We were lucky with the storm. Our wonderful neighbor Nate Whitaker stopped by mid-storm to tell us that a tree was down over my car. I could not believe that it was tentatively balanced on another tree limb across the driveway, barely touching my car, and not yet touching my husband's car. Nate bent up a small piece off my car while I moved it out. Thank heavens for good neighbors.
Did you know that the earthquake in D.C. is believed to have been caused by the founders of our nation — all rolling over in their graves?
Lorraine Wells invites you to the 5th annual Tastes of Tashmoo tomorrow from 5:30 to 8 pm. This benefit for the 1887 Tashmoo Spring Building will be at a waterfront home on Hines Point. Enjoy live music and a silent auction, as well as tastes from the Island's waters, farms, caterers, restaurants, wine shops, and brew pub. Call 508-696-9039 to reserve your spot at $50 per person or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also look forward to an art show in September at the renovated building, featuring art created by Tisbury employees and volunteers.
Saturday is the End of Summer sale at The Heath Hen Quilt & Yarn Shop. Everything in the shop is 20 percent off. One of the teachers, Deb Titus, will be taking care of customers this week.
Chris Paffendorf returned last week for a visit. You may remember she was a retired nurse. Two years ago she moved from here to Los Lunas in New Mexico. She is staying with Marge and Paul Howes, her former neighbors. She drove her red convertible from New Mexico and has been visiting friends along the way. She used to play tennis every day. And she has learned to play the ukulele now.
Do you play the ukulele or harmonica? The Tisbury Senior Center will have a uke and harmonica jam session every Wednesday in September from 1 to 3 pm. They have been meeting all summer, as an offshoot of the Summer Music Camp. Sally Flood and Martha Child are the inspiration, with their playing and beautiful voices (yes, singing along). The tunes are old favorites: "See You in My Dreams," "Ain't She Sweet," and beautiful Spanish ballads. All are welcome.
It's not too late to register for the 5K Run/Walk on September 11 to benefit the Vineyard Haven Library. The entry forms are at the Library. Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome. The fee is $15. The race is from the library to the West Chop lighthouse and back.
The Methodists thought we might be hungry for some carbs. There is a bake sale on Saturday from 9 to noon at the Arcade in Oak Bluffs. Then a pancake breakfast on Tivoli Day, September 17, from 8 to 10 at the Trinity Parish House in the Campground.
On Sunday, Sept. 4, Peter D. Weaver, Bishop of the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church, will be at Trinity Church in Oak Bluffs for the 11 am Communion Worship of Praise and Thanksgiving. A community potluck lunch will follow at 12:30 pm in the parish house. Bring a covered dish or shack to share.
A lovely British lady was visiting the Island for a family wedding. Her sister is married to the former British minister of Ireland, named Mayhew. Our visitor was checking out connections and found our museum has data on Mayhews in New Zealand, as well as in New Jersey and Delaware, not to mention the man who wrote about London's poor in the 1840s, creating a resource for Charles Dickens. So far we have not connected her brother-in-law to the Island family.
We appreciated hearing from the town of Tisbury about what to do to prepare for the storm. They told about the shelters and even had a shelter plan for pet animals.
While everyone else debates the recent use of the Code Red alert system, I have another problem with it. When the phone rang, I had to run up the stairs to reach it. I only heard "Code Red" and "emergency notification to residents" by the time I reached the phone. Picking up the telephone canceled the rest of the message. I finally called the police to find out the rest of the story. The dispatcher said she only knew the answer because she had received the message on her cell phone. There must be a better way to alert us in case of emergency. And, please, can someone fix the message so it won't delete when you pick up the phone?
Are you ready for the 2011 Martha's Vineyard Film Festival? All the good stuff is in downtown Vineyard Haven. It kicks off with an opening reception on Thursday, September 8, with a cocktail party behind Saltwater Restaurant and a film, "Just Like Us," at 8 pm at the Capawock Theater. Another party on Friday features dinner and a special screening of short films. For more information, go to www.mvfilmfest.com.
The catalogs for the fall classes of Adult and Continuing Education are free at all libraries and schools on the island. There may be just the class you are waiting for.
Boston String Quartet will hold their concert on Sunday, October 2, at the Chilmark Community Church. Irene only caused a postponement of this treat.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out tomorrow to Edwin Gould-Hart. Maggie (Pepp) Masek parties on Saturday. Wish the best on Monday to Melissa Gold and Janet Stiller. Tuesday belongs to Mike Ciancio. Hey, Mike, aren't you getting ready to retire?
Heard on Main Street: A hurricane is an ill wind that blows no good.