Authors Posts by Kay Mayhew

Kay Mayhew

Kay Mayhew

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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Kay-MayhewThe Martha’s Vineyard Museum curators are looking for photos taken on Martha’s Vineyard during any portion of the 1960s. Curators want to see any you may have and will be available this Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm in their library.

The MV Museum exhibit, “A Taste for the Exotic,” closes April 26. Don’t miss a glimpse of the many different objects Vineyard mariners brought home as they traveled in east Asia, the Pacific Island, and the far north. Islanders get in free on winter Saturdays.

“Twelve Years a Slave” will be shown on Tuesday at 7 pm at the Vineyard Haven Library. The Oscar went to this as best picture. It is the story of a free black man from upstate New York who is abducted and sold into slavery. Rated R. Free popcorn and lemonade. More Oscar nominees will be shown on Tuesdays in April.

Jeremy Berlin will entertain the little ones at the Vineyard Haven Library on Tuesday, April 1. Then on April 3, at 4 pm, more Wicked Awesome Supah Fun with Corinne Dorsey. This activity is for children five and older.

Summer Art Camp at Featherstone is ready for you to register your camper at 508-693-1850. There are different classes, from jewelry making to painting masters, for different age groups. Magic Garden highlights the process of painting and drawing for ages 3 to 6. 3D art sounds fascinating for 7 to 11. The child can explore art and nature or clay or, for 11 and up, jewelry making.

ACE offers a meditation stretch class every Wednesday and a gerontology overview on Wednesday, April 16. Gerontology is the study of the social, psychological, and biological aspects of aging. Janet Holladay will introduce you to the Yoruba Religion on April 17. Spring courses are posted on

The Bunch of Grapes offers Saturday afternoon readings by ACE Authors. John Hough Jr. and his writing group members will read on Saturday, April 5, at 3 pm. Cynthia Riggs and her Writing Group Members are scheduled for 3 pm on April 12.

The MV Center for Living support the monthly 55+ in the MV TIMES and special events for seniors. They offer a taxi service for seniors’ medical appointments on Cape Cod, for a small monetary donation for islanders. They also coordinate food commodities distributed at the senior centers and the Baptist Church.

Wine and a matinee benefit the MV Center for Living is Sunday, April 13, at 4 pm at the MV Film Society Center. Tickets are $25 or $20 for members. Wine, hors d’oeuvres and mini-desserts will be offered before a showing of “Away From Her,” a movie starring Julie Christie: A marital relationship is strained when the wife is sent to an Alzheimer’s facility. While there, the wife falls in love with another patient in view of her husband and family. Witnessing both her happiness and her cognitive decline is heartwarming and heartbreaking.

Following the movie there is a Q&A with Karen Achille as Facilitator. Eileen Murphy, Supportive Day Program Administrator, and MVC4L Director Leslie Clapp. For reservations call Leslie @ 508-939-9440.

You may have seen Phyllis Dunn’s photos of the Vineyard at our library. More will be on display at the Chilmark Library in April.

A special program called Art & Memory is coming up for people with memory loss. Space is limited. It will be on Mondays at 10:30 am beginning April 7. This is a collaboration between Featherstone Center for the Arts, Martha’s Vineyard Museum and Windemere Nursing Rehabilitation Center. Call Mary Holmes 1-508-862-1933.

Ten local artists have been selected to show their work at the MV Film Center. Selections were based on technical and aesthetic criteria, as well as a balance of media suitable for The Feldman Family Art Space. The artists are Leslie Baker, Alan Brigish, Neil Goodwin, Cindy Kane, Elizabeth Langer, Marie-Louise Rouff, Donna Straw, Dan Vanlandingham, Janet Woodcock and Ed Schulman. Show dates will be announced soon.

We have been waiting for the next Electronics Disposal Day. It is Saturday, April 12, from 9 am to 2 pm at MV Community Services (across from the high school). Bring your computers, monitors, televisions, printers, notebooks, copiers, scanners, air conditioners, stereo equipment, dehumidifiers, cell phones, microwaves, fax machines, refrigerators, washers, dryers, and ranges. Prices range from $2 to $30; 10 percent off for carloads. Mice and keyboards free of charge. Final disposal is off-Island and environmentally friendly. For more Mary Korba 508-693-7900 x229 or

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out tomorrow to Hank and Linda Unczur. They both celebrate on the 28th. Wish a happy one to Dale McClure that day as well. Saturday belongs to Kaleena Searle and Kathleen Madeiros. Marco Daniels and Larry Sylvia party on Sunday. Happy birthday to Tom Zinno on Wednesday.

Heard on Main Street: Everyone has a photographic memory. Some just don’t have film.

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Kay-MayhewWelcome home to Nancy Gardella. She is recuperating and now feeling better. She did ask that I pass on her thanks to everyone for your cards and notes and good wishes.

