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Four generations of firstborn sons named Bill Mill gathered for Mother's Day in Vineyard Haven: Bill R (father), Bill C (great grandfather) holding Bill Duncan, and Bill B (grandfather) holding great grandpa’s dog Duncan. – Photo courtesy Sue Mill

Now this is how Mother’s Day should be spent: Four generations of firstborn sons named William Mill gathered here last weekend. Great-grandfather Bill Mill, a resident of our town, hosted his son Bill Mill of Middletown, Conn., and his grandson Bill Mill and great-grandson Bill Mill, 5 months old, of Portland, Maine. Baby Bill’s grandfather Bill from Connecticut was joined by his wife, Cheryl, and also by new Daddy Bill’s wife and Baby Bill’s mother, Samantha, who were celebrating their first Mother’s Day as a mom and a grandmother. The family hopes this will be the first of many trips to the Island for the youngest member.

And didn’t we have the most glorious day to celebrate? We were happy to see our friends and neighbors at the Black Dog Tavern early that day for breakfast. And one of my favorite treats was a sweet note from my son-in-law, taking the time to wish me a happy Mother’s Day.

The Tisbury School third graders began creating “scrimshawed teeth” out of kiln-fired clay with art teacher Julie Brand earlier this year. This inspired the students to learn more about scrimshaw. The students researched the many ways whale teeth have been used over the years, and the stories they tell. They visited the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, and handled teeth in the museum collection. The students’ work will be featured in the new exhibit “Teeth,” along with a variety of teeth from the museum, including an entire set of sperm whale teeth still attached to the lower jaw. The show opens with a free reception tomorrow at 5:30 pm in the museum, and runs through June 10.

Instead of the happy noises of the songbirds greeting the day, I woke this morning to the loud and unhappy calls of the tom turkey to the hens escaping from him.

We were sorry to note the passing of John Wehnke. He and his wife Jane were active in many areas on the Island for years. He was a mainstay of the Unitarian Society, serving in many ways, including president. He had a wry humor, and always had a smile and a friendly comment whenever you saw him.

The Bradford pear trees are in full bloom, our version of the cherry blossoms. Colorful azaleas are ready to pop; even the lilies of the valley are sweet and plentiful.

I told you about Tom Dresser’s new book Martha’s Vineyard: A History. Now he plans to tell you all about it at the Vineyard Haven library next Tuesday evening at 7. Copies will be available for purchase and signing. The talk is open to the public at no charge.

Did you know that a staple remover can help you open the key ring when you want to take one off or put a new key on?

This Saturday ACE MV offers an all-day class in spreading manure. If you missed the Fertilizer Certification Course, you should sign up to get certified to spread. This course will allow you to become certified to handle and use fertilizer in each town under the new law that went into effect in January this year and all the new local regulations. Call the high school or email info@acemv.org.

Friday night Lobster Rolls will be at Grace Church Friday from 4 to 7:30 pm. I’m ready!

Get rid of those computers on Saturday. Community Services is expecting you.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Brendan O’Neill today. He is also directing the celebration of the 50th birthday of the Vineyard Conservation Society. Wish the best on Saturday to Jill Walsh. Glenna Moore parties on Sunday. Tuesday belongs to our son Craig Mayhew. Parties galore on Wednesday for Lillian Hammond and Maura Ziemian.

Heard on Main Street: Enjoy life. It comes with an expiration date.

 

Get rid of that stuff you don’t want, and support Community Services. The Spring Electronics Disposal Day is a week from Saturday, May 16, from 9 am to 2 pm at Community Services. Recycle for off-Island disposal your old air conditioner, copier, dehumidifier, fax or scanner, microwave, computer and parts, refrigerator, stereo, TV, washers and dryers, etc. The fees are from $2 to $30, with a 10% discount for a full car, to benefit Community Services.

Family and friends are very grateful to the Tisbury police, firefighters, EMTs, and the hospital staff for taking such good care of Grace Sundman-Burton. Now resting at home, she hopes to be OK in a week or two. We all know how fortunate we are to have these emergency people here when we need them.

Learn more about housing on our Island next Tuesday at 7 pm at the Vineyard Haven library. David Vigneault, director of the County Regional Housing Authority, will try to help us gain a new perspective with general information about housing. He will also share news from 2015 town meetings.

The wonderful Minnesingers will present their annual Spring Concert, “An American Songbook,” celebrating 90 years of the Oscars. The concert is Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 3 pm in the MVRHS Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10 ($7 students, seniors) at the door.

Many of us were happily expecting the birth of baby Mark Immelt Whelden when the unthinkable happened. Suddenly there was no more heartbeat. Labor was induced, and the baby was stillborn. One in 160 births results in a stillborn child. The bereaved parents wanted to cuddle their baby a little before letting go forever. In memory of baby Mark, there is a fundraising campaign for Cuddle Cots. These beds cool the body temperature and preserve the stillborn child so the parents have more time to say goodbye. Help other parents at our hospital cope with their loss by donating to the fundraising campaign for Cuddle Cots. More at: http://de.gofund.me/rxy6hs.

