Crowds, long lines at stores, no available bookings on the boats, and humid weather can only mean one thing: summer is here. Thursday is actually the Fourth of July and people have already made plans for cook-outs, parties, and of course the Fourth of July parade in Edgartown. As soon as we recover from this long holiday weekend, the Tisbury Street Fair will take place next Tuesday, July 8. It seems as if summertime on the Island is just one long celebration of fairs, benefits, and beach parties. Every Sunday in Washington Park by the harbor in Oak Bluffs you can indulge in another farmers market, for example. So let’s not hear any complaints of “nothing to do.”
You can learn to draw superheroes at the Oak Bluffs Library on Tuesday, July 15, at 4 pm. Artist Paul Merklein will teach the class which is open to the first 12 students, aged 11 and up. There is no pre-registration.
Improv Workshop for Kids starts on Friday, July 18, will also be held on July 25, August 1, 15, 22, and 29, from 4 to 4:45 pm. Siobhan Beasley works with children aged 6 and up. There is no-pre registration.
The Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society Summer Concert Festival opens on Monday, July 14, at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown with a second performance at the Chilmark Community Center on Tuesday, July 15. All Summer concerts start at 8 pm.
Subsequent concerts will be held on the following Mondays and Tuesdays at the Old Whaling Church and Chilmark Community Center respectively and the concerts for the rest of July will be July 21 and 22.
The Lagoon Pond Association will hold its Annual Meeting at the Sailing Camp Park on Saturday, July 12, from 10 am to 12 noon. Refreshments will be available starting at 9:45. Several interesting speakers will be present. Michael Loberg will discuss the recently passed fertilizer regulations. Tisbury selectman Melinda Loberg will present information on the new Lagoon Bridge currently under construction. Todd Alexander, the Oak Bluffs harbormaster, will be present to answer questions about harbor use and management, and Dave Grunden, the O.B. Shellfish Constable, will answer questions about the recent scallop harvest. Rick Karney from the Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group will also be present to talk about several exciting projects to begin soon in the Lagoon. Everyone is invited to attend and you need not be an LPA member, but if you are interested, you can find a membership application online at our new website, lagoonpondassoc.org, or fill out an application at the meeting. Annual dues are just $30.
On Saturday, July 5, from 10 am to 3 pm, there will be a giant benefit yard sale at Grace Church Rectory on Woodlawn Avenue in Vineyard Haven. Word has it that there will be “lots of good stuff,” some of it priceless. All of the proceeds will benefit the Island Clergy Homeless Initiative.
There will be a window dedication of the new stained glass window at Grace Church on Sunday, July 6 at 11 am, immediately after the 10 am service. The window was created by artist Barney Zeitz. A reception will follow with refreshments; everyone is welcome and there will be some special surprises at the dedication.
We send birthday smiles to Joe Alosso on July 4, James Cage on the 5th, followed by Barbara Fehl and Pam Gibson Silva on the 6th. Erin Pacheco, Donald Billings, and Karen Hunt Torrence share July 7 and smiles to Claire Gibson and Nicholas Mathias on the 9th. Enjoy the week. Peace.
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