Authors Posts by Kay Mayhew

Kay Mayhew

Kay Mayhew

Tomorrow is Appraisal Day with Skinner, Inc., from 9 am to 3 pm at the old Marine Hospital on Lagoon Pond Road. You must have a reservation to take advantage of this benefit for the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. Call 508-627-4441, ext. 119, for an appointment. Appraisal of one item is $15, three for $40. If it rains, the event will move to the Morgan Learning Center (the old Mayhew school house) on Main Street.

On Tuesday you can eat pizza and support the Martha’s Vineyard Museum at Flatbread Pizza from noon to 9:30 pm, dine-in or takeout. And use your Island Card.

Enjoy the yard sale at St. Augustine’s parking lot from 8 to 2 on Saturday to benefit the Good Shepherd Parish. If it rains, the sale will be in the basement of St. Augustine’s.

A new collection of essays by 15 scholars of history and literature reveals the work of black women in intellectual history. These women were previously neglected because of their race and gender. The book, “An Intellectual History of Black Women,” is edited by four history professors from Columbia, Rutgers, and the Universities of Pennsylvania and Michigan. They will be the panel for a discussion led by a Harvard history professor at the Cornell Theatre on Sunday at 7 pm, free, presented by the Vineyard Haven library.

Today at 4 pm Rick Bausman brings his drumming workshop to the Vineyard Haven library for kids 5 and older. Drums are limited. First come, first served. Next Tuesday morning, Joyce Maxner gets the little kids involved in musical storytimes at the library with the popular Music Together program.

Also next week on Tuesday evening, a concert at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury features the band Good Night Louise. All proceeds go the West Tisbury library.

This Tuesday evening at 7 at the Vineyard Haven library, you will enjoy Professor Phil Weinstein as he shares his “Middle East Musings.” He and his wife spent last spring in Abu Dhabi, where he taught two courses in the NYU liberal arts program. Many of you know him from his delightful classes on Tolstoy. He will explore a number of reflections about the world he encountered there, and what it showed him about the world he came from.

Next Tuesday is the fourth. Lobster rolls will be available every Tuesday through Sept. 1 at the American Legion Post 257 on Martin Street. From 4:30 to 7 pm on Tuesdays, you can get a lobster roll for $17 and a cup of chowder for $5.

The Edgartown House Tour is a week from Tuesday, starting at 1 pm on August 11 at the Federated Church. Historian Mary Jane Carpenter will give a free lecture about the beautiful and historic North Water Street homes included this year. The tour is 2 to 4:30 pm, with refreshments on a lawn overlooking the harbor and the Chappy Ferry. Tickets are $40, available at the church and at 67 North Water Street the day of the tour. Proceeds benefit the 1828 Meetinghouse. More at 508-627-7077.

In addition to the 10:30 Sunday service, the Federated Meetinghouse is open to visitors daily from 11 am to 1 pm until October 12, free to the public. The 1828 building is at the corner of South Summer Street and Cooke Street in Edgartown. Frederick Baylies Jr., an Islander, designed this, the fifth meetinghouse of the First Congregational Church of Martha’s Vineyard. He later designed and built the Baptist Church on School Street and the Old Whaling Church on Main Street.

For 50 years the Vineyard Conservation Society has been dedicated to preserving Martha’s Vineyard for future generations. The Birthday Party is a combined fundraiser and art auction, featuring works from many Island artists. You can preview the finished works on Saturday from 5 to 7 pm at the Granary Gallery in West Tisbury. On Sunday, the party, at a North Shore conservation property, features a live art auction with Jim Malkin and Arnie Reisman, and includes dinner, with music by the Long Point Five. Party tickets are $250.

“Martha’s Vineyard Watercolors by Gretchen Feldman (1934-2008)” will be on display at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center for two weeks. You are welcome to attend the reception from 4 to 6 pm on Sunday. More at 917-327-9229.

Remember the Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival on Saturday in Edgartown and Sunday in Chilmark.

Next Thursday, from 3 to 7 pm, the Martha’s Vineyard Fishermen’s Preservation Trust hosts a Meet the Fleet in Menemsha Harbor to showcase a working waterfront. Commercial fishing boats will be docked in Menemsha for the afternoon, and fishermen will offer demonstrations in their trade.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Dale Perry tomorrow. On Sunday, wish the best to Ellen Miller. Monday will be warm with all the birthday candles: Happy birthday to Nancy Gardella, Sharon Coogan, and Thomas H. Colligan.

Heard on Main Street: Music is what feelings sound like.

Leslie Stark will be missed by the many people he helped with cancer issues, and the play readers he schooled in theater, as well as those whose lives he brightened in other ways. These were well represented at his memorial service on Sunday. Our sympathies to his widow Myra, sister Cheryl, and other family members.

Need more beach books? Today through Saturday is the annual Oak Bluffs library book sale, beginning at 10 am each day.

Don’t forget to celebrate Della Hardman Day this Saturday under a tent in Ocean Park, starting at 4 pm. I do miss her, but must admit she would have loved this — a party with memories.

All are welcome to bid farewell to Dr. James Weiss at the Grange Hall on Saturday evening from 5 to 8 pm.

