Tisbury: The Messenger

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Heard on Main Street: I know I am sometimes forgetful. But some things in life are just as well forgotten.

Learn more about the threat of assorted pollutants to our clean water that will affect all of us. The runoff from storms washes all kinds of nasty stuff from the surrounding area into the drains, which then is absorbed into our soil and water supply. That program is this evening, Thursday, May 10, at 6 pm at the Tisbury Senior Center.

Everyone seemed to notice there were crowds around last weekend. More traffic and lots more people. Usually this is good news for the Island, but only sometimes.

It seems the ferry delay caused a lot of problems at the Vineyard Haven terminal last Saturday evening. The Chili Contest must have featured some extra-hot spices. Hot enough that several people drank more beer than was good for them. Then they simply could not understand that the ferry cannot always run on demand. Some of these created such an uproar that the police had to be called in to control them. Perhaps we ought to ask the chefs to tone it down some next year, or hope that next year the visitors are not so unruly.

Part of the Minnesingers 50th reunion weekend will be two special concerts. You can enjoy the Minnesingers on Saturday, May 12, at 7 pm or on Sunday, May 13, at the Performing Arts Center in the Regional High School. I hope these concerts will also include some of the alumni.

Featherstone invites you to welcome the John Schule Chapel to its new home on Sunday, May 13, at 3:30 pm. The chapel was built by John Schule and has been moved from his property in Edgartown. Following that event from 4 to 6 pm, you are welcome to attend opening receptions for two shows, “Art of Flowers,” with guest curator Holly Alaimo, and “MVRHS Photography,” featuring Davin Tackabury, Tyla Packish, and Daniel Rivard.

You can still sign up for an Evening Under the Stars at Farm Neck from 5:30 to 8:30 pm on Thursday, May 17. The dinner will benefit the M.V. Cancer Support Group, and is $125. Remember that these are the folks who help support any cancer patients on the Island. Call AnnMarie Donahue at 508-627-7958.

Members of the Martha’s Vineyard Museum have just received the spring issue of the Messenger. If you are not a member, you should ask to see a copy. This is the inside story of what is happening at their new site in our town. The photographs are spectacular as well. If you were wondering what the focus would be for the future, this is a good place to find out, as well as get a glimpse of upcoming museum events.

My husband had an elderly aunt on the Island. Her vision was poor, but she always celebrated spring by asking to have a short drive to see the yellow. This is a lovely season to admire all the sunshine sprouting on the ground, from daffodils to dandelions. And for sharing happy memories.

Sunday is Mother’s Day. All mothers enjoy flowers and chocolate, but you can bet that every single one would rather have a hug or a phone call.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Amy Levine on Sunday. Monday belongs to Brendan O’Neill. Wish the best on Wednesday to Jill Walsh.

Heard on Main Street: Just be yourself. No one can say you are doing it wrong.