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Kay Mayhew

Kay Mayhew

A tourist on Main Street was complimented on a big bag emblazoned with the words Martha’s Vineyard. She said she got it on the other island. The question was, “What other island?” She thought a moment and said, “We took the bus from Boston and took a ferry. Then we took another bus.” The passerby agreed, “These islands are confusing.”

Need stuff? Check out the Unitarian Universalist Society Yard Sale on Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm. They offer lots of treasures, bikes, furniture, rugs, and even a bread-baking machine.

Father’s Day is a week away. That Saturday, June 14, take dad out for a chicken and rib barbeque at 5:30 pm at the First Baptist Church on William Street. More at 508-693-1539. The complete meal with beverage and dessert or as take-out is $12.

John Crelan says the annual Bloomsday celebration beganMargie’ in Dublin in 1982. The Arts and Society presents the 36th celebration of music and drama based on the text and life of James Joyce a week from Wednesday, June 18, at 8 pm at the Katharine Cornell Theatre. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the door or in advance at The Bunch of Grapes Bookstore. More at 508-696-0539.

Can you help? The Friends of the Tisbury Council on Aging need volunteers to take part in fundraising activities to support the Tisbury Senior Center. You are also needed to sit at the booth at the Tisbury Street Fair on July 8. Call Virginia Iverson at 508-693-7768 if you can help.

If you have a 10- to 15-year-old in your life who loves films and dreams of being on the red carpet, your tween can participate in the Kids First Film Critics Boot Camp in August at Martha’s Vineyard Film Center. The child will learn about the film industry, critique films and write reviews, improve on-camera skills, and be coached by professionals. See

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum opens the season with a lawn party on Friday, June 13, from 5 to 7 pm. You are invited to celebrate the new season. See the exhibit of original photographs of Martha’s Vineyard also in the new book by the museum Chief Curator Bonnie Stacy. The 18th century Cooke House will be open for the season. You must see the Charles W. Morgan exhibit in the Spotlight Gallery. Finally, enjoy a sneak preview from the upcoming premiere of Joe Forbrich’s “The Whaleship Essex,” the first show to open on the Patricia Neal Stage at the newly renovated Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse. All this, it’s free and open to all.

Live on stage, Tony Shalhoub and Brooke Adams will star in the play “I Take Your Hand in Mine.” The only performance is on Monday, June 30, at 7:30 pm at the MVRHS Performing Arts Center to benefit the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse capital campaign. Tickets online at

“You May Call Her Madam Secretary,” a one-hour documentary about Frances Perkins made by Bob and Marjory Potts of West Tisbury, will be shown at 7:30 pm on Sunday, June 8 at the Hebrew Center, followed by a talk with the filmmakers. Perkins was FDR’s Labor Secretary and her work became the basis for the New Deal and the Social Security Act.  Donation, $5.

Congratulations to Cheryl Stark and Margie Meltzer who mark their anniversary on Saturday.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Margie Meltzer and Sarah Owens. Wish the best tomorrow to Hildy Mitchell.

Happy birthday on Sunday to Laurel Mayhew, Brian Flanders, and James Gould-Lamont. Tuesday belongs to Claudia Nelson, Cody Chandler, and Ruth Stiller.

Heard on Main Street: Can anyone tell me? Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the battery is dead?

WMVY is back on the air. Tune in to 88.7 FM. They plan to continue the daily entertainment report. Their beach and boating forecast will bring you tides, sea heights, and even the suntan index. Welcome back.

The Relay For Life to raise money for the American Cancer Society starts Saturday at 9 am and runs until 9 am Sunday at the MV High School track. Are you a survivor? People are needed to sign up as teams, volunteers, and survivors. See the website. For more, call Melissa Dolby at 508-560-8134 or Questions? Try Colleen Corr-Panek at or 508-922-4521.

It seems spring is really here. It is apparent from the bright colors of the azaleas to the sweet aroma of lilies of the valley and the appearance of the rare lady slippers. Then there are the lovely trills of our summer birds as well as the appearance of very tiny turkeys being herded across the road by big mamas.

