Authors Posts by Kay Mayhew

Kay Mayhew

Kay Mayhew

Just as the ground becomes covered in dense brown and golden oak leaves, the Bradford pear trees burst into bright red colors. The brilliant row of trees by St. Augustine’s is lovely now.

Main Street was quiet last weekend. We seem to see fewer visitors as the number of weddings goes down and the cold weather comes in. The gray days and brisk winds cut down on shoppers as well.

Adam Nichols is one of about 20 Wounded Warriors who will be honored at the Patriots’ game next Sunday afternoon. He lives in Swansea with his wife, Lauren, and young sons, Andrew and Austin. The Patriots gave each of those being honored two tickets, so Adam has chosen a friend to go with him. Adam was a soldier with the U.S. Army and was wounded in Iraq. He is working now and doing well. His grandparents Judy and Steve Nichols are quite proud of him. We want to thank the Patriots for honoring our veterans in this way. We know they will enjoy their day. Wish them the best as they cheer for the Pats.

We hear good things about the preacher now at Grace Church. Rev. Brian Murdock is drawing some new people to the congregation. He also works as a street minister in Boston.

The U.S. Post Office looks better now that the corner door has been repaired. The new vestibule will protect us and that door from heavy winds. It should also save that door from more major repairs and broken glass. These solutions are very welcome and long needed.

The Vineyard Haven Library will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday. They close at 1 pm on Wednesday and reopen for Saturday and Sunday.

This Saturday you are welcome to the monthly meeting of the Friends of the Library. This is a good time to find out about volunteering and to learn more about the Friends. The meeting is at 10 am on the fourth Saturday of every month (except December) at the library. Refreshments are served.

Sales from Grandma’s Attic include handmade ornaments and jewelry, which are all available at the Trinity Church parish house in the Campground on Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm. Besides baked goods to take home, the ladies plan to serve clam chowder and meatball subs in the Parish House Café.

Featherstone opens their Holiday Gift Show this weekend. You can find affordable gifts made by Island artists, including scarves and stocking stuffers ranging in price from $5 to $250. All proceeds benefit the artists and Featherstone.

Do you like duck? What kind? Tickets for the Slow Food MV event this Sunday evening are $37 per person. Share an evening at the Agricultural Hall, and explore the flavors of duck. You can dine by a fire at community tables and begin the evening with an appetizer course. Rebecca Gilbert of Native Earth Teaching Farm in Chilmark will share her experience in raising  Cayuga, Khaki Campbell, and Muscovy ducks this last season. You will be invited to explore the viability of raising ducks in greater numbers for the table and see what it takes to get a duck from the egg to the table. Questions?

Guests and chefs alike will share their thoughts on taste and flavor, sampling grilled breasts from each of the three ducks, and hear chefs share why they choose the side dishes. Finish the meal in the French tradition with a salad (including duck, of course).

Mark your calendar now. The M.V. Chamber Music Society will present their Thanksgiving concert at the Old Whaling Church at 7:30 pm on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The music of Bartok, Brahms, and Schumann will be performed by Stephanie Chase on violin, Scott Woolweaver on viola, Scott Kluksdahl on cello, and Delores Stevens on piano. Tickets at the door $20 cash or check. Use your credit card at

Appraisers from Skinner, Inc. will be back on Saturday, December 6, for Appraisal Day from 9 am to 3 pm at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. Items may be consigned for sale by Skinner with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the museum. Reservations are required. Call Jessica, 508-627-4441, ext. 117, to reserve a time. Appraisal of one item costs $15; three for $40. You will be asked for a brief description of your item(s) so they will be more fully prepared to answer your questions.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Craig Dripps and to county treasurer Noreen Flanders. Wish the best tomorrow to Tracy Matthiessen, MJ Munafo, and Marion Burke. Saturday belongs to Dan Cabot and Alexander Ray.

Heard on Main Street: Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.

Our sympathies go out to friends and family of Buddy Mayhew. He was always an Islander in his heart.

This Saturday afternoon, buy your books at the Vineyard Haven Library. The sale runs from 2 to 4 pm and benefits the children’s programs. I had a friend who said used books were the best gifts because they came with love in them. She always told me she wouldn’t give away a book without reading it first.

At the Vineyard Haven Library this Sunday at 2 pm, the Peter Luce Play Readers perform the documentary play Seven as a staged reading. The play is based on personal interviews with seven women who overcame serious obstacles to create changes in human rights in their home countries.