I’m sure you will be interested in the latest news about our college kids: Toby Riseborough is studying at Rhode Island College and has an internship with Senator Jack Reed this semester. Maggie Riseborough is on break from UMass where she enjoys throwing shotput and weights in the track and field program.

Megan Buchanon and Micheli Lynn enjoyed their break at home last week. Samantha Valley is home this week from NYC, as are Isabella El-Diery from Howard and Mike Cutrer from Nichols College.

Thanks to excellent progress on construction at Grace Church parish hall, the Friday community suppers which were temporarily at the First Baptist parish hall are now back at Grace Church. Supper is Friday, 5 to 6:30 pm, tomorrow and next week. All are welcome. More at 508-693-0332. The community suppers end in March.

The Vineyard Haven Library offers two special story times on Tuesday for little kids with guest Kathy Forrester. Children five and older will enjoy Wicked Awesome Supah Fun craft activity with Kathy Forrester on Thursday at 4 pm. Create a special something to take home.

Learn more about Horseshoe Crabs: A Story of Beach Trysts and Bluebloods at the Vineyard Haven Library on Tuesday at 7 pm. Often misunderstood by casual beach goers and in high demand by the bait and biomedical industries, the horseshoe crab plays essential roles in modern medicine. Susie Bowman, Felix Neck teacher and naturalist, and Fred Hotchkiss, Director of the Marine Paleobiological Research Institute, will introduce you to these ancient marine residents of Martha’s Vineyard. Then you can sign up to be a citizen science volunteer to help count spawning horseshoe crabs on lunar high tides in May and June.

Our library is offering two more programs in the America’s Music series at the Katharine Cornell Theater. These are free and will be on Wednesday evenings, next week and April 9. Next Wednesday at 7 pm enjoy an evening with the Flying Elbows string band and Jemima James. Jemima James has been playing and singing American folk and traditional music all over the island and around the nation for decades, accompanying herself on her classic Gibson Hummingbird model guitar. The Vineyard’s own Flying Elbows old-timey fiddle band consists of Tom Hodgson, Nancy Jephcote, Bob Hammond, Brian Weiland, and Paul Thurlow. They have kept the Island tapping their toes with American traditional music for decades.

Have you met with our Senator Dan Wolf? He will be at the Chowder House in Oak Bluffs next Wednesday from 5 to 7 pm just to meet and greet constituents. This is your chance to tell him what you think about the issues and share your thoughts with friends.

You are invited this Saturday to the grand opening of the West Tisbury Public Library at 10 am. Celebrate the completion of the new library that nearly everyone in the town, in one way or another, has had a hand in shaping.

Do you have photos of Martha’s Vineyard in the 1960s? Will you share? Bring them to the Martha’s Vineyard Museum on Saturday, March 29. Curators will be in the Museum Library from 10 am to 1 pm. They want to scan your photographs and add them to the Museum’s growing digital collection. They may even be included in the upcoming exhibit, Sea Change: Martha’s Vineyard in the 1960s. All images will be scanned and returned immediately. For more call Anna Carringer at 508-627-4441 x114 or email

The Federated Church Cabaret has been rescheduled to Saturday at 7:30 pm. Peter Boak is at the piano to accompany songs, comedy, magic, and more. Admission fee $15 includes appetizers. Wine is available for $5 a glass. All to benefit Peace Quilts for Haiti and the Federated Church. More at 508-627-4421 or email

Search for spring in the Tisbury woodland and seaside. Sign up now to celebrate the wonders of nature through the Tisbury Senior Center. Massachusetts Audubon’s Susie Bowman will lead walks on April 28 and May 19. You need to register with Sandy at 508 693-4205 for a lunch talk at 12:30 with two destination nature walks. Enjoy the fresh air and wonders of nature with Susie. The presentation will include information about spring on our island and what to look for. This program is free and includes sandwich, drink and cookies, or BYO.

Love those bagpipes? The Scottish Society of Martha’s Vineyard will be celebrating Tartan Day from 1 to 3 pm on Saturday, April 5, with bagpipes, children’s activities, food, dance, and kilts. This all takes place at the Oak Bluffs Library.

If you have clean warm clothing to donate, drop the items off at Clothes To Go on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday between 2 and 4 pm at the Stone Church. They are also open on Saturday from 9 to 11 am.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Sheri Thomas, Grace Jackson, and Phoenix Russell. Wish the best tomorrow to Barbara Dacey and Skip Bailey. Rosemary Milewski and Rev. Rob Hensley party on Saturday.

Heard on Main Street: Every place on this Island is uphill.

Kay-MayhewA good spaghetti dinner is wonderful on a cold night. Grace Preschool invites you to enjoy this along with their silent auction at the Grace Church parish hall on Saturday from 5 to 7 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children or seniors and $25 cap for a family. Call Penny Wong at 508-693-0332.

