Tisbury: National poetry month at the library

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Many grieving neighbors joined in saying farewell to Rosemary Rubarik last week. You may have known her from her volunteer work at the Vineyard Haven library. The program called Art in the Stacks, featuring Island artists, was her idea. She also ran the annual art show on behalf of the Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library. We will all miss her pleasant ways and positive attitude. After cremation she will be buried at Oak Grove this coming Saturday.

We are also very sorry to note the passing of Kathryn Stewart. Known mostly for her music, she was the music teacher at the high school for years, and organist at the Baptist Church. Kay was active in the Scottish Society of Martha’s Vineyard and the former Historical Society, now the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. I remember her delight when the Tisbury School children offered instruction for adults on computers at the school. She later composed the history of the First Baptist Church, and genealogical material on her Island families, as well as a very useful index to the Vineyard Gazette, all found at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum library.

Do you love those pandas? You can join the Race Against Extinction. This nonprofit organization will host a 5K run/walk in Boston on April 19, with all net race proceeds given to the World Wildlife Fund. Complimentary entry is offered to World Wildlife Fund supporters who commit to raising $75 or more through the WWF fundraising web site, Panda Nation. You can also sign up as a virtual participant, or visit pandanation.org to fundraise: for your birthday, or whatever inspires you to help the pandas.
Mother Nature forgot us. This is certainly not spring. Even the forsythia doesn’t want to come out in the cold.

As part of the aging-well program at the Tisbury Senior Center, good nutrition will be the focus next Thursday, April 2, at 9:30 am. The event is free, and registration is necessary. Call 508-696-4205 by next Tuesday. “Breakfast with Betsy” will show you how to make easy, nutritious breakfast smoothies and muffins to make a delicious, quick start to your day. You may already be making smoothies, and who doesn’t make muffins once in a while? The folks at the center promise these will be different, with ingredients that will boost your energy. Betsy is a registered dietician and nutritionist, and is the owner of Betsy Corsiglia Nutrition.

You must register online or at the library for the next event in the Chef’s Cooking Series on April 8 at 6 pm, with Jaime Hamlin of Jaime Hamlin and Sons Catering. Participants will have the opportunity to sample the dishes prepared by Jaime Hamlin, and learn recipes to try at home. This program is funded by donations in memory of Laurel Chapman.

The Great Decisions discussion group begins Tuesday at the Vineyard Haven Library. You also must be registered for this.

No April Fool trick: Poets Lee McCormack, Arnie Reisman, and Rose Styron will read their work at the Vineyard Haven library on Wednesday at 7 pm to kick off National Poetry Month. Reception follows.
MVCS’ Daybreak Clubhouse presents a classical piano performance by Charles Whitehead at the Whaling Church on Saturday at 4 pm. All proceeds benefit Daybreak. Tickets $15, $10 students and seniors; for more information, call 508-696-7563.

Monday Night at the Movies with Jamie Alley features Hairspray at 7:30 pm at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, $5, cash only, at the door. A plump teenage girl in this dance-filled comedy battles adults as she tries to get the local televised afterschool dance integrated.

One dreary morning last week at the Vineyard Haven Post Office, someone asked if her keys had been turned in. She soon got the shallow lost and found box. Piled high on top were two huge boxing gloves. The sun wasn’t shining but spirits were raised, as everyone expressed opinions as to how such things even came to be in the post office.

This Saturday at 8:30 pm, hundreds of millions of people in cities around the world will turn off their lights for Earth Hour. You are invited to join in to send a signal to world leaders to fight climate change now.

My apologies to Barbara Howell. One of her friends had said this was her 100th birthday, but others have told me it was number 95. Another friend says she still meets regularly with a group begun when they were “new year-rounders in 1992.” All agreed that Barbara is a very special person, a wonderful lady with many interests. She also enjoyed a belated party because of the snow storms.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Hank Unczur and Linda Unczur, as well as Dale McClure, all of whom will party on Saturday. Sunday belongs to Kaleena Searle and Kathleen Madeiros. Larry Sylvia and Marco Daniels celebrate on Monday.

Heard on Main Street: Everyplace on this Island is uphill.