If you want to go, you must sign up now for the Tisbury Travel Club trip to the Kennedy Museums (J.F.K./E.M.K.) and Commonwealth Museum on Thursday, May 12. You explore on your own, with new exhibits at all museums. Call Sandy to register at 508-696-4205.
And you need to register for the free, new, painting class with artist Bruce Kissell. You can learn techniques to apply paint with a brush and create a colorful painting. That class is next Monday at 1 pm; call the Tisbury Senior Center at 508-696-4205 to register.
FlexiTickets are now on sale at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse for the extended summer season at the newly renovated Patricia Neal Stage. The photo exhibit by Max Skjold will open Saturday with a reception from 4 to 6 pm. More at mvplayhouse.org.
Reminder: Sign up for the May 7th training session for the 2016 horseshoe crab mating surveys. The training is from 1 to 3 pm that Saturday at the Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary. Dozens of volunteers are needed to look for spawning crabs or evidence that they were nesting there the previous night. If you want to walk the beach before summer, consider helping in the beach survey. Pass the word; invite friends.
Suitable for ages 16 and up, and it’s free. Call 508-627-4850. If you fail to register, it is still OK to show up.
The horseshoe crab mating surveys for Sengekontacket and Tashmoo are (new moon) May 4, 6, and 8, and (full moon) May 19, 21, and 23. More in June. Call 508-627-4850 to commit for a specific day and tide. Also there are 8 am nest counts for Sengekontacket on the mornings after official Survey Nights, using new nest count protocol.
Swimming saves lives. Free swimming lessons are offered from April 29 through May 11 at the YMCA for ages 18 and up. You do not have to be a member of the YMCA. Lessons on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 11:30 am to 12:15 pm; Saturday 10 to 10:45 am. Sign up at the Y, or just show up. You can take up to five lessons, free.
Renting this summer? You can learn about “Landlords and Tenants: Rights, Responsibilities and Challenges,” on Tuesday at 7 pm at the Vineyard Haven library. Whether you are a landlord or a tenant, there are things you need to know. Experts will share information and answer your questions. It’s free.
The Martha’s Vineyard Film Society just ended a wonderful series about “Living Vicariously through Film,” covering everything from camera angles to story lines, character, and mood. We learned clues on what you, the audience, can look for to appreciate the impact the film has on you. Besides being educational, it was great fun. Kudos to Bob Dutton who led the classes, free to members.
Bob suggested we may see more movies with time for discussion afterward, and predicted more daytime showings. I’d enjoy seeing more of the movies he showed bits from, as well as the cartoon features he selected.
The Martha’s Vineyard Museum in Edgartown features Vineyard whaling captains in a new exhibit of Vineyarders found in the Island’s whaling story. Some in the exhibit are Captain Thomas Worth, murdered in a mutiny; Dr. Daniel Fisher, who became one of the wealthiest Islanders; Captain William Martin, one of the few African American whaling captains; Amos Smalley, who killed a white sperm whale in the North Atlantic; Antone Fortes, a Cape Verdean who survived a mutiny; and more. The exhibit is open through next March.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Jessica Soleil, Ronnie Tolin, and Melanie Jane Dickson. John McCarthy parties tomorrow. Wish the best on Saturday to Doug Hewson and Andrew Williamson. Andrew’s twin Ellie Williamson marks Sunday, May first, as her birthday. Happy birthday to Herb Ward on Monday. Best wishes to Anna Duarte on Wednesday.
Heard on Main Street: All these April showers bring the promise of the dandelions of summer.