Tisbury: Daily happenings

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Heard on Main Street: It’s those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.

The Great Decisions Discussion Group has a hot topic this evening at 7 pm at the Vineyard Haven library. They’re talking about relations between China and America. China’s economic outreach and expansion of military and diplomatic capacities includes the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). But we pulled out of that.

You’d think that alumnae magazines would understand they are reaching out to old, or older, graduates. They should know better than to print those pages most read by alumni on a yellow background. We know young eyes have no issues with that — but we do.

The Vineyard Conservation Society invites you to take part in the beach cleanup this Saturday, April 21, from 10 am to noon. Tisbury beaches include Lagoon Pond Landing, Owen Park, Owen Little Way, Tashmoo Opening, and Vineyard Haven Harbor from SSA to Packer’s. In our town it usually starts at Owen Park, before everyone heads for other town beaches. You can bring your own gloves and bag, or not. And join the party at noon at the Sailing Camp. More at vineyardconservation.org.

The Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library will hold the monthly book sale on Saturday, April 21, from 11 am to 3 pm. Proceeds benefit children’s programs.

This week’s Oscar-winning movie will be shown at 7 pm on Tuesday, April 23, at our library. The story: During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Adolf Hitler or fight on against incredible odds.

John Holladay is an illustrator and painter known for his watercolors, oils, and acrylics, and is known nationally for his sports cartoons. He also has a line of Martha’s Vineyard posters.

Several of his paintings are on display this month on the lower level of our library, during regular hours.

You probably took no notice, but I was totally surprised to read the SSA notice. That’s because I thought dolphins were graceful animals who cavort in the ocean. Somehow the idea they were being used for ferries to bump into was a shock to me. It was only a momentary pause, but I can be really slow sometimes.

I did appreciate being told the freight boats would be a bit late while “the temporary dolphins for Slip 1 are installed.” It was especially timely, as our granddaughters were just then supposed to be arriving on the freight boat last Friday. Fortunately, they enjoy mac and cheese, even if it was cooled a little by the time they arrived.

The Spectrum (LGBTQ) Film Festival begins Thursday, April 26, at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center. This festival is sponsored by many generous contributions from local groups and businesses, and includes many special guests, including Siren Mayhew and Sean McMahon.

Opening Night Event features “The Lavender Scare,” a documentary about the McCarthy witch hunt, when hundreds of Americans were accused of being communist or gay in the 1950s and 1960s. The charges led to ruined careers, shattered families, and even suicide.

The festival ends Sunday, April 29, with “Angels in America,” a production of the National Theatre in London. The play runs over seven hours in two parts, and is scheduled with a dinner-break intermission. Any student age 13 to 21 gets free admission to any Spectrum event.

Tickets are available online or at the Film Center, as well as Spectrum festival T shirts (which benefit MVRHS Gay-Straight Alliance for the students’ trip to the Boston Youth Pride Event on May 19).

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Rozetta Hughes, Thomas Green, and Bob Tankard. Happy birthday to Queen Elizabeth II. She turns 92 Saturday, but will celebrate in warmer weather. Congratulations to Becky Renear, who marks 93 on Sunday. Wednesday belongs to Alexandra Habekost.

Heard on Main Street: A hand to hold and a heart to understand is sometimes all a person needs.