Too hot to cook? Eat in or take out your chicken dinner on Saturday at 6 pm at the First Baptist Church parish house on William Street. Meal includes coleslaw, potato salad, cornbread, and baked beans, with beverage and dessert. All for $15; reservations are suggested: 508-693-1539.

The Martha’s Vineyard Community Services Possible Dreams Auction is this Sunday at the Winnetu Oceanside Resort; gates open at 3:30 pm. Tickets are $25 at the gate.

William A. Caldwell had won the Pulitzer Prize for his work as editor of a New Jersey newspaper when he moved to Martha’s Vineyard in 1972. For the next 12 years he wrote a column for the Vineyard Gazette called ”Reflections on Martha’s Vineyard.” A collection of these essays has been printed in a book by that name. Some of this collection, edited by Tom Dunlop, will be read by Tom next Tuesday at 7 pm at the Vineyard Haven library.

Also next Tuesday, at twilight at the Grange Hall, is “Spotlight on Youth,” a concert showing the Vineyard’s best new musical talent. The performers are in fifth grade through high school, and were chosen by their music teachers as the most talented young singers and instrumentalists on the island. Doors open at 7 pm; concert begins at 7:30. Tickets in advance at the West Tisbury library and at Tisberry FroYo in Vineyard Haven. Cost is $15 for adults and half-price for kids 12 and under, limited to six tickets. The Art Cliff Food Truck will serve dinner from 6 to 8 pm at the Grange; Tisberry FroYo will be for sale after the show. All proceeds go to the West Tisbury library.

The opera at Featherstone features costumes designed by Martha’s Vineyard clothing designer Stina Sayre in collaboration with New York costume designer Arthur Oliver. “Impresario Now: 90% Theater, 90% Musicale, Very Mozart Most of the Time,” a Wendy Taucher Dance Opera Theater production, combines ”The Producers” and ”A Chorus Line,” and beloved Italian oldies from “Figaro,” “Don G,” and “Cosi” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The performance at Featherstone on Friday, July 31, with the opening night gala at 5 pm, honors Judy Belushi Pisano. There will be additional evening performances that Saturday and Sunday at 7 pm. “Impresario Now!” will tour Cape Cod and Nantucket in August, Boston in September, and New York City and Key West next March. More: 508-693-5180.

The program for the Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival has panel discussions on August 1 in Edgartown and author talks on August 2 in Chilmark, and is available at This year’s authors include Charles Blow, Barney Frank, Laurie David, Erik Larson, Patty Marx, Susan Minot, Bob Ryan, Steven Satterfield, and more. Sunday will end with a panel exploring today’s major news stories. The entire program is free and open to all.

The Martha’s Vineyard Film Society hosts two local comedians, Tom Hayes and Will Noonan, this summer. The first performance is a week from Monday, July 27, at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center at 8 pm. The second performance on August 12 at the Strand Theatre in Oak Bluffs, the first live performance since the renovation, at 8 pm. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $22 for members, online at

Congratulations to Helen Duarte, who celebrated her 96th birthday last Wednesday, July 15, with a birthday cake and many friends. She has lived here since 1939, and married Maynard Duarte in 1940. After his death in 1963, she raised three children on her own. They are Carol Cabral of Claremont, N.H., Shirley Fauteux of Falmouth, and Kenneth Duarte of Sarasota, Fla. Helen was famous for baking the most wonderful pies, cakes, and puddings for many different occasions. She always enjoyed attending church suppers during Vineyard winters. Her granddaughter, Nancy Fauteux, has been dedicated, caring for Helen in her home for the past two years because she was housebound. We are delighted to join in sending good wishes to Helen on her 96th birthday.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes to Thomas E. Colligan on Saturday. Sunday is a special day for Michael Bulkin, Pam Cassel, and Rory Mayhew — Rory is celebrating her first double-digit birthday. Monday belongs to Michael Cobban and Nancy Zamarro.

Heard on Main Street: Ever notice that there’s a highway to hell but only a stairway to heaven?

Saturday is the the annual Blueberry Festival at the West Tisbury Congregational Church, from noon to 4 pm. Enjoy blueberry treats from smoothies to blueberry/peach cobbler, and lots of blueberry muffins and scones. A blueberry bush donated by Jardin Mahoney will be raffled: No need to be present to win; the church will deliver. There are fun activities for kids, and a raffle for a children’s gift basket. You can buy flowers and slightly used jewelry. Even blueberries and blueberry jam to go. The festival will be held indoors in case of rain.

Reserve your time now for Appraisal Day on Friday, July 31, with Skinner Inc. This is your opportunity to find out what that picture is worth, or if that jewelry is worth anything. Sign up to show your special thing between 9 and 3 at the MV Museum property in Vineyard Haven, 151 Lagoon Pond Road. One item costs $15, three for $40. Reservations are required: 508-627-4441, ext. 119.

Did you salute the Vineyard Men for Abuse Prevention last Saturday as they stood on top of the Vineyard Haven seawall? These men want to build a safe community for those they love. One in three women is abused in her lifetime. Tisbury policeman and volunteer Max Sherman said, “While the Island is immune to a multitude of issues, domestic violence unfortunately is not one of them.” We all should appreciate that the majority of Island men do not tolerate violence against women. Thanks, guys.

