Charlayne Hunter-Gault to speak in Tisbury


Come to the clambake at the Tisbury Senior Center on Saturday, July 26, at 1 pm. Menu is lobster tail, stuffed quahog, clam chowder, Island summer salad, watermelon, iced tea and lemonade. Tickets are $18 for lunch and a concert by the Princess Poo-poo-ly ukelele band. All ages are welcome. Tickets must be purchased by Thursday, July 24.

The Friends of the Tisbury Council on Aging put on this clambake to support the Tisbury Senior Center. They recently purchased a ventilating system for the kitchen. New members are always welcome.

Yet another special event is a week from this Saturday at the Vineyard Haven Library. A free program, College Admissions 101, will run from 10 to 11 am on July 26. Deena Maerowitz will lead parents and students through the college admissions process, drawing upon her experience as admissions officer at Columbia Business School and her years as a lawyer and social worker focusing on educational issues impacting teenagers. She will talk about what to do when, college admissions priorities, extracurriculars, financial aid, testing information, essays, and finding the best college fit. Put that on your calendar.

This Saturday you can buy a book for the beach, something special to read, even a whole bag of books, at the monthly Mini Book Sale at the Vineyard Haven Library. Consider a bag full of books — you get more for your money. Sale runs from 2 to 4 pm.

Enjoy an afternoon with Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library this Sunday at 2 pm, when John Hough, Jr. of West Tisbury will read from his new novel, “Little Bighorn.” Hough grew up in Falmouth where his father and grandfather edited the Falmouth Enterprise. His great-uncle was the editor of the Vineyard Gazette. Hough is the author of five previous novels, including “Seen the Glory: A Novel of the Battle of Gettysburg,” and three works of nonfiction.

Tuesday evening at 7 pm at the library, Susie Bowman, naturalist at the Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, will present a slide show about seashells of Martha’s Vineyard. She is bringing samples. Program is free. Do you know what that pretty shell is?

Tuesday morning little ones will enjoy musical story time with Jeremy Berlin at the library. Then Susie Bowman offers a hands-on activity with Martha’s Vineyard seashells on Thursday afternoon at 4 pm for kids age 5 and up.

Art Quilts from Haiti are on display on the lower level of our library through the month of July.

PeaceQuilts supports women’s sewing cooperatives in Haiti with supplies and marketing. Learn more in a book in our library called “Patience to Raise the Sun: Art Quilts from Haiti and their Power to Change Women’s Lives.”

Activist, journalist, and seasonal resident Charlayne Hunter-Gault will speak on the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. Her talk at the Federated Church on Tuesday at 5:30 pm is in conjunction with the exhibit Sea Change: Martha’s Vineyard in the 1960s at the MV Museum. Following the talk is a reception at the Museum and an opportunity to view the exhibit.

$8 for Museum members and $12 for non-members.

Charlayne Hunter-Gault was one of the first two African-American students to enroll in the University of Georgia in 1961. Following college, she worked for a news team in Washington and then The New York Times. In 1983, Hunter-Gault became national correspondent for PBS’s NewsHour, where she remained for 14 years. She became chief correspondent for National Public Radio working in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1997 and later was bureau chief for CNN.

Hunter-Gault will share reflections from her book “To The Mountaintop: My Journey Through the Civil Rights Movement.” She will also talk about the Vineyard’s involvement in the national movement and how the local NAACP chapter was formed. Books will be available. Call 508-627-4441 for more.

This Sunday evening in Owen Park you can enjoy the Vineyard Haven Band concert at 8 pm. Bring your picnic and take in the harbor view to the tunes of happy music.

Need a getaway? Try Foxwoods with Friends of the Oak Bluffs Council on Aging on Tuesday, July 22. Bus cost is $30 roundtrip from Woods Hole. You buy your SSA ticket and take spending money. Depart from Vineyard Haven on the 7 am boat, and come home on the 6:15 from Woods Hole. Sign up now for this trip — or one in August — with Rose at 508-693-4509, ext 3.

Tomorrow Susan Klein will perform at Featherstone at 8 pm speaking on Mythology and Folklore from a Woman’s Perspective.

The Seize Your Beauty Fashion Show to benefit Friends of Family Planning will be from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at Stina Sayre Designs on Main Street on July 31. For more, call 508-693-5180. No cost; donations requested. Reserve now. Seating is limited.

Congratulations to Eric and Susan Lopes who celebrate their anniversary on Tuesday.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Chris Clark. Wish the best on Saturday to Linda Kurth. Warm wishes for a happy birthday to Ed Colligan on Tuesday.

Heard on Main Street: On Sunday the weather was warm and sunny with a slight breeze — the country was Brazil. All here and there were watching the exciting final World Cup game.