Leslie J. Stark adapted the play for the Luce Play Readers and will direct the performance. The cast includes Connie McCreery (as Inez McCormack of Northern Ireland), Charlena Seymour (Anabella DeLeon of Guatemala), Nora Nevin (Farida Azizi of Afghanistan), Rise Terney (Marina Pisklakova of Russia), Sofia Anthony (Mu Sochua of Cambodia), Ellie Beth (Hafsat Abiola of Nigeria), and Elaine Bart (Mukhtar Mai of Pakistan). The play runs just over one hour without intermission. Refreshments will be served following the free performance.

There is a special addition to the library’s Adult Crafts series offered this week. Make It Mighty Ugly night at 7 pm this Tuesday includes a Skype session with author Kim Piper Werker. You will attempt to make a truly ugly creature. This class is for you if you want to unlock your creativity, get unblocked, or free yourself of expectations.

This week the Vineyard Playhouse offers Monday night at the movies with Jamie Alley on the Patricia Neal Stage upstairs. In Sitting Pretty Clifford Webb is a prissy genius author who takes the job of babysitter to three rambunctious children as research for his book on life in the suburbs. This features Robert Young and Maureen O’Hara. Remember?

You can support Featherstone Center for the Arts this Sunday when 15 percent of sales at Rainy Day will be donated to Featherstone. You should plan to visit the annual Gift Show at Featherstone that starts a week from Saturday. You support both Featherstone and local artists when you buy your holiday gifts at the show.

Last Sunday afternoon the Harley riders gave Santa a lift on a motorcycle right down Main Street. It seems a little early to be seeing Santa Claus in town, but you know he has to start looking early if he is going to be able to find all the toys he needs for kids.

Businesses downtown are running raffles to benefit those who need your help to get enough to eat this winter. The shop donates the prize and all the money collected will go to provide food for our hungry neighbors.

We have been somewhat surprised that we haven’t needed a propane delivery since last May. I thought we had a lovely summer but never realized it had extended so far into the fall. Just one more thing we should be thankful for.

Penny Wong invites you to bring the kids to take part in the annual Turkey Run from Bunch of Grapes Bookstore to Owen Park with oranges, water, and medals at the end. Yes, this year a turkey will be running as well. Cost is $5 per child and benefits the Grace Church Preschool’s enrichment program. The Turkey Run is not this Saturday but next week, November 22, at 9 am.

Seniors! Do you have an unusual holiday sweater?  Bring it to show at the Tisbury Senior Center next Monday.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Katie Davey. Happy birthday to Rebecca Gonsalves on Sunday. Wish the best on Wednesday to Island artist Nancy Furino.

Heard on Main Street: Smile, it gives your face something to do.

The northeaster certainly blew things around and kept the boats in port. Some of the passengers were not planning on a blustery day on Island but did what they could to keep warm and dry. The snow flurries were not welcomed by anyone. Considering the powerful winds, we were lucky the damage was not more severe.

If you missed the Planning Board’s second workshop, you have one more chance. That will be at 10 am tomorrow at the American Legion Hall.

Featherstone starts new classes today. Washington Ledesma offers five weeks of Intro to Ceramics from 4 to 6 pm. This series costs $139 for the five classes plus an additional $10 materials fee. See ACE MV.

Featherstone’s Opening Reception for Personal Altars II is Sunday from 4 to 6 pm in the Virginia Weston Besse Gallery. The show will be open daily 12 noon to  4 pm through November 19 with colorful pieces ranging from multimedia installations, found art wall hangings, quilted collages to acrylic paintings on canvas and ink jet print photographs.

Tomorrow evening from 5 to 7 pm is the opening reception at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum for the exhibit celebrating 200 years of Nancy Luce. This look back at her life and writings is free for museum members, $7 for non-members. Children under 6 are always free. The exhibit features original poetry books and artwork, letters, and objects from her home. It also includes the Chicken Lady’s tombstones for her chickens and art inspired by Nancy and her legacy. The display will remain through the end of January.

Nancy Luce is one of the Island’s well-known historical figures, but she is also one of the most misunderstood. Characterized by hardship, sickness, and isolation, she eked out a meager existence by selling eggs, small books of poems she wrote about her beloved flock of chickens, and photographs of herself to curious passersby. Her story is full of loneliness, but it contains compassion, love, and even moments of fierce joy. She was a tourist attraction in her lifetime and continues to fascinate people today. When my husband recalls his visits to the museum as a child, the best memories are of the chicken tombstones.

