Tisbury: Don’t miss out

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Heard on Main Street: Friends are like balloons: once you let them go, you might not get them back.

Sometimes we get so busy with our own lives and problems that we may not even notice that we’ve let them fly away. Sometimes we are so caught up in who’s right and wrong that we forget what’s right and wrong. Sometimes we just don’t realize what we’ve lost until it is too late.

Starting Friday, the Martha’s Vineyard Museum spotlights several original paintings by seven Island artists created last summer at the Marine Hospital. They will be displayed for two weeks. The exhibit opens at 5 pm at the Museum with a free reception until 7pm. These pieces will be for sale with a portion of proceeds donated to the Museum’s ongoing capital campaign project.

Remember: Island residents enter the Martha’s Vineyard Museum for free on Island Saturdays all winter, starting the first weekend in October.

I am sorry that I missed the blessing of the animals last Sunday, both at Grace Church and at St. Augustine’s. I am sure it was good and glad the weather cooperated.

This Saturday, Oct 7, is Oktoberfest from noon to 3 pm at the First Baptist Church, featuring an Oompah Band as well as sausages, hot dogs, root beer floats, and games.

Bernadette Crossland reminds us that the MVRHS class of 1967 will hold their 50th reunion on Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Wharf Pub. There will be a DJ and cash bar and buffet menu with a price of $55 per person. Send your check to Dennis daRosa, PO Box 581, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557 or call Debbie Magnuson at 508-693-0081 before next Tuesday, Oct 10.

The annual All Island Flu Clinic will be Saturday, Oct 14, in the MV High School cafeteria from 10 am to 1 pm. They say it is a good idea to get your shot early because it lasts throughout the season. If this date is not good for you, ask your doctor or Vineyard Scripts about shots.

The Martha’s Vineyard Film Society offers the next live Metropolitan Opera performance: Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 12:55 pm. Mini-season passes are now available for the high-definition live cinema simulcasts.

I was surprised by how unprepared I was when I wasn’t sure what to do if I needed another reservation after the storm. The SSA did keep me informed by email but I still have no idea whether the SSA preferred status would do me any good on the wrong side of the pond.

Next Tuesday, Oct. 10, Alessandro Bocconcelli, Research Specialist at WHOI, will speak about the Blue Whales of Patagonia at 7 pm at the Vineyard Haven Library. There will be  photographic and acoustic recordings of all marine species as well as the film “Patagonia Azul.”

The Vineyard Haven library invites quilters and knitters and handicraft persons to de-stash and re-stash. Clean out your closets and donate fabric, yarns and needles to the library between Tuesday, Oct. 10, and Thursday, Oct. 19, during regular hours. The Fabric and Yarn Sale to benefit the library will be Saturday, Oct. 21, from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm. Yarns, fabrics, and needles will be at bargain prices, with most cotton $1/yard and wool yarn as little as $1/skein. Go late and fill a bag for $10 from 2:30 to 3:30. All proceeds benefit the library.

A week from today is National Fossil Day from 4 to 7:45 pm on Thursday, Oct. 12, at the Oak Bluffs library. This is free and for all ages, especially students. Bring fossils to show or to ask about or just to see what has been found. Some items will come from the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, the Harvard Museum, Polly Hill, and Felix Neck as well as individual treasures.

Loving thanks to my husband Donald as we celebrate 56 years together on Saturday, in company with our darling granddaughters.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Donald Childs tomorrow. Happy birthday to Pat Benway who parties on Saturday.

Heard on Main Street: If you want your dreams to come true, you mustn’t oversleep.