You should have been astonished at how the sunset featured a bright red sun for the couple of nights following the Fourth. This was the result of forest fires in Canada and multiple fireworks displays in the U.S. Watch us affect our environment.

The Vineyard Cup Regatta was delightful last weekend. As promised, the boats were visible from many points, not least from the patients’ rooms at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. Beautiful boats sailed by expert crews made for a lovely vista, especially pleasing if you could not be outdoors to enjoy the lovely weather. Welcome home to my husband Donald, who enjoyed his view of the regatta, but is much happier to finally come home.

Featherstone offers wonderful experiences with art. I do wish I could paint when I read the description for “Making Waves I & II: Seascapes” with Jeanne Rosier Smith, offered this weekend. She says that you can capture the power and motion of the sea by learning to see it differently. Imagine being able to create the illusion of crashing waves or ebbing tides. Just the idea is exciting.

Next Tuesday evening, Michael Blanchard will read from his new book. “Fighting for My Life: Finding Hope and Serenity on Martha’s Vineyard” describes his first steps toward recovery from alcohol addiction. Hear his story at 7 pm at the Vineyard Haven library.

Tickets for the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society gala are priced at $200. They can be purchased online at or at the Film Center box office before or after any film. The gala will be Friday, July 24, from 7 to 9 pm at Edgartown’s Field Club. For more: 508-696-9369 or

You are invited to join in the celebration honoring 10 years of service by Dr. James Weiss as School Superintendent. The party is 5 to 8 pm on Saturday, July 25, at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury. Tickets are $25 at the door, at the high school, or at the superintendent’s office. All welcome.

Happy anniversary to Eric and Susan Lopes on Wednesday.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Jim Richardson. Tomorrow, we wish the best to Chris Clark. Linda Kurth parties on Sunday.

Heard on Main Street: When nothing goes right, go left.


As we head into the sunburn season, did you know you should apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going in the sun? It is more effective if it has been absorbed by the skin, and should take about one ounce, or two tablespoons. Don’t forget back of legs, feet and toes, ears, neck, hairline, and even the parting in your hair. Reapply at least every two hours, whatever it says.

Sunday afternoon at 2, you can enjoy a reading by poet Rose Styron at our Vineyard Haven library. (The library opens at 1:30.) She has published three books of poetry: “From Summer to Summer,” “Thieves’ Afternoon,” and “By Vineyard Light.” She also collaborated on translations of two books of Russian poetry, and edited a volume of the selected letters of her husband William Styron. This event is free, and refreshments will be served.

“Go Set a Watchman” was the novel Harper Lee submitted to her publishers before “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Assumed lost, the manuscript was discovered in 2014. It features many of the characters from “To Kill a Mockingbird” some 20 years later. Next Tuesday at 7, enjoy free popcorn, lemonade, and Gregory Peck in the movie “To Kill a Mockingbird” at the Vineyard Haven library.

Get ready for the Philip Weinstein seminar to study Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina” in September and Dostoevsky’s “The Brothers Karamazov” in November at the Cornell Theatre. Registration begins in August at the Vineyard Haven library; you should start reading now.

“Recent Revolutions in Biotechnology and Medicine” with Professor George Church is now available on the MVTV website for streaming. You also might enjoy looking at the website from the Personal Genetics Education Project. Remember the map George showed us with the one red dot on the Vineyard? Add your own dot after you have taken a brief quiz on genetics.

On Tuesday from 5 to 7 pm at Stina Sayre in Edgartown, see fashion photos by Randi Baird. This the first of the Summer Arts and Fashion Series that Stina Sayre Design presents in support of the Martha’s Vineyard arts community. Future events include “Ice and Flow Fashion Show” on August 4 to benefit Friends of Family Planning Martha’s Vineyard, “Painted Scarves” (August 10) and “Portraits of Island Women” (August 22 in Vineyard Haven). More at 508-684-8606.

David McCullough will speak Tuesday at 7 pm at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury to benefit the West Tisbury library. He will talk about the research behind his new book “The Wright Brothers.”

My New Zealander friend Joan Druett has a blog, “World of the Written Word,” and lately included a great story by Lesley Walker. She was here a year ago in Vineyard Haven Harbor to sail on the Charles W. Morgan to New Bedford. Lesley has been researching whaling and her great-grandparents, who lived on Sunday Island in the South Pacific. This piece has personal encounters with whales recounted by her great-grandmother Bessie. See for 27 June.

From their island home, Bessie and her brothers and sisters “watched the whales’ annual migration from the Antarctic waters … to the warmer waters of the tropics and back … with calves in the autumn … the children watched their antics in delight, fascinated by the fountain-like spouts.” Bessie remembered a whaler “telling the story of the Great White Whale, Moby Dick, ‘that bit whaleboats in half and crunched them to pieces in his awful jaws’ … [Bessie] recalled a special moment when … she and her sisters … climbed down the cliff to [see the whale] … rolled on her side ejecting milk directly into the mouth of her 20-foot long calf … An encounter with a school of humpbacks during a fishing trip with her father and brothers was more frightening. The whales appeared from behind the island, leaping high and swimming in wide circles around the rowboat … When one leapt out of the water and crashed back down close to the boat, their father yelled for them to row for their lives … the boat could well have been smashed.” What enthralling tales. I only hope Lesley Walker shares more.

