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Kay Mayhew

Kay Mayhew

Kay-MayhewThere is a memorial tribute to Sheldon Hackney tonight at 7:30 pm at the Chilmark Community Center as part of the M.V. Book Festival. Many who contributed to the book “Dixie Redux” will speak. Hackney was president of the University of Pennsylvania for many years and head of the National Endowment for the Humanities under President Clinton. Charlayne Hunter-Gault will moderate and a reception will follow. More from Suellen Lazarus,

Careful — here comes August. Where has the summer gone?

Reserve your spot now for the concert at the MV Film Center on Friday evening at 7:30 pm. Meet New Orleans jazz-based cellist, singer, and composer Helen Gillet on the Island. This is the first of several musical concerts this summer at the film center.

This Sunday evening at 8 pm be sure to enjoy the concert in Owen Park with the Vineyard Haven Band. Take a picnic and appreciate the sunset as you listen to the music.

Today at the Vineyard Haven Library at 4 pm, kids aged five and up will enjoy a mystery activity. Whatever it is, be prepared to get messy. Also brought to you by the library, kids can see the Whalemobile at the Tisbury School on Wednesday, August 6. Marvelous Marvin will bring circus arts, magic, and music to the library next week on August 7 at 4 pm for five and up.

Under three year olds will enjoy storytime on Tuesday at 10. Three and up are offered Chappaquiddick Lullaby story time with author Stacy Hall at 11 am.

If you haven’t signed up for summer reading at the library, it’s not too late. You could win Bunch of Grapes gift certificates and Island Cove Mini Golf all-expenses paid adventures.

This Saturday the Tabernacle Craft Fair opens from 9 am to 3 pm with a grand assortment of Island-made products from photographs and jewelry to hand-knit sweaters. Celebrate the handiwork of Island artists in a casual stroll around the Tabernacle.

Our daughter, Laurel Mayhew Olson, was visiting this week from Fort Collins, Colorado. Her one request was for lobster. I believe I can safely say that she is sated — at least for the time being. She had not been back on the Island for some years which meant she had fun visiting all over the Island. We hope she comes back again soon.

She and her brother, Craig, had just completed a week-long bicycle ride across New York state. They were delighted with the trip and the weather and especially their time together. They returned home just in time to celebrate the ninth birthday of Craig’s eldest daughter, Rory.

Next Monday you can revel in the music of Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish at Featherstone’s Musical Monday from 6:30 to 8 pm. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 with Our Island Club, children under 14 are free. You can go back to Featherstone on Tuesday to ponder a purchase at the Flea & Fine Arts Market from 9:30 am to 2 pm.

Dying to gamble? Try Foxwoods with Friends of the Oak Bluffs Council on Aging on Tuesday, August 26. Bus cost is $30 round trip from Woods Hole. You buy your SSA ticket and take spending money. You leave on the SSA at 7 am and come home on the 6:15 from Woods Hole. Sign up now with Rose at 508 693-4509, ext 3.

The Grace Church Lobster Rolls are served every Friday all summer from 4 to 7:30 pm, now $17. For info and orders, call 508-693-0332

Did you know that August this year will have five Fridays, five Saturdays and five Sundays. This happens only once every 823 years. Such an event is supposed to be good luck for all. It is said the Chinese call this phenomenon “Silver pockets full.”

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Dale Perry. On Saturday wish the best of birthdays to Ellen Miller. Sunday belongs to Nancy Gardella and Tom Colligan (that’s Thomas H. Colligan). Mary Goss and Jesse James Little celebrate birthdays along with Dr. Peter Laursen on Wednesday.

Heard on Main Street: Get out in the world every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

Kay-MayhewSavor the moment: Tomorrow is the opening reception from 4 to 6 pm of the Della Hardman 10th Anniversary Art Show at Featherstone. The show continues, 12 noon to 4 pm, on Saturday and Sunday.

All are welcome to enjoy chicken dinner at the First Baptist Church parish house on Saturday at 5:30 pm. Takeout available, $12, includes beverage and dessert. Info at 508-693-1539.

