Tisbury: Every place on this Island is uphill


Welcome home to Nancy Gardella. She is recuperating and now feeling better. She did ask that I pass on her thanks to everyone for your cards and notes and good wishes.

I’m sure you will be interested in the latest news about our college kids: Toby Riseborough is studying at Rhode Island College and has an internship with Senator Jack Reed this semester. Maggie Riseborough is on break from UMass where she enjoys throwing shotput and weights in the track and field program.

Megan Buchanon and Micheli Lynn enjoyed their break at home last week. Samantha Valley is home this week from NYC, as are Isabella El-Diery from Howard and Mike Cutrer from Nichols College.

Thanks to excellent progress on construction at Grace Church parish hall, the Friday community suppers which were temporarily at the First Baptist parish hall are now back at Grace Church. Supper is Friday, 5 to 6:30 pm, tomorrow and next week. All are welcome. More at 508-693-0332. The community suppers end in March.

The Vineyard Haven Library offers two special story times on Tuesday for little kids with guest Kathy Forrester. Children five and older will enjoy Wicked Awesome Supah Fun craft activity with Kathy Forrester on Thursday at 4 pm. Create a special something to take home.

Learn more about Horseshoe Crabs: A Story of Beach Trysts and Bluebloods at the Vineyard Haven Library on Tuesday at 7 pm. Often misunderstood by casual beach goers and in high demand by the bait and biomedical industries, the horseshoe crab plays essential roles in modern medicine. Susie Bowman, Felix Neck teacher and naturalist, and Fred Hotchkiss, Director of the Marine Paleobiological Research Institute, will introduce you to these ancient marine residents of Martha’s Vineyard. Then you can sign up to be a citizen science volunteer to help count spawning horseshoe crabs on lunar high tides in May and June.

Our library is offering two more programs in the America’s Music series at the Katharine Cornell Theater. These are free and will be on Wednesday evenings, next week and April 9. Next Wednesday at 7 pm enjoy an evening with the Flying Elbows string band and Jemima James. Jemima James has been playing and singing American folk and traditional music all over the island and around the nation for decades, accompanying herself on her classic Gibson Hummingbird model guitar. The Vineyard’s own Flying Elbows old-timey fiddle band consists of Tom Hodgson, Nancy Jephcote, Bob Hammond, Brian Weiland, and Paul Thurlow. They have kept the Island tapping their toes with American traditional music for decades.

Have you met with our Senator Dan Wolf? He will be at the Chowder House in Oak Bluffs next Wednesday from 5 to 7 pm just to meet and greet constituents. This is your chance to tell him what you think about the issues and share your thoughts with friends.

You are invited this Saturday to the grand opening of the West Tisbury Public Library at 10 am. Celebrate the completion of the new library that nearly everyone in the town, in one way or another, has had a hand in shaping.

Do you have photos of Martha’s Vineyard in the 1960s? Will you share? Bring them to the Martha’s Vineyard Museum on Saturday, March 29. Curators will be in the Museum Library from 10 am to 1 pm. They want to scan your photographs and add them to the Museum’s growing digital collection. They may even be included in the upcoming exhibit, Sea Change: Martha’s Vineyard in the 1960s. All images will be scanned and returned immediately. For more call Anna Carringer at 508-627-4441 x114 or email acarringer@mvmuseum.org.

The Federated Church Cabaret has been rescheduled to Saturday at 7:30 pm. Peter Boak is at the piano to accompany songs, comedy, magic, and more. Admission fee $15 includes appetizers. Wine is available for $5 a glass. All to benefit Peace Quilts for Haiti and the Federated Church. More at 508-627-4421 or email antispung@aol.com.

Search for spring in the Tisbury woodland and seaside. Sign up now to celebrate the wonders of nature through the Tisbury Senior Center. Massachusetts Audubon’s Susie Bowman will lead walks on April 28 and May 19. You need to register with Sandy at 508 693-4205 for a lunch talk at 12:30 with two destination nature walks. Enjoy the fresh air and wonders of nature with Susie. The presentation will include information about spring on our island and what to look for. This program is free and includes sandwich, drink and cookies, or BYO.

Love those bagpipes? The Scottish Society of Martha’s Vineyard will be celebrating Tartan Day from 1 to 3 pm on Saturday, April 5, with bagpipes, children’s activities, food, dance, and kilts. This all takes place at the Oak Bluffs Library.

If you have clean warm clothing to donate, drop the items off at Clothes To Go on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday between 2 and 4 pm at the Stone Church. They are also open on Saturday from 9 to 11 am.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Sheri Thomas, Grace Jackson, and Phoenix Russell. Wish the best tomorrow to Barbara Dacey and Skip Bailey. Rosemary Milewski and Rev. Rob Hensley party on Saturday.

Heard on Main Street: Every place on this Island is uphill.