Authors Posts by Kay Mayhew

Kay Mayhew

Kay Mayhew

My daughter is back in college, delighted to be immersing herself in music. After several engineering degrees and a doctorate in physics, she is back playing with jazz. She has an all-girl jazz group, enjoying gigs at many different sites in Colorado. She would love to see one of our local musical opportunities. Local jazz artists are invited to jam with Geoffrey Hicks for a fundraising concert on Friday, March 20, in Aquinnah to benefit the Community Baptist Church. To join in, call 781-664-0736 by March 16.

If you are a teen and could be interested in Featherstone’s new Teen Art Cafe, it is open afternoons on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, evenings on Friday, and all day Saturday. Sounds good. See:

The Vintage Voices concert in February was snowed out, and is rescheduled to next week, Thursday, March 12, at 1:30 pm at the Tisbury Senior Center. The original Valentine program will be presented, and why not? Love is always appropriate. Your friends and neighbors are the Vintage Voices, joining together to sing and share their joy of music. The concert, “Love Songs, for Better or for Worse,” features the timely “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” as well as “Do You Love Me?” and “If We Only Have Love.” This set will be followed by the Dream Sequence with “Dream,” “I’ll See You in My Dreams,” and “Climb Every Mountain.” Singers include Sofia Anthony, Nancy Blank, Martha Child, Betsy Gately, Laura Gliga, Dorian Lopes, Carol Loud, Mary-Jean Miner, and Jim Norton, with Phil Dietterich as music director. Arrangements are by Phil and Dorian Lopes. Stay after the concert for treats, and see friends not seen since we were all snowed in.

The Tisbury Senior Center is your community center for fun, learning, exercise, travel, support, and service referrals. We thank them and the Vintage Voices for their willingness to try again.

I’ve had a fantastic birthday over the past 10 days. A planned luncheon with friends was snowed out, not all that unusual in February. As a child I was impressed because the school system gave me a week off for my birthday every year. And my English mother said that she thought that if the Queen could have an official birthday in June, so could I. She was always pleased to avoid snowy or muddy kids in the house. I enjoy celebrating whenever possible!

My son’s family came down for a party weekend, all the way from snowy Westborough. The 8-year-old prepared a lemon cake and the 9-year-old made some tangy lemon icing, so we partied in tasty style. The family were amazed at the ice while crossing the sound, and fascinated with the way the ferry crashed its way along. They also captured a photo of a sweet seal on an ice floe. But I still look forward to more partying in June.

Join Jamie Alley for Monday Night at the Movies at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse. This week, see Desk Set at 7:30 pm, with Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. This film is a battle of wits between a TV network’s research department being replaced by computers and a computer engineer. Tickets are $5, cash only, at the door.

Tuesday at 7 pm, the Oscar winner Whiplash (J.K. Simmons won for best supporting actor) will play at the Vineyard Haven library. This drama tells the story of a promising young drummer who enrolls at a cutthroat music conservatory, where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student’s potential. Refreshments; rated R.

Prepare to be late to church and lose an hour’s sleep this Saturday night. Spring forward, they say. They also say that spring is only 15 days away. We hope.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out tomorrow to Jonathon Scoggins. Evan Kristal parties on Saturday. Happy birthday to Kasarah Bruni and Michelle O’Donnell on Sunday. Many happy returns to Sue Merrill on Tuesday, and to Dorothy Gould, who was born at midnight on the 10th so she may party on Tuesday or Wednesday. Wish the best to Nan Carter and Whit Griswold on Wednesday. I miss both of you.

Heard on Main Street: Did you know that if you do not forward those bad jokes to your unsuspecting friends, your hard drive will kill your mouse?

Congratulations to the Tisbury School MathCounts team. The student Mathletes were Dougie Norton, David Krauthamer, Owen Porterfield, and Jason Davey, and also Isabelle Custer, Bryce Nightlinger, Reinaldo Dos Santos, Nathaniel Packer, Sam Cranston, Julia Kane, and Henry Hitchings, who acquitted themselves well in the Southeast Chapter MathCounts competition. Dougie Norton, who finished fifth among the 100 competitors, will go to the Massachusetts State Competition on March 7.

This Saturday at 2 pm is the Memorial Service for Mev Good at the Unitarian Church.

It’s not cabin fever anymore. In the words of a clever friend, it is now igloo fever. Our daughter in Colorado said their expected 18 inches of snow is ignored in favor of horror stories about Massachusetts. Our son took a trip to Canada, and reported that it is warmer there. Worse, the snow isn’t even pretty anymore.