Make time to take advantage of the long list of authors speaking at the Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival at the beginning of August. The programs on August 1 at Edgartown and 2 at Chilmark are free, with a long list of wonderful writers. Most impressive is the opening reception at the Chilmark Community Center on Friday, July 31, at 5:30 pm. Ta-Nehisi Coates, a national correspondent for The Atlantic, and NPR host Michele Norris will discuss “Whatever Happened to Post-Racial America?” Tickets are $50 for adults, and $25 for students with ID; they can be purchased at

The West Tisbury Congregational Church hosts the annual Blueberry Festival a week from Saturday, July 18, from noon to 4 pm. Enjoy blueberry treats from smoothies to blueberry/peach cobbler, and lots of blueberry muffins and scones. Mark your calendar now.

Congratulations to Steve and Judy Nichols today. They mark 59 years together.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Brigitte Lent and her daughter Petra Lent-McCarron. Wish the best tomorrow to Bette Jette and Laura Christina Jahn. Sunday belongs to Betsey Mayhew. Best wishes for happy days go to Nevenka Daniels on Monday. Cord Bailey and Michele Jones will party on Tuesday. Happy birthday to Jocelyn Ciancio Broadley on Wednesday.

Heard on Main Street: Did you see the Grace Church monster lobster roll in the parade?

Grace Church invites you to listen to Philip Mangano, nationally known advocate for the homeless, this Sunday at both the 8 am and 10 am services. On Monday at 7 pm, he will offer conversation on the porch of the Grace Church Rectory, 36 Woodlawn Avenue. All are welcome to all or any of these events. Note that Island clergy and friends invite you to a free program this Wednesday at the West Tisbury library, from 6 to 8 pm, on “The Crisis of Island Homelessness and the Call to Care.”

Delight in the music of your neighbors and friends in the Community Chorus. They perform at the Tabernacle at 7:30 pm on the Fourth. The music is wonderful — and free.

Enjoy the reception for the new “Maritime Show, Sea & Shore” Friday evening from 5 to 7 pm at the Louisa Gould Gallery. See works by Charles Fran Kenney, Frauke Klatt, Paul Beebe, Leslie S. Smith, Alan Eddy, Dorothy Fox, Linda Besse, and Louisa Gould. This will put you in the mood for the Vineyard Cup Regatta.

Sail Martha’s Vineyard is expecting more than 100 sailboats of all descriptions, from schooners to catboats to modern racers, for the Vineyard Cup Regatta next week, from July 8 to 12. The race courses out of Vineyard Haven Harbor will test the skills of the crews and provide great viewing. See racing boats from the East and West Chop Lighthouses, Eastville Beach, State Beach, or the beach at the entrance of Lake Tashmoo. More at

Sail Martha’s Vineyard holds its benefit Seafood Buffet and Auction a week from Thursday at the Tisbury Wharf, starting at 5:30 pm. The harbor offers a beautiful backdrop for a fleet of classic wooden sailboats tied up at the dock for viewing, while everyone enjoys cocktails and listens to the Beetlebung Steel Band. More at

Johanna and Mike Kobran have a crowd on-Island for a birthday party and family reunion. Johanna’s brother Jon Strolle is turning 75, and the family has gathered to help him celebrate. Jon and his wife Martha came from Marina, Calif., with his two sons and their families: Tom and Kate Strolle, with Owen, of Grass Valley, Calif., and Carl and Adrianne Strolle, with Ed and Max, from Williamstown.

Jon’s nieces and nephew, the Kobran children, are also here: Becky and Jack McCullough of Montpelier, Vt., and their son John from Brooklyn and son Adam with wife Mary and 4-month-old Ada Rose, being introduced to the family at age 4 months. Kathy and Kim Byrd and their son Ben with wife Nell, and son David and friend Katie Babcock, came from Washington, D.C. Maureen and Greg Becker with children Sam, Hannah, and Katie are from Reston, Va. Chris and Ellen Kobran and children Zachary and Emma are here from New York and Brookline. All 31 celebrants are having a wonderful time on the Vineyard.

Ask the one who knows the answers: The Tisbury Senior Center invites you to meet with a SHINE counselor to learn about supplemental health insurance, prescription drug plans, and more. Call 508-696-4205 by Tuesday to make your free appointment to get answers on Thursday, July 9, at the Senior Center.

“Nashville Comes to the Vineyard” is an evening of country music and Southern cooking to benefit the Vineyard Playhouse. Cost is $200, at a private home, on Sunday, July 12, from 6 to 9. RSVP by Friday to, or call 508-696-6300, ext. 118.

The Martha’s Vineyard Film Society has scholarships for two summer camps: Film Critics Summer Boot Camp and the Smartphone Movie-Making Camp. Scholarships are available for the children of Island residents between the ages of 10 and 15. More: Richard Paradise at

Remind the kids that summer reading is fun. They should sign up for summer reading at the Vineyard Haven library. Children sign up at the library, log the books they read, and earn prizes, including T shirts and gift certificates. Teens ages 12 to 18 can register online, then visit the library to claim a prize just for signing up.

Also kids age 12 and up can now come to the library every summer Friday afternoon at 3:30 for Wii games. Next Wednesday afternoon, and on June 22, kids 8 to 11 years old can play Wii games at 3 pm. Tuesday story times for the very little ones continue, with Pete the Cat visiting next Tuesday morning.