Anna Tomlinson has a new book written by her cat Lucius. This one is called “My Curiosity: A Vineyard Cat Explores.” You will love Anna’s paintings which perfectly complement the text. Lucius has an opinion on visitors and comments on his mother as well. He has good taste, enjoying how an antique chair fits his body so well and expressing a preference for one bed in the sunshine and yet another if it is cool. Check this out and also his other three books. They are available at the Animal Shelter of M.V. in Edgartown and at the Bunch of Grapes Bookstore, with all profits going to the Animal Shelter.

More than 20 local artists are in the annual group art show at the Vineyard Haven Library. The juried artwork is on display during regular library hours from next Monday through June 14. The opening reception is on Tuesday June 3, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm and refreshments will be served.

This year’s artists include Renee Balter, Laura Beebe, John Crelan, Deirdre DeCarion, Joe Doebler, Phyllis Dunn, Lowely Finnerty, Lisa Glus, Marianne Goldberg, Carolyn Henderson, Susan Johnson, and Nancy Kingsley. Also Iris Kirkwood, Clara Kisko, Jennifer Langhammer, Jeri Larson, Peter Mallen, Janet Messineo, Robert Schaefer, Emily Walkenstein, and Ovid Ward. You may have seen work by some of these at the Family Planning Art Show last weekend.

Our town had some remarkable entries on display in support of Family Planning. Janet Messineo and Nancy Kingsley stand out in my mind. Betsey Edge provided two wall quilts and a wall hanging that was laden with unusual buttons, drawing many comments. The art on display was wonderful. We are so fortunate to have such talented neighbors.

Did you know that our library has a permanent collection of artworks that are displayed throughout the year? This includes 12 paintings by Vineyard artist Captain John Ivory.

The Memorial Day picnic was overshadowed by clouds and cool weather. But it could be worse. One of my favorite paintings of Memorial Day shows a crowd in colorful raincoats and umbrellas listening to musicians play on a bandstand draped in red, white, and blue. Perhaps the politicians bring on the showers.

Join the Farm.Field.Sea event on June 14 to benefit Island Grown Schools hosted by The Beach Plum Restaurant and Chef Chris Fischer. You can explore with master purveyors, cook with talented island chefs; and gather to enjoy the creation of one, simple, local-as-it-gets meal. See more at

A group of volunteers will be gardening at the Vineyard Haven Post Office on Wednesday mornings from 9 to 11 am. Stop by and lend a hand.

Big bunches of birthday balloons go out today to Peggy McGrath and Jane Chandler. Wish the best on Sunday to Leslie Digby Rizza and Megan Buchanan. Monday belongs to Al Koster. Kelsey Bresnahan, Fred LaPiana, Laura Mayhew, and Myra Stark party on Tuesday. Birthday greetings go out on Wednesday to Josh Kochin.

Heard on Main Street: Look out. Here they come.

Kay-MayhewOur town shares in the shocked sorrow over the murder of Pat Gregory last weekend in California. For years he was a good friend to all and a strong leader in the Tisbury business community. He will be greatly missed. Only a month ago our son and family had met him on the ferry and of course enjoyed the meeting. Then we saw him again in Menemsha. Now they share in the sorrow.

This Saturday is the opening reception at the Louisa Gould Gallery for the Sail into Summer show. Island artists including Adam Thompson, John Holladay, Christie Scheele, Laura Roberts, Donna Blackburn, and Nancy Furino have artwork on exhibit until June 23.

The Tisbury Senior Center hosts the annual open house on Sunday, June 1, from 2 to 4 pm, with music by Christine McLean and Serendipity. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.

From Memorial Day through August you are invited to a free tour of the 1828 meeting house of Edgartown’s Federated Church, which will be open from 1 to 3 pm every day.  Information about the history of the church will be available. You can sit in the pews downstairs or upstairs and imagine a worship service in this special place which has changed little in the past 186 years. A large chandelier has old whale oil lamps. The large windows let in bright sunlight. The architect, Frederick Baylies Jr., later designed the Baptist Church and the Old Whaling Church. For more, call 508-627-4421.,

The late Pat Brown was the school nurse for all of the Island schools and uncounted children. You are asked to send memories and photos to Jennifer Marlin ( or Box 1311, Edgartown 02539 to be shared at Pat’s Celebration of Life on June 27.