We were again rescued by the best neighbor ever. Although we are scheduled for regular gas delivery, our propane gas ran out. Then I realized we needed to dig a path for the delivery. I was desperately trying to find someone to help when our neighbor simply offered. He had to dig from the front parking area, all around the side of the house, and halfway across the back. Most of it was untouched. You know what I mean, those deep snowdrifts with ice packed at the bottom. He has been more than a friend to us. I do not identify him because he prefers it that way. There seems no way to properly show our gratitude.

Want to see Birdman? It’s at the Vineyard Haven library on Tuesday at 7 pm. Also called The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, this film is a black comedy about an actor, famous for his role as a superhero, now opening a Broadway play. In the days before opening night, he battles his ego and tries to recover his family, his career, and himself. Refreshments. Rated R.

Tisbury assistant tax assessor Ann Marie Cywinski will provide details for those 65 and older who want to know how to apply for a property tax exemption beginning at 1 pm, Monday, at the Tisbury Senior Center. Call (508) 696-4205 for more details.

This is your last chance to sign up for the spring classes offered by ACE MV, which start Tuesday. Walk-in registration is from 5 pm to 6:30 pm Tuesday at the high school lobby. ACE classes dedicated to Sustainability are offered by Northeastern University on five Saturday afternoons from 1 to 3 pm through April 11. You can study issues ranging from the biodiversity of the oceans to fisheries and oceanography. Classes are half-price for high school students, and educators and seniors get a 10 percent discount. There are scholarships too. Go to for more information.

Next Wednesday at the MV Film Center brings Double Indemnity, a film that seethes with lust and vengeance. Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck devise “an unholy love and an almost perfect crime.” Richard Paradise says this crackles with witty dialogue as the sparks fly. The show starts at 7:30 pm.

Where are you with your income tax? At least the storms have given us time to retrieve and review our records.

Big bunches of birthday-balloon wishes go out on Saturday to Susan Goldstein. Katie Kennedy will blow out the candles on her cake on Monday. Happy birthday to Polly McDowell on Wednesday.

Heard on Main Street: There is a lot of parking available in town. Has everyone gone to Florida?

Are you suffering from cabin fever? Cure it with some of the many affordable treats now available in our town.

You don’t know what you are missing if you don’t look for this: Laura Beebe’s wonderful quilts will be on display during February in the Vineyard Haven library during normal library hours. Her whimsy and talent are delightful. You should feel warmer just looking at her quilts. I’d love to hear your comments.

The Sustainable Book Club invites Islanders to read and discuss books that examine our relationship with nature. The program is sponsored by Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary and all six Island libraries. The first meeting is this evening at 5:30 pm at Felix Neck, to discuss The End of Night by Paul Bogard. The next book is American Catch by Paul Greenberg, to be discussed on April 29 at our Vineyard Haven library.

This is a good time to check out the new and improved thrift shop. Shop while you try to figure out where they have moved things on their clean new linoleum floor. It is inviting, and slowly filling up with new items.

The “Wicked Good Winter Cabaret,” with Molly Conole, Shelagh Hackett, Paul Munafo, Kenny Romero, and Peter Boak, is Saturday at 7:30. Advance tickets are $23 at the Vineyard Playhouse.

The Film Center postponed Sunday’s opera to next Sunday, at 12 noon. Your ticket will be good for that performance.

This Monday Night at the Movies is Mary Poppins, with Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, shown at 6:30 pm at the Vineyard Playhouse. Jamie Alley invites you to see this classic on the big screen. The world of a spoiled Edwardian family is turned upside down by a nanny who teaches them to enjoy life. $5, cash only, at the door.

Oscar Movie Night at the Vineyard Haven library features Theory of Everything. I have heard several positive comments on this. It is the story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking received an earth shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age, but is determined to fight on. Rated PG-13; refreshments are offered, at 7 pm.

Also Tuesday at 7:30 pm, the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center offers Bluebird. A school bus driver in northern Maine becomes distracted at the end of a shift, and fails to notice a sleeping boy in the back of the bus. What happens next shatters the tranquility of a small Maine logging town, proving that even the slightest actions have enormous consequences.

On Wednesday, the Martha’s Vineyard Museum and the M.V. Film Center offer Easy Rider at 7:30 pm as part of the 1960s film series. $12.

You might want to go out of town to see Featherstone’s presentation “I Love Ewe: Year of the Sheep.” The opening reception was postponed to this Sunday, from 4 to 6 pm. No charge to enjoy a special ode to spring at Featherstone.

A younger friend was planning to enjoy the snowstorm as she headed to Vermont for the long weekend. She suggested that “skiing is the only thing worth all this cold.” We hope all of you skiers had a wonderful time.

