to be part of the show: Susa Breese, Skyler Iganacio-Cameron, Violet Kennedy, Avery Miner, Lia Potter, Ciara Seccombe, Lily Tilton, and Nanauwe Vanderhoop.
Scheduled summer events on-Island will be previewed at the Grange Hall from 2 to 6 pm also on Tuesday. Anyone interested in the Arts can drop in.
The MV Film Society has a film this Saturday at 8 pm at the Cornell Theatre. “Sixty and the City” is a story about online dating for those over age 60. Maybe we should find out what we are missing.
This summer weather brings to mind the topic of summer reading. We have a treasury of Island authors who have new books for us to enjoy. Carly Simon’s “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” is on my list. Then my young granddaughters will enjoy it, especially the 5-year-old who just broke her wrist at the playground. More tantalizing tales for us come from Judy Campbell’s “An Unspeakable Mission” and Cynthia Riggs’ “The Bee Balm Murders.” Tom Dresser has a new book on “The Wampanoag Tribe of Martha’s Vineyard.” That book covers tribal history from “colonization to recognition” and includes interviews and brief biographies.
Karen Achille invites anyone over 55 to the Seniors’ Prom, a week from Saturday, June 11. The dancing runs from 6 to 9 pm at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center on Wamsutta Avenue. Come with or without dates. Relive your youth. Call Rose at 508-693-4509 to make reservations. If your name is on her list, the cost will be $7.50. Otherwise, entry is $10 at the door.
The Down-Island Farmers Market will open on the Tisbury Wharf on June 28th. The market then runs every Tuesday through the summer. Vendor space is available. Call Noreen Baker at 508-693-9300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Al Koster. Many happy returns tomorrow to Myra Stark, Kelsey Bresnahan, and Fred LaPiana. Saturday belongs to Josh Kochin. Happy birthday to Margie Meltzer, and Sarah Owens; they party on Sunday.
Monday belongs to Hildy B. Mitchell. Happy birthday to Laurel Mayhew on Tuesday. She is about to enter a new career in music. We wish you all a happy day and a wonderful year.
Heard on Main Street: It is early June and the Red Sox are winning. It must have been all that rain.