Our thoughts and prayers this week are with Lisa BenDavid Scannell and her extended family. Lisa was seriously injured last week when her horse fell on her. She is now in Mass. General Hospital and is recovering from orthopedic surgery after suffering hip and pelvic fractures. She is out of ICU and faces over two months of rehab. Lisa and her family are so very grateful to the responding EMTs, who were praised by the Boston surgeons for their excellent and appropriate emergency response and care and to all their friends and family members who have been inquiring about her progress.
Veteran Hollywood comedy writer Marty Nadler will perform his one-man show, Very Vineyard 2011, at Grace Episcopal Church in Vineyard Haven on Saturday, July 9, at 7 pm — a benefit for the M.V. Center for Living. Marty’s writing/producing and performing career spans more than three decades. Enjoy an evening of wine ‘n cheese and comedy with the Vineyard’s beloved raconteur. It will be his only appearance during July. For reservations, call Leslie at 508-939-9440. The Center for Living sponsors the supportive day program, medical taxi, emergency food cupboards, culinary arts luncheon, FEMA discretionary funds for fuel, and other assistance, and a network of providers’ web site.
Oak Bluffs lost two lifelong Islanders this week. Genevieve Rogers and Bobby Ann Gibson both died on Tuesday. On Sunday, David Cunniffe, 71, of East Chop, a kind and gentle man, died. They leave many very sad family members and friends. Our sympathies are extended to you all at this time.
The Center for Living’s second annual “Summer Welcome” dinner/dancing fundraiser is coming up on Friday, June 24, from 5:30 to 10 pm at the P-A Club in Oak Bluffs. Tickets cost $15. Last year’s party was a sell-out, and everyone had a ball.
The Library Friends are holding their second Used Book Drop-Off Day of the season on Saturday, June 18, from 12 noon to 3 pm at the Oak Bluffs Public Library. Books in good condition are welcomed for children, teens and adults, including hardcover and paperback, fiction and nonfiction, plus DVDs, CDs, and Audio Books, as well as recent textbooks (last five years only). All book and media donations must be in good shape.
Kate Feiffer will be reading from her newest book at The Bunch of Grapes on Saturday, June 18, at 10 am, and will be having a car-decorating palooza for the kids. We think this is the first car-decorating palooza to be held on the Island.
The Martha’s Vineyard Youth Leadership initiative announces that the 2011 Youth Leadership Summit for Sustainable Development will be held at the Captain Flanders Inn from June 18 to June 24 from 10 am to 4 pm. There is no charge for Vineyard youth to attend and rides are provided each day from all local schools. To nominate a youth or complete an application go to www.mvyli.org.
Oak Bluffs members of the American Legion asked me to give another reminder about the lobster rolls and chowder that go on sale at the Legion Hall in Vineyard Haven from 4:30 to 7 pm every Tuesday. There is ample parking, and you may eat there or take out.
The Martha’s Vineyard Museum’s Summer Opening Reception is this Friday, June 17, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. The Museum will debut new exhibits in the 18th Century Cooke House, open up all the exhibits for free viewing, and host a reception on the lawn for members and guests. Martha’s Vineyard Capoeira will also treat guests to a demonstration to coincide with the Museum’s exhibit, the Spotlight Exhibition.
The Martha’s Vineyard Garden Club will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 21, at 1 pm at The Old Mill in West Tisbury. The topic for this month’s program is Native Plants and Invasive Species on M.V., presented by Liz Loucks of The Nature Conservancy. Ahospitality hour with refreshments will follow the program.
Birthday Smiles to Gerry Moriarty on June 14; Pat Suarez on the 18th; Jane Maseda, Tony Lima, and Sharon Mello on June 19; Pam Swan and John O’Donnell, share the 20th with my husband, Dennis Alley; Teddy and Robbie Pacheco and Grandson Jeremy Alley-Tarter on June 21; and Paula O’Conner on June 22.Enjoy your week.Peace.