You can get it in print, or as an e-book, and both are illustrated: Eleanor’s Odyssey: Journal of the Captain’s Wife on the East Indiaman Friendship, 1799-1801 is a fascinating voyage, alternating between excerpts from Eleanor’s journals and entertaining commentary by Joan Druett. Many of you will remember Joan, who has visited our Island many times from her home in New Zealand. The commentaries clear up mysteries, explaining the wardrobe requirements of the East India Co. captain’s wife, or the captain’s attempts to keep his rather slow ship away from privateers, and clarifying the conventions of society, afloat and ashore.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Peter Palches today. Tomorrow, wish the best to Tom Robinson and Benjamin Davey. Happy birthday on Monday to Anne Sylvester and Wendy Brophy. Some very special people will celebrate birthdays on Wednesday, including Judy Cronig and Robin Mathiesen.

Heard on Main Street: “I wish you balmy weather and warm friends.” (—Ann Maley)

Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family of Mev Good. He was a very intelligent man, who found many aspects of history fascinating. He was a courteous gentleman and for many years very active at town meetings. We shall miss him.

The Tisbury Planning Board has moved the Community Vision Planning meeting to Thursday night at 7 pm in the Tisbury Senior Center. It’s your town; help plan it the way you want it.

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum’s collections are filled with examples of fashion traditions that are no longer in vogue — some for good reason. This exhibit showcases the often beautiful and sometimes very uncomfortable world of 19th century undergarments, from silk and whalebone corsets to padded bodices. Opening is Friday in Edgartown from 5 pm to 7 pm.

I could not believe that Leslie’s sold out the google-eye Valentine chocolate boxes more than a week ago. Did I tell you that my husband bought me a huge flat box of candy at Christmas? My young granddaughters were delighted, and my son, family, and guests all enjoyed handfuls of chocolates. Fortunately, that big box was only one layer deep.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Tisbury Senior Center tomorrow at 4 pm. The Vintage Voices  will present “Love Songs, for Better or for Worse,” including Baby, It’s Cold Outside;Do You Love Me; and If We Only Have Love. New this year will be the “dream sequences,” with Dream, I’ll See You in My Dreams, and Climb Every Mountain. Returning singers are Sofia Anthony, Nancy Blank, Martha Child, Betsy Gately, Laura Gliga, Dorian Lopes, Carol Loud, Mary-Jean Miner, and Jim Norton. Arrangements are by Phil Dietterich and Dorian Lopes. Afterward, enjoy a light supper of quiche, salad, and a chocolate heart dessert, and then dancing with DJ Donald Rose. This free event is Friday at 4 pm.

Make sure your kids know about the opportunity to see Selma: free admission to everyone under 18 years old this Saturday at 4 pm. Doors open at 3:15 at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center. The showing is a tribute to Vineyard women involved with the Selma March: Polly Murphy, Nancy Hodgson Whiting, Peg Lilienthal, Virginia Mazer, and Nancy Smith. The film will be followed by a dialogue led by Gretchen Tucker Underwood and Isabella Hazell El-Deiry. Isabella, MVRHS class of 2013, is a student at Howard University.

Sunday at noon the M.V. Film Center presents opera in cinema: Verdi’s La Forza del Destino, starring Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros from the Munich Opera Hall. Leonora and Alvaro, the murderer of her father, enter a monastery and confront a brother who is denying the force of destiny. $20.

Featherstone has ongoing classes now, and soon a new exhibit honoring the Chinese New Year and the Year of the Sheep: “I Love Ewe” opens on the 15th. Artists from all mediums have been invited to be a part. During the opening reception, this Sunday from 4 pm to 6 pm, you can enjoy demonstrations from spinning to sheep cupcakes. The exhibit continues through March 11.

Featherstone has a challenge for artists: Create your own usable or unusable chair as a piece of art — painting, drawing, sculpting, woodworking, or even welding, reupholstering, or using unconventional materials. Artwork in all mediums must be dry and ready for display. Drop off on March 12. For more, call Featherstone, open each day at noon.

Ladies, you are invited to a Valentine tea on Monday, with scones, shortbread, tarts, chocolate, sandwiches, and quiche. You can enjoy live music and friendly conversation at 2 pm at the Trinity Church parish hall in the Campground. Tickets are $8 at Phillips Hardware. “Island chic” attire is requested.

Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse presents Monday Night at the Movies with Jamie Alley at 7:30 pm,

$5 cash only. See colorful superhero fun in Batman the Movie. Joker, Penguin, Riddler, and Catwoman team up to thwart the Dynamic Duo and disrupt the United Nations.

After the brutal civil war in Sudan in 1983, the “lost boys” traveled up to a thousand miles on foot in search of safety. Fifteen years later, some 3,600 orphaned boys and girls were brought to America. The Good Life will be shown Tuesday at 7 pm at the Vineyard Haven Library.

