The Street Fair was not as busy as past years, but I was pleased to see several people whom I had not seen for a number of years. There were excited children of all ages, clutching balloons and huge toys. One little girl had a blow-up mouse bigger than she was. Adults were busy feasting. The jambalaya and Le Grenier were most recommended with a strong contingent enjoying the fried dough more than anything. No one complained about getting a tasty lobster roll on a pleasant Sunday evening prepared by the American Legion. Remember, these folks will serve you every Tuesday from 4:30 to 7 pm throughout the summer.
I finally found a schedule for the Vineyard Playhouse at the Street Fair. This summer, while the historic home is being renovated, you can enjoy Monday Night Specials at the Hebrew Center at 7 pm and of course Shakespeare at the Tisbury Amphitheater. A short play is at the MV Museum in Edgartown on the 24th and a special show on July 27th at Union Chapel. Memories of Fenway Park called “A Vineyard Love Letter” will be at The Yard in August. Donations to make their new home a success are always welcome.
This evening at 5:30 pm at the Cornell Theatre see a slide show of Stanley Murphy’s work. Fifty years of island landscapes and people document the changing face of the Island.
Shop for crafts, gifts, and odd items as well as fresh vegetables at the Stone Wall Market. Vendors will be at the Baptist church on Spring Street from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday. There is also an attic sale at the Congregational church in West Tisbury from 9 am to 2 pm.
This Sunday the Vineyard Haven Library invites you to join in honoring Cynthia Riggs at 3 pm. Her 11th mystery, “Poison Ivy,” is now on Kindle and coming soon in paperback.
The V.H. Library celebrates James Cagney’s birthday on Tuesday with a film “The Man Who Owns Broadway,” starring James Cagney. Free popcorn and lemonade come with the film, which starts at 7 pm. On Wednesday at 7 pm Phyllis Meras will talk about her new book, “In Every Season.” Don’t miss the chance to hear treasured memories of Martha’s Vineyard. She says these are “eternal aspects of the Vineyard that should be cherished.”
Storytime guest Becky Loescher will share her new book, “Over on the Vineyard,” with little ones on Tuesday morning. Copies are for sale. On Thursday afternoon at 3:30 pm Susie Bowman of Felix Neck will bring in some turtles to share and offer a turtle-inspired craft for ages 5 to 11.
On summer Sundays the Methodists and Pastor Richard Rego will offer three down-Island worship services. The earliest service is at the Stone Church at 8:30 am.
Artists Joan Kennedy, Leslie Self, Jeanne Campbel, and Jeff P’an feature Martha’s Vineyard light in an exhibit through August 1. Meet the artists a week from Saturday from 6 to 8 pm at the Louisa Gould Gallery.
Disposal of household hazardous waste is of special concern to our island. The next hazardous waste collection is on Saturday from 9 am to noon. Bring household cleaners, gasoline, glues, and bleach. There is a 15-gallon limit on the amount of oil-based paint accepted. There is no charge except for motor oil, which is $1 per gallon. A list of items accepted is at mvtimes.com.
Our own baseball team, the MV Sharks, host Hospice of MV night on Sunday at 5 pm. The Sharks play the Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide at 5 pm at the Vineyard Baseball Park at the high school.
Carolyn Daniele exhibits watercolors and oils now at the V.H. library during regular hours. A multimedia artist, her subjects are as varied as her medium, including Vineyard scenes, landscapes, flowers, abstracts, and animals. I can promise you that this show is a real treat. We are fortunate the Friends of the Library came up with the idea of showing local artists at our library with 0″Art in the Stacks.”
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Betsey Mayhew. Friday belongs to Nevanka Daniels. On Saturday, wish the best to Cord Bailey and Michele Jones. Happy birthday to Jocelyn Ciancio Broadley who parties on Sunday. Many happy returns to Jim Richardson on Monday. Chris Clark celebrates on Tuesday.
Heard on Main Street: A man pushed to the head of line at the Stop & Shop with a request: “Can I go ahead of you? I’m a tourist.”