FlexiTickets are available at the Vineyard Playhouse until May 31 for the 2014 summer season performances on the new Patricia Neal stage. Opening night for The Whaleship Essex is June 21. A Wiki-Folk Musical Experience in Two Acts, Search: Paul Clayton opens July 19. Opening August 16 is Satchel Paige and The Kansas City Swing, where jazz fills the night, baseball the day in 1947. Tickets are available online now at

Tom Dresser, Herb Foster, and Jay Schofield will talk about their book “Martha’s Vineyard in World War II” on Tuesday at the Vineyard Haven Library and on Wednesday at the Bunch of Grapes, both at 7 pm.

The children’s march to the sea with flowers on the Friday before Memorial Day is the most wonderful event on our Island. You feel the emotional tug as they toss the blossoms on the water in memory of those who have died for our freedom.

Happy anniversary to Allan and Ann Davey, who mark 22 happy years together.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Elaine Ciancio. Tomorrow wish the best to Olyvia Houston. Victoria ‘Honey’ Campos, Shawn Townes, Leah Ellis, and Shawn Willoughby celebrate on Saturday. Betsy Edge and Ann Haller party on Monday. Tuesday belongs to Kylie Townes and Kristina Ivory. Birthday greetings to Steve Mussell and Cheryl Stark on Wednesday.

Heard on Main Street: Fly your flag and celebrate Memorial Day with friends and neighbors on Monday.

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Everyone was enjoying the glorious weather on Sunday. Even the VTA buses got into the act, flashing the message: Happy Mother’s Day.

My daughter in Colorado called to announce they had three inches of wet sloppy snow. But it should melt the next day. They had a couple of 80-degree days followed by hail the size of baseballs last week. All is supposed to clear in time for final exams.

For the first time in many years parents have organized an After Prom Party. The Dukes County Youth Task Force is acting as fiscal agent. The YMCA has donated their facility for Saturday night from 10 pm to 5 am. This is for all juniors and their dates. Juniors who do not attend Prom are welcome to a poolside DJ, bungee run, karaoke, games and music, climbing wall, movies, and great food. Juniors are encouraged to stay the night and have breakfast before a 5 am pick-up.

Get your vacation books at the monthly Mini Book Sale at the Vineyard Haven Library on Saturday from 2 to 4 pm. You get a special price for buying a whole bag of books. Just ask.

You are invited. The League of Women Voters annual meeting hosts a brief talk by school superintendent James Weiss and past superintendent Peter Palches on Sunday from 1 to 3 pm at the Howes House in West Tisbury. The question for discussion is whether regionalization would improve our elementary schools. Dr Weiss says, for example, that we waste a lot of money on five different payroll systems. Dr. Palches will suggest some alternative ways to manage our schools. For more information call 508-693-1430.

Some work on my 2011 Subaru Forester left me driving a 2014 Outback last week. I didn’t tell them I wouldn’t swap. I don’t like the reduced view out the rear window on the new one.

See a free showing of Freedom Summer at 4 pm Sunday at the MV Film Center. The treat is offered by the MV Film Society in collaboration with WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR station, and WGBH Boston. The film takes the audience back to the hot and deadly summer of 1964 when the nation was focused on Mississippi. More than 700 student volunteers joined African-Americans in the effort to shatter segregated Mississippi and register as many black voters as possible. The film highlights the efforts of outside activists and local citizens during the Civil Rights Movement.

You have another chance on Monday to discover the wonders of Island wildlife and nature when naturalist Susie Bowman will lead a nature walk, starting out from the Tisbury Senior Center at 12:30 pm. See what’s blooming after a short meeting before carpooling to the trail. Those on the first walk saw wintergreen with bright red berries, trailing arbutus with tiny white flowers, wood anemone, wild violets, sheep sorrel, and other early plants. They said that the bird calls in the still of the woods created a symphony of sound with woodpeckers keeping percussive beat. Blue birds, red-tailed hawks, and ospreys may be next. You’ll have to see for yourself. No charge for the walk, but call Sandy at 508-696-4205 to register.