Walk down the red carpet and celebrate the Academy Awards telecast at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center on Feb. 22. Get your photo taken with a real Oscar. The night of stargazing, tasty bites and desserts, and libations runs from 6 pm to 11 pm. Formal dress optional. $40, reservation required. Tickets:

The big snowstorm brought to mind a book nearly as old as I am. Preschoolers can tell you about the classic story of the town plow called Katy and the Big Storm. We were lucky enough to be cleared out by a truck with one of Katy’s type of unusual plows, which we found are good for use in tight places.

The Art Cliff Truck will be at Tracker Home Decor in Edgartown at the old Lamplighter building on Saturday, offering you a free Valentine lunch from 11:30 am to 2 pm.

Bring your hearts to the Linden Tree.

Please join Sense of Wonder Creations’ young people this Saturday, Feb 14, Valentine’s day from 10 am to 2 pm and after to place your homemade heart on the tree, with your heartfelt hopes, dreams, or prayers for your family, friends, the world or anyone that you know who is in need.

Then, it is up to you and universal love to make your valentine promise come true.

See you on Saturday.

P.S. make it waterproof if possible, or we can help with that.

Write Pam Benjamin with any questions:

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Eli Thomas Hanschke, Nat Benjamin, and Simon Davis. Tomorrow, wish the best to Lee Fierro, marking 86, and Fiona Mayhew, now celebrating 8 years.

Kiss your sweetheart on Saturday, and send birthday greetings to Chris Morse and Gayle Stiller.

Sunday, put candles on the cakes for Grace Burton-Sundman and Trina Kingsbury. Mary Gillette parties on Monday, as do Tom Lowe and Izzy Wajda. Tuesday is a special day for Colin Kennedy. Happy birthday to Carrie Tankard and Rebecca Perkalis on Wednesday.

Heard on Main Street: Make someone’s day — have you said “I love you” lately? Hugs are better than chocolate.

Eat in or take out this Saturday. A good old-fashioned ham and bean supper with cornbread is offered at the Baptist parish house at 6 pm. Free-will offering.

Those snowdrifts were amazing. I think the heavy winds cleared the snow and ice off the trees, so we did not lose power. Thanks so much to all our friends and neighbors who cleared the way for us.

Our best storm information came from Charles Cotnoir, director of Dukes County Emergency Management. Chuck promptly emails important weather updates and how to prepare for storms, as well as specific town information. Email:

Ann Charnley will talk about Benjamin Franklin and His Women on Tuesday at 7 pm at the Vineyard Haven Library. Ann Charnley has written a great deal of history of the Founding Mothers since working with Cokie Roberts. Now she has turned her attention to Benjamin Franklin and his women. Most experts agree that Franklin’s flirtations were never consummated. He was attracted to bright young women and mentored them. He had only two children, but of course he was never home. He was in England for 16 years, and had a surrogate family there. When he realized the Crown had no intention of letting the colonies tax themselves, he came back to America and joined the patriot cause. Refreshments.

The Vineyard Haven library will accept Food for Fines through February. Pay your overdue fines with canned goods or healthy nonperishable food. Remember this is only unopened, current items, so check expiration dates. This covers overdue fines only, not charges for lost or damaged items. The food goes to the Island Food Pantry. Donate at least one food item for each $2 waived in fines.

We had our own emergency early last week, just at the end of the storm on Wednesday morning. My husband was having minor seizures. In minutes after the call to 911, both police and firemen were here, and soon the EMTs arrived. The ambulance could not get up our snowy street, and backed in down at the far end. The EMTs walked up past the ambulance, carrying their heavy gear, and came to prepare my husband for transport while the police and firemen dug a path out to the road. Eventually Donald was carried in a transfer chair over that slippery path to the road. Then he was moved to a special stretcher to travel the length of the road, because we were so snowed in.

The stretcher has one large fat center wheel with a wide tire, and is called a Mule. This is the first time it was used here. We are grateful that the firemen had this and that they thought of using it. Without it the rescuers could never have safely carried him the nearly half-mile through slippery snow and bumpy ice. Obviously a standard stretcher could not have made the trip at all.

When Donald was transferred, the ambulance headed for the ER. As they neared the school, a snowplow appeared to clear the way.

We are so thankful for all our police and firemen and EMTs, and especially for the fact that they are always prepared, even in stormy conditions. Some volunteer firemen had been sleeping at the fire station since Monday in case we needed them. I was surprised to hear that they had to shovel out the plaza in front of the station so the fire trucks and ambulance could even get out. Wouldn’t you think the town would have plowed there first?

You can start the new year off right by getting organized. Kim D’Arcy of the National Association of Professional Organizers changed the workshop on Paper Spaces and Places to Wednesday. This $20 workshop, from 6 pm to 7:30 pm at the Vineyard Montessori School, 286 Main Street, is to help you deal with all the paper that comes into your home. I hope to see you there. I try to leave the catalogs and stuff at the post office. But we still manage to fill the recycling bin.