Folks always say the July visitors are nicer than those who come in August. A few weeks ago Anne Sylvester was in line at the Stop & Shop with a cart full of food. The couple behind her had only one item so she invited them to go ahead of her. Then the cashier told her they had put her groceries on their credit card. These July folks were nicer than most.

The little church in the Campground is selling lobster rolls and potato chips every day, Monday through Saturday, for $14. Not only can you get a freshly made lobster roll, but also this goes to pay for the community suppers in the winter.

Island children are learning to cope with autism. You can help. The Island Autism Group holds their eighth fundraiser next Wednesday from 3 to 5 pm at the Daniel Fisher House in Edgartown. Admission is free. Donations are welcome. There will be a raffle and auction as well as light refreshments served. For more, call Marcy Bettencourt at 508-693-2106.

You may want to call or write your state legislators. An amendment to the state constitution will allow for a graduated income tax. The income disparity between the top one percent and the rest of us is growing. Those earning more can afford to pay more. Commonwealth representatives for the Island are Senator Dan Wolf and Representative Tim Madden.

Tim is at State House Room 167, Boston MA 02133 or Dan is at State House Room 511B, Boston MA 02133 or Remember, your opinion counts. Let them know what you think.

Next Tuesday at the the Vineyard Haven Library at 7 pm, Peter Simon shares his view of the last 40 years in “Through the Lens.” He photographed historic events from the protest-filled 1960s, hippie communes, nude beaches and many great names in rock and pop music, major league baseball, not to mention the majesty of Martha’s Vineyard. He will speak about his privileged background and an addictive personality that finally got the better of him and affected his relationships with family and friends.

Kerouac fans will be at the MV Film Center on Tuesday for a benefit showing of One Fast Move or I’m Gone: Kerouac’s Big Sur. Also live readings about Kerouac’s Big Sur. Proceeds go to landscaping at the new West Tisbury Library.

What’s it worth? Appraisers from Skinner Inc. will evaluate your prized objects on appraisal day at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum on August 1 from 9 am to 3 pm. Items may be consigned for sale by Skinner with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Museum. Reservations required. Call Jessica, 508-627-4441, ext. 117. Appraisal of one item costs $15, or three for $40.

Did your kids enjoy the visit of the whaling ship Charles W. Morgan? Now they can see a life-sized whale. Can you believe 43 feet long? Cynde McInnis, owner of The Whalemobile, will be bringing her life-sized (43 feet) inflatable whale, Nile, to the Tisbury School Gym on August 6 at 4 pm as part of the Vineyard Haven Library’s summer reading program. Because the whale is too big to fit in the library, the program will be held at the Tisbury School Gym.

First kids will see a slide show introducing us to the toothed whales and baleen whales found off the coast of Massachusetts and in the Gulf of Maine. The students will go inside the inflatable whale and see ways in which whales are similar to humans. Artifacts such as baleen, teeth and bones are available for children to see and feel. At the end, students will learn about what they can do to keep the oceans safe for all the animals. This program is free. For more Felicia Cheney at 508-696-4211, ext. 14 or

Happy anniversary to Lil and Ed Colligan. They’ve been together 63 loving years.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out tomorrow to Tom Colligan. Wish the best on Saturday to Michael Bulkin, Pam Cassel, and Rory Mayhew. Sunday belongs to Michael Cobban and Nancy Zamarro.

Heard on Main Street: When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

Kay-MayhewCome to the clambake at the Tisbury Senior Center on Saturday, July 26, at 1 pm. Menu is lobster tail, stuffed quahog, clam chowder, Island summer salad, watermelon, iced tea and lemonade. Tickets are $18 for lunch and a concert by the Princess Poo-poo-ly ukelele band. All ages are welcome. Tickets must be purchased by Thursday, July 24.

The Friends of the Tisbury Council on Aging put on this clambake to support the Tisbury Senior Center. They recently purchased a ventilating system for the kitchen. New members are always welcome.