Our library also offers a Summer Reading Program for Grownups. Those who keep track of summer reading can win prizes. You create an online account by visiting the library homepage; then log the books you read over the summer, write reviews, and register for prizes.

Celebrate Tisbury’s birthday next Wednesday at the Tisbury Street Fair, with lobster rolls, face painting, pony rides, and a climbing wall, amid happy crowds from 6:30 to 9:30 pm.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Sioux Eagle and Marina Lent. Tomorrow, wish the best to Bob Benson, Cora Medeiros, and Larry Gomez. Wish a bang-up birthday on Saturday to Sue Fairbanks and Steve Nichols. Sunday belongs to Christine Swansey. On Tuesday, Artist Donna Straw will paint the skies. Three cheers and birthday greetings go out on Wednesday to Jynell Kristal and Robert Reed, as well as the Town of Tisbury.

Heard on Main Street: Have a wonderful Fourth.


Last week on Wednesday, June 17, the Tisbury School held graduation for 30 students. The Principal’s Award was presented to one outstanding eighth grader, Owen Porterfield. Farewells were given to retiring teachers Barbara Lopes, Janet Stiller, and Jill Waxweiler, as well as Dr. Robert Tankard and Superintendent Dr. James Weiss.

The school recognized all students in grades 5 through 8 for their individual contributions toward a positive school environment. Special awards were given to Christopher Chambers Jr., grade 5; Gabriela Vieira, grade 6; and Olivia Pouliot, grade 7. Eighth grade awards went to Nathaniel Packer, Jason Davey, James Douglas Norton, and David Krauthamer. Congratulations to all of you for a job well done.

Kaylee Harnen from Canonsburg, Pa., is working at Vineyard Vines this summer. A senior at Adrian College in Michigan, she is studying exercise science and sports management. I hope she gets to one of the Sharks games. Kaylee is staying with her grandparents, Dan and Barbara Harnen.

Grace Church Lobster Rolls were named Best of the Vineyard 2015 at the annual ceremony last Friday. The volunteers who serve the lobster rolls were delighted but not surprised, having been named Best of the Vineyard since 2007 by MV Magazine readers. Remember: You can get yours on Fridays all summer long, from 4 to 7:30 pm, at Grace Episcopal Church.

Rory and Fiona Mayhew of Westborough are visiting their grandparents this week. They brought their father Craig, and hoped for good weather for cycling the Vineyard. This would be their first trip with bikes, trying the bike trail to the ferry in Woods Hole.

The Vineyard Conservation Society invites you to the trail-opening event at Oak Bluffs’ Sailing Camp Park on Sunday. From 10 to noon, Seth Wilkinson will discuss the soft stabilization methods used to help restore the park’s coastal banks. The ribbon cutting will be at noon, and the Vineyard Haven Band brass section will be playing from 12:30 to 1:30.

Last week the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center held the awards show for the “Art of Conservation” high school art contest. Firsts went to Katherine Reid, Lucy Thompson, Jessica Haynes, Iris Albert, and Curtis Fisher. Special distinctions were awarded to Margaret Joba-Woodruff; Sean O’Malley, Olin Gannon, Tiki Green, and Susanna Becchio, as well as Olivia Smith, Caroline Roddy, Kayla Oliver, Elijah Laikin, and Pearl Vercruysse. Winning artworks were displayed in the Film Center. There will be a repeat showing at Mocha Mott’s in Oak Bluffs for all of July, or you can view them at

The Conservation Society is reaching out to Island youth with a new questing adventure. Kids accumulate points by choosing activities and questions from the Island Adventure Guide, find new places to explore on the Island, and become inspired to help protect that world. This is completely free. Prizes will be awarded to all who finish the quest. Register online [], or visit the Vineyard Conservation Society office.

It is nice to see that the Capawock is open now. You must note that movies will play at the both the Strand and Capawock on different nights and times. It can be confusing.

There are things you need to know about Medicare before you reach 65. The Tisbury Senior Center is trying to help. Register at 508-696-4205 for a seminar on “Health Insurance Options” at 1:30 pm on Wednesday, July 1.

What do you know about medical use of marijuana? In two weeks, Dr. Yosef Glassman will speak on “Medical Cannabis, From the Bible to Boston.” Dr. Glassman is a hospitalist at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. He will talk about some new insights in using cannabis to treat several medical conditions at 7 pm on Tuesday, July 7, at the Vineyard Haven library.

Happy anniversary to Robert and Juliana Rogers on Wednesday.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Carly Simon, Jack O’Callaghan, and Margo Ortiz. Have a happy one. Tomorrow belongs to Nancy Cryer. Wish the best on Saturday to Helen Issokson, Leslie Craven, and Jean Cargill. Happy birthday on Sunday to Barbara Harnen and Emma Kristal. Happy birthday to Mary Jacobson on Monday, and to Lynne Benson on Tuesday. All these birthday candles are warming us up for summer.

Heard on Main Street: If it honks, it is either a goose or a summer visitor.


The new look at the Steamship Authority Terminal is wonderful. The old shed, with its broken roofline, is gone, and is no longer spoiling the view of the harbor. And now we have lovely flowers and pretty street lamps. What a grand improvement.