How good to see so many of our snowbirds returning. And summer folk are coming to open their houses. Suddenly the sun is shining and many friends are back among us. Welcome home.

Plan ahead: The East Chop House Tour is June 16 from noon to 4 pm. The tour includes five homes on East Chop and the lighthouse, and a closing reception at the East Chop Beach Club. Tickets are $50 per person to benefit Featherstone (get your tickets there).

This summer the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society is sponsoring two summer camps for youth ages 10 to 15 at the film center. Scholarship help is available for Island tweens. For more: rich@mvfilmsociety.com. Adults have a camp choice, too.

Celebrate Mother’s Day with Martha Child & Friends at the Musical May Tea on Saturday, May 16, from 1 to 3 pm. Tea and sandwiches will be served during the musical afternoon. There will be a Hat Contest, as well as white elephant and bake-sale tables. Adults are $10, $5 for children under 12. All this takes place at the First Baptist Church Parish Hall. More: 508-693-1539.

On Sunday afternoon, May 24, the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society presents the Spring Concert at the Old Whaling Church at 4 pm. Bring the family and holiday visitors to hear the music of Brahms, Rontgen, Bernstein, and Bruch performed by the fabulous trio of Kelli O’Connor, clarinet; Scott Woolweaver, viola; and Delores Stevens, piano. Tickets at the door are cash or check only: $20 for adults; students are free.

Advance tickets for the concert (by credit card) are at TicketsMV.com. Subscriptions for the Summer Concert Festival will be sold at intermission and afterward, for your last chance for early bird pricing.

Have you heard about the Mass. Memories Road Show? The “Mass.” is for Massachusetts, and this is a road show of photos that might otherwise be lost. The UMass program provides a free scan of up to three photographs special to you, a picture that might not be preserved. The event has been held in several different towns over the past several years. This year the focus is on you, on Martha’s Vineyard, and will take place on Saturday, Oct. 17.

You will hear more about this in the months to come. Start thinking now. What special photo do you want to preserve, online, forever? Or maybe you want to help with the program. Our own library director, Amy Ryan, is the person in charge. If you want to help, email her at amyryan@clamsnet.org. You can go online to openarchives.umb.edu for more.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Garry Metters, who parties on Friday. Wish the best next Wednesday to Amy Levine.

Happy Mother’s Day. My mother had eyes in the back of her head. How else did she know what I did behind her back? She made it very clear when I was in trouble. She used my full name, including my middle name. That was really scary. No one else ever did that. But she could heal an ache or pain with a cuddle and few words, and made everything all better. I miss my mother.

Heard on Main Street: Remember your mother, or somebody’s mother, this Sunday.

Tomorrow at 7:30 pm, the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse and MVY Radio present Amy Fairchild and the Fruit Flies. Tickets, $12, benefit the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse and Friends of MVY Radio.

Next Wednesday at 3:30 pm is the program for you, whether you plan to retire or continue to work, if you are approaching 65. You should be “Planning for Medicare Before You Turn 65.”

This free comprehensive seminar will help you understand health care options. Call the Tisbury Senior Center at 508-696-4205 to sign up by Monday.

Our Tisbury postmaster is Debbie Chickering. We were talking about the issues with the doors to the Post Office, which all of you know have been problems for years. It does not help that the main door is on the windiest corner in town. Debbie said that the side door, which has been working well since the repairs, now has double hinges, a hinge inside and outside. Government rules require her following bureaucratic regulations for repairs and such. That takes time. She suggested it might be possible to redesign the door, and that a sliding door might work better. Wouldn’t that be nice?

On Memorial Day weekend, Vineyard Conservation Society and the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society bring French actor Jacques Perrin to the Vineyard for a film festival, showcasing the natural beauty within his films. Five recent films include the North American premiere of Night on Earth, as well as the Academy Award-winning classic Cinema Paradiso. More at info@mvfilmsociety.com or 508-696-9369.

The Vineyard Conservation Society asks, Why does water matter to you? Every high school student can answer this by entering painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, or other media in “The Art of Conservation.” All entries are due May 14. The student art will be displayed May 21, and a reception will be held during the film festival.

Support the 2015 After Prom Party at the YMCA on the night of May 16 from 10 pm to 5 am. The Youth Task Force is helping with finances to cover a DJ, food, prizes, music, games, a photo booth, and more. Call Rachel Araujo at 774-310-0027 or Debbie DeBettencourt at 774-836-6448 for information.

Steve and Judy Nichols have returned from a week off-Island visiting children and grandchildren. They celebrated her birthday and, as a treat, traveled to Wilmot, N.H., to visit with her cousin Ellen Gifford Downing and son Bruce Downing.