Yet another special event is a week from this Saturday at the Vineyard Haven Library. A free program, College Admissions 101, will run from 10 to 11 am on July 26. Deena Maerowitz will lead parents and students through the college admissions process, drawing upon her experience as admissions officer at Columbia Business School and her years as a lawyer and social worker focusing on educational issues impacting teenagers. She will talk about what to do when, college admissions priorities, extracurriculars, financial aid, testing information, essays, and finding the best college fit. Put that on your calendar.

This Saturday you can buy a book for the beach, something special to read, even a whole bag of books, at the monthly Mini Book Sale at the Vineyard Haven Library. Consider a bag full of books — you get more for your money. Sale runs from 2 to 4 pm.

Enjoy an afternoon with Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library this Sunday at 2 pm, when John Hough, Jr. of West Tisbury will read from his new novel, “Little Bighorn.” Hough grew up in Falmouth where his father and grandfather edited the Falmouth Enterprise. His great-uncle was the editor of the Vineyard Gazette. Hough is the author of five previous novels, including “Seen the Glory: A Novel of the Battle of Gettysburg,” and three works of nonfiction.

Tuesday evening at 7 pm at the library, Susie Bowman, naturalist at the Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, will present a slide show about seashells of Martha’s Vineyard. She is bringing samples. Program is free. Do you know what that pretty shell is?

Tuesday morning little ones will enjoy musical story time with Jeremy Berlin at the library. Then Susie Bowman offers a hands-on activity with Martha’s Vineyard seashells on Thursday afternoon at 4 pm for kids age 5 and up.

Art Quilts from Haiti are on display on the lower level of our library through the month of July.

PeaceQuilts supports women’s sewing cooperatives in Haiti with supplies and marketing. Learn more in a book in our library called “Patience to Raise the Sun: Art Quilts from Haiti and their Power to Change Women’s Lives.”

Activist, journalist, and seasonal resident Charlayne Hunter-Gault will speak on the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. Her talk at the Federated Church on Tuesday at 5:30 pm is in conjunction with the exhibit Sea Change: Martha’s Vineyard in the 1960s at the MV Museum. Following the talk is a reception at the Museum and an opportunity to view the exhibit.

$8 for Museum members and $12 for non-members.

Charlayne Hunter-Gault was one of the first two African-American students to enroll in the University of Georgia in 1961. Following college, she worked for a news team in Washington and then The New York Times. In 1983, Hunter-Gault became national correspondent for PBS’s NewsHour, where she remained for 14 years. She became chief correspondent for National Public Radio working in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1997 and later was bureau chief for CNN.

Hunter-Gault will share reflections from her book “To The Mountaintop: My Journey Through the Civil Rights Movement.” She will also talk about the Vineyard’s involvement in the national movement and how the local NAACP chapter was formed. Books will be available. Call 508-627-4441 for more.

This Sunday evening in Owen Park you can enjoy the Vineyard Haven Band concert at 8 pm. Bring your picnic and take in the harbor view to the tunes of happy music.

Need a getaway? Try Foxwoods with Friends of the Oak Bluffs Council on Aging on Tuesday, July 22. Bus cost is $30 roundtrip from Woods Hole. You buy your SSA ticket and take spending money. Depart from Vineyard Haven on the 7 am boat, and come home on the 6:15 from Woods Hole. Sign up now for this trip — or one in August — with Rose at 508-693-4509, ext 3.

Tomorrow Susan Klein will perform at Featherstone at 8 pm speaking on Mythology and Folklore from a Woman’s Perspective.

The Seize Your Beauty Fashion Show to benefit Friends of Family Planning will be from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at Stina Sayre Designs on Main Street on July 31. For more, call 508-693-5180. No cost; donations requested. Reserve now. Seating is limited.

Congratulations to Eric and Susan Lopes who celebrate their anniversary on Tuesday.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Chris Clark. Wish the best on Saturday to Linda Kurth. Warm wishes for a happy birthday to Ed Colligan on Tuesday.