This is Bike Week: Celebrate through tomorrow with a discount on your Cycle Martha’s Vineyard (CMV) ride. Use promo code BIKE4FUN and save $5. You can save an additional 10 percent off the registration fee of $100 ($90 for returning participants) by registering by Sept. 1. CMV is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Martha’s Vineyard, with proceeds to benefit Save the Gay Head Light and other Rotary charities. The registration fee entitles a rider to aid stations and assistance along the course, T shirt, and post-ride barbecue. For details: or

The Martha’s Vineyard NAACP and Chef Deon at the VFW in Oak Bluffs invite you to a Juneteenth dine-to-donate after 5 pm on Friday. A portion of food sales will benefit the NAACP. Juneteenth marks the abolition of slavery throughout the Confederate South.

Saturday from 10 to 2, donate or purchase pastries, bread, and cookies to benefit the Vineyard Committee on Hunger. Bread sale is in front of the Bunch of Grapes.

Tomorrow is the PeaceQuilts art reception at Heather Gardens in West Tisbury, from 4 to 6 pm. Sales of unique art quilts and a variety of handmade gifts from Haiti, including jewelry and bags, benefit PeaceQuilts, an economic-development organization creating jobs for women in Haiti. Rainy Day and Heather Gardens also carry some of these products.

Need new beach books? The book sale is Saturday from 2 to 4 at the Vineyard Haven library. My problem is that I start reading as soon as I have the book. That means I need a few books just so there is something left to read when I get to the beach.

Tuesday learn about “Cuba: The Politics, Beauty, and History of This Romantic Country” with Shari Geistfeld, who will talk about the changes in Cuba at 7 pm at the Vineyard Haven library. It is not just about cigars, vintage cars, and Castro.

Saturday is the Strawberry Festival at the West Tisbury Church, from noon to 4 pm. Enjoy shortcake or fresh berries or smoothies or jam — or all of the above. Sounds scrumptious.

Treat him for Father’s Day to the Chicken and Rib Barbeque offered from 5:30 on Saturday evening at the First Baptist Church. The complete meal with beverage and dessert is $15, eat in or takeout. Reservations are suggested: 508-693-1539.

You are invited to the annual open house at the Tisbury Senior Center on Sunday, June 28, from 2 to 4 pm, with light refreshments and music by Serendipity.

The Gay Head Light Show at Featherstone is open daily from 12 to 4 pm through July 8. Artwork was inspired by the Gay Head Lighthouse. Opening reception is 4 to 6 pm on Sunday.

Anna Lowell Finnerty has an exhibit titled “Reflections” showing at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse for one more week. Lowell Finnerty describes her paintings as “an invitation to share in a reflective moment, to rekindle a memory, or to see something old and familiar from a new perspective.” These are the memories you treasure. The Playhouse Art Space is open during box office hours, from 2 to 7:30 pm, Wednesday through Saturday.

The Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse will present a series of readings of new dramatic works for one performance only on Monday nights this summer, beginning July 13. The listing of Monday Night Specials includes such delights as Summerfolk, a new play by Carol Rocamora, inspired by Gorky’s work. It’s 1904, in an idyllic summer community outside Moscow (very much like Martha’s Vineyard). Soon the vacationers’ halcyon days are interrupted by a celebrity arrival, who turns their tranquil world upside down. How can you miss it? That’s on opening night, July 13.

If you dine on Sunday, this week or next, at Beetlebung Restaurant in Oak Bluffs, 15 percent of your check will go to Featherstone. In addition, 15 percent of purchases at Beetlebung’s store will also be donated to Featherstone. I like to support any gift from our retailers to nonprofits.

The Martha’s Vineyard Art Association and the Martha’s Vineyard Museum invite Island artists to a plein air event, “Painting the Vineyard,” featuring the five lighthouses. Paint through the third of July, exhibit until the 10th, with a reception July 5 from 5 to 7 pm at the Old Sculpin.

The annual Filmusic Festival is next Thursday, June 25, through Sunday, June 28, at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center. On Thursday at 7 pm, the Berklee College of Music’s Silent Film Orchestra will provide live accompaniment of a new score to the 1925 silent film The Phantom of the Opera. Seven films and live performances conclude Sunday night. More info at

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Helen Alwardt. Shunna Nute parties on Friday. Saturday belongs to Laura Kimball. Wish the best on Sunday to Ed Herczeg. Sumner Grover celebrates Tuesday.

Heard on Main Street: I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.

Welcome home to Dan Harnen. Dan, we missed you while you rested at Mass General. Now you are home you can take better care of Barbara, whose fall left her both battered and bruised.

We were happy that Dan got home just in time to remind us to watch the race at Belmont Park. He even picked the runner-up. So we did get to see the first winner of the Triple Crown in over 30 years.
Now is your last chance to register for the Tisbury Travel Club trip to the Newport Flower Show on Saturday, June 20. There will be gardens galore at Rosecliff Mansion, and free lectures as well as shopping. Enjoy a delicious lunch at the Atlantic Beach Club with luxury motor coach transportation. All adults are welcome. Call 508-696-4205 for more information.

The Friends of the Tisbury Council on Aging are looking for volunteer board members. Call Mary Wagner at 202-253-9244. Or perhaps call Sandy Whitworth at 508-696-4205.

