Don't forget. Tomorrow at 1 pm at the Tisbury Senior Center, you can welcome spring with a variety of songs by the Vintage Voices. Then at 4 pm a reception will be held to introduce you to John Grande, our new Town Administrator. You must RSVP to 508-696-4205 to take part in the party.
Friends of the late Evelyn Thomas are invited to meet her daughters and grandchildren at 11 am on Saturday for a short memorial service in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Island Alpaca invites all to their Annual Shearing Day this Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm, rain or shine. Get close to these gentle, curious creatures for furry fun and to learn more about their fleece. There will be door prizes and refreshments. Cost is $5. Take Edgartown Road from State Road and turn right onto Head of the Pond Road [don't turn left here]. After you turn right onto Head of the Pond Road, take the first drive on the left (Alpaca Avenue) to Island Alpaca.
On Sunday afternoon Christopher Bowen will teach you about the process of brewing historic beer. He is a beer historian and master brewer of Colonial and Victorian era beer. He will have samples of classic beer recipes to taste. He will explain how beer preference and the process of making beer has changed over the years.
Chris will tell you the real reasons the Mayflower and other ships carried beer and ale on the journey to the New World. Bowen will discuss the influence of the Industrial Revolution on brewing tastes and technologies and highlight some of the local New England breweries and their histories. This program is offered by the Martha's Vineyard Museum at 1 pm and takes place at Dreamland in Oak Bluffs. You must be over 21 to attend. Space is limited and reservations are required. Call Chris to reserve your spot at 508-627-4441, ext. 110. Cost is $15 for members; non-members pay $20.
On Tuesday morning the youngsters will have a special treat at the Vineyard Haven Library. Jeremy Berlin will host the musical story times at 10 and 11 am.
Work continues on the boat in the open air building on Beach Road. Ted Box is constructing a scow called The Seeker. Ted plans on launching The Seeker next fall. See his internet fund-raising campaign indiegogo.com. Volunteers are working with Ted on this labor of love. For landlubbers, The Seeker is a scow. A scow is a boat that is flat at the front and back ends. The Seeker is also a schooner, a boat with two masts, the shorter mast in front. Not all scows are schooners and not all schooners are scows. If this is too confusing, just think tall ship. That's what Ted and his friends are building by hand.
I always enjoy a trip south in the spring when the warmth of the sun is so pleasant and comforting. I enjoyed that stretch of warmer sunny weather, but now spring seems to be reconsidering. Fortunately, the blossoming shrubs ignore the actual temperature and persevere.
The Vineyard Playhouse offers a weekly summer program for ages 8 to 13 exploring the magic of theater and art, weekdays in July and August. Registration is open now. Discounts are available for year-round Islanders and returning campers. For more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoy music and dancing and a live fashion show featuring models from Emergency Service personnel, all offered Saturday night at Dreamland. The Tisbury Volunteer Ambulance Services will host this event beginning at 6 pm to benefit the Island Autism Group. Cost is $25. There will also be a live auction, a raffle, more music, and nibbles.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Alexandra Habekost. Then Jessica Soleil, Ronnie Tolin, and Melanie Jane Dickson party on Sunday. Wish the best to John McCarthy next Monday. Tuesday belongs to Doug Hewson and Andrew Williamson. Ellie Williamson celebrates her special day on May 1st.
Heard on Main Street: April showers bring the promise of summer dandelions.