You won’t know what you were missing until you attend the discussion of Services for Seniors and Caregivers at the Tisbury Senior Center on Monday from 4 to 5:30 pm. Staff from Vineyard Nursing, Veterans Services, and Elder Services will share information. The program is free, but you do need to register at 508-696-4205.

John Holladay’s paintings are on the lower level at the library through the month of May. He moved to town in 2001. He teaches Computer Graphics and Animation at Falmouth High School. On weekends and during the summer, he teaches at Featherstone. His work can also be seen at Louisa Gould Gallery.

Cleaning out your closet? Hours at Clothes to Go at the Methodist Church have changed to Monday and Wednesday afternoons, 2–4 pm, and Saturday mornings, 9–11 am.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go to Jill Walsh tomorrow and Glenna Moore on Saturday. Best wishes for a very happy birthday to Craig Mayhew on Monday. On Tuesday wish the best to Lillian Hammond, Mary Cressy, and Maura Ziemian.

Heard on Main Street: If you want the rainbow, you have to put up with the rain.

Curator Bonnie Stacy of the Martha’s Vineyard Museum has a new book called “Martha’s Vineyard.” This new pictorial history celebrates the rich history of the Island. She will introduce the book at 5:30 pm, Tuesday at the museum library in Edgartown. You will be impressed by this treasure of 220 photos from the museum’s extensive photograph collection showing various aspects of the history of the Island. It provides a record of the Vineyard from the 1840s to the 1970s. Many of the pictures have never been published before.

There are pictures of early occupations such as hunting, farming, sea trades, ice harvesting, brick making, boat building, and shopkeeping. See the history of the Vineyard as a resort and focus on the religious camp meetings as well as the vulnerability of the Island in dramatic weather. Images from all six Island towns are included.

Bonnie Stacy joined the museum as Chief Curator in 2010 from historic Bethlehem in Pennsylvania. A graduate of Smith College with a major in art history and American studies, she also has a masters in the history of decorative arts. Admission is free, though donations are encouraged. The bookis available in the museum’s gift shop for $26.99.

Learn more about genetically modified foods at 7 pm next Tuesday at the Vineyard Haven Library. Jan Buhrman asks: What are you serving for dinner? What’s in your food? There will be plenty of time for questions and answers and handouts on Buyers Beware and Buyers Guide to GMOs.

Tom Dresser, Herb Foster, and Jay Schofield have just published their book “Martha’s Vineyard in World War II.” Just prior to Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt boarded his yacht in the Potomac and allegedly went off to fish. Though the press did not know where the President was, some Vineyarders knew he was off Menemsha before boarding the cruiser Augusta on his way to meet Churchill to approve the Atlantic Charter. There were maneuvers on the Island, including GIs from the 36th and 45th Infantry Divisions assaulting the Island while parachutists jumped into Katama. Meanwhile, the signal corps had set up on Peaked Hill in Chilmark. These incidents and much more are described in this book.

The spring concert of the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society features the music of George Frederic Handel, Paul Basler, Margaret Bonds, Camille Saint-Saens, and Carl Reinecke performed by a trio comprising oboist Gerard Reuter, hornist Paul Stevens, and pianist Delores Stevens at the Hebrew Center on Sunday, May 25, at 4 pm. Tickets at the door are $20 (students free). Early-bird subscriptions for the Summer Concert Festival will be sold during intermission and after the concert.

Evening Under the Stars benefits the Martha’s Vineyard Cancer Support Group next Thursday at Farm Neck from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Enjoy the buffet dinner, drinks, and dessert with music by Mike Benjamin. The money helps Island cancer patients with the various costs of their treatment. Every penny raised stays here to help those who need it most. Tickets are $100. For more, call AnneMarie Donahue, 508-627-7958

Town meeting had a glorious beginning. First the Boy Scouts led us in the pledge of allegiance. When is the last time you recited that? Selectman Tristan Israel announced that our town clerk Marion Mudge is retiring after 30 years. Then Marion’s young grandson Jack Scarbrough tentatively crossed the stage to present her with a dozen red roses. He scampered off as the townspeople applauded. Don’t forget to vote.