Also at the Tisbury Senior Center: Tai Chi with Daisy begins a week from today, June 18, at 9 am.
The Martha’s Vineyard Museum invites you to the Summer Opening Party tomorrow evening from 5 to 7 in Edgartown. This is your first chance to see the Museum’s new book, Island Stories: Highlights from the Martha’s Vineyard Museum.

The Windemere Benefit Auction is tomorrow from 6 to 8 pm in the Grange Hall. Enjoy a live and silent auction, light fare, wine, and sweets. The funds cover musicians, exercise and yoga teachers, and help residents attend special events on our Island. Admission is free.

Want to help collect memories and stories? Volunteers will be needed for the Mass Memories Road Show in October. Learn more about what’s happening on Monday at 6 pm at the Vineyard Haven library.

Tuesday is the East Chop house tour to benefit Featherstone. For more, call 508-693-1850.

Look for the strawberry banner and bright balloons on the West Tisbury Church fence a week from Saturday, June 20. Enjoy a variety of strawberry treats at tables and chairs on the front lawn, from shortcakes to smoothies, even berries to go and fresh jam. All proceeds of this fundraiser help support this historic church. The event will be indoors if it rains.

Join in the celebration on July 25 at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury to thank Dr. Jim Weiss, superintendent of schools, for his 10 years of service here on the Island. Tickets are available in any school office or the superintendent’s office. Tickets will only be on sale until June 23.

The Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society opens the 2015 Summer Concert Festival next month on Monday, July 13, at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown. The original wall decorations have been fully restored by Margot Datz, complementing her stunning trompe l’oeil; that alone is worth a look.

The Harlem Quartet performs at 8 pm that Monday in the Old Whaling Church, and again on Tuesday at the Chilmark Community Center. July and August concerts are the second, third, and fourth Monday, and the following Tuesday at Chilmark. Subscriptions and individual tickets are now for sale, with discounts available to members with an Island Club card. Call 508-696-8055 or email or online at

Sunday is Flag Day. Show your colors and fly the flag!

Congratulations to Doug and Barbara Peckham, who will be celebrating 64 happy years together on Tuesday.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Michael Noonan on Saturday. Sunday belongs to Madeline Fisher; the Fisher Gallery on Edgartown Road is now open for the season. On Monday, wish the best to Fredrick Nash.

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

Last Saturday our Main Street was a happening place: Live musicians loudly marched, musically announcing the children’s puppet show at Town Hall. Sharky, the mascot for the MV Sharks, was bobbling along the sidewalk. (Sharks do walk funny on dry land.) He was with a young lady giving out the summer schedule. The opening game for the MV Sharks is this evening at 7 pm.

You can do it all and have fun, too. Support Featherstone and tour five East Chop homes, all with a water view, and also the lighthouse. That’s Tuesday, June 16, from noon to 4 pm; the rain date is Wednesday. $50 per person includes van service from the Beach Club, where you park and get your tickets. RSVP to Featherstone at 508-693-1850. Refreshments will be served at the Beach Club.

What can we do about climate change? Get answers this Saturday morning at 10:30 in the West Tisbury library. Senator Mike Barrett, sponsor of the bill “An Act Combating Climate Change,” physicist Gary Rucinski, and architect-activist Zaurie Zimmerman are brought to us by the League of Women Voters to discuss the issue. The state legislature may put a price on carbon to reduce pollution. Will that work?

I mentioned the Mass. Memories Road Show a few weeks ago. This digital history project documents people and events in Massachusetts using family photographs. In the fall you will be invited to bring photos to be scanned and preserved online forever. That event is free. A week from Monday, June 15, at 6 pm, you the public are invited to a planning session at the Vineyard Haven library to learn how you can participate in October. This planning meeting is open to all, and refreshments will be served. Your help will make the Martha’s Vineyard Road Show better.

UMass Boston has gathered more than 6,000 photographs from across the state, creating an educational resource for future generations. University staff work with local planning teams to organize the free public event where residents bring family photos to be scanned into the digital archive. Contributors are invited to share the story of the photos on video, get a keepsake photo, and receive advice on caring for photographs.

The Martha’s Vineyard Road Show event is scheduled for Oct. 25, and is sponsored by the Martha’s Vineyard Library Association with funding from local libraries and a grant from the Martha’s Vineyard Cultural Council.

Kathy Poehler creates unusual designs with seaweed gathered on our beaches. She learned about seaweed while walking beaches with her father, Fred Glodis, as he collected and classified marine algae for teaching purposes. Fred taught seventh and eighth grade science at the Tisbury School for 39 years. She later developed curriculum that bridged ocean science and art while teaching at Harvard University. With this, she began showing her work to the public. Since her return to the Vineyard, Kathy has shown her collage work at Featherstone, the Old Sculpin Gallery, and the Vineyard Artisans Festivals. Her work, some beautiful, some whimsical, will be on display at Art in the Stacks in the Vineyard Haven library for the month of June, during regular library hours.

Have you taken a class with ACE MV? Is there a class you wish they’d offer? Take their survey at to give them your ideas.

