Sometimes kids are smarter than we think. Did you know lima beans are poisonous? Well, only if eaten raw – but somehow, when we were kids, we all knew they could not be good for you. Lima beans won’t kill you, but they are one of many plants that naturally contain some level of the deadly poison cyanide, as do apples, peaches, apricots, barley, sorghum, flaxseed, and bamboo shoots.
The Vineyard Playhouse still has room in its summer camp program. Summer Stars Theater Arts Camp runs weekdays from 9 am to 1 pm at the Tashmoo Spring building. Discounts are available for Islanders, returning campers, and siblings. For more go to vineyardplayhouse.org.
The MV Chamber Music Society presents the Harlem Quartet on Monday at the Old Whaling Church in front of the beautiful new mural by Margot Datz. President David Rhoderick will present the MVCMS scholarship check to Olivia de Geofroy before the start of Monday’s concert. Congratulations, Olivia. She is the daughter of Karen Overtoom and Louis de Geofroy of West Tisbury and will pursue her music education at the Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. That’s the alma mater of Peter Boak, Island Club members get a discount on tickets, and students are admitted free. If you miss Monday’s concert, the program will be repeated on Tuesday at 8 pm at the Chilmark Community Center.
Don’t miss “Backside at The Kentucky Derby,” an interactive talk with photographer Louisa Gould at the Louisa Gould Gallery on Main Street. At 6 pm next Wednesday Louisa will take you backside at Churchill Downs, where she was on assignment for the week that included the Kentucky Derby. She has show photos of the trainers, jockeys, owners, sunrise practice, The Kentucky Oaks, and of course race day. Refreshments will be served. A selection of limited-edition photographs of the races are on display as part of the new show which opens at the Gallery on July 17. See more at www.louisagould.com or call 508 693.7373 for directions.
Free summer programs for children at the Vineyard Haven Library include musical story times for little ones with Ellen Hoffman on Tuesday mornings, then on Thursday mornings Mother Goose on the Loose, and at 3:30 pm Thursdays, a program on Seashells and Crabs by Felix Neck for kids five and up.
This Tuesday evening at 7 pm, join in a discussion of Jonathan Franzen’s work at the Vineyard Haven Library. Phillip Weinstein will speak on Becoming Jonathan Franzen: A Writer’s Odyssey. Phillip is a professor of English at Swarthmore College.
Next Tuesday there will be a crowd to hear Jeremy D’Entremont, author and the leading expert on historic lighthouses in New England. The Lighthouses of New England and the People Who Kept Them begins at 7 pm on the 23rd. He recently worked with Seamond Ponsart Roberts on her new book on a lighthouse family. Seamond grew up living in the Cuttyhunk and West Chop lighthouses.
A week from Sunday you can enjoy a special treat. The Vineyard Haven Library offers you the chance to meet and hear author Ward Just at 2 pm on the 21st.
Kathy Poehler has an exhibit of Seaweed Art at the Old Sculpin Gallery through next week.
Enjoy pizza and benefit the new West Tisbury Library at Flatbread this Tuesday from 3 to 9 pm. The benefit applies also to takeout.
It’s that time of year: The Stone Wall Market Place is open a week from Saturday from 10 to 2 for one day only at the First Baptist Church. There should be something for everyone. Reserve now for the annual chicken BBQ that evening from 5:30 to 6:30. Reservations are suggested 508 693-1539. Adults pay $12, children under 12 pay $6. Take-out is available.
I can understand having to go off-Island to shop for a new car. But why do I have to go off-Island to get Hood’s ice cream sandwiches?
Ljuba Davis is a recent wash-ashore to Martha’s Vineyard and a long-time folk singer. Ljuba’s son David Davis plays cello with the Ljuba Davis Ladino Ensemble. The LDL brings fresh, acoustic life to Sephardic songs in a live performance a week from Monday, July 22, at 8 pm at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center. $25 admission, $20 for Film Society members.
Tomorrow big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Betsey Mayhew. Wish the best on Saturday to Nevenka Daniels. Sunday belongs to Cord Bailey and Michele Jones. We wish a very happy birthday to Jocelyn Ciancio Broadley on Monday. Happy birthday to Jim Richardson on Tuesday. Many happy returns to Chris Clark go out on Wednesday.
Heard on Main Street: It’s true. Chocolate is a vegetable.