Belated birthday greetings go out to Pearl Issokson who enjoyed her 90th birthday last Sunday. Many wishes for a very good year to you, Pearl.
Our town just gets better. Have you been to the new Bunch of Grapes bookstore? I do like the new layout; it is much improved. Vineyard Electronics, aka Radio Shack, will have moved into their new home, across the road and just down the street, by the time you read this. They boast more room and more parking. The new fire station will be opening this month as well. Just in time for the season.
Don't forget the Saturday morning bake sale to benefit the Vineyard Committee on Hunger. It is from 9 to 2 under the Linden Tree, next to the Capawock on Main Street. All proceeds will be used to help relieve hunger on the Island.
Conquer the 5th Annual Lighthouse Challenge this Saturday. You can visit all five lighthouses in one day. Climb to the top of Edgartown, East Chop, and the Gay Head lights, also see West Chop and Cape Poge light. Tickets include admission to the Museum, home of the 1854 original Fresnel Lens from the Gay Head lighthouse. The bus goes to the Edgartown, West Chop, and Gay Head lights and within short, uphill, walking distance of East Chop. More at mvmuseum.org/lighthouse-challenge.
The MV Film Society will show "The Deep Blue Sea" on Saturday at 8 pm at the Cornell Theatre. The romantic drama set in post-war England is rated R (for one scene).
Several islanders traveled to Hingham last weekend for a marvelous show of art quilts made by Ann Maley. These are on display at Linden Ponds for the month. We also had a chance to visit with an old friend, Nan Carter, who is doing well in her new home.
Mark your calendar now for the Harlem Fine Arts Show on August 9 to 12, noon to midnight, at Hooked Restaurant. More at hfas.org.
Did you know that touring the water pump building was a big hit at the Town Picnic? Your neighbors see a lot of possibilities in its future.
Sandy Whitworth has just returned from a trip through Monticello and the Blue Ridge Parkway. She came home with a Sea Kale (Crambe maritima) from Jefferson's garden. These grow on the beaches in England and Europe. He remembered them from his visits and brought them to Virginia. Any islanders who have experience with it here?
The Tisbury Senior Center welcomes you to a free Tea & Talk on Monday at 2 pm. Daisy Lifton will explain Fan Tai Chi, a type of Tai Chi that uses colorful fans for coordination and beauty of movement. Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese exercise that originated from the martial arts. The movements are thoughtful and coordinated with breath and balance. You can improve your balance, coordination, and concentration. Daisy will teach Fan Tai Chi at the center on Thursdays at 9 am beginning next week.
If you missed Tom Dresser at our library last month, see him Tuesday at 5:30 at the Martha's Vineyard Museum. His book on the sinking of the City of Columbus is called "Disaster Off Martha's Vineyard."
Sarah Hines, the children's librarian at our library, is setting up the Summer Reading program this month. It's called "Dream Big – Read." Tween Gaming and Teen Gaming continues. Tuesday night's movie is "Albert Nobbs," a story of 19th-century Ireland where a woman has to pretend to be a man to get a job. The movie starts at 7 pm.
A week from Friday the annual auction to benefit the Windemere activity programs is scheduled from 6 to 8 pm at the Ag Hall. Enjoy wine, desserts, and light fare while you bid on plane rides, golf and fishing lessons, as well as Island foods and restaurant deals.
Congratulations go out today to Cheryl Stark and Margie Metzger on their wedding anniversary.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go to Laurel Mayhew and Brian Flanders tomorrow.
Happy birthday to Claudia Nelson, Cody Chandler, and Ruth Stiller on Sunday. Claudia and her family have just replaced their beautiful picket fence to brighten up our town. All are invited to stop in to give your good wishes to Ruth Stiller at the Hebrew Center between 3 and 5 pm as she marks her 90th birthday.
Wish the best on Monday to Florence Koster and to Michael Noonan on Tuesday.
Heard on Main Street: Now can we ask the weather man to stop saying we need the rain?