I hope you all flew your flags on the fourth on our country's birthday.
If you missed my column last week, I will tell you it was strictly a "pilot error." Just as I hit send, somehow I deleted the whole thing. So I guess somewhere out there, along with many other accidental deletings, my column is swirling along. I am sorry that some items that were time-sensitive did not get printed.
I knew summer was really here by the long lines of cars, people pushing two or three overloaded shopping carts in the store, very few familiar faces and the usual behavior that signals the start of the season. But the most bizarre behavior so far took place at the four-way stop corners by the fire station. Two bicyclists started to ride through, but one decided to stop right in the middle, took off her sweatshirt and then proceeded to text message on her phone, all the while saying "sorry," "sorry" but kept on texting as all four of us waiting to cross, were too stunned to even urge her along with a toot of our car horns.
There were many Oak Bluffs winners and runners-up in the 2012 Best of the Vineyard contest, sponsored by Martha's Vineyard Magazine. Congratulations to you all.
You can get a full summer of entertainment at the Tabernacle in the Campground. On Thursday, July 5, at 3 pm , the Tanglewood Marionettes present the puppet show, "Hansel and Gretel." Fun and great family entertainment for all ages. Free will offering.
On Saturday, July 7, at 8 pm, the Boston Children's Chorus will be in concert. Free will offering.
On Monday, July 9, and Wednesday, July 11, at 10 am the will be Bible Study in the Tent, led by Deacon Karl Buder whose subject will be "Do you Believe in Ghosts? " As usual there will be Campground Walking Tours, including an historical presentation and guided tour are every Tuesday and Thursday at 10 am. Gather in the Tabernacle. Tickets are $10 for adults, children under 12 free.
The United Methodist Church of Martha's Vineyard's Sunday services are at Trinity Church, Oak Bluffs, at 11 am; the Whaling Church, Edgartown at 9 am and at Christ Church in Vineyard Haven at 8:30 am. Garrett Brown is the new Organist/Choir Director.
The Annual Stars & Stripes Festival to Benefit the Martha's Vineyard YMCA takes place on Saturday, July 7. The doors open at 8 pm with show time at 9 pm at the Flatbread Company. The tickets are $30 in advance / $35 Day of Show. For more info, log on ticketsmv.com/ymca.
Artists and friends Ray Ellis and Allen Whiting will begin the summer Speakeasy Series of author talks on Wednesday, July 11, at 5:30 pm at the Granary Gallery on Old County Road.
Ruth Metell of Oak Bluffs was recognized at the 28th Annual Heritage Day of Portugal celebration at the State House on June 5. Representative Tim Madden, along with family and friends, was on hand to celebrate. Heritage Day recognizes members of the Portuguese American Community who are role models and outstanding contributors to their local communities. Ruth is a Martha's Vineyard native who worked at the Martha's Vineyard National Bank and the Edgartown National Bank. Named 2011 Senior Volunteer of the Year by the Oak Bluffs Senior Center, she is a wonderful, vibrant woman — and, I might add, a good friend — and a woman who is extremely active in her community. Ruth has five children, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Acclaimed musicians Timothy Fain and William DeRosa will join Delores Stevens in concert on July 9 and 10 in free performances sponsored by the Feldman family of Chilmark. The opening concerts of the Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Society's 2012 Summer Festival will feature works by Brahms, Haydn, Shostakovich, and Phillip Glass.
Performances will be on Monday, July 9, in Edgartown's Whaling Church and Tuesday, July 10, in Chilmark's Community Center. Both concerts will begin at 8 pm and both are free. They will be dedicated to Gretchen Feldman, the late wife of Samuel Feldman. Gretchen was a distinguished artist and active supporter of MVCMS over the years.
The new outdoor market at the First Baptist Church in Vineyard Haven opens on Saturday, July 7, from 10 am to 2 pm through August, weather permitting, on the grounds of the First Baptist Church on Spring and William Streets in Vineyard Haven. Local flowers, crafts, jewelry, books, pottery, and white elephant items will be offered, and snacks. Vendor spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis and can be reserved weekly or in advance. Call Doug at 781-664-4266 to reserve a space.
Singer-songwriter, entertainer, and long-time Island personage Livingston Taylor will kick off the 2012 Tuesdays at Twilight concert series at the West Tisbury Grange, to benefit the West Tisbury Library Foundation, Inc. Livingston Taylor and Elizabeth Straton perform on Tuesday, July 10, 7:30 pm. The Grange is on State Road, next to the West Tisbury town hall. Doors open at 7 pm. Admission is $25, with advance tickets available at the library. If tickets remain available, they will be for sale at the door. For more information, visit wtlibraryfoundation.org.
On Saturday, July 14, at 10:30 am, Author Jacqui Boulter reads from her new book, "Where Horses Fly," at the library. For all ages and free. The Children's Author Reading on Thursday, July 19, at 10 am will be Author Becky Loescher reading from "Over on the Vineyard." You may do a craft too. Ages 3 and up.
On July 8, under the direction of the choir director and tour guide, Peter Boak, the Federated Church Touring Choir will duplicate the services in which they were participants during their northern Italy choir tour. The service begins at 10:30 and the choir will do the prelude, anthems during the service, and conclude the service with a short concert of sacred music, both classical and more contemporary. The concert should begin at about 11:30. There will be a reception afterward where choir members will be available to share memories and pictures. Members of the choir come from just about all island towns. All are welcome to the service.
We send belated birthday smiles to Abby Grace Marchand, Donna Leon, Madeline Alley, Rahmale Hopkins, Deborah DeBett Ratclif, Joe Alosso, and Robert Hughes. Smiles to James Cage today, followed by Barbara Fehl and Pam Gibson tomorrow, Erin Pacheco, Donald Billings and Karen Hunt Torrence on the 7th, Clair Gibson and Nicholas Mathias on the 9th, Hope deBettencourt, Fronzie Conlin, and Josh Correllus on the 10th, and Colleen Farrissey on the 11th.
Enjoy your week.