Mass. Memories Road Show? The “Mass.” is for Massachusetts, and this is a road show of photos that might otherwise be lost. I will tell you more about this, and your part in it, next week.

Arts and Society presents “An Evening with William Butler Yeats” at 8 pm this Saturday at the Katharine Cornell Theatre. Tickets are $20 at Bunch of Grapes Bookstore. Performers include Wallace Bullock, Joyce Maxner, Seamus Mullen, Chrystal Parrot, Niki Patton, Buck Reidy, Arnie Reisman, Ken Rusczyk, Kristian Seney, Becky Williams, and Gerry Yukevich.

The Mansion House has new classes, free for members, at the Health Club starting Monday. Noontime Yoga is offered weekdays for men and women. Expectant moms can take Fit Mama, a certified prenatal exercise class on Thursday at 6:45 pm. Call Brenda Wallis at 508 693-2200. Walk-ins are invited.

Calling all artists: “The Art of Flowers Show” at Featherstone with Holly Alaimo: Bring up to 3 pieces, all mediums, gallery-ready; drop off May 6 between 10 and 4. The opening reception will be Sunday, May 10, from 4 to 6 pm.

Tom Dresser’s new book comes out next week. Martha’s Vineyard: A History covers early Wampanoag legends, the whaling industry, and the deaf residents of Chilmark, as well as immigrants from the Azores, Cape Verde, and Brazil. Topics even include the filming of Jaws.

The Martha’s Vineyard Cancer Support Group hosts the annual fundraiser “Evening Under the Stars” on Thursday, May 14, at Farm Neck from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Enjoy a delicious buffet, drinks, raffle, and music by Mike Benjamin. $100 tickets, with all proceeds for Island cancer patients to help with costs of treatment. For more, call AnneMarie Donahue at 508-627-7958.

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life takes place on May 30th at the high school. Details are at americancancersociety.org. If you can’t walk, donations are always accepted.

The Tisbury Senior Center invites you to enjoy “How to Remember Not to Forget.” This program is free, for all ages, at 1:30 pm, a week from Monday on May 11. Sign up by May 8 at 508-696-4205.
Congratulations to Craig and Laura Mayhew, who mark their wedding anniversary on “Cinco de Mayhew.”
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Andrew Williamson. His twin Ellie Williamson celebrates tomorrow. Wish the best to Herb Ward on Saturday. Monday belongs to Anne Duarte.
Heard on Main Street: Did you know that if you don’t forward those bad jokes, your hard drive will kill your mouse?

 

Aren’t we enjoying this warm spring weather? We treasure it because it probably won’t last too long. But did you know that the Arctic sea ice has shrunk to its lowest winter extent ever recorded since 1880? This follows our planet’s warmest year since records began in 1880.

A light went out of our lives with the passing of Charles Blank two weeks ago. His wit and delight with life has been lost to us. He tried very hard to make even the tone-deaf enjoy classical music. He had a depth of understanding and a unique view of the comedy of life. He also had a way of making each of us who knew him feel that we were special, not only to him but to our world. He was a very special man.

Watch out for kids in the streets. It is school vacation week. This year several off-Island schools will be on vacation as well. I think it has to do with snow days and Patriot’s Day being a holiday in the commonwealth. Last weekend the sunny warm weather brought guests of all ages, renting bikes, strolling through town, and enjoying the Vineyard preparing for the summer season.

The Tisbury town meetings seemed to attract all those voters happily in favor of almost anything proposed on the warrant. After two long evenings with most every request approved, one voter asked the FinCom for advice on what the voters can do to avoid repeated overrides. The current chairman, Larry Gomez, went to the microphone. He suggested the answer was fairly simple. His advice was, “Just say no.”

You still have a chance to say no to the several override items featured on our town ballot. The last four questions ask for approval of expensive overrides. The town election is next Tuesday, April 28.

This is tree hugger month. You already know that trees are vital to life here on Earth. Trees purify the air we breathe, filter the water we drink, and offer a home to many plants and animals. Have you hugged a tree today? You can do your part by recycling paper products.

The Water Diviner, directed by and starring Russell Crowe, will be at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center Thursday evening at 7:30 pm. This is a story of an Australian man who travels to Turkey to locate his three sons, missing after WW I.

The Sustainable Book Club is sponsored by Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary and all six Island libraries. The Island-wide book group is reading and discussing books that examine our

relationship with nature. Next Wednesday at 5:30 pm, you are invited to join in at the Vineyard Haven library, discussing a book called American Catch, by Paul Greenberg. For more, check with your library or Felix Neck.

While you are marking your calendar, note that our Vineyard Haven library will be closed on Friday, May 8, for building maintenance.

