July 4th weekend brought good weather, traffic, visitors, and fireworks. The firework noises were scattered around our neighborhood off and on for most of the weekend. The dog definitely did not enjoy them, but allowing her up on the bed covered by a blanket seem to relieve most of her anxiety.
Comedian Marty Nadler will perform a standup comedy routine on Saturday, July 9, at 7 pm at the Grace Church Parish Hall in Vineyard Haven. The event will benefit the Martha's Vineyard Center for Living. Marty will entertain guests with his new "Very Vineyard 2011" show featuring all new material based on anecdotes about life on the Vineyard. Call Leslie Clapp at 508-939-9440 for tickets.
Sarah and Jack LaVolette along with their children Alley, Logan and Jake, and of course their two Labs, Katama and Dallas, were here visiting Sarah's parents, Kerry and Pat Alley, for the long weekend.
Mike and Melanie Marchand and their family entertained Mike's parents Carol and Paul Marchand for the holidays also.
Tom Booth, composer and singer, will visit the Island this next week and will give a seminar for the Music Ministers of Good Shepherd Parish. Tom has visited here before, and the performances and teaching have been amazing.
Melissa Breese at the Shephard Fine ArtSpace on 8 Uncas Avenue has scheduled three interesting events. On Friday, July 8, Bombshell Sound Agents will be featured; Saturday July 9, the Oak Bluffs Arts District Stroll plus Avalon Magazine celebration will take place with featured artists Marston Clough and Patricia Marroquin; and on Sunday, July 10, there will be a film screening of "The Woven Land," to benefit Island Grown Initiative.
The Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Society program for July 11/12 will be "Bach to Piazzolla-Marimba" will be presented with Monday's performance at 8 pm at the Old Whaling Church and Tuesdays at the Chilmark Community Center.
A reception and dialogue featuring impressionist Bettie Eubanks will be held on Saturday, July 9, from 7 to 9 pm at L'Elegance in The Upstairs Gallery at 73 Circuit Avenue. Her theme is, "Defining your personal criteria for buying and collecting art." Thursday hours have changed for July and August.
The new Thursday hours at the Oak Bluffs Library are now 2 to 8 pm. There are still many programs taking place here during the summer, including Chess for Kids every Tuesday through August 30 at 10 am. All levels welcome.
Storytelling with Sheila Baker is on Saturday, July 9, from 10:30 to 11:30 am.
Toddler Storytime, designed for ages 1½ -3, is every Wednesday, from 10:30 to 1:15 am. Preschool Storytime, designed for ages 3-5, is on Wednesdays, from 11:30 am to 12:15 pm.
Tom Dresser will give a talk on his new book, "Wampanoag Tribe of Martha's Vineyard: Colonization to Recognition," on Friday, July 15, 11 am to 12:30 pm. Refreshments courtesy of the Library Friends of Oak Bluffs.
ACE MV is co-sponsor along with Artfarm Enterprises of the program "Summer of Arts and Culture on M.V." a festival of new works by emerging playwrights at the Vineyard Arts Project. Performance dates are July 7, 8, and 9 (performances at 1, 4, and 7 pm each day). Admission is "pay what you can."
A Storytelling Concert by Susan Klein to benefit Habitat for Humanity will take place on July 9 at 7 pm at the MVRHS Performing Arts Center.
We send birthday smiles to Pam Gibson who celebrated July 6, Erin Pachico, Donald Billings, and Karne Hunt Torrence today, Clair Gibson and Nicholas Marathas on July 9, followed by Hope deBettencourt, Phronzie Conlin, and Josh Correllus the next day, Colleen Farrissey on July 11 and Lauren Weaver and Jeff LaBell share July 13.
Enjoy your week.