Heard on Main Street: On Sunday the weather was warm and sunny with a slight breeze — the country was Brazil. All here and there were watching the exciting final World Cup game.

Kay-MayhewMy email address has changed. You can reach me now at tashmoorock@gmail. Our oldest granddaughter Rory Mayhew painted a special rock for me and a photo may appear with this column.

Hurricane Andrew rudely interrupted our Fourth but gave us a hot and windy beach day preceding it, as well as a great storm in celebration of the Fourth. The storm took the heavy humidity with it as it swept up the coast to Newfoundland. Grace Church lobster rolls were in demand despite the heavy winds and rain. My daughter-in-law was pleased that she did not have to choose between the parade and the lobster rolls.

We know the firemen love a parade and making lots of noise. And we love to see them and hear them in parades — most of the time. Whoever decided to put the sirens all together at the end of the Edgartown parade was not thinking. As the firemen waited for earlier groups to perform at the reviewing stand, the trucks were parked all together and each tried to make more noise than the next one. After a few minutes, everyone was covering his ears and wishing the firemen could move on.

A big prize should have been given to Alden Besse for cycling his recumbent the whole route.

After two weeks the Camp Nana has closed for rest and recuperation with plans to reopen later this summer. It was great fun though I have been to too many beaches on the Island and waded through too much sand. Now I have to try to get some of that sand out of my car.

This Saturday is the annual meeting of the Lagoon Pond Association at the Sailing Camp Park from 10 am to noon with refreshments available from 9:45. Michael Loberg will discuss new fertilizer regulations. Selectman Melinda Loberg will talk about the new Lagoon bridge under construction. Vineyard Haven harbormaster Jay Wilbur is ready for questions about harbor management and Tisbury Shellfish Constable Danielle Ewart will answer questions about the recent scallop harvest. Rick Karney from the Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group wants to tell you about several exciting projects to begin soon in the Lagoon. Everyone is invited to attend. You need not be an LPA member.

The Vineyard Haven Library has books for the beach. Some visitors took hardcover library books to the beach although Islanders would never do such a thing. Those library books ended up full of sand, many needing new covers. The library now features paperback beach books. You can return that paperback or replace it with a new one. If these paperback books are damaged by sand or water, they can be easily and more cheaply replaced.

On Tuesday morning storytimes starts early reading by getting your kids singing and moving with Joyce Maxner. At 4 pm next Thursday kids 5 and up enjoy Creative Drama with Phyllis Vecchia, a perfect activity for all kids ready to ham it up. Space is limited — first come,  first served.

Hear about “Bloodlines” and meet its author, Neville Frankel, at the Vineyard Haven Library on Tuesday at 7 pm. The tragic novel is about impossible lives in an unimaginable place. The author immigrated from Johannesburg with his family when he was 14 and did not return until he was nearly 50. In several more visits he discovered the bloody truths of apartheid. When he first left South Africa, it was a place where blacks could not live in the same house as whites and could be imprisoned for simply being seen together.

The book is a love story of a South African white woman, married to an American who falls in love with a South African Zulu man.

As she learns Zulu traditions she finds their beliefs and practices compare easily with her experience of Jewish traditions. She is imprisoned and “disappeared” in South Africa, later escaping from prison with her western black lover to live in the Zulu tribal areas. Both worked with the ANC which increased the dangers of being seen together in that world.

A painted rock by Rory Mayhew.

The Tisbury Senior Center is offering an acrylic painting class with Sally Flood, for the last four Thursdays in July, starting today. The class meets at 1 pm and materials are provided. There is no cost. Just plan to have fun with paints. All levels of experience are welcome, even if you missed a class. If you’re a novice, Sally will guide you to loading your brush with paint, stroke effects, and color choices. Additionally, items from her personal collection such as wooden trays, sign boards, and such can be purchased for a few dollars. She has a variety of reference material for ideas. Sally is a retired teacher and her work can be seen in summer at various island art venues.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Laura Christina Jahn and Betty Jette. Saturday belongs to Betsey Mayhew. Best wishes on Sunday to Nevenka Daniels. Happy birthday to Cord Bailey and Michele Jones on Monday. Wish the best on Tuesday to Jocelyn Ciancio Broadley. More balloon greeting wishes go out to Jim Richardson on Wednesday.

