Welcome to our adorable granddaughters, Rory and Fiona Mayhew of Herndon, Virginia. Rory is 7 and Fiona is 5, just the right ages to admire Nana's garden of pinwheels. And then I will send them out to chase the turkeys.
I want to thank all of you who called and emailed with information about Debbi Downs. She was the eldest of four children of Donald and Joan Downs. After living in Arizona the family returned to the island and lived near the corner of the Edgartown Road. Many classmates called simply to share some happy times they associate with her and the Class of 1964 at the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School. Friends and family do plan to meet with Heather when she comes from New Zealand to share more memories.
Her pen pal from New Zealand felt a real loss when she heard that Debbi had died in 1999. Debbi married a few years after high school to John Dorney, son of a Methodist minister who had a cottage in the Methodist Campground. John and Debbi lived in Alexandria, Va., and adopted a son from Vietnam named Timothy. Later Debbi divorced her husband and moved to Maine where the rest of her family lives. Debbi is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery with her parents and her son.
Our current Congressman, Bill Keating, and his challenger, Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter will be on the Island Saturday. Both men will talk about their accomplishments and their priorities for Congress in the next two years. The open meeting is at Howes House, across from Alley's Store in West Tisbury. The primary is on Thursday, September 6, and this will be your only time to hear from these candidates before then.
Children of all ages will enjoy the magnificent ballet production of "The Little Mermaid" on Sunday at 6:30 pm at the Performing Arts Center at the high school. The Atlantic Coast Ballet will join the Martha's Vineyard School of Ballet students to present the program. There is a lot of talent from our town. Tisbury performers include Ashley Biggs, Tate Buchwald, Mary Afton Crandall, Megan Mendez, Maple Martone, and Emmanuelle Woodford. Tickets ($13 for all seats) are available at www.ticketsmv.com.
To celebrate the performance of "The Little Mermaid" there will be a Princess Pony Party the day before on Saturday from 5 to 7 pm at Pond View Farm off New Lane in West Tisbury. Caroline Grunwald will be one of the pony riders from Tisbury. There will be pony rides, face painting, beaded ponytails, pony games, hot dogs, cotton candy, snow cones, popcorn, and more. The characters from The Little Mermaid and Ariel will be there, too. For more, call 508-939-0074.
There is a lot going on next Sunday evening: you can enjoy a visit to all the art galleries in Tisbury from 4 to 7 pm at the August Art Stroll. You can also meet the artists at the Louisa Gould Gallery.
A pianist and psychologist will present a concert and discussion on the relationship between music, creativity, and the brain at the Universalist Unitarian Church. Dr. Victoria Stevens and composer Bryan Pezzone offer this free event at 4 pm next Sunday.
Have you noticed the bright orange pens at our Post Office? ESS of Beach Road donated a box of pens as a smart way to advertise and also offering useful pens for the counters. Anyway, nice pens.
Hospice of Martha's Vineyard is hosting its Summer Soirée next Tuesday at Farm Neck. The funds go for patient care. A new menu by Jaime Hamlin and new auction items include a shopping spree for four at Juliska's: each winner gets a gift certificate for $100, with wine and canapes while they browse. Also to be auctioned is a darling doll house that has been in the window of The Beach House for a week or so. For more, visit hospiceofmv.org or call 508-693-0189.
Congratulations to Skip and Carol Bailey who are counting 18 happy years together on Tuesday.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Ben Koster. Wish the best tomorrow to Goodie Stiller Corriveau. Wednesday belongs to Ray Frazio and Braden Kuehne.
Heard on Main Street: We never really grow up, we only learn how to behave in public.