This Sunday at the Vineyard Haven Library enjoy Adult Crafts: Image Transfer at 1 pm. Jennifer will demonstrate a variety of image transfer techniques, then you will have time to complete a project. This is a great way to make personalized homemade holiday presents or cards. Bring your own images to transfer, as well as any surface to transfer images onto, including cloth, wood, glass, paper, and stone. Free for adults and ages 12 and up.

Later this month is a special addition to the Adult Crafts series on Tuesday, November 18: Make It Mighty Ugly night. More on this adventure next week.

This week the Vineyard Playhouse offers Monday night at the movies with Jamie Alley on the Patricia Neal Stage upstairs. All That Heaven Allows is a heartbreaking portrait of the reaction of small town America when an older widow and a young gardener become romantically involved, featuring Jane Wyman and Rock Hudson. All this and Rock Hudson for $5 at 7:30.

Next Tuesday at 7:30 pm is the Poetry Café at the Vineyard Playhouse downstairs in the Meryerhoff Lobby. The evening is hosted by MV Poet Laureate Arnie Reisman, joined by Clark Myers, Donald Nitchie, and Fan Ogilvie. $10 includes one dessert and beverage.

The new Tisbury writers group will not meet at the Tisbury Senior Center in November. Ellie Bates and Jill Jupen will read their selected poems at the Poetry Readings at the center a week from today, November 13, at 1:30 pm. All are welcome.

Belated birthday greetings go out to Amanda Parker who celebrated last Monday. Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Sam Myers. Tomorrow wish the best to Buffy Hanschka and Hugh Knipmeyer.

Heard on Main Street: Fly your flag to honor the veterans next Tuesday, November 11, Veterans Day.

The scarecrows created by students at the Charter School are a delightful addition to Main Street. Literary figures from Sleeping Beauty at The Beach House to the White Queen at Rainy Day are decorating our town. Some years I find it difficult to determine the category the students have chosen, but when you see Lowly Worm in front of the Bunch of Grapes Bookstore, you have a pretty good idea. The kids are raising money for their school and giving us some wonderful renditions of old-time characters. They also add a touch of whimsy to our town.

Our Vineyard Haven Library is now open Sundays from 12 noon to 4 pm. Tomorrow the library will be open for treats from 4 to 8 pm. Cider and Halloween candy are provided by the Friends of the Library. The Library is trying to reschedule the Long Point Five concert that was to be held on November 5 because that conflicts with one of the town Vision Planning workshops that evening.

There’s a Halloween puppet parade after school on Main Street from 3 to 4 pm. Bring your puppets to the party, beginning at the Mansion House corner with musical puppet show, weather permitting.

Tom Dresser and Jerry Muskin will speak tomorrow morning at 10 at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center. They are promoting their new book Music on Martha’s Vineyard. This is the history of harmony on the Vineyard from sea chanteys to the Tivoli, from the Moon Cusser to the Hot Tin Roof. The book tells more about the background of the Flying Elbows, the Community Chorus, and the Minnesingers.

Kids can touch a truck on Saturday at Truckin’ MV, a fundraiser for Vineyard Montessori from 11 am to 1:30 pm at the MVRHS parking lot. Kids of all ages can touch, and explore dozens of cool big trucks and vehicles. Get behind the wheel of your favorite — fire truck, police cruiser, cherry picker, and excavator — and meet the folks who power them. Food and snacks will be available for purchase, also a raffle, and games. $10 per child (0-12) and $25 a family, no charge for children under age one. Proceeds benefit the Vineyard Montessori School. Parent supervision is required, and cameras are recommended.

Saturday at 3 pm Meditations of Peace will take place in the MV Hospital Chapel. There will be peaceful forms of music, prayers, movement, poems and meditation and contemplation. The service is sponsored by Island clergy, musicians, and the interfaith community of Martha’s Vineyard. All are welcome. More at 508-696-1839.

Saturday morning a group supporting gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley and led by Martha’s sister Jane Coakley will be at Five Corners. Jane asked that we remind you all to vote on Tuesday.

If you need an absentee ballot, you can get the application anytime up to 12 noon on Monday at the town hall. Then you can mark your ballot right there in the office. Voting is our privilege. Be sure you do your part.

Sunday at 2 am marks the end of Daylight Saving Time. Fall back and enjoy an extra hour’s sleep. You can tell who forgot because they show up extra early for church. Are they the same ones who are late when we change the clocks in the spring?

Some years ago we had a sweet dog named Freckles. He had serious trouble with his dinner being late and went out of his way to be sure that I remembered he was waiting. It was hard to tell which of us had the most difficulty adjusting. I always think of him when the clocks change.