Heard on Main Street: The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt and a flat tire.

Kay-MayhewMany thanks to our brave firefighters who keep our town safe. The dark plume of smoke over our town on Sunday afternoon drew many comments. We are grateful that it was taken care of by our wonderful firemen.

Celebrate the Glorious Fourth on Main Street at 2 pm. In 1963 a proclamation by President Kennedy urged that we mark Independence Day “this year and every year following by the ringing of bells.” Americans have celebrated freedom by ringing bells, from sleigh bells to church bells, throughout history. It is worth remembering what a gift it is to be free. You can take part by ringing assorted bells to mark America’s birthday. The Tisbury shopkeepers on Main Street will come outside and ring bells for two minutes at 2 pm.

It seems as if everyone has come to the Island to celebrate the Fourth. I love the signs “Drive like your children live here.” While the grammar is bad, (it should read “Drive as if your children live here”)  the thought is good.

Lobster rolls are available on the Fourth from 4 to 7:30 pm at Grace Church.

Was it simply more convenient or did the town DPW plan that they would dig up the parking lot for Owen Park the week before the Fourth? Over half the parking lot has been blocked off for a couple of weeks — but filled with trucks marked Tisbury DPW. No handicapped parking has been available.

We can only hope this is done before our first Vineyard Haven Band concert at Owen Park on July 6. At least the DPW trucks should be gone by Sunday evening.

While I am complaining, why don’t our summer cops stop bicyclists riding the wrong way on Main Street? A driver nearly backed into one a few days ago.

You should not fuss over the cyclists on the road. Bikes have just as much right to use the road as cars do. They do not have to use bike paths. Also youngsters need to wear helmets. It’s the law.

Nat’s Nook has opened next door to Alley Cat and Soft As A Grape. Crepes are featured — breakfast, savory, and sweet — with delicious coffees from 7 to 5 daily. Breakfast crepes are eggs and such, savory includes ham and cheese. Savory items are also offered as salad or sandwiches on bread or bagels. Sweet has jams, fruit, or yogurt. Menus to go ran out immediately. Seating is inside or outside on the patio. All reports so far say that everything is very good.

Our granddaughters have been at Camp Nana for a week and we are all having a wonderful time. We are going clamming, went to tie dye tee-shirts at the Oak Bluffs Library, and often listen to audio books in the car. We are checking out all the beaches, whether for sand castles or swimming or catching crabs, pipe fish, and jellies. Their mother arrived Saturday but is telecommuting so she really only had one full day of sand and sun on Sunday. We have lathered on layers of sunscreen until we are slippery and watched an assortment of DVDs after supper. The girls, Rory Mayhew, nearly nine, and Fiona, seven, are curious and interested in everything and seem to totally enjoy all Island offerings. And they delight their grandparents in the process. They are also good tourists, spending their money in local shops.

Need more stuff? Saturday, from 10 am to 3 pm, a grand assortment will be sold at the giant yard sale at Grace Church to benefit the Island Clergy Homeless Initiative. Then on Sunday at 11 am will be the dedication of a lovely new stained glass window at Grace Episcopal Church. The new round window created by artist Barney Zeitz is the final step to finish the parish house wall which was totally rebuilt over last winter. All are welcome. A reception will follow.

Sign-up for summer reading kids has begun. Kids who read through the summer do better in school, and the kids can read whatever they want. Sign up with the Vineyard Haven Library and win prizes: Bunch of Grapes gift certificates and Island Cove Mini Golf adventures.

Saturday at 11 am the MV Library Association offers the Summer Reading Kick-Off with entertainer Bill Ross and face painting at the Ag Hall in West Tisbury. Cost is $4 per person.

