The lilacs are heavenly and blooming everywhere in town. Well, everywhere except for my yard. Perhaps the tree that blew over from the neighbor's yard and just lay on the bush for a month or two may have discouraged the blossoms. But it seems a cruel trick of nature to me.
Dress up for the Musical May Tea this Saturday from 2 to 5 pm at the First Baptist Church Parish House. Musical offerings by Martha Child and Friends as well as tea, sandwiches, and a variety of cakes will be served throughout the program. Cost is only $10 for good food, bake sale, and white elephant table. Stay for an hour or two. A highlight is expected to be the Hat Contest. You are invited to decorate and wear a hat creation to the tea. I doubt any will appear as extreme as those hats worn at the royal wedding although Kentucky Derby hats can be quite amazing. Prizes will be awarded for prettiest, most creative, funniest — you get the idea. All for $10 (children under 12 are $5).
On Saturdays help is available at our library from 10 to noon for those who are technologically a bit confused. Drop-in to get help with CLAMS library eBooks and downloadable audiobooks. You will be shown how to work the library's eReader devices including Nook, Sony Reader, and Kindle. They can show you in a few minutes what the telephone help will walk you through in several hours.
Also this Saturday is the Monthly Mini Book Sale at the Vineyard Haven Library. The proceeds benefit children's programs. This is a good place to get books for the beach and a book that won't matter if you leave it on the ferry.
Also this month Joe Palermo's watercolors are featured at our library's Art in the Stacks. Joe Palermo was born in Canada and lived in New Jersey and Florida until he moved to Edgartown three years ago. The 91-year-old, self-taught artist has been painting for more than 75 years, often producing a painting a day. His show at the library represents a small sampling of recent work, featuring Vineyard landscapes and coastal scenes, including several island lighthouses.
Parents are reminded that guests from the West Tisbury Library program called Mother Goose on the Loose will meet with little ones next Thursday at 10:30 am at our library.
Speakeasy is a fundraising program for the West Tisbury Library. Next Wednesday evening at 5:30 you can meet with author Judith Hannan at 5:30 pm at State Road Restaurant. In her emotional memoir, "Motherhood Exaggerated," Judith reveals a mother's view of her eight-year-old daughter's.journey from cancer diagnosis to remission. For tickets, call Carol Brush at 508-693-3489.
The League of Women Voters of Martha's Vineyard now has a new website. And lwvnet.org/ma/marthasvineyard is the address. Members will attend the Annual Meeting potluck on Sunday at noon.
The plans for the new Stop & Shop just look like a parking garage. And we do need more parking in Tisbury. Someone asked me how big the elevators have to be to fit in everyone and his grocery cart. Shoppers will need to use the elevator to leave the Stop & Shop and get their groceries to the car. Does the garage traffic empty onto Water Street or into the town lot? Perhaps the store should be on the first floor and the parking on the second floor. Then the garage entrance could be on Cromwell Lane. There are lots of things to think about. What do you think?
Do you enjoy music with your dinner? Juana Camilleri will be performing Thursdays between 6 and 8 pm at LaCave du Grenier.
Did you watch the Kentucky Derby? The winner of the Derby was the favorite; it always seems surprising to me when that actually happens. Orb was impressive to watch and has a pretty good chance to win the Preakness this Saturday. Wouldn't that be a treat? Of course, anything can happen in a horse race, and fairly often something unusual does occur.
Happy anniversary to Judy and Allan Davey. They will celebrate on Tuesday.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Jill Walsh. Tomorrow wish the best to Glenna Moore. Birthday greetings go to Lillian Hammond and Maura Ziemian on Monday. Wednesday belongs to Elaine Ciancio.
Heard on Main Street: Learn from the mistakes of others. You don't have time to make all the mistakes yourself.