Commercial Tisbury Taxpayers are holding a Tisbury Commercial Taxpayers Annual Cocktail Meeting in the Mansion House Lobby next Wednesday at 4:30 pm. Discussion will include the upcoming Board of Selectmen meeting that deals with the tax rate classification.

Happy anniversary to Bill and Marie Connelly who are partying today. Is it 49 years now?

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Sally Leslie-Mitchell. Saturday belongs to Ann Davey. Wish the best on Monday to Emma Wajda and Maura Valley. Happy birthday to Lena Hanschka on Tuesday.

Heard on Main Street: The goblins’ll get you if you don’t watch out.

You have to admit last week’s weather was simply lovely while it lasted. And our fall colors are beginning to appear, especially on the nasty vine that tangles over everything in sight. The pretty leaves on the Bradford pear trees along Clough Lane are just starting to turn now.

Speaking of colors, the Vineyard Colors 2015 Calendar is now available at Cronig’s or the Bunch of Grapes. You can preview this beauty at I think it is June that features Vineyard Haven harbor. Each month features a short verse by Dan Waters.

Many, many thanks to the wonderful people we have at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. Donald is now home and much improved because of all their work.

Richard Paradise offers a photo exhibit of his own work as well as multimedia collaborations with Susan Klein and local musicians, and a pre-release movie, Monk With A Camera, at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center at 3:30 pm on Sunday.

Is this an issue on our island? Rural Scholars from UMASS School of Medicine and the Graduate School of Nursing are here through October 30 looking into elder abuse prevention on the Vineyard. They will interview community professionals who provide services for elders and then make recommendations. The public is invited to this at the West Tisbury Library next Thursday from 4:30 to 6 pm.

ACE-MV offers Writing from the Heart with Nancy Aronie and a writing workshop called Envisioning Your Emerging Self: Becoming More Conscious as We Age. For more call 508-693-9222 or write

Bring the family for an early Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday, November 8, at the First Baptist Church parish house on William Street. The family-style meal includes turkey, gravy, potatoes, green bean casserole, squash, cranberry sauce, beverage, and pie for $15. Call 508-693-1539 by November 3 to reserve your place or purchase tickets for 5 pm or 6:30 pm. Seating is limited.

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum has a new exhibit through November 11, “Mourning Practices in the 19th Century.” The artifacts show how people on Martha’s Vineyard dealt with the loss of loved ones during the 1800s.

Thursday at 5:30 pm, Tom Dresser and Jerry Muskin present Music On Martha’s Vineyard: A History of Harmony at the Museum. They explore the homegrown music scene and the summer stars who keep islanders and visitors moving to the beat. Donations appreciated. Books will be available.

On Sunday at the Museum will be the second annual Halloween Festival combined with the Nancy Luce 200th Birthday Celebration. That is from noon to 2 pm at the Museum’s Vineyard Haven property at 151 Lagoon Pond Road. Bring the family to decorate gingerbread gravestone cookies, create Nancy’s fancy letters on coloring pages, and make chicken hats. Enjoy spider web hopscotch, play Halloween eye spy, and decorate pumpkins with your favorite designs. Come in costume. Free and open to all.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Jeff Kristal. He celebrates on Monday. Tuesday is a big party day; it belongs to Lillian Colligan, and Kaylee Donnella Kuehne, and Tate Buchwald.

Heard on Main Street: Spirits rise in the fall.…

Last weekend the streets on the Island were crowded with many of the big tour buses. One tour group included a number of passengers from England who happily shopped in our stores. The towns had lots of visitors from all over the country and several from Canada. Of course, there were a number of wedding celebrations as well. Many of our summer friends were down to close their places for the winter.

Tomorrow you have another chance to see Gone Girl starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike at the MV Film Center at 7:30 pm. Last week’s viewing sold out. It will also be shown on Saturday at 4 pm and Sunday at 7:30 pm. The film unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his beautiful wife, Amy, has gone missing.Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits, and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?

On Saturday from 12 noon to 3 pm the First Baptist Church will sponsor the first annual Oktoberfest on the corner of Spring and William Streets. There will be sausages and hot dogs, homemade sauerkraut, and root beer for sale as well as an Oompah Band providing music. Kids can enjoy games such as the water balloon throw, lucky ducks, and prizes, even a puppet show at 2 pm. Vendors will offer crafts, new clothing, baked goods and fresh produce.

Also on Saturday morning the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard invites you to enjoy the Walk for the Animals with a Halloween twist at Tradewinds Park. The rain date is Sunday. Bring your pet in costume. Park and register at the Oak Bluffs School where the course starts and ends. Prizes for best costume will be awarded, according to the age of the person who created the costume: ages 12 and under, 13 to 19, and 20 and up.

