I hope you have admired those wonderful solar panels at Cronig's. They are not only good for the atmosphere and our aquifer, but they also keep you shaded on sunny days and dry on rainy days.
The Vineyard Haven Library will partner with ACE MV for a special project in films shown this week. The last one is 7 pm tonight: The Yes Men Fix the World. Guests from the Yes Men Lab will speak at the ACE MV One Day University on Saturday at the High School.
Registration for the Summer Reading Program at the Vineyard Haven Library begins Monday. Children sign up at the Children's Room. When they log the books they read, they can earn prizes, including a tee-shirt and gift certificates. Ages 12 to 18 register online at www.vhlibrary.org. Teens who register online can claim a special prize at the desk.
There is also a summer reading program for grownups. Adults who read a book a week (8 books July and August) can win a gift certificate, books, and other prizes sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Create an online account by visiting the library homepage. Log the books they read over the summer, write reviews, and register for prizes.
This evening from 4 to 8 pm Slowfood MV hosts a Summer Solstice Picnic at the Allen Farm with games and music. Tickets are $10 each or $25 for a family for Grey Barn pork, Allen Farm chicken and North Tabor Farm greens. You are also asked to bring a side dish or dessert, picnic supplies, and BYOB. This is a zero waste event, a beautiful way to start the summer. More at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ever driven down William Street and marveled at the old homes and classic architecture? Now is your chance to get a better look. Five historic homes will be open for touring from 12:30 to 3:30 pm on Saturday. Guests will finish their tour with lemonade and cookies. Tour is $35. Add a lecture and it is $45. There is also a patron's brunch. Call 508-627-4441, ext. 110, for tickets.
Saturday is also your day to enjoy fresh strawberries after the tour. Want a smoothie or a shortcake? Freshly picked strawberries will be served from noon to 4 pm. Celebrate the summer solstice with juicy red strawberries at the West Tisbury Congregational Church.
This Sunday, members of the Community Baptist Church of Gay Head in Aquinnah will join those at the First Baptist Church on Spring Street at 11 am for Music Appreciation Sunday. You are invited to join in and enjoy a service of music and honor the gifts of music ministry and choir participants over the year. More at 508-693-1539.
Next Tuesday at 7 pm you can learn about one family's courageous journey from Nazi Germany to America. Author Bettina Hoerlin will speak about "Steps of Courage: My Parents' Journey" at the Vineyard Haven Library. Her parents' romance, between Jew and Aryan, was forbidden by Nazi racist laws. In 1946, the couple find themselves coming for the first time to Martha's Vineyard, bringing their sickly daughter to "...breathe the sea air." This summer, as for the last 3 summers, Bettina has gathered with children and grandchildren in Aquinnah.
Mark your calendar now: Featherstone will honor Vineyard Copley Society artists at a reception on Sunday, July 1, from 4 to 6 pm. The show continues through July 18. The Copley Society invites outstanding artists to participate in shows in order to promote the artistic endeavors of its juried selected members. Two of the select Vineyard Copley artists are Laurene Krasny Brown and Anne Grandin of our town.
You do know that your old prescription pills will harm our water if you flush them? Keeping them is not a good idea either. Take your old pills in to the Police Station any weekday between 8 and 4. They will dispose of them responsibly.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Sumner Grover on Saturday. Wish the best on Monday to Carly Simon, Jack O'Callaghan, and Margo Ortiz. Nancy Cryer will party on Tuesday. Celebrations are in order on Wednesday for Leslie Grimm, Helen Issokson, and Jean Cargill.
Heard on Main Street: School is out. Watch out for little ones.