It’s not too late to sign up for food-safety courses: ACE MV has a number of important courses coming up in May. There are programs on tick and mosquito control and food safety and certification, as well as anti-choking training. There is also a class to help you order wine properly. Sam Decker will present “Understanding Wine” on Wednesday, May 6, and his class includes wine tasting.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out on Saturday to Alexandra Habekost. Birthday greetings go out to Jessica Soleil, Ronnie Tolin, and Melanie Jane Dickson on Tuesday. Wednesday belongs to John McCarthy.

Heard on Main Street: Don’t complain about April showers. They are promising the dandelions of summer.

Of course, you mailed your taxes in yesterday. We won’t mention it again.

I suppose all those catalogs help to pay the postal expenses, but it seems obvious to me that those businesses should be paying much more for postage. If they can afford to mail hundreds of catalogs that get tossed before they are even looked at, the U.S. Postal Service is just not charging them enough. Our Vineyard Haven Post Office has huge bins full of catalogs. Last week there were catalogs piled on top of the trash cans and overflowing the bins. The cost of disposing of all of these should be charged back to all the catalog mailers. But not to me. I never asked for all those catalogs to clog up my box or my post office. But it is my stamp prices that keep rising.

Slow Food Martha’s Vineyard says all are welcome to their annual meeting and 10th anniversary potluck tonight, from 6 to 8 pm. Tour the IGI Thimble Farm greenhouse to see what they are doing with hydroponics. Hear what makes a year-round food system viable. Then enjoy a fresh salad of greenhouse greens and a potluck of finger food. A short meeting will follow, with the election of new board members. It’s free; bring a finger-food dish for six, and your own plate, utensils, and cup. Turn off the Edgartown Road at the Island Alpaca sign, at the rock follow the paved road to the fork, then follow the arrow sign to the dirt road to the farm. Enter through the greenhouse.

Spring is here. Last Sunday’s sunshine brought out the early tourists, who were enjoying the quiet springtime on our Island. The sunshine is a lovely harbinger of warmer weather to come.

The Vineyard Haven Library will be closed on Patriot’s Day, along with most of Massachusetts. The library is hosting a collection of photographs by Harvey Beth in the stacks through the end of April. Many Island artists find this a good place to display their work. You could, too. Just call the library to find out.

Welcome home to the snowbirds. More and more of our neighbors are returning, not at all sad that they missed the February snowstorms that stretched out for two months.

If you missed the candidates’ night, you need to read the Times. Our town is fortunate, because we have some hard workers who are running for office again, and several new faces as well. When in doubt, I suggest choosing the one with some experience, especially those who have served our town for many years, year in and year out. Pay attention, and prepare to vote wisely. Election Day is a week from next Tuesday.

Did you know some people start to sneeze as soon as the pussy willows come out? And now all the trees are getting into the act.

Islanders are invited to the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School at 9 am on April 28 for a conversation with Island women business leaders. The panel will share their stories of business, and discuss the challenges on-Island. Register online with acemv.org. Space is limited; cost is $15. For more, call 508-693-9222.

Need some kale soup? The cost is $10 for the kale soup competition on Sunday, from 5 to 7 pm, at the P.A. Club.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go to Jack Rizza and Fran Gould today. Tomorrow, wish the best to Ann Maley. Birthday greetings to Rozetta Hughes on Saturday. Sunday belongs to Thomas Green and Bob Tankard. Judy Nichols will party on Tuesday, although the Queen of England had this birthday first. Greetings to Judy, and also to Elizabeth II.

Heard on Main Street: The sunshine has done well for us this week. Fortunately for us the pansies don’t mind the cool nights.

It is that time of year. Town Meeting is next Tuesday evening at the Tisbury School auditorium, beginning at 7.

Some of our neighbors who volunteer with the Healthy Aging Task Force are talking about a new item on the Town Meeting warrant. This is First Stop, a website to provide information. It will offer help for our aging population. It is a place to find out about assisted living and respite care, and even how to build a ramp on your house or make home safer for seniors. This has to be approved by voters in all the Island towns to make it work. You can find out more at info@hatfmv.org.

Saturday is the Earth Day beach cleanup, sponsored by the Vineyard Conservation Society. Get outside while giving back to our Island. Go to your favorite beach on Saturday from 10 to noon. Volunteers will be on hand with what you need, but bring your own gloves and bags if you can. Celebrate Earth Day and make a difference by helping clean up our beaches. And make sure to visit the Harbor View Hotel around noon for the great afterparty. This year marks the 50th birthday of VCS. More at info@vineyardconservation.org.

This Saturday enjoy Shakespeare at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse at 7:30 pm or at the matinee on Sunday. Shakespeare for the Masses — Quick & Painless & Free: See All’s Well that Ends Well. It is free, but of course donations will be gratefully accepted at the door.

Would you like to help count the horseshoe crabs on the Island? Training for this is Wednesday and also May 2 at Felix Neck. Call 508-627-4850. Free lectures about the horseshoe crab are at a library near you: April 28 at West Tisbury from 5 to 6 pm, April 29 at Edgartown at 5:30 pm, and April 30 at Oak Bluffs at 6 pm. Susie Bowman and Fred Hotchkiss will present a slide show as they tell you all about the horseshoe crab.