Congratulations on Sunday to Cheryl Stark and Margie Meltzer.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out Thursday to Josh Kochin. Friday, wish the best to Margie Meltzer and Sarah Owens. Happy birthday to Hildy B. Mitchell on Saturday. Monday belongs to our own daughter, Laurel Mayhew Olson, and to Brian Flanders and young James Maxwell Gould-Lamont. Lots of parties on Wednesday, for Claudia Nelson, Ruth Stiller, and Cody Chandler.

Heard on Main Street: The pursuit of happiness is the chase of a lifetime. It is never too late to become what you might have been.


Welcome back to the old Capawock. Thanks to Mark Snider and the Martha’s Vineyard Theatre Foundation, the Capawock opens this Saturday. Because the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society will take over management, members get reduced ticket prices at the spruced-up theater. And MVFS promises popcorn with real melted butter. All information about theater programs will be at (though not online quite yet).

Nevette Previd invites you to an Island Culinary Adventure this week. Farm.Field.Sea. presents the culture of Martha’s Vineyard with the farmers, fisherman, and purveyors who grow, tend, and love food. Explore your surroundings with adventures scheduled for May 30, June 13, June 24, and, in partnership with the Grey Barn Farm, on July 10.

A full-day adventure includes an immersion in farming, oysters, cheese making, or foraging, designed to be a dirt-under-your-fingernails learning experience. Get to know the characters behind each shiitake, tomato, sea bass, and oyster, not to mention learning about the terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems that they rely on. More at

The Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society invites you to a special concert at the West Tisbury library on Sunday at 4 pm. “Remembering the Rosenthals” will showcase pianist Diane Katzenberg Braun and musicians of the New England Conservatory in Boston. Tickets are free, but they must be reserved in advance; call 693-3366 or stop by the library to reserve yours.

Am I the only one who was unhappy with Memorial Day sneaking up on me a week early? I suppose the rest of you are more organized than I. Yes, it was on the calendar, but even so that still seemed like the wrong day to put the flag out.

Arnie Reisman has a new comedy, and the premiere is next Tuesday at the Vineyard Playhouse. The story of Not Constantinople begins with an elderly couple in the Witness Protection Program in a gated community. The husband meets a hit man with a contract on him. When the old man develops Alzheimer’s, the hit man wonders, Why kill a guy who won’t even know his own name soon?

Some Islanders have relatives in Nepal, which brings their disaster close to home. Those of you who would like to help are invited to send a check to the FCCOWT [First Congregational Church of West Tisbury], PO Box 3000, PMB 3111, West Tisbury MA 02575, with Nepal Relief on the memo line. Or call 508-693-0745 to reserve your space at the Indian dinner – Nepal Relief Fundraiser on Sunday evening, from 6 to 10 pm, at the Hebrew Center. Dinner will be followed by live jazz. More at

A fund has been set up for the purchase of books or music for the Oak Bluffs Public Library in honor of Charles Blank. Library Director Sondra Murphy has ordered beautiful bookplates. She will keep a list of the books purchased to file, with a copy for Nancy who knows of this proposal. If you would like to contribute, write the check to Oak Bluffs Public Library. Write Charles Blank Memorial on the memo line. Bring it to the library or mail to Oak Bluffs Library, P.O. Box 2039, Oak Bluffs MA 02557.

This June the Martha’s Vineyard Photography Club will showcase their work in the annual art show at the Vineyard Haven library, beginning June 1. The Friends of the Library sponsor a free opening reception on Tuesday, June 2, from 6 to 7:30 pm.

The pictures, on display during library hours through June 13, feature photographers Harvey Beth, Suzanne Boyer, Peter Dreyer, Phyllis Dunn, Kay Leaird, Michelle Manfredi, Sara Piazza, Sharon Simonin, Norm Stickney, Maria Thibodeau, Scott Tuttle, and Nathalie Woodruff.

The Martha’s Vineyard Photo Club meets monthly at the Vineyard Haven library on the first Thursday, at 6 pm. The club welcomes photographers at all levels. Club activities include photo sharing, presentations on photography, and field trips.

In addition to the annual show in June, the Vineyard Haven library’s monthly “Art in the Stacks” exhibits are managed by the Friends of the Library. The library also has a collection of artworks on display, including 12 paintings by Vineyard artist Captain John Ivory. Artists interested in showing work may contact the library at 508-696-4210.

Questions on Medicare, supplemental insurance, prescription drug plans, etc., will be answered by SHINE counselors at the Tisbury Senior Center on Thursday, June 11. Call 508-696-4205 for a free appointment by June 9.

Did you know the Federated Church Meetinghouse is open daily from 11 am to 1 pm, free to the public, all summer? Even Sunday after the 10:30 service. The Meetinghouse at the corner of South Summer Street and Cooke Street was designed by Frederick Baylies Jr., and built in 1828.

Belated birthday greetings to Ann Nelson, who celebrated in the sunshine last Sunday.

Congratulations on their anniversary go out today to Cheryl Stark and Margie Meltzer.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Steve Mussell, Cheryl Stark. Wish the best tomorrow to Peggy McGrath and Jane Chandler, and especially to Bill Kingsbury — Bill, thanks for your service as a Green Beret in Vietnam. We owe a lot to all you guys. Leslie Rizza and Megan Buchanan party on Monday. Wednesday belongs to Myra Stark, Kelsey Bresnahan, and Fred LaPiana.

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