The benefit ride for Multiple Sclerosis brought a number of visitors to the Island. All reported they enjoyed a grand bicycle tour with beautiful weather in their efforts to raise money for a good cause.

The West Tisbury Library will benefit if you go to the Speakeasy evening next Wednesday at State Road Restaurant. And you will get to meet Ward Just and Paul Schneider.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Amy Levine on Tuesday. Happy Birthday on Wednesday to Brendan O’Neill.

Heard on Main Street: Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

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Are you ready for the Triple Crown? Get your start on Saturday at 5 pm with a Kentucky Derby party. It is also a fundraiser for the League of Women Voters of Martha’s Vineyard. Ladies are encouraged to wear hats. The party begins at 5 pm at the Chilmark Community Center. Cash bar and refreshments. Donation is $7 a person.

If you need help with ebooks and downloadable audiobooks, call our Vineyard Haven Library at 508-696-4210 to make an appointment. On Saturday mornings staff will help you check all this out. They are also awfully patient and good with what I thought were foolish questions. Get your free help and reassurance on Saturday morning. Call now.

You are also invited to the annual Musical May Tea with Martha Child & Friends this Saturday at the Baptist Church parish hall. Music, tea, and sandwiches will be served throughout the program, from 1 to 3 pm. This year features a hat contest: prizes for funniest, prettiest, and most creative. Baked goods, white elephant table, good food, and fellowship — all for $10 (under 12 is $5). More at 508-693-1539.

Enjoy a concert of familiar oldies and goodies with the Vintage Voices at the Tisbury Senior Center on Monday at 1:30 pm. Some of the singers are Sofia Anthony, Nancy Blank, Stephanie Burke, Martha Child, Gary Cogley, Lee Fierro, and Laura Gliga. More songsters are Beth Kehoe, Dorian Lopes, Carol Loud, Mary-Jean Miner, Jim Norton, Sonya Norton, Lorraine St.Pierre, Bill Smith, and Liz Villard, all under the direction of the wonderful Phil Dietterich. Afternoon tea with dainty sandwiches will be offered. There is no charge, but if you plan to attend, call 508 696-4205. It helps the folks to plan on how many chairs and teacups will be needed.

Adult and Community Education (ACE MV) offers Relaxed Body, Open Mind, Deep Rest. This is a nine-week series of stretch meditation classes led by the former director of Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training, Martha Abbot. The class runs to June 25 on Wednesdays from 11 am to 12 noon at the Yoga Barn. May be taken as a series or individual classes.

ACE MV also offers ServSafe Food Sanitation Training certification classes taught by Alice Robinson, beginning May 6. Classes are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at MVRHS from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. You learn safe food handling & sanitation practices and prepare for the ServSafe certificate exam (employee training materials are included). The course is May 6 to 20 with review and exam on May 21. Preregistration at is required.

Spring is really here. The Bradford pear trees are finally in full bloom in our town and many other blossoming trees are trying hard to be beautiful after our hard winter. As you clean out your closets and bring out clothes for warmer weather, don’t forget about Clothes To Go. If you have clothing in good condition, get it clean and take it to the Stone Church on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday between 2 and 4 pm. They also accept donations on Saturday morning between 9 and 11.

If you did not go to the town meetings, you missed a good time with our neighbors. Just don’t change all our votes when you go to the polls on May 13.

Happy anniversary to Craig and Laura Mayhew, who celebrate a dozen years of marital bliss on Monday.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Ellie Williamson. Wish the best to Herb Ward tomorrow. Sunday belongs to Anna Duarte, with wishes of many happy returns.

Heard on Main Street: Women and cats do as they please. Men and dogs should learn to live with it.

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Kay-MayhewFriends of Kathy Stinson and Larry Gomez will be sorry to hear that Kathy died last Thursday, April 17. Memorial gifts may be made to Hospice or the MV Cancer Support Group.

