Tisbury: Let it

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Heard on Main Street: If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said life would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.

I want to thank Dean Rosenthal of Edgartown. He recently made a comment online after reading about the ferry issues. He says it better than I could: “Many Islanders faced the difficulties, delays, and cancellations that have plagued the SSA with grace, flexibility, and a kind of understanding that comes from … the vagaries of living on an island. That’s what it means to live in this community.” I would only add that the SSA employees were properly kind and understanding, even to those who simply had to express their frustration.

I was concerned about another doctor’s visit in Boston. I often get lost in Boston, which makes it even more difficult. This was simply to discuss some options. Then a wonderful counselor suggested I ask the doctor if we could have the conversation by phone. Her simple idea relieved a burden I hardly realized I was carrying.

Wouldn’t you enjoy a spaghetti dinner served by a Celebrity Waiter? On Saturday, April 28, from 6 to 8 pm, this will benefit the Haiti PeaceQuilts Project at the Federated Church parish house in Edgartown. In addition to salad, spaghetti (with or without meatballs), garlic bread, dessert, and a beverage, you will have a celebrity waiter. In past years Miss Piggy, Cleopatra, Queen Elizabeth, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Clifford the Big Red Dog have served. Dinner is $15 per person, $10 per child, with a total of $35 for families. Waiters work for “tips,” which also benefit the project. For more call 508 627-4421.

I just loved that the weather was warm enough to do a few simple things outside and really enjoy being out. It seems we have had to dodge rain or snow or heavy winds every time we go out. What an easy delight it was to just be out and about.

Later this week we have to go off for a trip to Falmouth. Of course, it will be rainy and cold. But then I don’t mind having to be inside, even with a doctor. We look forward to a treat, just free time to visit with some loving relatives as well. My car is new to me, and it has some issues as well, so it will be treated and hopefully fixed before we come home.

Learn about the Island Theater Workshop at the Neighborhood Convention on Tuesday, May 1, at 11 am at St. Augustine’s Church. Kevin Ryan will speak about “Community Theater at 50 Years.” All are welcome; bring a sack lunch. Handicap access is available.

Were you one of the Minnesingers in high school? They began in 1968, and will be celebrating their 50th anniversary with a weekend of activities on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 11, 12, and 13. Concerts are planned for Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. If you want to take part, call the MVRHS at 508-693-1033 and speak with Jan Wightman, Nancy Rogers, and Esther Teves.

“The Post,” featuring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, will be offered on Tuesday, May 1, at the Vineyard Haven library at 7 pm. It is an exciting and dramatic movie about a newspaper exposing government secrets. It is our story.

The Vineyard Haven library is now closed on Sundays. Sunday hours resume after Columbus Day. The library is open 10 am to 5:30 pm on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday 10 am to 8 pm, and Friday 1 to 5:30 pm.

Featherstone Art Barn hosts an opening reception Friday, April 27, from 4 to 8 pm, which will include sales of Relics and Rarities. The event continues on Saturday, April 28, from 10 to 4 and Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out on Saturday to Jessica Soleil, Ronnie Tolin, and Melanie Jane Dickson. Sunday belongs to John McCarthy. Happy birthday on Monday and Tuesday to Andy Williamson and his twin, Ellie Williamson. Herb Ward parties on Wednesday.

Heard on Main Street: Drive carefully. It’s not only cars that can be recalled by their maker.