Curator Bonnie Stacy of the Martha’s Vineyard Museum has a new book called “Martha’s Vineyard.” This new pictorial history celebrates the rich history of the Island. She will introduce the book at 5:30 pm, Tuesday at the museum library in Edgartown. You will be impressed by this treasure of 220 photos from the museum’s extensive photograph collection showing various aspects of the history of the Island. It provides a record of the Vineyard from the 1840s to the 1970s. Many of the pictures have never been published before.
There are pictures of early occupations such as hunting, farming, sea trades, ice harvesting, brick making, boat building, and shopkeeping. See the history of the Vineyard as a resort and focus on the religious camp meetings as well as the vulnerability of the Island in dramatic weather. Images from all six Island towns are included.
Bonnie Stacy joined the museum as Chief Curator in 2010 from historic Bethlehem in Pennsylvania. A graduate of Smith College with a major in art history and American studies, she also has a masters in the history of decorative arts. Admission is free, though donations are encouraged. The bookis available in the museum’s gift shop for $26.99.
Learn more about genetically modified foods at 7 pm next Tuesday at the Vineyard Haven Library. Jan Buhrman asks: What are you serving for dinner? What’s in your food? There will be plenty of time for questions and answers and handouts on Buyers Beware and Buyers Guide to GMOs.
Tom Dresser, Herb Foster, and Jay Schofield have just published their book “Martha’s Vineyard in World War II.” Just prior to Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt boarded his yacht in the Potomac and allegedly went off to fish. Though the press did not know where the President was, some Vineyarders knew he was off Menemsha before boarding the cruiser Augusta on his way to meet Churchill to approve the Atlantic Charter. There were maneuvers on the Island, including GIs from the 36th and 45th Infantry Divisions assaulting the Island while parachutists jumped into Katama. Meanwhile, the signal corps had set up on Peaked Hill in Chilmark. These incidents and much more are described in this book.
The spring concert of the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society features the music of George Frederic Handel, Paul Basler, Margaret Bonds, Camille Saint-Saens, and Carl Reinecke performed by a trio comprising oboist Gerard Reuter, hornist Paul Stevens, and pianist Delores Stevens at the Hebrew Center on Sunday, May 25, at 4 pm. Tickets at the door are $20 (students free). Early-bird subscriptions for the Summer Concert Festival will be sold during intermission and after the concert.
Evening Under the Stars benefits the Martha’s Vineyard Cancer Support Group next Thursday at Farm Neck from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Enjoy the buffet dinner, drinks, and dessert with music by Mike Benjamin. The money helps Island cancer patients with the various costs of their treatment. Every penny raised stays here to help those who need it most. Tickets are $100. For more, call AnneMarie Donahue, 508-627-7958
Town meeting had a glorious beginning. First the Boy Scouts led us in the pledge of allegiance. When is the last time you recited that? Selectman Tristan Israel announced that our town clerk Marion Mudge is retiring after 30 years. Then Marion’s young grandson Jack Scarbrough tentatively crossed the stage to present her with a dozen red roses. He scampered off as the townspeople applauded. Don’t forget to vote.
The benefit ride for Multiple Sclerosis brought a number of visitors to the Island. All reported they enjoyed a grand bicycle tour with beautiful weather in their efforts to raise money for a good cause.
The West Tisbury Library will benefit if you go to the Speakeasy evening next Wednesday at State Road Restaurant. And you will get to meet Ward Just and Paul Schneider.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Amy Levine on Tuesday. Happy Birthday on Wednesday to Brendan O’Neill.
Heard on Main Street: Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
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