Also Wednesday, at 7:30 pm, you can see Dr. Strangelove at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center. This is part of the 1960s film series accompanying the ongoing Martha’s Vineyard Museum exhibit “Sea Change: Martha’s Vineyard in the 1960s.”

The Tisbury Planning Board has moved the Community Vision Planning meeting to Thursday, Feb. 12, at 7 pm in the Tisbury Senior Center. Help plan your town the way you want it.

Brighten your Valentine weekend. Plan to enjoy Victorian Secrets at the M.V. Museum. There are examples of fashion traditions no longer in vogue — some for good reason. See the beautiful and sometimes uncomfortable world of 19th century undergarments, from silk and whalebone corsets to padded bodices. Opening reception is Friday, Feb. 13, from 5 pm to 7 pm; the exhibit runs through May. Remember that on Saturdays the Museum is free to Vineyard residents.

Big bunches of birthday-balloon wishes go out to Rosemary Brown tomorrow. Her grandchildren Ana and Tom asked me to include her years ago, saying she was the “best grandma in town.” Also, birthday-balloon wishes tomorrow to Pam Campagna. Saturday, wish the best to Dan Harnen. Tuesday belongs to James O’Donnell and Jainaba Burton-Sundman. Happy birthday to Judy Pachico on Wednesday.

Heard on Main Street: Stop saying storm of the century. This century is barely 15 years old.

Congratulations to Owen Porterfield. This eighth grader claimed victory in the 2015 Tisbury School geography bee last week. Owen correctly answered “Kenya” to this question: “National Geographic explorer Shivani Bhalla works with warriors in the local Samburu community to protect lions south of Lake Turkana in which African country?”

Next, Owen has to take a written test to be eligible for competition at the state level. The 2015 National Geographic Society Bee national championship is in May in Washington, D.C.

Be proud! Our Tisbury School has some accomplished kids. Seventh grader Peter Burke competed against Owen in the championship. Others in the school finals were Nico Arroyo (grade 5), Ruairi Mullin (5), Owen Steenkamp (6), Ashtyn Watts (6), Henry Warner (7), and Christian King (8), after classroom competitions in December.

Friday from 5 pm to 7 pm, you should check out the opening of a new exhibit at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum: “Oak Bluffs Portraits: As Time Goes By.” This was guest-curated by Chris Baer’s photography class. The students staked out the nooks and crannies of downtown Oak Bluffs, climbing walls, crawling down alleys, and accosting strangers in an attempt to recreate archival photos of Oak Bluffs that they studied in the museum library. Free and open to all.

Don’t miss owl night at Felix Neck on Saturday, from 5 pm to 6:30 pm. Join in the Big Moon Owl Prowl, featuring a moonlit walk and other educational activities. $5, free for members; more at 508-627-4850.

Tuesday, see The Judge at the Vineyard Haven library at 7 pm. A big city lawyer, Hank Palmer, returns to his childhood home where his father, the judge, is suspected of murder. Hank seeks to discover the truth, and along the way, reconnects with his estranged family.

The library will host a new poetry workshop with Lee H. McCormack, starting Valentine’s Day. In 2012 Lee was chosen by the Martha’s Vineyard Poetry Society as the first Martha’s Vineyard poet laureate. He offers “A Winter Study Group Using Uncommon Threads to Map the Journey Through Matter.” The writing/study group will meet twice a month on Saturdays from 2 pm to 4 pm, continuing on alternate Saturdays through May. The focus is writing poetry to encourage experimentation in content, metaphor, and imagery by studying important world poets. Registration by Feb. 14 is required: 508-560-5071.

This is your town, and you should take the Tisbury Vision Planning Survey: The planning board has created an online survey to gather your input as part of the vision planning. This past fall, a series of planning workshops identified community values, discussed your concerns, and began a plan for the future. This survey gives those unable to attend an opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas. Take the Tisbury Vision Planning Survey: And for more information, see the Tisbury Planning web page:

A week from Saturday is a good old-fashioned ham and bean supper with cornbread at the Baptist parish house at 6 pm. You can plan for takeout too. For more: 508-693-1539.

Last Saturday the rain seemed to deter none of those who wanted to learn more about genealogy at the open house held by the Latter Day Saints. There were many on hand to work with those who came in, as well as some of us more specialized types. Liz Villard had some lovely slides of many of the unusual tombstones she has found in our town during her project to record and identify all our cemeteries. It was free, entertaining, and educational. Thanks to those who set it up.

This year did not start off very well for Donald and me, so I have decided not to begin 2015 until Feb. 1. Besides, February is often ignored, and 300 years ago, the new year began in March. I now wish you a happy and healthy New Year!

