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Kay Mayhew

Kay Mayhew

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!

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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.

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.

Got Tisbury news? Contact Kay Mayhew.

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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