Friday there will be a free forum dealing with questions about Alzheimer’s at the Hebrew Center from 9 am to 12 noon. Call 508-939-9440 to register.

On Saturday you can visit Island Alpaca for the Annual Shearing Day. From 10 am to 5 pm you can get up close to these gentle, curious creatures. There is a lovely farm store as well. Island Alpaca is located of Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road in Oak Bluffs.

Now that Grace Church has a fresh new space, they invite you to a fried chicken dinner from 12 noon to 1:30 pm on Sunday. This is the first step in raising money for a new furnace. Cost is $12, children under 12 cost $7, eat in or take out. Call 508-693-0332 for advance orders.

The Tisbury Senior Center invites you to a lunch break next Monday. Join Susie Bowman from Felix Neck and Sandy from the Tisbury Senior Center for the first of the Spring Discovery walks. Ms. Bowman is a teacher/naturalist at Massachusetts Audubon Felix Neck. She has a wealth of knowledge and understanding about our natural habitats. Bring a sandwich to eat while Susie tells you what to look for in the Land Bank properties in Tisbury. Cookies and drinks will be available at the center.

After the talk, the group will depart for the guided walk where you may see a mourning cloak butterfly on a woodland path. You will look for wild geranium or starflower emerging and walk on a glacial ridge. Wear comfortable shoes or boots; spray will be provided. The trails are wide, mown, and prepped. In the event of a windy downpour of rain, call the center. The talk and walk program will be one and a half hours. All are welcome. The walk will not be strenuous. The intent is to discover the wonder of nature. Call Sandy at 508-696-4205 with questions and to register. There is no fee.

Voters will have a chance to meet Melinda Loberg, who is a candidate for selectman, at the Tisbury Senior Center at 1 pm on Thursday, May 8. Hear her ideas about the future of our town and share your thoughts and concerns. Mark your calendar. Refreshments will be served.

While you are marking your calendar, town meeting is Tuesday, April 29 at 7 pm at the Tisbury School. The Tisbury election is on Tuesday, May 13.

Want to garden but don’t have one to work in? The Martha’s Vineyard Museum has an herb garden and needs a little help. Especially for the preparation of the garden in May. If you are interested, call 508-627-4441 and speak to Ann DuCharme, or email

For Vineyarders interested in a summer job or who want to add another skill, the Mansion House Health Club offers American Red Cross Life Saving certification. Participants learn teamwork, rescue and surveillance skills. Aquatics Director Jennifer Fragosa teaches through videos, group discussion, and hands-on practice. The course teaches the knowledge and skills to recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to prevent drowning and injuries. Register at the Mansion House. The course meets at Mansion House Pool.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out tomorrow to Alexandra Habekost. Monday belongs to Jessica Soleil, Ronnie Tolin, and Melanie Jane Dickson. Wish the best ot John McCarthy on Tuesday. Best wishes for a very happy birthday on Wednesday goes to Andrew Williamson. And also to his twin, Ellie Williamson, who celebrates on Thursday.

Heard on Main Street: Warmer weather is coming, promising the dandelions of summer.

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Kay-MayhewNotice all the smiles around you? It has to be the sunshine. We may be catching up on all that missed sunlight and that’s why we feel better. When we feel better, we smile. And then you smile in return. Happiness is contagious.

The Congregational Church in West Tisbury invites you to the Easter Sunday service at 10 am in the Ag Hall. There is Sunday school during the service which is followed by an Easter egg hunt.

This Saturday, you can pick up some good books at the monthly mini-sale at the Vineyard Haven Library. The books are available from 2 to 4 pm. Proceeds benefit the children’s library.

It is never fair to stuff your old books in the boxes for the return of library books. That just causes a lot of extra work for all the folks at the library. If you want to donate books, you should ask the library first. Often they have dates to collect gently used books. Drop in or call. This applies to all our Island libraries, you know.

The Order of St. Luke invites you to a Day of Forgiveness and Healing at Grace Church on Saturday, April 26, from 9 am to 4 pm. The program opens with music, praise, and worship. They welcome Gail F. Robers of Lisbon, Maine, who is the regional director of Order of St Luke. You should bring your lunch; beverages will be provided. A donation of $10 requested. There follows a workshop on meditation. More? Call Beatrice Green at 508-693-1737.