On Monday enjoy Musical Monday on Featherstone’s Outdoor Stage with Tristan Israel, Nancy Jephcote, and Paul Thurlow from 6:30 to 8 pm — $8 for adults but $5 with the Island Card. Children under 14 years old are free.

Artist Hermine Hull and author Brooks Robards, both of whom also write for the MV Times, have done a book together called On-Island: Poems and Paintings of Martha’s Vineyard. Their first reading/book signing will be Sunday afternoon at 4 at Shaw Cramer Gallery.

Next Tuesday at 11 for kids three and older at the Vineyard Haven Library is a musical story time with Ellen Allard. And Thursday at 4 pm those aged five and up enjoy Laughing Yoga with Emily Solarazza.

Congratulations to Steve and Judy Nichols who celebrate many happy years together on Wednesday.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Derek Jeter, Bob Benson, Cora Medeiros, and Larry Gomez. Wish the best on the Glorious Fourth to Sue Fairbanks and Steve Nichols. Tomorrow belongs to Christine Swansey and Monday to artist Donna Straw. Tuesday is Tisbury’s birthday and also Jynell Kristal’s and Robert Reed’s. Happy birthday on Wednesday to Brigitte Lent and her daughter, Petra Lent-McCarron.

Heard on Main Street: Have a Glorious Fourth!

Got Tisbury news? Contact Kay Mayhew here.

We were sorry to learn of the passing of Lois Remmer in her 96th year, after spending nearly half her life on the Island. She touched the lives of many in her classes at Nathan Mayhew Seminars and a number of other writing and reading groups here. She loved books and writing and was editing her memoirs. She enjoyed traveling as shown by the big map of the world she kept on the wall. She had friends among the NAACP, Federated Church, Want to Know Club, and Conversation on Race. We were enriched by knowing her.

I hope you did go down to admire the Charles W. Morgan. This is truly a once in a lifetime experience once so common on these shores. Can you imagine the glorious sight some 200 years ago of our harbor filled with whaling vessels?

I am happy to tell you that Kathryn Stewart is at home and would love to have a visitor or a phone call. She is doing better every day. It is so nice to have her back with us.

Gail Croteau says the 6th annual Garden Party to benefit the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard is Monday. The live and silent auctions include a luxury skybox for the finals of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden, a week for up to 10 at a Cabo San Lucas resort, charter fishing outing, glider ride, golf, art, oysters, and much more. The event is from 5 to 8 pm at a beautiful estate overlooking Vineyard Sound with complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres. For reservations, call 508-627-8662.

Walk Felix Neck’s trails with Victor Emanuel as he shows you the Island’s wealth of bird life on Wednesday morning from 8 to 10 am. Learn more about birding with An Evening with Victor Emanuel on Wednesday, July 2, at 7 pm at the Grange Hall. For cost and to register, call 508-627-4850

A reading of the famous speech by Frederick Douglass on The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro will be on Wednesday, July 2 at noon at the Federated Church, where Mr. Douglass spoke in 1857. Another reading of the speech will be at 1 pm on Friday July 4 at the Inkwell Beach with people from Renaissance House and any who wish to join in. You are welcome, either way.

If the weather is warm, cool off at the Vineyard Haven Library this Tuesday at 7 pm. Learn about Antarctica and the Antarctic Ice Sheets with Greg Balco of Berkeley Geochronology Center. Recent news reports say parts of the Antarctic ice sheets are shrinking rapidly. Greg Balco is studying the Antarctic changes. He will discuss what ice sheets are and how they work; what exactly is in Antarctica, what it looks like, and what is “collapsing.” You’ll also hear what it takes to travel to work in Antarctica.

Children aged 5 and up can get messy next Thursday at 4 pm with Ms. Felicia, the children’s librarian at the Vineyard Haven Library. They will be outdoors, weather permitting.

Suzan Bellincampi presents A Field Guide to Island Nature on Martha’s Vineyard next Thursday at 7 pm at the library. The director of Mass Audubon’s Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary will describe Island trails and behind the scenes of the natural Vineyard in a free illustrated talk, followed by a reception. She will explain the clues to the past left by the glaciers which formed the Vineyard.