Anyone who likes to walk is welcome, whether you have a pet or not. Start walking between 10 am and 12 noon. The flat course winds through the woods along the old landing strip with cutoffs if you want to do a short version. Water will be available for humans and pets along the way. All fundraisers will receive a special bandana. Registration forms are online at Ask your family and friends to sponsor you.

Art in the Stacks provides the opportunity for artists to show their work and for Vineyard Haven Library patrons to enjoy art throughout the year. Paintings by Harry Seymour, a part-time resident, are on display this month on the library’s Art Wall on the lower level. He draws upon the beauty of Martha’s Vineyard and his African-American cultural experiences for inspiration. His work was recently selected as part of the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital’s permanent art collection.

There is no end to the wonders at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center. Susan Klein and Alan Brigish invite you to the premiere of their latest collaboration Now & Zen: A Window on Beauty. This is the first of a series of multimedia shows we are developing, together with local talented composers and musicians.

A wine and cheese reception, the opening exhibit, and multimedia show will be on Sunday, October 26, at 3 pm, followed by a movie. Featured are the best of Alan’s collection of images from journeys on the Vineyard and to the far reaches of the world with his camera. Also showing will be the first multimedia production by Alan and Susan in the lobby. The second Impermanence will debut prior to the main movie that day. The Vineyard Zen DVD will be available for sale in November, with partial proceeds going to the MV Film Center. More at

Thursday is the first night of the MV Food and Wine Festival, which kicks off with Fresh off the Farm at the Ag hall, a celebration of Vineyard farmers and chefs, and rolls through Friday, Saturday and Sunday with wine and food events for all. More info at:

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Jeff Serusa on Monday. Wish the best on Tuesday to Dylan Jacobs.

Heard on Main Street: Why is it that the most colorful leaves in my garden are the weeds?

The weather man says you should expect big changes in the weather in the fall. We know. Especially in New England.

Tomorrow at 7 pm CK Wolfson will talk about her biography of Ray Ellis at the Bunch of Grapes Bookstore. Painting a Life creates a visual biography as demonstrated by his paintings. On Saturday at 4 pm you can meet poet Brooks Robards and artist Hermine Hull as they talk about their new book, On Island: Poems and Paintings of Martha’s Vineyard.

This is a good time to visit Shaw Cramer Gallery. Nancy is closing her gallery and has some fine art on sale now. You could also check out CB Stark’s gingerbread collection of charms created from the designs found in the decorative work on the cottages in the Campground. Sales are taking place all over town this weekend and especially on Main Street. Beach House offers 25 percent off all in the store.

Date change: Dinosaur 13 is next Wednesday at the MV Film Center, with Dr. Henry Kriegstein: see more on this and other films at

The new Tisbury Writers Group meets at 10 am on Tuesdays, beginning next week at the Tisbury Senior Center. There is no fee, just bring your enthusiasm for your written word. Don’t forget to bring some of your writing; more at 508-696-4205.

Don’t forget the Art of Chocolate preview party at Featherstone Friday evening from 6 to 8 pm. That costs $50 per person for endless chocolate treats and hands-on making of chocolate art; RSVP to 508-693-1850. On Saturday and Sunday you can taste chocolate concoctions — two tastes for $5 or five for $10. Perhaps we should rename the weekend to Chocolate Days weekend.

Celebrate National Fossil Day at the Oak Bluffs Library next Thursday from 4 to 7:45 pm. Bring fossils to show or to ask about. Or just come and see what others bring. Some who really know about this will display materials and share. Meet Anna Carringer and Ann DuCharme of the MV Museum, Dr. Maurice Tivey of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, as well as Dr. Henry Kriegstein, Duncan Caldwell, Bill Moody, Alicia Lesnikowska, Heidi Raihofer and Joe Leonardo, Jacob and Sam Gurney, Michael Wooley, Fred Hotchkiss, and others. This event is for all ages. You will be surprised what’s out there. Students are especially welcome.

Yann Meersseman is an amazing photographer. His 365 days on the Vineyard exhibit at the West Tisbury Library runs through the end of October. You can view the exhibit online and order prints from that collection at He captures our favorite views in beautiful scenes. I guarantee you will be impressed.

More lovely beach scenes of Chilmark are on display at the Chilmark bank. These were taken by Helen Neumann.

Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 25, to enjoy the Silent and Live Auction to benefit the MVRHS Minnesingers from 6 to 9 pm. $25 includes hors d’oeuvres, chowder bar, desserts, and cash bar at Dreamland. Get your ticket from any MVRHS Minnesinger or at the door; more at 508-939-4053. Proceeds go to the Minnesingers Scholarship Fund to help with their travel expenses abroad in April when they will be performing at several venues, including local schools and churches.

Belated birthday greetings to Tristan Israel. He found an original way to celebrate by dedicating a new solar panel to help lower electric costs. Thanks, Tristan.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Ryan Dunbar, Lee Lowe, and Chris Lowe, all celebrating on Sunday. Happy birthday to Heather Angelastro and David Finkelstein who party on Monday. Tuesday belongs to Phil Reynolds.

Heard on Main Street: Have a very happy Columbus Day.

Martha’s Vineyard flu clinic is Saturday at the high school from 9 am to noon. People in vehicles must register at Waban Park or West Tisbury School before going to the high school. More information is available at your library.

Note to artists age 15 and up: The Martha’s Vineyard Museum is accepting entries for the second Island Faces contest, in collaboration with Featherstone Center for the Arts. A panel of judges from the Island art community will jury the competition. The winning portraits will be shown next June at the Museum summer-opening reception and remain on display through the summer. The public can vote for their favorite. Leslie Baker is hosting a series of self-portrait classes at Featherstone this fall to get people inspired. Entry forms and more:

Tisbury artist Donna Straw has an exhibit of her work at the M.V. Film Center for three weeks. Her unusual colors and unique designs will catch your eye.

Will you offer your visions of the future to the Tisbury Planning Board? The board has invited participation in the planning process(see details here: If you missed the opportunity on Tuesday, you can still attend meetings at 10 am Friday in the Vineyard Haven library or 10 am Saturday at the new fire station.

Suggestions made so far for some improvements at Owen Park reminded me of the annoying problems I encountered this summer. The mindless decision to dig up most of the Owen Park parking lot for the summer months made this a most unwelcoming place. Parking near the beach was eliminated, including the handicap spot, where the DPW truck parked.

On Tuesday at 7 pm, welcome Arnie Reisman, the Island’s new Poet Laureate. He is an award-winning writer and performer whose work has appeared on television, radio, and stage. Sponsored by the library, the event will be at the Cornell Theatre.

The Thrift Shop has a collection of class photos for sale. They came from the Luce House, so they are probably Tisbury School class pictures. Is your relative in that picture?

If you don’t want to miss Seastreak’s final Foxwoods trip of the season on Monday, October 13, you still have time to sign up. Call 1-800-BOATRIDE or reserve your space in person at the SSA Terminal.

Everyone at the Post Office has been talking about the closure of Lagoon Pond Road. At least we were warned about the new water system is going in.

ACE MV classes start the week of Oct. 6, but you can register online at

Fall for the Arts is a month-long celebration of local artists. Enjoy two West Tisbury concerts on successive weekends offered by the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society.

A Choral Concert of Two Continents: Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and Randall Thompson’s “Frostiana” will begin at 3 pm on Sunday at the West Tisbury Church. As part of Fall for the Arts, organist David Roderick leads the church choir in a special performance. Enjoy the classic Vivaldi and the seven songs of Thompson’s “Frostiana,” celebrating the poetry of Robert Frost. Doors open at 2:30. Admission is $15; students are free. For more info, call 508-693-2842.

On Sunday, Oct. 12, at 4 pm, pianist Delores Stevens, violinist and composer Maria Newman, and percussionist Martha Thatcher will play a free Dedication Concert at the new West Tisbury library. The concert in the Community Room includes the music of Gabriel Fauré, Maria Newman, and César Franck. Another star of the concert will be a newly acquired vintage Steinway baby grand restored by MVCMS piano technician David Stanwood. The piano is being purchased and donated by a group of music lovers. There will be a free-will offering to help with the funding.

A week from Sunday, from 11 am to 3 pm, you can celebrate 50 years of Fern and Feather Camp at Felix Neck. The day camp has been teaching children the wonders of the natural world since 1963, and lots of alums are expected to attend and share stories. Events include a live-animal presentation by Gus Ben David at 11 am, followed by a silent auction, as well as music and food. An Edible Wild Vineyard walk with Ross Cohen requires a fee and reservations.

