Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to George Rogers Sr. who will be 90 years old on Saturday. His granddaughter Karen Rogers wanted you to know and we are so glad she did. George and his wife Florine (Santos) grew up in our town and attended the Tisbury School. They celebrated their 60th anniversary on September 25, 2010. They were married here in the Catholic church that now houses the school department across from the Tisbury School (the one with the lovely stained glass window in front). I understand their wedding day was a school day and the school children were invited to the wedding. Some of you may have been there.
George Rogers Sr., retired from the Steamship Authority. George and Florine have two sons who live on the Island, George Jr. in our town and Dennis in Edgartown. One daughter, Marie Baldwin, lives in West Tisbury and another, Linda Rogers, lives in Boston.
Have a very happy birthday, George!
Tomorrow at 7:30 pm open Black History month by enjoying the documentary "You're your Song," an inspiring story of Harry Belafonte as artist and activist. A patriot to the last and a champion for human rights, Belafonte is one of the truly heroic cultural and political figures of the past 60 years. Told from Harry's point of view, the film reveals the life of a boy born in New York and raised in Jamaica, who returns to Harlem in his early teens. Note: this is at the Capawock on Friday night.
Cheer the Pats and enjoy a special bargain price for lobster rolls this Sunday at Grace Church. The 4-4-50 Super Bowl price is four lobster rolls for only $50. The regular price is $15 so if you buy four you do get a bargain. The offer is for this Sunday only and you must buy four to qualify, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm or until they run out.
Andrea Rogers will tell you all about the Vineyard Artisans Festival on Super Bowl Sunday. It's before the game, at 2 pm at the Vineyard Haven Library. This free event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library who provide refreshments afterwards.
Featherstone is offering some new classes in connection with the Island Faces Portrait Contest at the Martha's Vineyard Museum. On Sundays you can learn how to turn a photo into a painting. Wednesdays you can use a grid to create a portrait from a black and white photocopy of your favorite person's head. More on their website.
The Island Faces Portrait contest requires a new work created for this purpose: a painting, a drawing, or a photograph. Details are on mvmuseum.org/portraitcontest where you can get an entry blank and more info.
Did you know Featherstone also offers free jam sessions on alternate Thursday evenings? It begins tonight from 7 to 9 pm. The goal is to give you an opportunity to play music on acoustic instruments in an informal session. The music comes from the traditions of New England contra dance, English and Scottish country dance, as well as music from Appalachia, Ireland, Nova Scotia, Quebec, and Brittany. Come and listen or select a tune to play. They use such instruments as recorder, tin whistle, fiddle, concertina, hammered dulcimer, guitar, piano keyboard, and bodhran.
Young adults know that Thursday is movie night at the V.H. Library. Tonight at 6 pm is a thriller, rated PG 13. It is the story of a young man who sets out to uncover the truth about his life after finding his baby photo on a missing persons website. Tween Wii Gaming, ages 8-11, is every Wednesday at 3 pm, and Teen Wii Gaming, for grades 6 and up, is Friday, 3:30 pm.
Besides running the series on Tisbury town government at the library, the League of Women Voters of Martha's Vineyard is hosting a 9 am breakfast on Saturday in recognition of Black History Month. Following the breakfast at the Howes House in West Tisbury, Natalie Dickerson, a former president of the MV branch of the NAACP, will speak. For more, call 508-693-7914.
Our local news stations will have to think of some new topics after Sunday. Is it really possible that nothing has happened for two weeks except the team trip to Indianapolis? Go Pats!
Many happy returns go out today to Jessica Shannon. Nancy Tutko Hanschka parties tomorrow. Suzanne Crossland will have cake on Saturday. Sunday belongs to Rosemary Brown, "best grandma in town" according to her grandchildren. Monday belongs to Pam Campagne. Best wishes next Tuesday go out to Dan Harnen.
Heard on Main Street: Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.