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The Martha's Vineyard Times

The Martha's Vineyard Times is a weekly publication.
July 14 - July 20, 2005 Edition
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Tisbury
July 14, 2005

By Kay Mayhew - 508-693-2725 - kayanddonald@yahoo.com

Congratulations to May Virginia Oskan. She has just published her second book. She held her first author’s party at the Party Room in Oak Bluffs last evening. The book, “Becoming the Crane,” is juvenile fiction for young people ages 11 and up. The book signing was also a celebration, with music provided by her sister Nina Violet and friends, including her mother. May is the daughter of Don Muckerheide, and Michele Jones of Vineyard Haven. When May was in second grade at the Tisbury School, the children wrote stories and had an authors’ party. May declared at that time that she when she grew up, she was going to write a real book. “Becoming the Crane” is her second, so she has certainly achieved her dream.

Ananda and Anamika Chaudhuri, the grandchildren of Hilda and Rod Backus, received law and medical degrees this month. Anamika earned her medical degree from Yale University while her older brother Ananda received his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He is now studying to pass the state bar exam. Anamika lives in New London, Conn., and is doing her internship at the Yale New Haven Hospital. Their mother, Patricia (Backus) Chaudhuri, graduated from the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School in 1974 and is practicing medicine in Cambridge.

My nephew and his wife were in London last week. They called to say they were okay and that the British were taking it all in stride.

“Before You Know Kindness,” by Chris Bohjalian, is the topic for discussion at the Library Book Club. They meet at 1:30 pm next Thursday. You will want to read this book. Three generations of a family gather at their summer home in New Hampshire, as they do every year. The summer sunshine is shattered with a terrible accident. Be prepared for twists. Islanders will remember this author can startle or charm you. Bohjalian is also the author of “The Buffalo Soldier,” which was selected as an Island book a few years ago.

The faculty concert of the Performance Workshop last Sunday evening was a huge success. The workshop is a nonprofit training program for singers and pianists in the performing arts. Tonight is a cabaret at the Hebrew Center. The closing concert will be next Friday at the First Congregational Church of West Tisbury. The programs are free although donations are requested. (Check the Directory of Information on page 18.)

Etherington Fine Art has been attracting lots of photographers. They cannot resist taking pictures of the dramatic peach hollyhocks in full bloom in front of the gallery.

Happy anniversary to Jack and Marilyn O’Callaghan who celebrate more than a quarter-century together on Sunday.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Cord Bailey and Alanna Major. Wish the best tomorrow to Jocelyn Ciancio Broadley. Jim Richardson celebrates on Saturday. Do you think the U. S. Marines will bake a cake for Chris Clark on Sunday?

Heard on Main Street: “Life is like salsa: the more spices you add, the better the flavor.”
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