A dozen Vineyard artists are offering their creations over Columbus Day weekend to benefit the finishing of “the sameheart,” a documentary by Tisbury filmmakers Len and Georgia Morris. The film proposes a route to end child poverty. The sales are at 129 Indian Hill Road from 10 am to 8 pm, and include clothing, yak blankets, crystals, skin products, charcoal drawings, and landscapes in photographs and oils. For more:

Rita Brown and Janice Casey want you to know that the M.V. Gourmet Cafe and Bakery

will close midday on Oct. 18. Until then, they open at 7 am. Back Door Donuts opens at 7 pm for the last night this fall on Friday, Oct. 17. One week from today is the last day for special orders.

Mark your calendar: The next meeting of the Steamship Authority board is here at the Cornell Theatre at 9:30 am on Tuesday, Oct. 21. The big issue is increasing excursion fares to cover higher fuel costs and operating expenses.

Congratulations go out today to Chris and Jane Chandler and Bob and Lynne Benson.

Best wishes for a happy anniversary go to my sweetheart next Tuesday.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Nore Clark. On Saturday, wish the best to Mya Houston. Sunday belongs to Peg Elwell and Donald Childs. Happy birthday to Pat Benway next Tuesday.

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

Esther McCracken and her friend Margaret Tatjens of Seattle were guests of Clara Rabbitt this month. Esther’s brother Roger Sylva and his wife Gloria drove to Boston to pick up the guests. It had been 10 years since Esther and her friend had been on the Island. They all attended the wedding of cousin Carole Lee Sylva and Matt Flanders on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Farm Neck, where Esther met some family members. Other days she traveled around the Island visiting with her sisters and brothers and more cousins and their children.

Esther’s sister Donna Tomkins and husband Walter invited Clara and her visitors to their home for dinner several evenings with their children and grandchildren. Donna drove Clara, Esther, and Margaret to Gay Head and Menemsha on their last day here. They stopped for shakes and root beer floats at the Galley and visited cousin Pat Jenkinson on the way home. All had a great time, and the visitors left on the 16th.

The Tisbury Planning Board wants your input. They are creating a framework to guide town decisions in the future. They call it Vision Planning. They invite you to the first workshop, next Tuesday at 7 pm at the Tisbury Senior Center. Or you can go to the next workshop at the library a week from tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 3, at 10 am. It will be repeated at the new fire station on Saturday, Oct. 4, at 10 am. Should we focus on improving the harbor? Or parks? This is your turn to be heard before the plans are made. Then in early November the results of the workshop will be presented, and you can help determine what is most important to you for future planning decisions.

We are enjoying a striking number of visitors this fall from Australia. Most have come here for the first time. They like our weather and commented on the sights and sounds of so many American accents. A few busloads of people from our southern states are here as well.

Then more folks are here for the fishing Derby, and their friends and wives are shopping — so all of this activity is good for the Island. Some up-Islanders are only now venturing out to take advantage of the parking now available down-Island.

We have such interesting population shifts. Soon after the snowbirds come home in spring, shops, businesses, and restaurants start to open. Then the tour buses begin to arrive. Summer means the influx of the July summer people, who are soon followed by the much different August crowd. At the end of August we lose an abundance of college kids who quit their summer jobs and head back to school after a few days of summer fun.

Unfortunately, this year it seemed that all these kids, the summer persons who leave after the fair, and all the carnival workers were leaving just as the President and his family and hundreds of Secret Service and newsmen all boarded the ferries the same weekend. This major exodus lasted from that Thursday before the weekend through the following Tuesday.

But then the Island was ours — the beaches, the parking spaces, and all were just waiting for us to enjoy it. As the weather cools, fewer and fewer of us are at the beach, except for fishing, and our local activities get into gear as we end the month of September.

Thirty years ago the whole Island closed down by October 1. Now most shops and restaurants are open through Christmas. Perhaps that slowdown at the first of the year is what drives off the snowbirds who head south, leaving us with the real Island all to ourselves, and the snow and ice.

Tomorrow is the last day of summer lobster rolls at Grace Church.

Next Tuesday, Flatbread Pizza hosts a benefit for the West Tisbury library, starting with takeout at 2 pm. There will be a raffle and a silent auction for wondrous items from an exquisite handmade quilt to roundtrip Cape Air tickets to Boston or a tree from Polly Hill.

Still thinking about ACE MV? The Course Sampling Fair is next Wednesday, Oct. 1, from 5 pm to 6:30 pm at the regional high school. Meet the teachers, register for classes, and sample food prepared by the cooking instructors. You pay a $10 late fee if you sign up the day of the course. For more, call Diane Abbot at 508-693-9222. What do you want to learn?

