Tisbury: Summer movies


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I love that the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society has decided to offer the movie “Jaws” every Friday, starting tomorrow. There are some people and background scenes in that movie that no longer exist. Now you can see it at the Capawock Theater every Friday this summer, at 3 pm.

Don’t miss the celebration and video “Deconstructing the Beatles: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts” by Scott Freeman at 4 pm tomorrow, Friday, June 23, at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center. We first heard this music 50 years ago, and are still enthralled.

This whole weekend at the Film Society is FILMUSIC, featuring music and movies with three more films on Friday, four on Saturday, June 24, and three more films on Sunday, June 25, following a free one-hour drumming session for children at 1 pm with Rick Bausman. The films include jazz, Broadway, and swing dancing. See mvfilmsociety.com.

This Sunday, June 25, a fundraising dinner at the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center features authentic Ethiopian food, with live music and a short film. This will help fund a solar-powered water delivery system for an inclusive community in rural Ethiopia. Tickets are $100 in advance; more at salemmekuria.com/the-water-project.

It also sounds like a good weekend for art and strawberries in West Tisbury. New watercolors and drawings will be displayed at the Howes House Art Show and Sale on Friday afternoon, June 23, and Saturday, June 24, from 9 am to 2 pm. This event is free, but the art is for sale. The Martha’s Vineyard Garden Club will host its Blooming Art Show from Friday, June 23, through Saturday, June 24, from 10 to 3 pm, and Sunday afternoon to 3 pm, at the Old Mill across from the Mill Pond. The exhibit of fine art and floral arranging has a $5 entry fee. The Strawberry Festival at the West Tisbury Church is from noon to 4 on Saturday, June 24, with fresh berries, jam, and smoothies, as well is strawberries with ice cream, with whipped cream, or just as is.

Last week the town offered free shellfishing in the Lagoon, so people, not just kids, could learn about that and how to be good stewards of the ponds. There was a kiddy pool, so little ones could see some of the animals we have in our ponds. I didn’t know until it was too late to tell you. But this was the second one, so let’s hope there will be another.

Is there a good reason that there is no crosswalk across State Road at the corner of Look Street? I have stopped to let a cyclist or a kid get across safely. Watch out for people of all ages darting across at that corner.

Did you know that extreme rain and snow events have increased by 67 percent in New England over the past 50 years? That is expected to continue, and the extreme summer heat will increase as well. Higher sea level threatens our roads and harbors. How can we prepare for the likely challenges?

Next Thursday, June 29, there will be a lecture and discussion on climate change at the Ag Hall from 7 to 9 pm. The developing climate is bringing changes to our weather, with serious implications for food production and for our homes and infrastructure in the near future. The speaker, Eric Walberg, the senior climate services program leader at Manomet science center in Plymouth, will discuss likely changes to weather patterns, and extremes that have serious implications for farming, as well as the projected rising sea level, increased coastal storms, and the risks that they pose. The program is free and open to all.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out on Sunday to Carly Simon and Jack O’Callaghan. Monday belongs to Nancy Cryer. Leslie Craven parties with loud music on Tuesday. Happy birthday to Emma Kristal on Wednesday.

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