Beginning tomorrow you are invited to enjoy dinner and farm adventures with Field, Farm & Sea at Chilmark and Menemsha. Guests will take excursions to mussel, oyster, meat, vegetable, and flower farms to learn culinary skills from fish filleting to pig roasting. For more visit ffsmv.com.
On Saturday at 1 pm the Martha's Vineyard Museum will hold the annual Ceremony of Remembrance at the Edgartown Lighthouse Children's Memorial. (rain date September 28). The Museum is steward of the Edgartown, East Chop, and Gay Head lighthouses and caretaker of the Children's Memorial. When the Memorial was proposed, the MV Museum became involved. The lighthouse was then in poor shape. The reconstruction of its base from crumbling cement to cobblestones engraved with the names of children who have died was supported by contributions from on Island and off.
The Children's Memorial was dedicated in 2001 and the following fall was the first Ceremony of Remembrance, a tradition for families and friends of the children. There are now 615 stones in the memorial. The ceremony begins at 1 pm. Refreshments will be provided by the Harbor View Hotel. If the ceremony is postponed, there will be a message on the Museum phone by 5 pm tomorrow. Stones may be ordered for $250 from Betsey Mayhew at the MV Museum, firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-627-4441.
Many on the Island will miss Sheldon Hackney, a man of grace, intelligence, and kindness. He inspired all of us.
This Monday evening is the free health fair at the Tisbury Senior Center from 4 to 6. Learn to navigate elder care, how to protect against Medicare fraud, and how to get information on resources for homecare. Dr. David Finkelstein will perform glaucoma testing; Dr. Michelle McCrumb, foot care; and Dr. Lesley Segal will do hearing testing. You need an appointment for the hearing test: 508-696-4205.
On Tuesday morning seniors are invited to the Senior Center to collect fish donated by the Derby fishermen at 10 am. This bonanza for us old folks continues for six Tuesdays.
Also a week from today meet with Sheila Curtis at the Tisbury Senior Center between 12:30 and 3:30 pm to get answers on Social Security, supplemental insurance, and prescription drug plans. She can provide counseling on Medicare issues. Open enrollment begins October 15. Call for your appointment, 508-696-4205.
Good weather last weekend brought a new batch of visitors to the Island, pleased by unexpected sunshine and summer breezes.
Our daughter in Colorado brought us up to date on the awful rains causing flooding, mudslides, and massive destruction across that state. We were relieved to hear that she and her husband are okay. She said they had more rain in 24 hours than they normally get in a year, with rain coming again the next day. Now it is sunny so they can see all the damage that will take years to fix. Some roads to mountain towns and many bridges were completely washed out.
Congratulations to Rene DaSilva who came in first at the V.H. Library 5K race last weekend. Congratulations to all of you who took part. And thank you.
This Saturday get your books for trips, to keep in the car, or to take on the ferry at the monthly Mini Book Sale at the Vineyard Haven Library. Paperbacks and hardbacks are for sale from 1 to 3 pm. Proceeds benefit the children's programs.
Nelia and Amy bring "Mother Goose on the Loose" to children up to 3 years at our library next Thursday, a week from today, at 10:30 am.
Watch for members of the League of Women Voters trying to get signatures in support of a revised bottle bill. Imagine how much cleaner our public spaces will be when the water bottles also have deposits to encourage proper disposal.
Happy anniversary to Louisa Gould and J.B. Lamont who celebrate today.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Barbara Maciel. Tomorrow wish the best to Jan Dorchester. Saturday belongs to Trip Barnes and Ken Ward. Happy birthday to Lori Dorsey who parties on Sunday. Parties on Tuesday are for Muriel Laverty, Judy Federowicz, Kathy Rogers, and Kenny Davey. It's party day on Wednesday for Jeanne Hilton.
Heard on Main Street: May there always be work for your hands to do.