Many thanks to physician assistant Anthony Piland for his extraordinary kindness and efficiency in the Emergency Room. Our granddaughter Rory had to have a waterproof cast removed. It seems that it is not advisable to keep that kind on more than two weeks. Her mother took her to the ER and came home with praise for how well this man dealt with the child.
We do like to know we have another good P.A. where we need him. He also questioned why they had been kept waiting for two hours so early in the morning. So perhaps there will be an improvement in overcoming unnecessary delays.
This is the time of year when we have to choose from among wonderful events. Saturday night at 7, Susan Klein is at the high school, to benefit Habitat for Humanity. Her stories of growing up on the Vineyard become your own. Or Marty Nadler performing his one-man show, Very Vineyard 2011, at Grace Church at 7 pm, as a benefit for MV Center 4 Living. If you laughed at it on TV, odds are this veteran Hollywood comedy writer had a hand in it. Or, yet another choice, Judy Campbell speaking about her newest mystery at the Bunch of Grapes at 7:30. This one comes with brownies. Decisions, decisions.
Note: this is one-time only. Grace Church lobster rolls will be sold tomorrow from 1:30 to 5 pm because of the Tisbury Street Fair.
Children will get free treats at the Street Fair: Tisbury police badges, Tisbury fire hats, American flags, and even donut holes — just for children. The fun begins at 6:30 pm.
This Sunday evening the Vineyard Haven Band will be playing in Owen Park at 8 pm. Bring a picnic supper or just plan to enjoy the music, against the lovely background of the harbor.
The beach at the Tashmoo opening was closed for several weeks to protect the nesting plovers. Fortunately for us, the babies fledged just in time for the holiday weekend.
Photography workshops begin next week at the Louisa Gould Gallery. Workshops in digital photography will be followed by one on fashion and portrait photos and then for on-the-water photography. A variety of painting workshops will be offered in the next few weeks as well. Call 508-693-7373 for more.
Are your youngsters registered for summer reading at the Vineyard Haven Library? The children enjoy the competition and get prizes too.
As you know, there is more going on at our library: Ages 8 to 11 can enjoy a free movie rated PG on Wednesday from 3 to 4:45 pm. The story is based on the second book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. And children 5 and up have crafts from Japan on Thursday at 3:30 pm.
Adult lectures at the library next week are Sue Guiney speaking about her novel "A Clash of Innocents" at 7 pm on Tuesday, based on her experience as a volunteer in a Cambodian orphanage in 2006.
Then Wednesday at 7 pm, William Sargent talks about the British Petroleum oil spill and his book "The Well from Hell." This is a timely topic. Did we learn anything from the BP spill that will clean up the Yellowstone River? Just last Saturday a ruptured ExxonMobil pipeline spewed tens of thousands of gallons of crude into Montana's Yellowstone River. The EPA says only a small fraction of the spilled oil is likely to be recovered. An estimated 42,000 gallons was spilled before the flow of oil from the damaged pipeline was stopped. A 25-mile oil slick is headed toward river's confluence with the Missouri.
Alan Brigish has produced a 30-minute DVD of 130 images from his and Susan Klein's "Martha's Vineyard Now & Zen." It works with Mac® products, PCs, iPhone®, iPad® and TV as a silent screensaver. Vineyard Zen™ Texture is a sequence of dissolving images of our island's natural beauty. More at www.vineyardzen.com.
Happy anniversary to Steve and Judy Nichols. They party on Saturday.
Belated birthday wishes go out to Marina Lent, whose birthday was last week. She will join her mother Brigitte Lent and sister Petra Lent-McCarron in a family celebration this Saturday.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to artist Donna Straw. Tomorrow, partying on the town's birthday, will be Robert Reed and Jynell Kristal of the Crocker House Inn. Jynell also designs Island glassware and canvas bags. Sunday belongs to Betty, Jette, and Laura Christina Jahn. Betsey Mayhew takes the cake on Tuesday. Wish the best on Wednesday to Nevenka Daniels.
Heard on Main Street: It is only an island when you look at it from the water.