Don't forget those luscious lobster rolls at Grace Church. Every Friday from 4 to 7:30 pm through September you can get a lobster roll or hot dog and a slice of your favorite pie, or you can even buy the whole pie.
Support the children's programs at our Vineyard Haven Library. Shop for beach books and interesting reads at the monthly Mini Book Sale this Saturday, August 17, from 1 to 3 pm.
On Tuesday evening Duncan Caldwell will speak at the library about Decoding the Adena Tablets. He will take you into the heart of an ancient civilization as depicted by the 12 Adena Tablets found in the central Ohio watershed. Learn about prehistoric America and mirrored imagery. At 7 pm.
Mark your calendar now for the annual 5K Run/Walk to the West Chop light and the half mile Fun Run for Kids on Sunday, September 15, to support our library. Get information on registration at the library or at the website vhlibrary.org.
We are mostly happy to have the president appreciate our lovely island. Some Islanders and visitors enjoyed the drama of being checked out by the Secret Service last weekend even though they never saw the president or his family. Guess we can still be star-struck. Some were exasperated with all the fuss. It is sad to think it may be necessary, though the security and the road closing do seem to be a bit excessive.
The Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Society summer concerts end next Monday and Tuesday with popular Broadway tunes performed by the talented Infinity Brass Quintet. You can enjoy the Open Rehearsal at 11 am on Monday at the Old Whaling Church for free. Listen to the Quintet prepare for their performance of music by Bernstein, Ellington, and Gershwin. Tickets will be for sale for the evening concerts. Cost is $35 for adults, discounted with the Island Club card, and free for students.
This Saturday is the scheduled collection of Household Hazardous Waste. See the announcement in this week's Times.
The Stop & Shop is now in a two-story building. Why are people saying that replacing it with a new two-story building will block the view of the harbor? There is no view of the harbor there. The SSA removed the view with their shelter that never seems to be sheltering anyone.
We do need more parking in this town. Ever since the new parking setup threw away over a dozen parking places, the lot is full of cars circling around. I can tell you the only auto accident I have experienced on this Island was when a truck driver crashed into the back of my car while he was looking for a parking space instead of where he was going.
I think a bigger and cleaner Stop & Shop with lots of parking sounds like just what this town needs.
Did you know that one child in four living in our country doesn't know where the next meal is coming from? Some 50 million Americans are struggling with hunger issues. The Vineyard Committee on Hunger and the M.V. Film Society sponsor the documentary film "A Place at the Table" this Wednesday at 7:30 pm. Hunger poses serious economic implications for our society. A discussion follows the film, led by Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern and longtime seasonal West Chop resident Dr. Mariana Chilton, both of whom are featured in the film.
Many visitors to the Island are fascinated with the historic site of the Rev. Thomas Mayhew's farewell to his Indian congregations in 1657. He was to sail back to England on business when the ship was lost at sea. His Indian friends continued to visit the Place by the Wayside, leaving simple white pebbles in memory of their young preacher. It was 250 years before a large boulder was placed at the site which still draws visitors today. The memorial is now owned by the local DAR chapter, which hired Tea Lane Nursery was to dramatically clean and landscape it several years ago. Tea Lane Nursery, owned by Matt Tobin, continues to maintain the grassy area as a gift to the Island. Islanders and visitors should be very grateful to Matt and his workers at Tea Lane for the care and improvement of the historic memorial.
Happy birthday today to Ray Frazio and Braden Kuehne. Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out on Sunday to Leslie Stark who will celebrate three-quarters of a century. Joining in the fun will be his wife Myra, kids Victoria and Brian, grandchild Eliana Grace, and of course his sister, Cheryl, and her partner, Margie. Also wish a happy birthday to Larry Levine and Kathy Welch on Sunday. Monday is a special day for Jeff Damon Pratt and Alistair Rizza.
Heard on Main Street: Hi ho, hi ho! See you at the Fair!