As you know, the Relay For Life at the high school raises money for the American Cancer Society. More teams, volunteers, and survivors are needed for the activities at the MVRHS track on May 31 and June 1. Learn more from Melissa Dolby at or 508-560-8134 or sign up with Colleen Corr-Panek at or 508-922-4521. With a theme like Celebration, the Relay For Life should be even more successful this year.

Monday is Patriots Day. On Monday, the runners should be pleased that our spring warmth has cooled off just for the Boston Marathon. Between the horrific memories of last year and the remarkable progress and rehabilitation of so many injured runners, this should be quite a day.

Are you always careful of your credit card? Some new tricks are hardly noticeable. How about the card you got back from the waiter. Did you just put it away or did you look at it? The trick is to return another person’s expired card that looks like yours. Some people have discovered a person photographing both sides of a card. The only need for that is to steal your information. Never leave anything of value in a locker — you have to know you are asking for trouble. If a card is copied and used — and you have not reported it stolen — you are liable for the charges. It is up to you to keep your credit card safe from misuse.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Ann Maley today. Tomorrow wish the best to Donna Herczeg. Lots of parties this weekend: Rozetta Hughes, Thomas Green, and Bob Tankard are celebrating. Wish the best on Monday to Judy Nichols. She shares her special day with the Queen of England. Elizabeth II will mark 89 years on Monday, although her official birthday is in June. In only another year or so Elizabeth II will be the longest reigning monarch, second now only to Victoria.

Heard on Main Street: Ever think about all those women on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night?

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Kay-MayhewIt is sunny, the birds are singing, and the flowers are trying to come up. Somehow my forsythia has found this a difficult spring.

Bring your computers, monitors, televisions, printers, notebooks, and just about anything you can plug in to Community Services this Saturday. Electronics Disposal Day runs from 9 to noon. Final disposal is off Island and environmentally friendly.

The Martha’s Vineyard Film Society is offering a series of opera in cinema at the new Film Center. The series is a balance of classics and new productions with performances by the world’s leading singers. Dates are on May 25 at noon for Nabucco, June 22 at noon is Traviata, and July 21 at 7:30 pm for Manon Lescaut. Tickets are $20, $18 for MVFS members.

See a free film called “Love Free or Die” at 4 pm on Saturday at the MV Film Center. This is the story about gay Bishop Gene Robinson whose two passions are his love for God and for his partner Mark. This is about church and state, love and marriage, and one man’s struggle to dispel the notion that God’s love has limits. Discussion following the film with director Macky Alston and the Open and Affirming Committee of the West Tisbury Congregational Church.

At 7:30 pm on Saturday the film “Jimmy Was a Carpenter” will be preceded by a musical performance by Jellybone Rivers. This is a romantic thriller about a man who discovers he can bring his girlfriend back from the dead. The film was shot completely on Martha’s Vineyard and stars many local actors. The MV Film Center hosts this premiere of Taylor Toole’s third feature film.

I’ve heard no plans for another snowstorm, but we do live on an island. As the Boy Scouts say, be prepared. On Monday at 1:30 pm the Tisbury Senior Center will host a Forum on Emergency Preparedness. Chuck Cotnoir will tell you how to prepare a Go-Bag filled with emergency supplies. Beth Toomey will share her experiences working in Falmouth shelters during Hurricane Sandy. Jim Klingensmith will talk about what to do for pets, and Chris Cini will answer Tisbury emergency questions. Call 508-696-4205 to sign up.

For those of us who did not get around to seeing the movies nominated for the Oscars, the Vineyard Haven Library offers another on Tuesday at 7 pm. In “Dallas Buyers Club,” an electrician and hustler works around the system in Dallas in 1985 to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is diagnosed with the disease. Rated R, which fact is offset with free popcorn and lemonade.