Did you enjoy our library programs on America’s Music? DVDs are available at the library and videos shown on MVTV. You can phone 508-696-9760 to ask when the next video will be playing.

Businesses in Tisbury will join other Americans in the annual bell ringing at 2 pm on the Fourth. Americans used to ring bells on the Fourth as way to stop and remember the significance of the day. Congress in 1963 resolved to ask all communities to ring church and school bells for four minutes at 2 pm on the Fourth. In our town the bells will ring at 2 pm to remind you and as a celebration of freedom.

Congratulations to Robert and Juliana Rogers as they celebrate their 42nd anniversary on Tuesday.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Nancy Cryer today. Tomorrow wish the best to Leslie Grimm, Helen Issokson, and Jean Cargill. Best wishes on Saturday go to Emma Kristal and Barbara Harnen. Sunday belongs to Mary Jacobson and Monday to Lynne Benson. Happy birthday to Sioux Eagle and Marina Lent on Wednesday

Heard on Main Street: Remember who you wanted to be?

Kay-MayhewCongratulations to our very own Tad Gold! How wonderful is that news. First, we’ve had the pleasure of watching him play for the Sharks for the past three years, the only Islander on the team. And now – he has been drafted by the Baltimore Orioles. What a guy. We do wish him the best.

Dare I admit that at my first baseball game at Fenway 30 years ago, the Red Sox were playing the Orioles. I had two young guests from England at their first baseball game — and my son to explain what was happening. My problem was that I had just moved to the Island from Maryland where I had been an Orioles fan and a veteran of many trips to their old ball park.

So we now settled in at Fenway, and I happily began cheering for whichever team was up at bat. After a few innings an inebriated Boston fan stood up and yelled a series of foul epithets while sputtering, “Make up your mind, lady.”

So I’ve never been back to Fenway. But I can tell you that the young player joining the Orioles will face a wonderful group of fans who have always been more courteous than many of those in Boston.

The lovely birds have always pleased us as they enjoyed the pan of water we keep filled for them in the summer. Not this year, though. The warnings of a new virus carried by mosquitoes has finally made us empty every possible source of standing water we can find.

Are you looking for a wonderful camp experience for the kids? Check out the activities available at Felix Neck.

Thanks to the Tisbury DPW for a grand display of flags on Flag Day all along Main Street and this year on both sides of the road. It was a lovely sight.

Now if we could only discourage our visitors from riding their bicycles the wrong way down Main Street. If they insist on doing that, we should be more careful to enforce the law requiring helmets.

Last weekend was a good time to check out yard sales. After a brief shower Saturday we set off for a pleasant trip across the Island to wander through others’ memories and discards.

I really love boxes, of all kinds and shapes, so it was no surprise that I ended up with some from the sale to benefit the MV Garden Club. One box was a puzzle no one there knew how to open. To my delight I figured out how to open it but then was stymied. It opened to a keyhole — but no key had come with the box. My husband is now fascinated with that problem.

School will soon be out. It is up to us to keep alert for little ones distracted by bikes and balls.

How are you set for books for the beach? This Saturday is the Mini Book Sale from 2 to 4 pm at the Vineyard Haven Library. Do you do want help with e-books and audio books? Call 508-696-4210 to get an appointment on Saturday mornings to learn more.

Even if you have seen this, I can tell you that “House of Bones” is worth another look. Tuesday evening at 7 pm the library will screen Victoria Campbell’s documentary about a family preparing for the sale of a generational home on Martha’s Vineyard. A special feature is the old grainy 16 mm footage woven into new films and home movies.

Then at the library on Wednesday at 7 pm Phil Weinstein presents short stories from James Joyce’s works. Weinstein is a professor of literature at Swarthmore College. He suggests these stories are so quiet and constrained that you may wonder what is going on. He will tell you more in his brief lecture about the man and his stories. And then if you are interested, he may offer a longer course on James Joyce.