Also next Wednesday the Martha’s Vineyard Museum invites you to view a Mystery Quilt at a reception at 5 pm. Fourteen women signed individual, triangular pieces of fabric in 1890 that were made into a quilt featuring wonderful printed and woven textiles. Who were the women? Why did they make the quilt? Both WINFO (The Women’s Information Organization) and the History Club at Martha’s Vineyard High School have researched the questions and the women to create this exhibit. Because most of the student curators in this case do not sew, the Martha’s Vineyard Modern Quilt Guild has promised to explain the quilting techniques of the mystery quilters. The opening reception is free and open to all.

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum reminds you of a good opportunity to share a special photo or drawing. They ask you to submit a portrait of some person from Martha’s Vineyard before June 1. Judges will select those portraits, which will be on display at the Museum in September, although all the submissions will be posted online for everyone to vote on. Those popular winners will be included in a later show to be held at Featherstone. More at mvmuseum.org/portraitcontest.php.

Sunday from 4 to 6 pm you should attend the opening reception for an exhibit called Ocean Wilderness at Featherstone, which is presented by Marianne Goldberg for Pathways. The display will be available through May 6. Featherstone has many new classes, including a plein air class with Liz Taft to be held on Saturday morning, April 25.

Town residents should note that the Vineyard Haven library will close at 6:30 pm on Tuesday for the Tisbury Town Meeting. Library computers will be shut down at 6 that evening. The library will also be closed for the day on Patriots Day. And the library is now closed on Sundays for the season, until October.

Traveling? Get your take-along book at the mini book sale at the Vineyard Haven library a week from Saturday, April 18, from 2 to 4 pm.

Happy anniversary to Donna and Ed Herczeg.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out on Saturday to the VCS for half a century of caring for our Island. Wish the best on Monday to Debbie Eggers and Allan M. Davey. Wednesday belongs to Ann Lee, who you can probably find hard at work at the DPW office.

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

 

You should know that Grace Episcopal Church will continue the Friday-night Community Supper from 5 to 6:30 pm every Friday through April this year. This week is only soup and bread because it is Good Friday. Free and open to all.

Grace Church has a service this evening at 7 pm, Friday from noon to 3 pm, and Saturday at 10 am. Easter services are at 8 and 10 am, with an Easter egg hunt scheduled for 11:15. For more, call the church at 508-693-0332.

The Unitarian Universalist Society will hold a Passover Seder Potluck this Saturday evening. If you wish to join in, call 508-693-8982

Meet Kay Scheidler, author of the new book Standards Matter: The Why and What of Common Core Standards in Reading and Writing. Standards are a hotly debated national issue. She will explain why she thinks they are so important on Saturday at 2 pm at the Vineyard Haven library.

The First Baptist Church invites you to a Maundy Thursday supper of soup and bread at 6 pm tonight, followed by a brief service at the parish house. Good Friday service is at noon. Sunrise Easter service is at 9 am at Eastville Beach, followed by breakfast at the parish house at 9:45. The Easter Sunday Alleluia service at the church is at 11 am.

The First Congregational Church of West Tisbury will have a traditional Easter service at 9 am, with communion, at the church. The Island Community Easter Service is at the Agricultural Hall at 11 am, with child care and church school for children ages 2 to 12. An Easter egg hunt follows the service. For more, call 508-693-2842.

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum and the Harbor View Hotel will hold an Easter egg hunt at 10 on Sunday morning on the grounds of the hotel down to the Edgartown lighthouse. The lighthouse will be open from 10 to noon. Free and open to all.

Next Tuesday is Tartan Day. The Scottish Society of Martha’s Vineyard celebrates at 2 pm at the West Tisbury library on Wednesday the 11th. Kids of all ages are invited, with something for everyone, including music and the wonderful sound of bagpipes. Refreshments include the third annual Shortbread Contest.

You should know that the United States Senate proclaimed April 6 Tartan Day in March 1998 because this day has special significance to those of Scottish heritage: It’s the anniversary of the Scottish Declaration of Independence in the year 1320. Cited in the proclamation are a number of clan societies and Scottish organizations in our country, including the Scottish Society of Martha’s Vineyard. Wear a tartan on the 6th, and at the celebration on the 11th.

Geraldine Brooks will talk about her new book, The Secret Chord, next Wednesday at 5:30 pm at the State Road Restaurant in West Tisbury as a benefit for their new library. The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist goes further back into the past, imagining the life of King David in the Second Iron Age in Israel as seen through the eyes of Nathan, the royal counselor who dares to criticize his king. Hors d’oeuvres and light refreshments will be provided; tickets $35. Reservations required at 508-693-3489.

