Whalemobile en route to Tisbury


Savor the moment: Tomorrow is the opening reception from 4 to 6 pm of the Della Hardman 10th Anniversary Art Show at Featherstone. The show continues, 12 noon to 4 pm, on Saturday and Sunday.

All are welcome to enjoy chicken dinner at the First Baptist Church parish house on Saturday at 5:30 pm. Takeout available, $12, includes beverage and dessert. Info at 508-693-1539.

Folks always say the July visitors are nicer than those who come in August. A few weeks ago Anne Sylvester was in line at the Stop & Shop with a cart full of food. The couple behind her had only one item so she invited them to go ahead of her. Then the cashier told her they had put her groceries on their credit card. These July folks were nicer than most.

The little church in the Campground is selling lobster rolls and potato chips every day, Monday through Saturday, for $14. Not only can you get a freshly made lobster roll, but also this goes to pay for the community suppers in the winter.

Island children are learning to cope with autism. You can help. The Island Autism Group holds their eighth fundraiser next Wednesday from 3 to 5 pm at the Daniel Fisher House in Edgartown. Admission is free. Donations are welcome. There will be a raffle and auction as well as light refreshments served. For more, call Marcy Bettencourt at 508-693-2106.

You may want to call or write your state legislators. An amendment to the state constitution will allow for a graduated income tax. The income disparity between the top one percent and the rest of us is growing. Those earning more can afford to pay more. Commonwealth representatives for the Island are Senator Dan Wolf and Representative Tim Madden.

Tim is at State House Room 167, Boston MA 02133 or Timothy.Madden@mahouse.gov. Dan is at State House Room 511B, Boston MA 02133 or Daniel.Wolf@masenate.gov. Remember, your opinion counts. Let them know what you think.

Next Tuesday at the the Vineyard Haven Library at 7 pm, Peter Simon shares his view of the last 40 years in “Through the Lens.” He photographed historic events from the protest-filled 1960s, hippie communes, nude beaches and many great names in rock and pop music, major league baseball, not to mention the majesty of Martha’s Vineyard. He will speak about his privileged background and an addictive personality that finally got the better of him and affected his relationships with family and friends.

Kerouac fans will be at the MV Film Center on Tuesday for a benefit showing of One Fast Move or I’m Gone: Kerouac’s Big Sur. Also live readings about Kerouac’s Big Sur. Proceeds go to landscaping at the new West Tisbury Library.

What’s it worth? Appraisers from Skinner Inc. will evaluate your prized objects on appraisal day at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum on August 1 from 9 am to 3 pm. Items may be consigned for sale by Skinner with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Museum. Reservations required. Call Jessica, 508-627-4441, ext. 117. Appraisal of one item costs $15, or three for $40.

Did your kids enjoy the visit of the whaling ship Charles W. Morgan? Now they can see a life-sized whale. Can you believe 43 feet long? Cynde McInnis, owner of The Whalemobile, will be bringing her life-sized (43 feet) inflatable whale, Nile, to the Tisbury School Gym on August 6 at 4 pm as part of the Vineyard Haven Library’s summer reading program. Because the whale is too big to fit in the library, the program will be held at the Tisbury School Gym.

First kids will see a slide show introducing us to the toothed whales and baleen whales found off the coast of Massachusetts and in the Gulf of Maine. The students will go inside the inflatable whale and see ways in which whales are similar to humans. Artifacts such as baleen, teeth and bones are available for children to see and feel. At the end, students will learn about what they can do to keep the oceans safe for all the animals. This program is free. For more Felicia Cheney at 508-696-4211, ext. 14 or fcheney@clamsnet.org.

Happy anniversary to Lil and Ed Colligan. They’ve been together 63 loving years.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out tomorrow to Tom Colligan. Wish the best on Saturday to Michael Bulkin, Pam Cassel, and Rory Mayhew. Sunday belongs to Michael Cobban and Nancy Zamarro.

Heard on Main Street: When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.