I do hope you were able to enjoy all the happenings on Main Street this last weekend. The sidewalks were crowded with people, visitors and Islanders, and the sales were great. It surely did not hurt that we enjoyed such nice weather. Of course, the tourists were forced to remain on the Island for a while when the Nantucket stopped running.
Watch out this weekend for bicyclists who will be enjoying Cycle Martha’s Vineyard’s 100K and 50K tours of the Island on Sunday, all to benefit Vineyard charities. Many cyclists may be checking out the routes on Friday and Saturday. The cyclists, several visiting for the first time, will circle the Island, traveling along the Atlantic Ocean and Nantucket Sound, amid the rolling farmland and State Forest, as the ads say.
These people are experienced riders, although they may not be familiar with our narrow roads. Sometimes car drivers act as if they think that bicycles do not have just as much right to travel on the public roads as cars. Courtesy as well as state law requires you to allow the cyclists to ride with proper space and safety.
I often hear from Islanders who are determined to believe that bicycles must use the bike path. Not only is the bike path a dangerous place for experienced riders, the law gives them the same right to use the public roads. On the other hand, I would love to see more wandering pedestrians get out of the road.
Want to party? All of you are welcome to join in the Charter School Rock Auction at Flatbread. They will open just for this event on Saturday night from 6 to 11. You just pay $25 and you get a 60s dance party, with Flatbread pizza and the salad bar. More than 100 auction items will be offered, including a treehouse to be built in your yard.
Here is something we’ve all been waiting for: this Sunday, the Vineyard Haven Library opens from noon to 4 pm with coffee and refreshments, a celebration of the start of the seasonal Sunday hours. Thanks to our librarian Amy for coming up with this idea.
This Tuesday evening older children are invited to see Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, and Captain America in an action adventure movie, from 6 to 8 pm at the library. The movie is rated PG-13. Then on Wednesday ages 8 and up will enjoy Rapunzel and Flynn Rider in a wonderful Disney show, from 1 to 3 pm. Younger children must be accompanied by an adult.
Tonight, the vice president will debate with the Republican candidate for his office. Then next Tuesday, President Obama and Governor Romney will talk about foreign policy.
Next Wednesday is your last day to register to vote in the state and national elections. The town clerk’s office will be open until 8 pm for your convenience. I wonder if the town hall will finally be painted by then.
Our sympathies go out to Georgia Franklin and her son, Neil. Raymond Franklin always had a quiet smile and pleasant words. He will be missed.
Members of the Unitarian Universalist Society will celebrate the life of Tom Hale this Sunday afternoon at 4 pm. Tom touched many lives in our town and across the Island.
Though she is a relatively recent wash-ashore, Sharon Sullivan celebrated her birthday last weekend by enjoying the Island and all it has to offer. She hit the half-century mark on Tuesday.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out tomorrow to Ryan David Dunbar, Les Lowe, and his brother Chris Lowe. Saturday belongs to Heather Chapman Angelastro and David Finkelstein. Wish the best on Sunday to Phil Reynolds.
Christine Luce Gaskill will be 95 on Sunday.
Heard on Main Street: Being young is beautiful, but being old is more comfortable.