Big bunches of birthday balloons go out today to Suzanne Kennedy. She is our town accountant, you know. Happy birthday on Saturday to Susie Thurber. Sunday is a special day for Paul Watts and Beau Eric Linderson. Beau will be 6. He is the son of Michelle O’Donnell and Paul Linderson. A happy kindergartner at the Tisbury School, Beau loves Lego, soccer, and superheroes. Wish the best on Monday to Jessica Shannon. Nancy Tutko Hanschka parties on Tuesday. Greetings go out to George Rogers Sr. on Wednesday.

Heard on Main Street: Where is everyone? I guess if you don’t have the flu, you must be in Florida.

Best wishes for a rapid recovery go out to Steve Nichols. He is in rehab at Brewster while he learns how to break in his new hip.

The Theory of Everything is the extraordinary story of the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking receives an earth-shattering diagnosis at age 21. With Wilde fighting by his side, Hawking embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of — time. Together they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science, and achieving more than they could ever have dreamed. 7:30 pm tonight at the MV Film Center.

Monday night at the movies with Jamie Alley features The Night of the Iguana with Richard Burton, Ava Gardner, and Deborah Kerr. A defrocked Episcopal minister, leading a tour group of Baptist schoolteachers, has a nervous breakdown at the jungle hotel of an old friend in Mexico. He confronts his demons and examines his life. One of the best screen adaptations of Tennessee Williams’s work. $5 at the Vineyard Playhouse at 7:30 pm.

The Vineyard Haven Library offers a free movie on Tuesday called The Good Lie. They were known as the Lost Boys. Orphaned by the brutal civil war in Sudan that began in 1983, these young victims traveled as many as a thousand miles on foot in search of safety. Fifteen years later, a humanitarian effort would bring 3,600 lost boys and girls to America.

The Tisbury Planning Board and the Board of Selectmen invite you to a Community Vision Planning Meeting on Wednesday at 7 pm at the Tisbury Senior Center. They will review the vision-planning process, and present plans for action. They want to know what you think about the short- and long-term priorities. They hope to set a working agenda for elected officials and town committees. This is your town. It is up to you what it becomes in the future.

Classes in such things as pottery and drawing are open now at Featherstone. Also call 508-693-1850 now if you’d like to travel to the Worcester Art Museum for the Flora in Winter show next Thursday.

On Saturday the MV Playhouse offers a Winter Cabaret called Wicket Good at 7:30 pm. Enjoy lively music and lovely voices with Molly Conole, Shelagh Hackett, Paul Munafo, and Ken Romero. Tickets for reserved seating are $23 in advance.

Everyone is invited. Come to the fair!

Be proud of our high school and the students. Every one of you is invited to the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School 2015 Science and Engineering Fair, which is only open for one hour from 11:15 am, a week from Saturday on Feb. 7. Learn about hands-on science from the next generation of scientists. The students ask good questions about interesting topics, and then work out methods to obtain data and test ideas. Finally they present their work to judges, parents, peers, and to you and me. They do this with enthusiasm, poise, pride, and delight. As part of the fair, the Marine & Paleobiological Research Institute (MPRI) sponsors an award to recognize an outstanding marine or coastal-science project. Last year MPRI recognized Mary McCarthy and Lena Hanschka for “The Effect of Different Salinities on Brine Shrimp.” MPRI aims to preserve our world fossil heritage. They bring fossils into classrooms and celebrate National Fossil Day in October at the Oak Bluffs Library. More at

Big bunches of birthday-balloon wishes go out to Caroline Davey on Tuesday.

Heard on Main Street: The 10 Commandments are not multiple-choice.

Whether you support Community Services or like to take advantage of a real bargain, you should shop at the Thrift Shop. From books to bureaus, there is something for everyone. My husband finds computer cables, whatever they are. You could be pleasantly surprised.

Tomorrow, Friday, the Shabbat service at 5:30 pm at the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center will pay homage to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and his friend Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. For the 17th year, the Martha’s Vineyard chapter of the NAACP and the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center co-cosponsor this tribute to the Rev. King and Rabbi Heschel. Rabbi Caryn Broitman will lead the service.

The singing of freedom songs from the civil rights movement and from Jewish tradition will take place, with discussion concerning present civil rights. After singing and sharing experiences, those attending will be asked to take responsibility to improve, if even in a small way, intergroup relations concerning rights for all on our island, our state, or our nation. Members of the Island community are encouraged to attend and participate. An Oneg Shabbat of light refreshments will follow the tribute. For more information: 508-627-7456.

ACE MV walk-in registration is from 5 pm to 6:30 pm Thursday evening at the MV Regional High School front lobby. Check out new course offerings for winter 2015. Choose from 36 classes, including Social Justice for graduate credit, Investing, Rug Hooking, Guitar, Wampanoag Culture, languages and more. Email

On Saturday from 10 am to noon, you can learn to use free library ebooks and downloadable audiobooks at the Vineyard Haven library. Call 508-696-4210 for an appointment. Then from 2 pm to 4 pm, stock up on your reading material at the mini book sale.