Be sure to look for the whaling ship Charles W. Morgan in our harbor this weekend. Did you know that most of her original sailors came from our island? Take advantage of a special opportunity for all of us.

Don’t forget: The Grace Church lobster rolls are served every Friday all summer from 4 to 7:30 pm, now $17. For info and orders, call 508 693-0332

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Shauna Nute. Tomorrow wish the best to Laura Kimball. Happy birthday on Monday to Sumner Grover. Lots of birthday wishes will be in the air for celebrations on Wednesday with Carly Simon, Jack O’Callaghan, and Margo Ortiz.

Heard on Main Street: Drive as if your kids live here.

Updated information: The Bloomsday celebration is this Monday.

As I drove north last Thursday on Route 495 in the pouring rain, a tree jumped out into the road and hit my car. The tree had been riding in the back of an open pickup truck and suddenly flew through the air and landed on the pavement in front of me. Actually there were two trees or maybe they were just huge branches. It was hard to tell in the 20 seconds we had to react. I tried to avoid them and missed most of it. But there was a terrific bang before we were past it.

All the traffic was going fast with visibility of about 30 yards as we traveled through the heavy rain. I had maneuvered over from the far left lane to the middle lane by the time we hit and continued towards the right lane. As long as the car had not stopped on its own, I decided to keep driving and hope for the best. No lights or whistles warned of any problem and all seemed to be working as it should. A couple of hours later the rain eased and we stopped. When we looked at the front of the car, we saw a fairly large branch sticking out of the left front fender. When that was removed, there remained a large tear in the fiberglass. If that was all the damage, we were very lucky.

The rest of the weekend was delightful in America just as on the Island, with sunshine and clear blue skies. My husband was enjoying his 65th reunion at Mount Hermon with many folks from his youth while I vacationed with a lovely old friend who lives on a lake in New Hampshire. We all had a wonderful time. And we enjoyed the company of Phyllis Meras on our trip home. Though we were happy and tired, it was good to get home safely. Now we have to deal with the car that hit the tree that jumped out into the road.

Did you know that the pioneering members of the Vineyard Committee on Hunger handed out pieces of bread to people on Main Street? That was in the 1970s. They were trying to raise the awareness of hunger on the Island and in the world. These same folks started the Island Food Pantry. On Saturday the next generation of volunteers will hold the Annual Bread Sale in front of the Bunch of Grapes Bookstore. From 10 am to 2 pm you can buy some bread or yummy cookies and make donations of cash or baked goods that will also be appreciated. Also take time to thank these folks who work hard to make our world a better place.

Next Tuesday at 7 pm see Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives at the Vineyard Haven Library. Learn about genetically modified foods and the impact on us. Is it evidence that explains the deteriorating health of American children? How do we protect ourselves and our future?

This Monday’s Bloomsday program begins with a medley of musical selections from James Joyce’s writing performed by Phil Dietterich, Jan Hyer, and Matt Pelikan. Also enjoy Gerry Yukevich doing The Boarding House from Dubliners, Pam Schnatterly as Molly from Ulysses, settings by Samuel Barber and John Cage sung by Lia Kohler and Molly Conole. Other singers, actors, and musicians include: Buck Reidy, Brian Weiland, Martha Hudson, Robert Doss, Joe Gervais, Jane Larsen and Anna Yukevich, and more; 8 pm, Monday at the Katharine Cornell Theatre. More information at 508-696-0539.

Happy anniversary on Monday to Doug and Barbara Peckham. I think they mark 63 years of marital bliss on Monday.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out tomorrow to Michael Noonan. Wish a happy birthday to Madeline Fisher on Saturday and check out her Fisher Gallery on the Edgartown Road. Frederic Nash parties on Sunday. Happy Birthday to Helen Alwardt on Wednesday.

Heard on Main Street: I just love the way Americans love their flag. Fly your flag for Flag Day on Saturday. A U.S. Navy Band will parade down Main Street at 11 am.

Correction: An earlier version of this column provided the incorrect date of the Bloomsday Celebration. It is Monday, not Wednesday.

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.