Tisbury: forsythia finding spring difficult


It is sunny, the birds are singing, and the flowers are trying to come up. Somehow my forsythia has found this a difficult spring.

Bring your computers, monitors, televisions, printers, notebooks, and just about anything you can plug in to Community Services this Saturday. Electronics Disposal Day runs from 9 to noon. Final disposal is off Island and environmentally friendly.

The Martha’s Vineyard Film Society is offering a series of opera in cinema at the new Film Center. The series is a balance of classics and new productions with performances by the world’s leading singers. Dates are on May 25 at noon for Nabucco, June 22 at noon is Traviata, and July 21 at 7:30 pm for Manon Lescaut. Tickets are $20, $18 for MVFS members.

See a free film called “Love Free or Die” at 4 pm on Saturday at the MV Film Center. This is the story about gay Bishop Gene Robinson whose two passions are his love for God and for his partner Mark. This is about church and state, love and marriage, and one man’s struggle to dispel the notion that God’s love has limits. Discussion following the film with director Macky Alston and the Open and Affirming Committee of the West Tisbury Congregational Church.

At 7:30 pm on Saturday the film “Jimmy Was a Carpenter” will be preceded by a musical performance by Jellybone Rivers. This is a romantic thriller about a man who discovers he can bring his girlfriend back from the dead. The film was shot completely on Martha’s Vineyard and stars many local actors. The MV Film Center hosts this premiere of Taylor Toole’s third feature film.

I’ve heard no plans for another snowstorm, but we do live on an island. As the Boy Scouts say, be prepared. On Monday at 1:30 pm the Tisbury Senior Center will host a Forum on Emergency Preparedness. Chuck Cotnoir will tell you how to prepare a Go-Bag filled with emergency supplies. Beth Toomey will share her experiences working in Falmouth shelters during Hurricane Sandy. Jim Klingensmith will talk about what to do for pets, and Chris Cini will answer Tisbury emergency questions. Call 508-696-4205 to sign up.

For those of us who did not get around to seeing the movies nominated for the Oscars, the Vineyard Haven Library offers another on Tuesday at 7 pm. In “Dallas Buyers Club,” an electrician and hustler works around the system in Dallas in 1985 to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is diagnosed with the disease. Rated R, which fact is offset with free popcorn and lemonade.

The Flying Elbows string band and Jemima James and guests really will play a free concert at the Katharine Cornell Theater on Wednesday, this week, at 7 pm as part of the Vineyard Haven Library’s America’s Music Series. I think it is a safe assumption that no more blizzards will interrupt the plans this time.

You know that Jemima James has long been playing and singing American folk and traditional music, with her classic Gibson Hummingbird model guitar. The Vineyard’s own Flying Elbows old-time fiddle band consists of Tom Hodgson, Nancy Jephcote, Bob Hammond, Brian Weiland, and Paul Thurlow. They have kept the Islanders tapping their toes with American traditional music for decades. It is free and fun. Don’t miss it.

Mark your calendar: This next is a great idea, especially for those of you who enjoy the Easter sunrise service. There will be an Easter Egg Hunt at the Edgartown Lighthouse on Easter Sunday morning from 10 am to 12 noon, starting from the Harbor View Hotel. The hunt is on the grounds of the hotel stretching down and around the Edgartown Lighthouse. The lighthouse will be open during the hunt. Free and open to all.

Best wishes for a very happy anniversary go out today to Donna and Ed Herczeg.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out tomorrow to Jerry Tilton. Debbie Eggers and Allan Davey party on Saturday. Wish the best to Ann Lee and Mike McLaughlin on Tuesday. Wednesday belongs to Jack Rizza and Fran Gould: happy birthday.

Heard on Main Street: Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful, or joyful. If it’s electronic or electric, take it to Community Services on Saturday.