The delightful selections of the Martha's Vineyard Film Fest run through Sunday. The celebration of films ends with a Closing Reception at the Vineyard Haven Marina.
Today is a busy day. All the students on the Island were due back in school today. There is something so promising about the first day of school. In my day, we looked forward to the new shoes and new pencils but somehow lunch boxes and backpacks were not part of our lives. In my small town there were two elementary schools with a number of youngsters bussed in from the rural area. That meant we got to see friends we had not seen most of the summer as well.
Also today voters in the Commonwealth should have made their selections in the primary for state offices.
The Fishing Derby starts on Sunday. Beware of sleepy fishermen coming home midday from a long day of fishing.
Parishioners and friends of the Rev. Cathlin Baker were easily able to keep in touch and get reports on her difficult journey to battle cancer. This week many gathered to celebrate her recovery. The CaringBridge program met a critical need for us and for her. You can find out more about the wonderful organization that made it possible: CaringBridge.org is supported by donations and gives families everywhere a space to connect when it is needed most.
Did you know that Windemere wants you? Volunteers are needed for one-on-one visits, especially men to meet with male residents. You can play chess or checkers or Scrabble, talk or just listen. A weekly visit is something to look forward to for both of you. Call Betsy Burmeister at 508-862-1933.
Featherstone presents the Artists Studio Tour this Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 4. For $50 you can visit 16 artists who open their studios across the Island. Artists from our town are Laurene Krasny Brown, Patricia Carlet, Marston Clough, Anne Grandin, Donna Straw, and Liz Taft. The tour of 16 studios takes place over two days, so there is time to visit all of the studios. Call Featherstone at 508-693-1850 for tickets.
A week from Saturday, the Vineyard Haven Library will hold the regular mini book sale from 1 to 3 pm and then a "bonus" book sale on Sunday from 9 to 11 am. The 5K Run to the Chop starts at 10 am.
The library joins other Island libraries this fall in providing a short course on A Century of American Short Stories, which Professor Phil Weinstein has taught in his courses at Swarthmore. The lectures begin a week from today at 5 pm at the Aquinnah Town Hall, with three other sessions over the next few months. Check at the library for more.
The reading list is comprised of collections of stories by Ernest Hemingway, "In Our Time," Flannery O'Connor, "Collected Stories," Raymond Carver, "Cathedral," and Elizabeth Strout, "Olive Kitteridge." Copies of all these books are available at your library.
Susan Grunthal will present 12 sessions on the History of Opera at the Vineyard Haven Library. Four sessions will be in September, beginning two weeks from today. More will continue in the spring and finish next fall. There is no charge but you must sign up to receive the materials. The opening lecture is on Monteverdi, Lully, and Purcell.
Also beginning at the end of September the library will host the Great Decisions Discussion Group on Thursday evenings. Sign up to gather with others who want to learn more about foreign policy decisions. The Foreign Policy Association has prepared a Great Decisions Briefing Book. This covers eight global topics to be read by the group. At each meeting you see a short PBS film on the subject, starting with the Middle East on Sept. 27.
ACE MV is partnering with SCORE and volunteer business professionals. The business and computer offerings for fall include Successful Small Business Planning, bookkeeping systems, and QuickBooks. The Small Business course offers a full-tuition rebate to all veterans. Go to acemv.org or call 774-310-1131.
Happy anniversary to Chuck and Anne Downing. Their big day is Tuesday.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Mike Ciancio today. Happy birthday to Craig Sias on Sunday. Susan Ricebures celebrates on Tuesday.
Heard on Main Street: Don't waste time worrying about today. It is already tomorrow in Australia.