Enjoy a free lecture on the horseshoe crab at the end of the month at a library near you. Called “A Story of Beach Trysts and Blue Bloods,” the lectures are scheduled for April 28 at West Tisbury from 5 to 6 pm, April 29 at Edgartown from 5:30 to 6:30 pm, and April 30 at Oak Bluffs from 6 to 7 pm. Susie Bowman and Fred Hotchkiss will present a slide show about the life and history of the horseshoe crab. They hope you will volunteer to count horseshoe crabs on the Island this spring. Training for the count will be at Felix Neck on April 15 and May 2. Then you can sign up for the actual counts. Call 508-627-4850 for more. This should be much easier than bird counts.

Featherstone is offering a five-week program on Monday mornings with local artist Nancy Cabot. This is art-looking and art-making for people with memory losses, in collaboration with Windemere. Space is limited. Call Mary Holmes at 508-862-1933.

Several Island artists will exhibit at the Feldman Artspace in the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center. Artists who will each display their work for a few weeks beginning this spring are Jeffery Canha, Alejandro Carreno, Jack Yuen, Ellen Liman, Vincent Chahley, Rez Williams, Max Skjoldebrand, Henry Stevenson, Elizabeth Taft, and Peter Dryer. Much of the artwork on display can be purchased from the artist.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Tom Zinno. Best wishes for a very happy birthday go to Janet Holladay on Monday.

Heard on Main Street: Is it still snowing?

 

Many grieving neighbors joined in saying farewell to Rosemary Rubarik last week. You may have known her from her volunteer work at the Vineyard Haven library. The program called Art in the Stacks, featuring Island artists, was her idea. She also ran the annual art show on behalf of the Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library. We will all miss her pleasant ways and positive attitude. After cremation she will be buried at Oak Grove this coming Saturday.

We are also very sorry to note the passing of Kathryn Stewart. Known mostly for her music, she was the music teacher at the high school for years, and organist at the Baptist Church. Kay was active in the Scottish Society of Martha’s Vineyard and the former Historical Society, now the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. I remember her delight when the Tisbury School children offered instruction for adults on computers at the school. She later composed the history of the First Baptist Church, and genealogical material on her Island families, as well as a very useful index to the Vineyard Gazette, all found at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum library.

Do you love those pandas? You can join the Race Against Extinction. This nonprofit organization will host a 5K run/walk in Boston on April 19, with all net race proceeds given to the World Wildlife Fund. Complimentary entry is offered to World Wildlife Fund supporters who commit to raising $75 or more through the WWF fundraising web site, Panda Nation. You can also sign up as a virtual participant, or visit pandanation.org to fundraise: for your birthday, or whatever inspires you to help the pandas.
Mother Nature forgot us. This is certainly not spring. Even the forsythia doesn’t want to come out in the cold.

As part of the aging-well program at the Tisbury Senior Center, good nutrition will be the focus next Thursday, April 2, at 9:30 am. The event is free, and registration is necessary. Call 508-696-4205 by next Tuesday. “Breakfast with Betsy” will show you how to make easy, nutritious breakfast smoothies and muffins to make a delicious, quick start to your day. You may already be making smoothies, and who doesn’t make muffins once in a while? The folks at the center promise these will be different, with ingredients that will boost your energy. Betsy is a registered dietician and nutritionist, and is the owner of Betsy Corsiglia Nutrition.

You must register online or at the library for the next event in the Chef’s Cooking Series on April 8 at 6 pm, with Jaime Hamlin of Jaime Hamlin and Sons Catering. Participants will have the opportunity to sample the dishes prepared by Jaime Hamlin, and learn recipes to try at home. This program is funded by donations in memory of Laurel Chapman.

The Great Decisions discussion group begins Tuesday at the Vineyard Haven Library. You also must be registered for this.

No April Fool trick: Poets Lee McCormack, Arnie Reisman, and Rose Styron will read their work at the Vineyard Haven library on Wednesday at 7 pm to kick off National Poetry Month. Reception follows.
MVCS’ Daybreak Clubhouse presents a classical piano performance by Charles Whitehead at the Whaling Church on Saturday at 4 pm. All proceeds benefit Daybreak. Tickets $15, $10 students and seniors; for more information, call 508-696-7563.

Monday Night at the Movies with Jamie Alley features Hairspray at 7:30 pm at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, $5, cash only, at the door. A plump teenage girl in this dance-filled comedy battles adults as she tries to get the local televised afterschool dance integrated.

One dreary morning last week at the Vineyard Haven Post Office, someone asked if her keys had been turned in. She soon got the shallow lost and found box. Piled high on top were two huge boxing gloves. The sun wasn’t shining but spirits were raised, as everyone expressed opinions as to how such things even came to be in the post office.

This Saturday at 8:30 pm, hundreds of millions of people in cities around the world will turn off their lights for Earth Hour. You are invited to join in to send a signal to world leaders to fight climate change now.

