Heard on Main Street: Did you know that if you don’t forward those bad jokes to your unsuspecting friends, your hard drive will kill your mouse?
You can see the new exhibits for free at the opening reception of the Martha’s Vineyard Museum in Edgartown tomorrow, June 16, Friday evening from 5 to 7. The “Local Immigrants Project” features photographs of year-round Island residents from all over the world, as well as their stories.
There are some documents that really should be shredded. You can bring six bags full of paper to shred, and it will only cost $15 for every six bags. The local D.A.R. chapter will have the truck at the M.V. Regional High School from 10 am to 1 pm this Saturday, June 17. You can watch the truck shred your stuff, and know it has been done properly. The proceeds will support Wounded Vet Vacations and flags on veterans’ graves.
Vineyard Gardens invites you to a free garden talk, “Deer Resistant Plants,” on Saturday, June 17, at 11 am. On June 24, the topic is the iconic Island plant, hydrangeas. You also get 20 percent off after the talk.
Begin summer with a Solstice Celebration on Wednesday, June 21, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Gay Head Light to kick off the summer season, thank the town for the lighthouse move, and honor Len Butler for his tireless efforts to save and restore the Gay Head Lighthouse. The lighthouse will be open, followed by a brief ceremony.
There will be a gathering at the Parish Hall in the Campground to celebrate the life of Fred Sonnenberg at 3 pm on Thursday, June 22. Fred was a man known in many circles, from Oak Bluffs town committees to Farm Neck Golf Club. He was also a director of the Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association, and active in animal rescue, even taking in a few dogs here and there.
Mark your calendar now for the Strawberry Festival at the West Tisbury Congregational Church on Saturday, June 24, from noon to four. Strawberries and cream, strawberries and ice cream, strawberry shortcake, and strawberry smoothies. And berries to go. Stay inside if it rains.
Featherstone invites you to the Art Barn fundraiser. Island artists are donating art, and you can buy framed or unframed art, with the money going to Featherstone. See pictures from noon to 7 pm on Friday, June 23, and 10 to 5 on Saturday, June 24.
An old friend and I ended up sharing memories of grade school [do they still call it that?]. It started with trying to gather some names, and ended with some delightful reminiscences. The third grade art teacher told the class to “draw a lady.” My friend was sent to the principal because her “lady” had no clothes on. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised my friend ended up as a professor of nursing.
If your youngster likes music, you should know there is a free Children’s Music Event with Rick Bausman on Sunday, June 25, at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center at 1 pm.
The Vineyard Haven library summer reading program for children begins on Monday, June 26, and runs through the end of August. There are events, including puppeteers and musicians, planned for children in July and August every Tuesday and Thursday. All island libraries will take part in the free children’s program at the Ag Hall at 11 am on Monday, July 1.
Mark your calendar now for the discussion of impacts of climate change on agriculture and on our own lives. That’s Thursday, June 29, from 7 to 9 pm at the Ag Hall.
Congratulations go out tomorrow to Doug and Barbara Peckham, marking 66 years together.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Helen Alwardt on Sunday. Monday belongs to Shauna Nute. Wish the best on Tuesday to Laura Kimball. Ed Herczeg parties on Wednesday.
Heard on Main Street: No one big thing makes a friend; it takes thousands of little things.