Congratulations to Richard Paradise. The Martha's Vineyard Film Festival was a resounding success. Long lines formed at every venue. Reports are of many remarkable films. Everyone is talking about their wonderful new theater at the Tisbury Marketplace. The double rainbow on Sunday night foretold a grand future for the Martha's Vineyard Film Society. The theater is lovely and a good size, with every seat a good seat — and comfortable, too.
Chasity Glass lived and worked on our island for over a year. Many of us had the pleasure of meeting her at the time. She was still grieving for the loss of her young husband, Anthony, a few years before. Chasity had met the handsome video editor at work in Hollywood. Their modern love story is told primarily in their numerous intimate emails, back and forth, often many times a day, as well as his blog posts after he became ill. Just as their love was blooming, Anthony was diagnosed with a deadly cancer.
While Chasity was living here on the island, she was writing a book about their experiences. She addressed her words to Anthony. Their tragic and poignant love story was published this month, in text format and also as an eBook with audio interviews and music from many songs that had been attached to their personal emails. The book is called "even if I am." Those were his words from an email about facing life and fearing cancer.
This is a story of courage and fear, of young adults coping with unbelievable stress and pain, but mostly it is an unforgettably beautiful love story. For more: email@example.com.
Don't forget: Grace Church still offers lobster rolls through this month. Get your last taste of summer on Friday evening.
This weekend is a busy one at the Vineyard Haven Library. Saturday morning you can get help with eBooks and eReader devices. The Mini Book Sale is from 1 to 3 pm. Then on Sunday morning is the 5K Run/Walk and Fun Run to benefit the library. The Run to the Chop starts at 10, the Fun Run for Kids at 9:45. Registration begins at 8:30. There is also a special book sale that morning.
After all that, the folks at the library may wish they'd taken part in a $15 Stress and Pain Workshop this Saturday morning at 10 at Howes House. Call 508-696-8880 or register at Howes House at 9:45 am.
Next Tuesday evening Dr. Elliott Dacher will discuss his book "Aware, Awake, Alive" at the library. At 7 pm he will share the wisdom and practices of East and West, introducing a time-tested, practical, and accessible approach to health and healing. See elliottdacher.org.
Then next Thursday evening at 7 at the library Susan Grunthal will present a program on the History of Opera focusing on Mozart. The second session on Mozart will be a week from Saturday at 2 pm.
The Methodist Church of Martha's Vineyard has changed back to winter hours. The Sunday service is at Trinity Church in Oak Bluffs at 10 am. There are no services on Sunday at the Whaling Church or the Stone Church.
Have you signed up for photography workshops with Louisa Gould? She features Vineyard Landscape Photography the last week of the month. See marthasvineyardworkshops.com for details.
ACE-MV offers seminars next month on healthcare reform, free Red Cross classes on first aid, and a course to prepare students to take the TEAS test. There is also one on understanding Medicare. Register at acemv.org or call 508 693-5364.
Mark your calendar for the Living Local Harvest Festival on September 28 and 29 at the Ag Hall. On that Friday night at 6:30 you can join Susan Klein for a free conversation with Island elders about living off the land and sea. Free activities from 10 to 3 on Saturday followed by potluck and dancing from 6 to 10.
Congratulations to the Tankards. The home of Carrie Camillo Tankard and George Van Buren Tankard, Jr. is now a site on the African American Heritage Trail.
Happy anniversary to Louisa and J. B. Lamont on Wednesday.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out tomorrow to Joyce Stiles Tucker. She keeps things running at our Tisbury Senior Center. Saturday belongs to Kevin Olson. Many hugs and birthday greetings to my husband, Donald Mayhew, on Sunday. Wish the best on Sunday to Stephen Hammond. Samantha Valley and Doris Clark party on Monday. Happy birthday to Hilda Illingworth on Tuesday. Barbara Maciel celebrates on Wednesday.
Heard on Main Street: Don't take yourself too seriously. No one else does.