Or if you need to celebrate with the Irish, try the Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner with beverage and dessert on Saturday evening at 5:30 at the Baptist Church Parish House on William Street. Suggested donation $12; more at 508-693-1539

Welcome home – Peter and Lee Scott have returned from an exciting trip to the Far East. Although their travel covered several areas, the highlight was a visit to Burma. Peter’s great-grandfather, William Maxwell Scott, was a Baptist missionary from 1866 to 1868. The records in Burma show he sailed from Boston in July and arrived in Burma in December.

You can buy your tickets online to see the sneak preview of “Breathe In” at the MV Film Center at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, March 25. Cost is $20 general admission, $18 member. Buy your tickets at the film center or online. The story tells how a foreign exchange student arrives in a small upstate New York town and challenges the dynamics of her host family’s relationships and alters their lives forever.

The Vineyard Haven Library mini-book sale is this Saturday from 2 to 4 pm. Books are priced at $1 for paperbacks and $2 for hardcovers, or $12 to fill a bag. Proceeds benefit library programs for children. On Saturday morning, 10 am–12 noon, library staff are available to help with CLAMS library eBooks and downloadable audiobooks and demonstration of the library’s eReader devices including Nook, Sony Reader, and Kindle. Call for an appointment, 508-696-4210.

The library has two good events coming up soon. Both are free — and exceptionally entertaining. On Sunday at 2 pm Leslie Stark will entertain you with a talk on Modern Jazz, Cool Jazz & the West Coast Sound. He knows what he is talking about. I promise you will enjoy this.

On Tuesday at 7 pm Ann Charnley will speak about the Secret Life of Abigail Adams at the library. Ann worked as a researcher working with Cokie Roberts on Founding Mothers. Ann is a good speaker and will share some further research she has done on Abigail Adams. Abigail was a real business woman. Because of her investments during the Revolution, she was able to retire comfortably with her husband, John Adams. I have enjoyed hearing Ann speak on her historical finds. Don’t miss it.

The library will host the Great Decisions Discussion Group in April and May. You must sign up for the class at the library. They have a limited number of books for sale for $15. The group will meet for eight sessions on Thursday evenings at 7 pm, beginning April 3. Each class has a 30-minute documentary film followed by discussion. Topics include defense technology, Israel and the U.S., Turkey’s challenges, Islamic awakening, and energy independence. Then the focus will be food and climate, China’s foreign policy, and the U.S. trade policy.

Don’t forget to pick up your daffodils. On Monday bunches of fresh daffodils will be on sale for $10 at Cronig’s, Edgartown Stop & Shop, and the hospital. Help your neighbors. The M.V. Cancer Support Group provides support to Island residents struggling with cancer.

How come the snowy owls have been seen everywhere except in Tisbury?

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Barbara Howell, Janet Sylvia, and Kevin Voyer. Wish the best on Saturday to Carolyn Henderson, Jib Ellis, and Jay Segel. On Monday, Austin Chandler and Doug Dorchester will probably have green candles to blow out.

Happy birthday to Matthew Barton and his cousin Ben Bartolini from Eastham on Tuesday. Many happy returns go out on Wednesday to Lois Kavanagh, Susan Mone, and Susan Weyl.

Heard on Main Street: Accept the fact that some days you’re the pigeon and some days you’re the statue.

Best wishes for a rapid recovery go out to Ed Colligan, Ann Maley, and Agnes Rice. You might drop in to see Agnes who is now in rehab at our hospital. We hope Ed has come home by now.

The Copper Wok is supposed to open next week. Watch for it.

Congratulations to Carol Jahn and Pat Sylvia. They are still enjoying working with Dr Finkelstein and Dr. Shea after 32 years.

Our Bradbury pear trees on Clough Lane suffered from the heavy snow in the last few storms. Several large branches broke off. These are the trees that give us lovely spring blossoms and glorious fall colors.

You are invited to a special event called a Vocal Residency presented by Music Street at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. Diane Katzenberg Braun is a pianist at the New England Conservatory as well as a seasonal resident and board member of the MV Chamber Music Society. She will be accompanying two exceptional young singers, a soprano and a tenor, both of whom hold masters degrees from the conservatory. The program spans English Art Song, operatic arias, a taste of the German tradition, and some musical theater, or, in other words, something for everyone.

The performance is Friday, March 14, from 11 am to noon, at the MVHS Performing Arts Center. It is free and open to the public. Following the performance, Diane will be working in a private Master Class with selected singers from the high school.

Featherstone reminds you there are several classes available next month in ceramics, drawing, painting, technology, and children’s art.

