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The Martha's Vineyard Times

The Martha's Vineyard Times is a weekly publication.
August 18 - 24, 2005 Edition
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August 18, 2005

By Kay Mayhew - 508-693-2725 -

Congratulations to our own Janet Messineo. Last week she was honored by the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby when she was inducted into the Derby hall of fame. The same evening the Derby inducted Daniel Shea, a good friend of Janet and the Derby. He is a rep for Penn Reels who has gathered prizes and trophies for the Derby over the years. Janet is not only a fisherman who, as she says, always wants to catch the biggest bass. She also works as a taxidermist to preserve those big catches. Janet’s proud husband is selectman Tristan Israel.

Dan and Barbara Harnen have been really enjoying their grandchildren this month. Last week they had fun with four active children and their parents Dan and Peggy Harnen from Centerville, Ohio. The children are nine-year-old Benjamin, six-year-old Emily, four-year-old John, and two-year-old Abigail. This week the grandparents are enjoying Kyle, a 16-year-old hockey player, and Kaylee, aged 1. They are visiting with their parents Mark and Jane Harnen from Canonsburg, Pa.

William and Marianne Goldsmith welcomed the opportunity to have visiting grandchildren last week. Clara, seven, and Alexander, five, came with their parents Suzanne and Dennis Hirsch of Columbus, Ohio. Tucker, 12, and Madigan, eight, traveled all the way from Carmel, Calif., with their parents Alexandra and Randy Forbes. The cousins also enjoyed visiting their small cousin Katlyn Goldsmith, aged 20 months, who lives in Edgartown with her father and mother, Michael and Susan Goldsmith.

The Vineyard Conservation Society hosted their 40th anniversary celebration with the spectacular views from the Allen Farm as well as the very welcome breezes blowing over the celebrants. Saturday’s fundraiser drew the very young as well as the older folks who appreciate what the VCS has done to save the special places on our Island. A grand time was had by all, if the smiles were anything to go by.

Several gifted artists will come together to create a spiritual retreat at a special service at 11 am this Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Society. Scheduled as a quiet, reflective moment in the midst of our summer activities, Myra Stark will speak on "Poetry That Gets You through the Night." A trio made up of cellist Linda Reinfeld, pianist Joan Solomon, and flutist Rob Strauss will play selections from Haydn and Rachmaninoff.

What could be better? A film shot primarily on our Island, and it is free. There will even be lemonade and cookies. Summer resident Abigail MacGrath will present the screening of her film "Au Pair Chocolat" this Sunday evening, August 21, at 7:30 pm. The Silver Screen Film Society presents this movie at the Oak Bluffs Elementary School.

As the story goes, when Tawney Washington lands on the posh island of Martha’s Vineyard, she brings a lot more baggage than her suitcase. Singer Maya Azucena and Dominica Scorsese star in this sweet Cinderella tale of a hip-hop Mary Poppins who is forced to leave Harlem out of fear of being killed by her criminal boyfriend Jose (Brian Luna). She lands a job as an au pair girl for the wealthy Tomlinsons, an affluent black family in affluent Martha’s Vineyard, where she learns about entitlement from their daughter Marci (Heidi Durrow) and her friend Raven (Scorsese).

This "feel good" film shows us that it is elitism which separates us more than color, and that class discrimination can be as painful as racial discrimination. The film gives us a taste of bitter reality with a spoonful of sugar. "I wanted to write a film which spoke to the outsider in all of us, regardless of color" said McGrath, the author. "I wanted people to know that they had choices, no matter how tough their life may seem."

The Design Center off Holmes Hole Road is fast becoming an art destination. The Carol Craven Gallery opened at that location last spring and shows Island artists at their best. Julie Robinson Interiors has now opened a new furniture showroom at the Design Center, including a collection of Chinese antiques.

Happy anniversary to John and Laurel Chapman, who celebrate 30 happy years together on Monday. Anthony and Pamela Campagna mark 36 years of wedded bliss on Tuesday.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Larry Levine and Kathy Welch. Tomorrow wish the very best to Jeff Damon Pratt. He is usually found as the careful and experienced driver speeding one of your neighbors to the hospital. As a special gift to Jeff, please pull over for the ambulance when you see the flashing lights.

Heard on Main Street: "See you at the Fair."
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