I used to complain about the gremlins who messed up my column in the past. Last week they completely obliterated the Tisbury column. Then some technical glitch put the West Tisbury column under my name. Yikes. I never said those things. Honest. My apologies. At least the online version was correct, but that did not help. Most of my readers are right here on the Island.
On Friday afternoon I had a call from the ladies who were preparing those wonderful lobster rolls at Grace Church. They were very upset with me. I was shocked that they actually thought I would ever claim anyone had a lobster roll nearly as good as theirs.
You do know that the folks at Yankee Magazine declared Grace Church lobster rolls the very best in New England, right? The New York Times called them the best Friday night lobster rolls. And for the past three years they have been rated the Best on the Vineyard in votes placed by our friends and neighbors as well as visitors. So please tell the ladies that you saw this when you buy your lobster rolls tomorrow!
Tonight: Bloomsday is tonight at the Cornell Theatre. The program begins at 8 pm with jazz followed by James Joyce performances and music. Tickets ($15) are available at the door.
Many friends will say their final farewell to Dr. Gretchen Jacobs on Sunday at 1:30 pm at the Unitarian Church. Our condolences go out to her family, especially to her devoted children Dani and Dylan. Gretchen bravely faced her long and difficult battles with cancer. Many of us on the Island will miss her bright smile, calm manner, and loving heart. She will be treasured in our hearts and memories.
Members and guests will celebrate the summer opening of the Martha's Vineyard Museum tomorrow from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. See all the new exhibits and enjoy the 18th century Cooke House.
Saturday the 25th is the Vineyard Haven House Tour, beginning with Jim Norton discussing the historic houses at 11 am at the Cornell Theatre. The houses will be open from 1 to 4 pm. Cost is $45, or $35 for the tour only. Call 508-627-4441.
Saturday is the annual yard sale at the UU Church at 9 am. Seek out some great treasures at great prices.
The Tisbury Senior Center is swinging into summer with the new Senior Summer Music Camp with weekly jam sessions on Wednesday from 1 to 3 pm. Call 508-696-4205 if you would like to take part.
Next Tuesday is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. From 5 to 9 pm enjoy an evening of music and poetry in the park at Featherstone. Bring your own picnic and a blanket or chair and a $5 donation to Featherstone.
The Gravestone Girls will give you a virtual tour of the Martha's Vineyard cemeteries in a program at the Vineyard Haven Library on Tuesday at 7 pm. Learn about the art and symbolism you can see in these special and interesting burial places found in our towns. Whether the carving depicts a lamb or cherubs or a rising sun, our forefathers have a message for us.
During the week of June 22, the ServSafe Food Training classes begin at the high school with ACE MV. The class covering all necessary information is taught by Alice Robinson from 12:30 to 4:30 pm. Safe food handling practices are needed for all food service personnel. Exam and materials are included. Pre-registration is required. For more and to register, go online to www.acemv.org.
Enjoy dinner and dancing from at the P-A Club for only $15 from 5:30 to 10 pm a week from Friday to benefit the M.V. Center for Living. There will be a silent auction. Ellen O'Brien's lovely flower arrangements will be door prizes. Call Leslie Clapp for tickets at 508-939-9440 or ask Ginger Duarte or Barbara Harnen.
This is the group that offers transportation for Islanders to doctor appointments on the Cape with a requested donation.
Louisa Gould Gallery & Martha's Vineyard Workshops will offer photography and painting workshops next month. There are two evening workshops in digital photography as well as a daytime program on fashion and portrait photography with models and one on maritime photography on July 25. Two plein air painting workshops will be given by Christopher Pendergast. Call 508-693-7373 for more information.
Belated congratulations to Doug and Barbara Peckham who celebrated their 60th anniversary last Tuesday. Also belated birthday greetings to Cody Chandler, Florence Koster, Michael Noonan, and Madeline Fisher who partied last week. I tried to offer to help Ruth Stiller blow out her 89 candles last Friday.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out on Sunday to Shauna Nute. Laura Kimball celebrates on Monday. Tuesday belongs to Ed Herczeg.
Heard on Main Street: Retirement is the time when all your friends become health care experts.