This is event marathon week on the Island. Wednesday was the Illumination in the Campground, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday you can go to West Tisbury and see a good old-fashioned country fair with exhibits, animals, good food and everything you could want at the New Ag Hall, and of course the Oak Bluffs Fireworks are on Friday. Whew, it wears me out just writing about it.
The final lecture in the Author Lecture Series this summer is on Saturday, August 18, at 7:30 pm at the Chilmark Community Center (at Bettlebung Corner in Chilmark) when Henry Louis Gates, Jr. will be discussing his new book, "The Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Reader." The lecture series is sponsored by the Chilmark Community Center and Bunch of Grapes Bookstore. Tickets of $35 include one book and two admission tickets or general admission is $10. Tickets available at Bunch of Grapes, Chilmark Community Center (9 am to 12 noon) and ticketsmv.com.
Enjoy a splendid summer afternoon at the 3rd Annual Potters Bowl at the Featherstone Center for the Arts on Sunday, August 26. Choose from exquisite bowls made by over 15 Vineyard ceramic artists and enjoy soup, bread, beverage, and dessert. And you can listen to the music of Kevin Keady. So bring your friends and dine under the summer tent. The cost is $30 for one, $50 for two. Rain date is Monday, August 27.
On Tuesday, August 21, Flatbread Co. at the M. V. Airport will be donating a percentage of all pizza sales (eat-in and take-out) to Hospice of Martha's Vineyard. There will be a silent auction and, as a special bonus, The Vineyard Sound a cappella singing group will be performing at 7 pm. It will be a fun night for all while supporting a wonderful organization!
The Friends of Oak Bluffs has begun working with a new and different company to order inscribed bricks for around the bandstand in Ocean Park. The good news is that the new brick company allows up to 4 lines of 21 characters and spaces per line instead of 3 lines, but the not so good news is that the price per brick has gone up to $100. The application may be found at friendsofoakbluffs.org.
The Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Society final concerts are on August 20 and 21, featuring the acclaimed St. Petersburg Quartet performing music by J S Bach, folk songs by Tsintsadze and the celebrated Brahms Quintet in F minor. This will be the last opportunity to hear fabulous chamber music as the Summer draws to a close. For more info on place and time you may call 508-696-8055 of log on to mvcms.org.
Last call for the Annual Chicken Barbeque on Saturday, August 18, from 5:30 to 7 pm
at the First Baptist Church on the Corner of Spring & William Streets in Vineyard Haven. Reservations are suggested. Adults, $12; Children under 12, $6. Call 508-693-1539 for info.
We send birthday smiles to Russ MacDonald on the 18th, my son Dion Alley all the way to South Carolina and Becky Rogers on the 19th, Marilyn Wey the next day followed by Tony Ratcliff on the 21st. And we remember Jenna Pothier on August 17th.
Enjoy your week.