Summer Solstice celebration is tonight from 6 to 8 pm at Featherstone. BYO picnic and enjoy the festivities. All summer you are invited to visit the flea market and fine arts fair every Tuesday from 9:30 am to 2 pm.
Kon Tiki will be shown on Friday at the MV Film Center at 7:30 pm, with a special pre-film reception hosted by Sail MV at 7 pm. Islanders should enjoy this film, a 2012 Golden Globe nominee. This is the story of Thor Heyerdahl’s 4,300-mile journey across the Pacific Ocean from Peru to Polynesia to prove that the journey was possible for ancient Peruvians. Shot in the open water instead of a controlled setting, the film offers authentic sailing scenes that create a genuine sailing vibe for beginners and experts alike. $15 general admission and $12 for MVFS members.
Don’t forget the Strawberry Fest on Saturday from noon to 4 pm at the Congregational Church in West Tisbury. Enjoy traditional shortcakes, smoothies, berries and ice cream or just berries and cream. Berries to go are also available.
Join in the Martha’s Vineyard NAACP Annual Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday from 3 to 6 pm. Dr. Jorge Rios and Dr. Lorna Andrade will speak on blood, tissue, and organ donation at the First Baptist Church on Spring Street. Bring a potluck dish or $5 donation.
Register for the V.H. Library Summer Reading Program on Monday. Children visit the Children’s Room to sign up, log the books they read, and earn prizes including a tee-shirt and gift certificates from local businesses. Teens aged 12 to 18 can register online. Teens who register online can claim a prize at the desk, just for signing up.
For the third year, the library offers a Summer Reading Program for Grownups. Adults who read a book a week (eight books July through August) will be eligible to win a prize. Adults create an online account on the library homepage, log the books they read and write reviews, and register for prizes.
On Saturday at 2 pm Susan Grunthal returns to the library for a session on the History of Opera, relating specifically to Donizetti and Bellini. Packets will be handed out during each class.
Next Tuesday at 7 pm see Cloud Atlas at the Vineyard Haven Library. The film stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, Hugh Grant, and Susan Sarandon. The story explores how the actions of individuals impact one another. Each member of the cast appears in multiple roles as the stories move through time. Rated R. Download a crib sheet to keep up with the cast and events, www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloud_Atlas_(film).
Amy N. Diegelman, our Young Adult Librarian, announced two exciting workshops for youth a week from Saturday, June 29. The Kid’s Comic Workshop is at 1 pm for ages 8 to 12 and the Japanese Manga workshop at 3 pm for those 13 and older. All ability levels are welcome for this free hands-on learning experience sponsored by the Martha’s Vineyard Library Association and the Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library.
The new Kid’s Comic Workshop introduces basic shapes and construction lines for creating great characters. Attendees imagine and draw their own characters. The Japanese word for comics is Manga. The Japanese Manga Workshop will offer a brief history followed by a hands-on lesson in drawing techniques. The free workshops are taught by Andy and Veronica Fish and sponsored by the M.V. Library Association.
Summer is here — and so is the pine pollen. Just when the high school car washes are over. Each year it seems the yellow powder will never end.
Next Thursday afternoon the Rev. Judy Campbell will introduce her newest Vineyard mystery at the Oak Bluffs Library between 1 and 3 pm. She will have books for sale and promises to read an exerpt for your enjoyment.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Laura Kimball and Ed Herczeg. Wish the best on Sunday to Sumner Grover. Jack O’Callaghan, Margo Ortiz, and Carly Simon party on Tuesday. Happy birthday to Nancy Cryer who celebrates on Wednesday.
Heard on Main Street: This is not the life I ordered.