Don't miss the Tisbury School's annual Memorial Day celebration. The March to the Sea begins at 12:30 tomorrow.
Students march from the school to Owen Park via Spring Street and Main Street. The ceremony takes about 45 minutes. Students parade with flowers and throw their blossoms into the harbor, commemorating those who have given their lives for our country. The school band will be playing and flags will be waving. Come downtown to experience this moving event. In case of rain, the ceremony will be held in the Tisbury School gym at 12:30.
Somehow this weekend seems too early for Memorial Day, observed this Monday. The veterans will need your help on Monday. The vets put up 450 flags in Oak Grove Cemetery at 7:30 am. Then they take them down at 3 pm. You can join in the parade from the Legion Hall at 10 am to the Avenue of Flags for a brief ceremony. And return to the hall for refreshments. The flags go up at half staff in the morning and then are raised at noon. Taking the flags down at 3 pm is when they really need your help. For more, call Ed Colligan at 693-0912.
A large audience was delighted with the one-hour reading of selected scenes from a new play called Lighthouse Point. The story is about a family preparing to sell an old Victorian house on East Chop amid the family memories. Written by Rick Herrick, with music and lyrics by Ben Willmott and Kate Hancock, the presentation was at the M.V. Film Center. We hope we can see the full production — perhaps at the new Vineyard Playhouse.
The newest addition to the popular new film center, a dazzling white grand piano, will be put to the test tomorrow when pianist Delores Stevens and violist Lila Brown will present a 30-minute program at 6 pm. Friday's free concert begins with a sonata for viola and piano by Bohuslav Martinu followed by another sonata, this time by Cesar Franck. Ms. Stevens will then perform George Gershwin's Preludes for Piano. The finale will be the Grand Tango for viola and piano by Astor Piazzolla. This piano is on loan from the Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Society. Although the concert is free, admission to the film later Friday evening will be required.
Sunday evening is the reception for The Artists of Martha's Vineyard exhibit at the Louisa Gould Gallery from 5 to 7 pm. Following the reception enjoy Celtic music in a live performance by Riverheart at 7:30. The event is free though donations will be accepted.
Still don't have your flowers in? The MV Garden Club is holding a plant sale on Saturday and Sunday from 9 to 2 at the Old Mill in West Tisbury.
Did you know our Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library have purchased many special items for our library? You can join them, just ask at the desk. The Friends also sponsor monthly winter lectures and exhibits of Art in the Stacks as well as the Art in June show of selected island artists.
The Martha's Vineyard Shell Recovery Partnership works to recycle shells from restaurants, decreasing the Island's waste-stream and re-introducing the shells to salt ponds for oyster restoration. As part of a free community shell drop-off service, anyone can recycle shells with other household recyclables. Bring oyster, mussel, clam, scallop, and conch shells to the Oak Bluffs, Edgartown, or West Tisbury transfer stations.
The Partnership conditions the material to be safely returned, pathogen-free, to pond areas in need of substrate for new shellfish to grow. (Don't put shells back in the water unless it is the exact place they came from, due to the risk of spreading pathogens.) One recycled shell creates habitat for 10 new oysters. Your recovered shell is returned to local waters with baby oyster larvae attached from our local Shellfish Hatchery, helping to replenish wild oyster reefs and restore habitat for many bottom species.
Mark your calendar so you can celebrate the Summer Solstice with peace, love, and puppets along with the Spindrift Marionettes on Saturday, June 15, from noon to 3 pm at the Tisbury Waterworks. Cost is $10, $20 a family, entry for all events including lemonade and cookies, from puppet making to the puppet parade. Puppet shows are at 1:15, 1:30, and 2:15. For more call 693-4059.
Happy anniversary to Ann and Allan Davey today. Cheryl Stark and Margie Meltzer mark their anniversary on Tuesday.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Olyvia Houston. Tomorrow wish the best to Victoria 'Honey Campos, Shawn Townes, Leah Ellis, and Shawn Willoughby. Happy birthday on Sunday to Betsy Edge and Ann Haller. Kristina Ivory and Kylie Townes celebrate on Monday. More good wishes go to Steve Mussell and Cheryl Stark on Tuesday. Wednesday is a special day for Peggy McGrath and Jane Chandler.
Heard on Main Street. Fly your own flag on Monday to honor the veterans.