On Tuesday at 7 pm at the Vineyard Haven library, Demaris Wehr speaks about “Forgiveness: In the Teeth of Genocide.” This will focus on the life of Vahidin Omanovic, a young, inspiring Muslim priest. Vahidin was 15 when genocide hit his Bosnian village.

On Sunday January 25 at our library, you can spend Sunday with Friends — the Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library, that is. At 2 pm, enjoy Travel Talk with Anita Hotchkiss. Travel the world without leaving Martha’s Vineyard as Anita shares photographs from her recent trip to Mongolia. The talk is free, and refreshments will be served.

Monday night at the movies with Jamie Alley this week features Nightmare Alley with Tyrone Power. An amoral carny works his way up to high society using a mind-reading mentalist scam. He takes a spectacular fall and lands back at the carnival as a sideshow. This is a dark and distressing film noir, dripping with atmosphere. $5 at the Vineyard Playhouse at 7:30 pm.

Also on Tuesday at 7:30, see Cake at the MV Film Center, starring Jennifer Aniston. This is the story of a woman addicted to painkillers who begins to see visions of a woman from her chronic pain support group who commits suicide.

And also at the Film Center: Art at the Feldman Family Artspace. Artists who want to exhibit work should submit a letter, résumé, and examples of the work you’d like to show on paper, slides, or online by March 1 to; more at

We can hope that this cold winter weather will kill off some germs. Friends from across the country have told the unhappy stories of colds and flu, from Canada to Colorado, even in sunny Florida. Thanks to the Internet, I don’t have to share my cold or maybe my version of the flu. Whatever I had might have been worse had I not had a flu shot.

My husband was sent home from his long hospital stay with several pages of notes. One page stated that he had been suffering from Community Pneumonia. This is described as coming from friends and family. We can only wish our own community had been less sharing.

It is no fun being sick, so I wish you all well. My advice is to drink lots of liquids, wash your hands more than often, and try not to cough or sneeze on anyone else. Remember, Scotch or wine qualifies as liquid. Then keep warm and stay well.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Chuck Downing on Saturday. Also I want remind you that Benjamin Franklin was born on Milk Street in Boston on Jan. 17 of 1706. Sunday belongs to Steve Soriano. Wish the best on Monday to Patti Linn; you may find her cooking up some of her delicious chocolate. Good wishes for many happy returns go out to Mev Good on Tuesday. Happy, happy birthday to Cathy Deese and Anne Downing on Wednesday.

Heard on Main Street: Celebrate Benjamin Franklin’s birthday on Saturday: Go fly a kite.

Thanks to the wonderful nursing care at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, my husband Donald should be home by the time you read this. They were all especially kind and caring in helping him recover from a severe bout of pneumonia.

I also want to send thanks out to Whit Griswold, who for so many years has kept my spelling corrected and my ideas clear and put up with so many last-minute inserts to the Tisbury column. He is going on to spend more time writing, and I wish him well. I also look forward to reading what he produces. He even helped dig my car out of the mud after a Times Christmas party. Thanks for the memories, Whit.

Parents: It is that time of year. If you have a child beginning kindergarten next fall, you need to call Barbara Armstrong at 508-696-6500. You will want a kindergarten registration packet and to set up a registration appointment for the 2015-’16 school year. Children eligible for kindergarten must be 5 years of age on or before Sept. 1, 2015.

Tonight at 7:30 at the Vineyard Playhouse you can enjoy Willy Mason and Jemima James. Then on Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 3:30 pm, enjoy Shakespeare for the Masses, featuring “Richard III.” This event is free; donations are welcome.

On Friday at 7:30 pm at the MV Film Center, see “Wild.” Based on a 2012 memoir, “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail,” describing a 1,100-mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail in a journey of self-discovery, the film captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman on a journey that maddens, strengthens, and ultimately heals her. With no experience, Cheryl hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone.

Even our plants are confused by this strange weather, warm one day and freezing the next. It does seem odd to see forsythia blossoms and be scraping the ice off my windshield. Stay warm and keep dry whatever the weather brings.

Rev. Bill Clark of the UU Church will explore aspects of “The Art of Living” this Sunday at 11 am. All are welcome.

The Federated Church has announced that its parishioners will offer free lasagna dinner on Sundays through March from 12:30 to 2 pm at the parish hall in Edgartown.

Need a getaway? To celebrate 30 years in business in Vineyard Haven, Sherm and Susie Goldstein invite all island residents to a Slumber Party in January. The Mansion House rooms will be only $30 per person based on d.o. Island guests can take a dip in the swimming pool, steam room, sauna, and hot tub, work up a sweat with a class in the health club, or stargaze on the Cupola Deck. Massages and other spa services can be scheduled. For more information, visit the front desk or call 508-693-2200 for more details.

