Our best wishes for a rapid recovery go out to Barbara Cooley Flanders. She has a new bionic hip and is doing very well with it. She came home last Wednesday. She says rehab at JML in Falmouth was great — they even played Bingo, with 22 wheelchairs and three on walkers. You may know who she is if I tell you that she works for our Tisbury Department of Public Works. We hope she will be seen again soon at the landfill and around town on different trucks and walking along the town roads.
Are you ready for a different dinner this weekend? Saturday is chicken barbecue day at the First Baptist Church on Spring Street. Chicken dinner with coleslaw, potato salad, cornbread, beans, dessert, and beverage will be served from 5:30 to 7 pm — or as long as the food lasts. Children 12 and under cost $6, adults $12. For more information, call 508-693-1539.
Our good friend Joan Druett has met many of you on her visits here from New Zealand. She first arrived on our shores as part of an international grant for research into women and whaling. This well-published author has just been awarded another grant for maritime history research, this time down under. Her newest grant will cover two months at one of her favorite libraries, the Stout Research Center at Victoria University. The actual grant will be awarded on September first. Her current work is a study of the first 50 years of United States Consuls to New Zealand, covering the period from 1835 to 1885, when the last regularly scheduled American ship departed from New Zealand. And we expect it will result in yet another carefully researched piece of maritime history.
Incidentally, last Sunday as we were sweltering in the humid heat, Joan said that they were awaiting an unusually big snow storm. Do you feel cooler now?
Have you registered yet for the 5K Run/Walk to benefit the library? The route is from the Vineyard Haven Library to the West Chop Lighthouse and back and starts at 10 am on September 11. The Fun Run for Kids (13 and under) is half a mile and starts at 9:45 am at the library. Registration forms are available at the library and on www.vhlibrary.org. There is a discount for registering in advance.
On Saturday morning at 10:30 Rich Michelson will tell young adults about his book "Lipman Pike: America's First Homerun King." This is the story of America's fascination with baseball and the immigrant experience in the mid-1880s as told by a teenaged boy. At the Bunch of Grapes Bookstore.
Save the date for this one: Kib Bramhall has a new book that is part art book and part history of fishing on the Island. He holds multiple world fishing records so he knows good fishing. He is also a well-known painter. His book is called "Bright Waters, Shining Tides: Reflections on a Lifetime of Fishing." Don't miss this chance to meet Kib Bramhall a week from tomorrow at the Bunch of Grapes at 7:30 pm.
Did you read the lovely article in the New York Times last week by Alexandra Styron? She took us on a scenic discovery tour while walking on Martha's Vineyard.
The last Vineyard Haven Band concert at Owen Park until next year is this Sunday evening. Gather your picnic supplies and a blanket and plan to enjoy a lovely evening of music under the stars. The program begins at 8 pm.
Tuesday mornings you can meet your neighbors at the Down Island Farmers Market on the Tisbury Wharf. You will find Island grown veggies, tasty food products, original jewelry, and more offered there from 9 am to 1 pm. There is also plenty of parking on the site.
Sue Guiney speaks on Tuesday at 7 pm at the library. Her second book of poetry is "Her Life Collected," a modern version of female life, depicting love, motherhood, and loss or gain in the most recent decades of her life.
Next Wednesday at 2 pm you can learn all about the Mashpee Wampanoag tribal history. Dr Chester Soliz, a tribal elder, will speak at the Oak Bluffs Library. He has just published a book on this subject.
The Rotary Club's Cycle Martha Vineyard will benefit Windemere this year. Reserve the date of October 1, and sign up now. This benefit offers the people at Windemere the opportunities to visit our local restaurants and theaters and provides money to support their bus trips to other local sites. The 100K route circles the Island running along the ocean and through rolling farmland. The webpage is cyclemarthasvineyard.org
Congratulations to John and Laurel Chapman who are celebrating 41 years of wedded bliss next Monday. Also to Anthony and Pamela Campagna who mark 42 years of happiness on Tuesday.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Larry Levine and Kathy Welch. Wish the best tomorrow to Jeff Damon Pratt and Alistair Rizza. Sunday belongs to Dorothy Maseda.
Heard on Main Street: I think the Island is going to sink. I've never seen so many cars.
See you at the Fair!