Congratulations to Laurel Mayhew and Kevin Olson, who celebrate 15 years together tomorrow. Happy anniversary to Joe and Susan Canha, marking 45 years of bliss on Sunday.

Best wishes on Wednesday to Sandy and Sofya Nadelstein after 19 years of happiness.

Belated birthday greetings to Clara Rabbitt, who celebrated her birthday with friends and family on the 13th.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Jeanne Hilton today. On Saturday, wish the best to Ashleen Dorsey and Eric B. Davison. Wish a very happy birthday on Tuesday to Julie Immelt.

Best wishes go out to Deborah Suneson on Wednesday.

Heard on Main Street: One thing you can’t recycle is wasted time.

Now I am wondering what happened to summer. Suddenly the sunset is earlier and earlier and the breezes are really cool. I’m not ready yet.

Saturday, Sept. 20, is the Annual Ceremony of Remembrance at the Edgartown Lighthouse at 1 pm. The public is invited to this moving ceremony for children, commemorated at the base of the Edgartown Lighthouse in the Children’s Memorial. You can also enjoy music and light refreshments provided by the Harbor View Hotel. Rain date: Saturday, Sept. 27 (verify at 508-627-4441, ext. 110).

September is a busy month at the senior center. Visitors enjoyed a music class presented by Charles Blank, an afternoon tea & talk featuring poets Annette Sandrock and Lee McCormack, an organizational gathering of Island writers, and a session about Medicare, targeted to the boomer generation.

Kathleen Samway presents a new senior center program on Monday at 1:30 pm called A Matter of Balance, introducing an eight-week series that addresses balance, falls, flexibility, strength and problem-solving. This series is designed for those who want to increase their activity level and fight the fear of falling. Kathleen is a physical therapist and clinical director of the former VNA.

Try the free Health Fair at the Tisbury Senior Center on Monday from 4 pm to 6 pm. Get your blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and hearing checked, and get tested for glaucoma. Call 508-693-4205 with questions, or for an appointment for the hearing test.

The Friends of the Tisbury COA host a free Afternoon Tea on Monday, Sept. 29, from 4 pm to 5:30 pm to celebrate the end of summer. Everyone is invited. See friends, learn about events, and get involved. The Friends plan special events to raise funds for the center. You are welcome to learn about what is happening at your senior center, a community center for all stages of getting wiser. (I think that’s such a nice way to describe our aging.)

By the way, have you seen a large black snake recently? Black racers (Coluber constrictor) are important predators in grasslands, shrublands, and forest edges, all part of the Vineyard landscape. They are harmless to humans but control rodent populations, including the white-footed mice that host deer ticks (and Lyme disease). The Vineyard Conservation Society is helping to collect data on these snakes; they are really big and scary to look at, but terribly useful while not harmful to us. If you have photographed one or can say where you may have seen one lately, VCS wants to know: 508-693-9588.

Registration is open for all ACE MV fall classes: online at, by mail, or at the new ACE MV office at 35 Greenwood Ave., 2nd floor. That’s the MV Family Center building across from our library. Or sign up at the Course Sampling Fair at the high school on Wednesday, Oct. 1 from 5 pm to 6:30 pm. Class sizes are limited, and early registration is encouraged.

There are classes in job skills, math and English to prepare for college or GED, and college courses, as well as writing, jazz, canning, theater, and Thai cooking — even understanding Medicare. Adults can bring children (ages 6 to 12) to learn the basics of salsa and Latin beat together. I guess I should try the class on auto maintenance for women.

Cycle Martha’s Vineyard is only two weeks away. The cycling ride around the Island on Saturday, Oct. 4 (508-627-8303), benefits the Rotary Club and the Gay Head Light. You can ride again on Sunday — or run or golf. Sunday is a Gay Head Light 10K ( And more: The MV Golf Tournament at Mink Meadows on that Sunday benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters. Call 508-693-0101.

Belated congratulations go out to Doris Stewart and Jerome Clark, whose anniversary was yesterday. Anniversary wishes go out today to Louisa Gould and J.B. Lamont.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Hilda Illingworth. Wish the best tomorrow to Barbara Maciel. Happy birthday to Jan Dorchester and Dan Greenbaum, who celebrate on Saturday. Sunday belongs to Trip Barnes and Ken Ward. Happy birthday to Lori Dorsey on Monday. Next Wednesday there will be a run on birthday candles: Greetings go out to Muriel Laverty, Judy Federowicz, Kathy Rogers, and Kenny Davey.

Heard on Main Street: Take the edge off the darkening fall days and come together for the pleasure of learning. [ACE MV]