The Vineyard Haven library is offering a two-part program on Bosnia. Next Tuesday at 7 pm, hear Demaris Wehr on the topic of her new book, “Making It Through: Bosnian Survivors Telling Stories of Truth.” You will learn about the unique way individual survivors made it through the war.

On Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 7 pm, Demaris speaks about “Forgiveness: In the Teeth of Genocide.” This will focus on the life of Vahidin Omanovic, a young, inspiring Muslim priest. Omanovic was 15 when genocide hit his Bosnian village.

The Family History Center and the Martha’s Vineyard chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists will hold a free open house for the public on Saturday, Jan. 24, from 10 to 4. Beginners in genealogy or those with sticky questions should drop by for help, or just to talk about your family history. This is at the Family History Center at Merchant’s Mart, across the parking lot from the Black Dog Café.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Allyson Wajda and Ned Orleans. On Saturday, wish the best to David Burt. Monday belongs to Gay Nelson. Happy birthday to Allan Davey Sr. and Donna Paulson, who will celebrate on Tuesday. Then wish a happy one to Tyler Paulson on Wednesday.

Heard on Main Street: Don’t go to bed angry; stay up.

The Vineyard Haven Library will close at 1 pm Wednesday and reopen on Friday. On Sunday at 1 pm Jennifer will show you how to make a hardcover book from scratch. All materials provided, free for adults and teens aged 12 and up.

The MV Film Center invites you to a New Year’s Eve Bash: a night of film, food, and music 7:30 pm to 12:30. The movie begins at 8 pm. Blending comedy with romance, Top Five digs under the surface of show business and politics as well as the pressures of being black and famous. Rated R. At 10 pm is live music with jazz trio Eric Johnson and friends. After 11:30 see activities in New York’s Times Square. Note that hors d’oeuvres and libations will be served after the movie in the lobby, so you should dine before arriving. Proceeds benefit the MV Film Society. Tickets are $70 general admission, $60 for members.

Courtney Minnehan is an Island girl putting herself through college. She is a senior, pursuing a degree in art education at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. Her original art prints are available at Citrine in Vineyard Haven. Her work is also sold at Bella Funk in Littleton, N.H., and The Roaster Room in Campton, N.H. Her original design is cut into a stencil from which she creates original prints. Her Island map print is very popular, and she can personalize one for you. Check out her work at Citrine.

Missing your lobster rolls? Grace Church will sell winter lobster rolls next Sunday from noon to 2 pm. Hotdogs, pies, and chips also available. This will happen on the first Sunday through the winter months. For more, call 508-693-0332.

On Tuesday, January 6, at 7 pm at the Vineyard Haven Library, hear Michael Blanchard talk about his new book Fighting for My Life: Finding Hope and Serenity on Martha’s Vineyard. Mike’s passion for photography paralleled his first steps toward recovery from alcohol addiction. He describes the use of photography in recovery programs dealing with cancer or addiction. His pictures will be on display in the library for the month of January.

On Wednesday at the library, the Long Point Five celebrate the New Year with a concert, with John Schilling on trumpet, Jim Athearn on trombone, Julie Schilling on clarinet, Bud Larson on flute, and Jeri Larson on piano. Refreshments following.

Susan Klein’s Spice of Life memoir writing class will be held on Thursday afternoons in January and February at the Tisbury Senior Center. This session is at a special reduced price, compliments of the Tisbury COA. Call Susan to register at 508-693-4140.

The Family History Center and the MV chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists will hold an free open house for the public on Saturday, January 24, from 10 to 4. Beginners in genealogy or those with sticky questions should drop by for help in organizing your family history. This will be at the Family History Center in Merchant’s Mart, across the parking lot from the Black Dog Café.

ACE-MV offers some special winter workshops including Wampanoag Culture and Arts as well as Education and Social Justice. Atria Restaurant will offer an Introduction to Wine and a Valentines Day Cooking Benefit for ACE. Online registration is now open Walk-in registration for ACE is next Thursday from 5 to 6:30 pm in the lobby of the high school. The winter session runs through February 14 though the GED and citizenship programs continue through March.

Congratulations to Hank and Linda (Dickson) Unczur who celebrate their anniversary on the first day of the new year.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out for New Year’s Day to Mark Kurth, Steve Bernier, and Jeremy Rockman. Wish a happy one to John Chapman on Friday, the second. Sunday belongs to Romeo Bonelli. Roberta Kirn parties on Monday. Taylor Higgins marks her special day on Tuesday. Happy birthday to Judy Belushi Pisano who celebrates next Wednesday.

Heard on Main Street: Happiness is good health and a bad memory (Ingrid Bergman).