My apologies to Barbara Howell. One of her friends had said this was her 100th birthday, but others have told me it was number 95. Another friend says she still meets regularly with a group begun when they were “new year-rounders in 1992.” All agreed that Barbara is a very special person, a wonderful lady with many interests. She also enjoyed a belated party because of the snow storms.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Hank Unczur and Linda Unczur, as well as Dale McClure, all of whom will party on Saturday. Sunday belongs to Kaleena Searle and Kathleen Madeiros. Larry Sylvia and Marco Daniels celebrate on Monday.

Heard on Main Street: Everyplace on this Island is uphill.

 

This month the Vineyard Haven library is showing a new selection of beautiful quilts by Laura Beebe. We are so fortunate to have this talented artist in our midst. You should see what she has displayed for your enjoyment this month.

The Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse offers Spring! on Saturday at 7:30 pm. That is what they say: “Spring!” at the Wicked Good Winter Cabaret, with Molly Conole, Shelagh Hackett, Paul Munafo, and Ken Romero, accompanied by Phil Dietterich. With these voices, it has to be good.

It is never too late to learn. I just found out there are waterproof Band-Aids. It just never occurred to me to ask.

Visitors love to ask, “What do you do in the winter?” This winter our activities have certainly been the same as most Americans: shoveling, plowing, and slipping around. Not all of us have had to deal with the excitement of the West Tisbury squirrel causing all that damage at the house of Sioux Eagle.

Dine to Donate at Offshore Ale a week from today, and benefit tenants of Island Elderly Housing. One benefit is the Blueberry Van (which takes tenants to shopping and appointments). You will need a ticket to Dine. Call Ann at 508-693-7009.

My thanks to Cash & Carry for offering Girl Scout cookies this month. I had forgotten how much I missed chocolate mint cookies.

The Vineyard Haven library will offer a series of cooking classes in memory of Laurel Chapman, beginning next Wednesday with Doug Smith from Lucky Hank’s. The series is made possible by donations given to the Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library in memory of Laurel. Register now.

Kudos to Tristan Israel for asking the SSA the question we all think about. Why can’t they hire more Islanders for jobs, rather than putting more offices on the Cape? Marc Hanover suggested that Islanders file job applications with the SSA, because those hiring say it has been hard to find Islanders to hire.

I was happy to hear the Steamship Authority plans to remove the shelter which protects from neither rain nor wind. It is more well known as an eyesore, and does spoil the view of the harbor from Main Street. But we need drop-off parking — they have it for taxis, and should provide it for the rest of us. It can be hard to park when you want to buy tickets. Removal of the nonshelter could offer both another lane and the much-needed temporary parking.

While on the topic of parking: The town lot could open up needed room for more parking by removing the divider mini-parks. The town took away a dozen spots a few years ago, and we need more. I think the town owes us after dismissing Stop and Shop’s attempts to provide indoor parking.

Don’t want to cook? Tickets for the Grace Preschool spaghetti dinner are $5 per child or senior, $10 for adults, and $25 for the family. Dine on Saturday from 5 to 7 pm at Grace Church.

Arts Martha’s Vineyard invites you to join them for their annual meeting on March 30 at 4:30 pm at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center. This includes a light reception followed by a presentation and a panel discussion, featuring Cathy Edward of the New England Foundation for the Arts and San San Wong of the Barr Foundation. The meeting is free and open to all. Learn how to use your creative assets while helping the Island’s year-round economy. RSVP to 508-693-0085 (Chamber of Commerce) before next Thursday.

The Vineyard Haven library offers a Great Decisions discussion on Thursdays at 7 pm, beginning April 2. Register online or at the library. You have an opportunity to participate in the foreign policy decision-making process. The Foreign Policy Association (FPA) annually publishes the Great Decisions briefing book, which covers eight global topics for you to read before each discussion. At each meeting a 30-minute documentary will be followed by a moderated discussion. The book may be purchased for $22 from the FPA web site. A limited number are for sale at the library for $18.

Susan Klein is resuming small classes, where writers get a comprehensive edit on work each week. Special spring price is $150 for four classes at the Tisbury Senior Center on Thursday afternoons in April. Call 508-693-4140 for more.

Were you one who enjoyed this past season of Downton, and hated to see it end? I found a way to continue the story. I spent an hour writing my prediction of what will happen in the Downton saga in 2016. That was actually fun. You should try it.

Belated birthday greetings go out to Bow VanRiper.

Last week I neglected to mention that Barbara Howell was celebrating 100 years on Friday the 13th. She should be honored, just in recognition of the fact that she is a lovely lady, in spirit as well as in appearance.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Susan Weyl, Lois Kavanagh, and Susan Mone. Lois is marking 80 years. Tomorrow, wish the best to Sheri Thomas, Grace Jackson, and Phoenix Russell. Happy birthday to WMVY’s Barbara Dacey and to Skip Bailey. They party on Saturday. Sunday belongs to Rosemary Milewski.

