Welcome home to Georgia Franklin. We hope you are feeling much better.
The sunshine brought lots of visitors last weekend. Some only came from Cape Cod, but many were international visitors. All were praising the sun shining on our beautiful island.
I am happy to tell you that my youngest granddaughter has a new cast on her broken wrist. It was not quite ready for the six-year-old to go without a cast, but she is healing well. And now she can show off a whole new set of autographs. Her kindergarten classmates have been quite creative in their efforts to make her feel better.
The Island Autism Group hosts a Future Financial Planning Seminar for families with children with special needs. They meet Saturday at the Edgartown School Library from 1 to 3 pm. This was postponed from March. Leading the seminar are a New York Life financial advisor and colleagues, including attorney Fred Misilo, who Misilo helped produce the PBS documentary "Autism: Coming of Age."
The Martha's Vineyard Democrats invite you to join them on Saturday at Howes House in West Tisbury from 9 to 10:30 am. They are planning their part in the campaign for the U.S. Senate election to be held on June 25. For more see firstname.lastname@example.org.
The YMCA is offering a free drop-in program on meditation with Dr. Elliott S. Dacher. The first program is Saturday from 9:30 to 11:30 am. Bring a soft cushion for your seat. Meditation is a simple practice that can change how we experience our life. This gathering will allow us to learn and practice guided meditations. The title should get you there: Happiness Without a Reason. That is happiness that is naturally part of our inner being, revealed and cultivated through meditation and mind training.
Music is in the air and May is National Chamber Music month. The M.V. Chamber Music Society is celebrating with a spring concert. Boston Symphony Orchestra players will be featured at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown at 4 pm on Sunday, May 26. Tickets at the door are $20, students are free. The program includes music by Beethoven and Franck, then 20th-century works by Piazzolla, Connesson, and Uhl. Artists include cellist Blaise Dejardin, clarinetist Michael Wayne, and violist Lila Brown.
The M.V. Chamber Music Society also invites you to mark your calendar for the June 13 concert at the M.V. Hebrew Center at 7:30 pm. Hear the virtuoso instrumental music performed by Passamezzo Moderno with music written between 1530 and 1830. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at TicketsMV.com. Subscriptions for the July-August concert season will be for sale at the door or online.
Congratulations to Lynn Ditchfield, director of the Adult and Community Education Program, better known as ACE MV. As a result of the multiple offerings in art in a variety of venues, ACE MV is being recognized with an Arts/Learning award on May 22 at Lesley College.
An Evening Under the Stars will be enjoyed at Lattanzi's featuring music by Mike Benjamin as a benefit for the Martha's Vineyard Cancer Support Group. The benefit is on Tuesday evening from 6 to 9. Tickets are $100 and every penny goes to cancer patients and their families who live on the Island. If you can't attend, consider sending a donation, no matter how small, to PO Box 2214, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.
The Rev. Bill Clark will speak at the Unitarian Universalist Society on Sunday at 11 am. His topic is Celebrating the Women in Our Lives, especially those women who nourished and influenced us and gave us hope. Our Mother's Day may have been created by Hallmark, but traditionally in England they celebrate a Mothering Sunday. Mothering is a wonderful word to describe what mothers do, as well as many other women in our lives.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Amy Levine on Monday. Brendan O'Neill parties on Tuesday.
Heard on Main Street: Happy Mother's Day!