Speaking of art, photographs will be on display by Johanna Wooden at the Vineyard Haven Library through March. She has just returned from Asia where she lived for two years in a small South Korean army town on the border of North Korea. She then toured seven countries in southeast Asia. Her pictures present the people, culture, color, and magical beauty of Asia for your pleasure.

The M.V. Cancer Support Group (MVCSG), which provides support to Island residents struggling with cancer, is the exclusive Daffodil Day sponsor on Island. On Monday, March 17, bunches of fresh daffodils will be delivered to those who have placed orders, and bouquets will be on sale for $10 at Cronig’s, Edgartown Stop & Shop, and the hospital.

All the work to make Daffodil Day a huge success will be done by Island volunteers. Money raised from sales of daffodil bouquets goes directly to benefit Island cancer patients and their families. For more call Diane Ballay-Foley 508-693-7115 or AnneMarie Donahue 508-627-7958.

Tuesday Lenten Series begins Tuesday at 5:30 pm at the First Baptist Church. You are invited to join as they explore the wonder of the resurrection of something treasured. After viewing The Velveteen Rabbit, they will use this story as a discussion guide for the Lenten conversations that continue on Tuesdays through April 8 at 7 pm. For more, call 508-693-1539.

Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday. Turn your clocks ahead before you go to bed on Saturday night. It’s no excuse to be late for church.

The Vineyard Haven Library invites you to join Pulitzer Prize author Tony Horwitz for a discussion his new e-book, “BOOM: Oil, Money, Cowboys, Strippers, and the Energy Rush That Could Change America Forever. A Long, Strange Journey Along the Keystone XL Pipeline,” which can be downloaded from online stores. Bring your questions and observations about the pipeline and join in next Wednesday evening at 7 pm.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Jonathan Scoggins and Dolores Ruckman. Happy birthday tomorrow to Evan Kristal. Parties on Saturday are for Michelle O’Donnell and Kasarah Bruni. Wish the best on Monday to Sue Merrill. Tuesday is a special day for Whit Griswold, Nan Carter, and Dorothy Gould. Happy birthday on Wednesday to Mark Daniels and James Taylor.

Heard on Main Street: Save the whales. Collect the whole set.

It is almost worth getting older to have a birthday weekend with two lovely granddaughters trying to outdo each other to help me celebrate. Their cake decorations were crazy, their hand drawn cards were spectacular, their eagerness to celebrate was indefatigable — and I am exhausted but very happy now.

Next Monday you can begin a 3-credit college course on Ethics through Fitchburg State University. It runs from 6 to 8:45 pm at the high school with ACE MV. Students will apply ethics to the real world, looking at today’s moral issues related to poverty, our treatment of the elderly and disabled, and our duties to our parents and to the environment. That sounds like one I would love to sit in on. Next Monday, from 4:30 to 6 pm, is the time to register in person for spring ACE classes  Or register online at for all spring classes. For more, call 774-310-1131.

Spring is coming. Next Tuesday is Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day. Pancake Supper begins at 6 pm in the First Baptist Church parish house on William Street. Join in with fellowship, crafts, and games followed by a brief closing service to start the Lenten observance. Call to reserve and for more at 508-693-1539.

Who needed that annoying finale with the American hockey teams so near and yet so far. I thought the women were the better players by far, but they seemed to stop playing before the end of the game. Were they overconfident or just worn out? You can see why I am not a sports announcer. I enjoyed the Olympics but used to enjoy them more when I did not have to go online or try to figure out which station what programs would be broadcast from. And preferably not in the middle of the night. And don’t get me started on Sochi.

Next week is March. That means the Black Dog Warehouse Sale is on the first and second.

Hey, wait. Where did February go?

Every Saturday morning in March from 10 to noon the Vineyard Haven Library staff offer help with library eBooks and downloadable audiobooks. Or you can get an informal demonstration of the library’s Overdrive service and even try out the library’s various eReader devices. Call 508-696-4210 for an appointment.

Mark your calendar and think of warm winds following. A week from Sunday, on March 9 at 2 pm, you can sail the Mediterranean without leaving Martha’s Vineyard. Talented photographer Joe Doebler will share his recent photos from a week-long sailing trip in the Mediterranean Sea aboard the square-rigger Sea Cloud. The talk is free, the pictures are spectacular, and refreshments will be served.

This event is presented by the Friends of the Library as part of their monthly winter program series. The Friends are volunteers who encourage public understanding of the Library’s vital role in the community. For more information about the Friends, stop by library or

Also on the 9th, you are invited to express yourself and share your thoughts with the Martha’s Vineyard Cultural Council from 9 am to 12 noon at the Howes House in West Tisbury. Ask questions and have a snack. Free and open to the public. Breakfast treats served.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out tomorrow to Susan Goldstein. Happy birthday to Katie Kennedy who parties on Sunday. Tuesday belongs to Polly McDowell.

Heard on Main Street: If all is not lost, where is it?