Heard on Main Street: I see grass! I am almost happy to see mud. Can forsythia be far behind?

Sunshine and above-freezing temperatures last weekend let many enjoy just getting out. Chicken Alley was buzzing, and the Black Dog Tavern had neighbors enjoying the sunlight on the water, even after wading through puddles. Parking places on Main Street were rare, though the puddles there were nearly life-threatening. My husband declared his latest bout of pneumonia was over, and insisted on getting out. He did well on his first excursion into the snow for some days.

Tonight at 7:30 pm, join Jemima James with Isaac Taylor, along with traditional Irish music featuring Mary Wolverton on fiddle, Myles Thurlow on low whistle, and Tauras Biskis on guitar. That is at the Island Moon Coffeehouse at the Vineyard Playhouse; $12 at the door.

The Vineyard Conservation Society invites you to meet at Polly Hill on Saturday at 10 am to explore the arboretum in the off-season. Winter is when bark patterns and architectural structure become evident on deciduous trees, the conifers stand out with many textures and shades of green, and even some fruits and flowers appear. Meet at the Visitor Center, and dress for the weather. Free one-hour tour.

Rendez-Vous with French Cinema at the MV Film Center features six films in French with English subtitles, shown over the next three weekends. This week on Saturday at 4 pm is Stubborn/Une Histoire Americaine. An artist tires of a relationship with a man, and leaves him behind in Paris. He follows her to America. Sunday at 7:30 pm, see Catherine Deneuve as Mathilde in Dans La Cour/In the Courtyard. An unlikely friendship develops between the depressed custodian and the elegant retiree, whose dependence increases as her grasp on reality begins to slip.

Did you know that Poetry on the T (masspoetry.org/poetryonthet/) gives more than 1 million daily Boston subway riders poetry to read during their commute, in place of ads? For the next four weeks, the subway cars of the Red Line will feature a poem by Edward Hirsch with a photo by our own Vineyard Colors (facebook.com/vineyardcolors).

We find just getting out of the house is a treat now. On Sunday at 3 pm, the West Tisbury library invites you to a reception honoring photographer Max Skjöldebrand. Max was born in Sweden and lived in England and Dubai before settling on the Island in 2010. The reception will include live piano music by David Rhoderick and refreshments.

Max’s show, “Lines, Light, Shadows and Reflections,” will be on display at the West Tisbury library this month. The exhibit features a selection of black and white photos taken over the past 10 years, including the Brooklyn Bridge, a Calder abstract, a flock of birds, and a snow scene. Max has been active in the library, and photographed the construction of the new library. His current project is photographing old buildings on Martha’s Vineyard.

Monday Night at the Movies with Jamie Alley at the Vineyard Playhouse shows Jupiter’s Darling at 7:30 pm, with Esther Williams and Howard Keel; $5 cash only at the door. This antiwar musical comedy is a spoof of the 1950s biblical epics, centered on Hannibal’s attack on Rome. The hero falls in love with a Greek princess who is betrothed to Roman Emperor Fabius.

Want to feel better? Next Tuesday at 7 pm, the Vineyard Haven library presents Elliott Dacher, M.D., speaking on “The Meeting of Science and Spirit: Implications for Health and Healing.” He will discuss consciousness as a healing modality, the mind/body interface, the three essential elements of a holistic approach to human flourishing, and integrating these emerging understandings into day-to-day life.

Some of our neighbors object to the proposed development on Pine Street. There are some good arguments. I don’t like cutting down lovely old trees for a road. Perhaps we should save the trees. However, one neighbor says we should save the trees because turkeys roost there. Let’s say the damage to the roof that the turkeys use in order to get into the trees, and the mess they make of surrounding yards, are not considered. What about the annoyance and the danger these birds cause on roads when a tourist slams on the brakes to let them cross the street? Certainly no Island driver stops for a turkey. Maybe the turkeys are a good reason we should cut down the trees.

Musicians are invited to jam with Geoffrey Dana Hicks from 7 to 10 pm on Friday, March 20, at the Aquinnah Town Hall. Proceeds benefit Gay Head Community Baptist Church, suggested donation $15. The concert is 7 to 8 pm, followed by locals joining Mr. Hicks to create music with him throughout the evening. Local jazz musicians are encouraged to call 781-664-0736 to register as participants.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Mark Daniels and James Taylor.

Barbara Howell, Janet Sylvia, and Kevin Voyer make Friday the 13th look good: You all have a happy one. Birthday greetings to Jib Ellis and Jay Segel on Sunday. St. Patrick shares his day with Austin Chandler and Doug Dorchester next Tuesday. Wish them the very best. Happy birthday on Wednesday to Matthew Barton, as well as his cousin Ben Bartolini.

Heard on Main Street: Always remember that you’re unique. Just like everyone else.