The Flying Elbows string band and Jemima James and guests really will play a free concert at the Katharine Cornell Theater on Wednesday, this week, at 7 pm as part of the Vineyard Haven Library’s America’s Music Series. I think it is a safe assumption that no more blizzards will interrupt the plans this time.

You know that Jemima James has long been playing and singing American folk and traditional music, with her classic Gibson Hummingbird model guitar. The Vineyard’s own Flying Elbows old-time fiddle band consists of Tom Hodgson, Nancy Jephcote, Bob Hammond, Brian Weiland, and Paul Thurlow. They have kept the Islanders tapping their toes with American traditional music for decades. It is free and fun. Don’t miss it.

Mark your calendar: This next is a great idea, especially for those of you who enjoy the Easter sunrise service. There will be an Easter Egg Hunt at the Edgartown Lighthouse on Easter Sunday morning from 10 am to 12 noon, starting from the Harbor View Hotel. The hunt is on the grounds of the hotel stretching down and around the Edgartown Lighthouse. The lighthouse will be open during the hunt. Free and open to all.

Best wishes for a very happy anniversary go out today to Donna and Ed Herczeg.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out tomorrow to Jerry Tilton. Debbie Eggers and Allan Davey party on Saturday. Wish the best to Ann Lee and Mike McLaughlin on Tuesday. Wednesday belongs to Jack Rizza and Fran Gould: happy birthday.

Heard on Main Street: Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful, or joyful. If it’s electronic or electric, take it to Community Services on Saturday.

Kay-MayhewI must be getting old because I no longer welcome change. I can assure you that I won’t be the only one who will miss Marion McClure running our town elections. You may not notice many glitches because Marion has trained Joanna Jernegan very well. But I definitely will miss seeing Marion at the town hall.

You can meet the folks who want to run our town. The League of Women Voters will introduce the several new candidates for uncontested positions as well as for the contested election for town clerk. Bring your questions. Tisbury candidates Forum is Wednesday at the Tisbury Senior Center at 7 pm. Come hear what they have to say to you.

I am so sorry we have lost Hector Asselin from our lives. He was a wonderful person, a gentleman of the old school. He was full of curiosity and alert to many interests. Spring Street won’t be the same without him.

Joan Glodis has been visiting on the Island from her home in North Carolina. I had the pleasure of meeting her last week. Ever a quilter, she taught some of us a new patchwork design. Most of you remember her and her husband, Fred, who taught science for 39 years at the Tisbury School.

The Vineyard Haven Library is still open for two more Sundays from noon to 4 pm. The library will be closed on Sundays from April 20 until after Columbus Day. Note that the America’s Music concert with the Flying Elbows and Jemima James was moved to Wednesday, April 16, at 7 pm at the Katharine Cornell Theatre.

Next Tuesday at 7 pm enjoy another Oscar nominee film at the library. “Gravity” stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. It is the story of a medical engineer and an astronaut who work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in orbit. You can also enjoy free popcorn and lemonade.

Next Wednesday the library continues the adventure with America’s Music. Learn to swing dance with Julie Shilling and Kevan Nicholes who have taught the eighth graders at our school for years. The dance program is free at 7 pm at the Cornell Theatre.

Local artists are invited to submit work for a group show the first two weeks of June at the Vineyard Haven Library. This show will be curated by Francine Kelly and coordinated by the library’s Jennifer Rapuano. The Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library will host a reception for the artists on June 3, 5:30–7:30 pm. Ask the library for details on submitting your work. The deadline is May 1. Artwork can be in any medium. Applications may be emailed to Francine or dropped off during regular library hours. Only recent work (2012 and later) will be considered. For more see or call Jennifer 508-696-4210, ext. 12, or email

Welcome home to Ann Maley who has been recuperating off Island. It will be wonderful to have her back with us.

Walk Wasque on Chappy with the Conservation Society on Sunday. Mark your calendar for Earth Day Beach Cleanup on April 19. More at 508-693-7662.

Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm your pet can get a rabies shot at the clinic at the Edgartown shelter. Take your pet’s last rabies certificate; this shot will be good for three years.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out tomorrow to Janet Holladay.

Heard on Main Street: We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty, and some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.

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