The First Baptist Church Parish House on William Street is the site of the Second Saturday Breakfast this week from 9 to 11 am. Enjoy sausage, bacon, oatmeal, sweet rolls, and beverage. Drop in. Cost is $8, family of four is $25.
This weekend is the opening of the exhibit on Toys at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. The story of changing ideas about childhood, gender, and recreation is reflected in the objects of play. Learn how the late 19th century board game Mansion of Happiness taught young children about good and evil, or discover a small collection of toys hidden beneath the floor of an Island home.
It is just like Antiques Road Show but here on the Island: The next Seasonal Appraisal Day is December 7 at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. Karen Keene, Kathy Wong, and Liz Haff are appraisers from Skinner and will evaluate your prized objects. Items may be consigned for sale by Skinner with a small portion of the proceeds to benefit the Museum. You must have a reservation and the spaces go very fast. Members can sign up now, non-members begin Tuesday. Call 508-627-4441, ext. 110 or e-mail email@example.com. Appraisal of one item is $15, three for $40.
The film “This is Our Island” is indeed a treasure. I had seen bits and pieces but never the whole film at once. If Richard Paradise shows it again, I do recommend you go out of your way to enjoy it. Tom Dunlop gave a little of its history and Ralph Packer spoke briefly, sharing his memory of a lovely lady who did a lot for our town. Katharine Cornell is the narrator, admitting her history might be a bit off, but voicing all the reasons why we love our island. You will love this film.
Martha Coakley, candidate for the Democratic nomination for Governor, will be a guest this Saturday at the meeting of the Democratic Council of Martha’s Vineyard. The meeting is at Howes House, West Tisbury, from 9 to 10:30 am. This is a forum for voters to hear Ms. Coakley’s responses to questions from the audience. All are welcome to attend. For more. email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to our Vineyard Haven Library: once again named one of 263 star libraries (out of 7,573 rated) in Library Journal’s 2011 rating of U.S. public libraries. The rating is based on circulation, visits, program attendance, and public Internet use. There are 11 other star libraries in Massachusetts, including the West Tisbury Library. Aren’t we fortunate that 9 of the 11 Massachusetts star libraries are members of the CLAMS network?
Robert Schaefer is fine art painter working in oil and watercolor, recently retired. He is self taught, saying every new painting is an experiment in both style and technique. See his paintings of scenes from Martha’s Vineyard and flowers from his own Island garden at the MV Library through November.
Call the Tisbury Senior Center now for your appointment to meet with Sheila Curtis on November 14 between 12:30 and 3:30 pm. Sheila is a SHINE counselor who can answer your questions on Social Security, Supplemental Insurance, and Prescription Drug Plans. Call 598-696-4205.
Susan Klein is offering a course on Spice of Life memoir writing on Thursday afternoons at the Tisbury Senior Center. Save 10 percent if you register before November 15. You can purchase the course as a gift for someone else. Call Susan at 508-693-4140 for more.
Mark your calendar for Saturday evening, November 30, to hear the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society at the Old Whaling Church in an extraordinary program of music, including works by Brahms and Mozart plus two new compositions by Howard Frazin and David Del Tredici written especially for violist Scott Woolweaver and cellist Scott Kluksdahl. Virtuoso violinist Stephanie Chase and pianist Delores Stevens complete the ensemble. Tickets for the 7:30 concert will be sold at the door $20, students admitted free.
On Sunday, November 17, the Bunch of Grapes will host the West Tisbury Library’s Community Poetry Reading from 4 to 5 pm. You read your own poems or the poems of others. Come as a reader, a listener, or both. Numbers will be drawn to determine the reading order immediately before. West Tisbury’s Poet Laureate Justen Ahren will MC. Refreshments, free, open to the public.
Monday is Veterans Day. Fly your own flag and help the veterans raise the 450 memorial flags in Oak Grove Cemetery. They need all the help they can get. The flags go up at 7:30 am and come down at 3 pm. Just show up!
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Buffy Hanschka and Hugh Knipmeyer.
Wednesday belongs to Katie Davey.
Heard on Main Street: Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken. [Oscar Wilde]