Tisbury: “Lost and Found Walking Tour”

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Congratulations for taking time to vote last week. We should be proud of all those good people serving our town, including our selectman Melinda Loberg and our town clerk Hillary Conklin.
I can guarantee that you will enjoy the “Lost and Found Walking Tour” of Vineyard Haven on Saturday morning, May 20. Bow Van Riper of the Martha’s Vineyard Museum will talk about town landmarks and buildings, including some that no longer exist. Learn how these helped shape our Island. The walking tour is free and open to all. More at 508-627-4441, ext. 119. Wear walking shoes and meet in front of the restrooms near the Tisbury Police Station at 11 am this Saturday.
Spring Electronics Disposal Day is Saturday, May 20, from 9 to 2 at Martha’s Vineyard Community Services. Recycle old and tired air conditioners, cell phones, computers, dehumidifiers, microwaves, monitors, laptops, refrigerators, stereos, TVs, washers, and dryers. Fees are between $2 and $30 per item, with a 10 percent discount for car loads. All proceeds benefit Community Services.
Sometimes you ask what Community Services does. Did you know about the support groups they sponsor? The Transgender Support Group is for all ages; call Christine Isherwood at 508-693-7900, ext. 205. Caregivers of any age who are caring for a loved one with a physical illness or dementia can meet and connect with others for group support. More at 508-693-7900. Any parent looking for a quiet moment to talk with other parents about parenting issues and child development, as well as all families touched by adoption, should and can call 508-687-9182 for more information.
Mark your calendar now for next Friday, May 26. At 12:30 the Tisbury School children parade along Main Street in the March to the Sea, carrying flowers to Owen Park. They pause at the harbor for “Taps.” The children then throw the flowers in the harbor, commemorating those who have given their lives for their country. The Tisbury School Band will be playing, and flags will be waving. Treat yourselves and come see this tribute for Memorial Day.
The Nature as Inspiration Environmental Film Festival will begin Thursday, May 25, at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center. For four days, this combines environmental and nature films, discussions, and an art exhibit by MVRHS students in the Film Center. There are nine programs over the course of the festival, through Sunday, May 28. A Q and A follows each film with scientists, community members, and special guests.
I loved the story of the brave little girl in Florida who was bitten by an alligator. She remembered being taught on a trip to a ’gator farm that she should stick her fingers up its nostrils. It worked, and he let go. And her little leg will soon heal.
The Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society is offering early-bird subscriptions to the 2017 Summer Concert Festival until the end of May. Tickets are now available for the Memorial Day Concert at the Old Whaling Church on Sunday, May 28, at 4 pm. Guest artists UCLA Professor of Music Jonathan Davis and Patricia Cloud will join Delores Stevens to present selections by Bach, Edwards, Saint-Saëns, and more. Learn more about the artists and get your tickets online.
Congratulations to Ann and Allan Davey on Tuesday. I think this is a silver anniversary.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to our son Craig Mayhew on Friday. Wish the best on Saturday to Lillian Hammond and Maura Ziemian. Monday belongs to Elaine Ciancio. Happy birthday on Tuesday to Olyvia Houston. Wednesday celebrations include Victoria “Honey” Campos, Ann Nelson, and Shawn Willoughby, as well as Shawn Townes and Leah Ellis.
Heard on Main Street: Our snowbirds are returning in droves. We welcome them, but wish they had left the rainstorms in Florida.