Posted March 2, 2006

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

Congratulations to Cathy Proulx. She has just published her first children's book with the help of The Tisbury Printer and Bill Ewart Jr. "The Islander's New Coat" is a story about the Islander boat. It seems that she, the boat, is nervous about getting a new coat of paint. "Peter the repairman" is named in honor of the late Peter Duarte. Peter reassures her, telling her that she'll love her new coat. The soft-cover book has some pages for coloring, so it is also an Island coloring book. It's a great story for beginner readers.

Cathy says that artist Bill Ewart Jr. made her words come alive in a very happy way. She is especially pleased with his beautiful cover and the inside spread. The book is available at the Bunch of Grapes Bookstore and at Cronig's Market, where Bill is the produce manager.

Our new author is struggling to enjoy her new publication because she has been suffering with pneumonia, so we also wish her a rapid recovery.

Parents or guardians of children who will be five years of age on or before Sept. 1, 2006, are asked to register their child for kindergarten. Call Barbara Armstrong at 508-696-6500 before March 24 for a pre-registration packet.

Next Thursday, the Vineyard Haven Library will introduce Jim Thomas to present the Interpretation of Spirituals. Spirituals were considered sacred slave songs because many of them included secret codes that would communicate information to the slaves about how to gain their freedom. They are American folk songs. Unlike Gospel music they evolved and were not composed by a single songwriter. The elaborate concert arrangements that we're familiar with were written after the Civil War.

Spirituals nearly faded into oblivion until a small group of singers from Fisk University included them in concerts and began to popularize the music. Jim Thomas was attending Fisk University when he was invited to join the world famous Fisk Jubilee Singers. He then learned about the untold legacy of spirituals. Jim has given musical presentations on spirituals across the world. In addition to using his beautiful voice to sing these songs, he acts as a consultant to groups seeking more insight into this fascinating body of music.

The free program begins at 6:30 pm on March 7.

Have you always wanted to take a bus tour of the Island, to see our world from another view? Tom Dresser will lead a bus tour of the Island on Saturday, April 1, to benefit the Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library. The cost is only $10. The tour will run from 2 to 4 pm. Call 508-696-4211 for more information.

Richard Paradise invites you to yet another film about a wedding on Saturday night at 7:30 pm at the Katharine Cornell Theatre. In "The Syrian Bride" a family deals with the typical anxieties of a wedding day while confronting the political turmoil of the Middle East. On Sunday, the Film Society hosts an Oscar Night at the Mansion House, from 7:30 pm until the awards show ends. Tickets are $20 per person, or $15 for society members. For more information, call 696-9369 or go to www.mvfilmsociety.com.

The Sea Chanters, the U.S. Navy chorus, will perform for you on Sunday. The performance will be at 3 pm at the high school. This is always great entertainment. The sound of very professional musicians and the appearance of fine men and women in uniform combine for a stirring experience. Enjoy this good example of your tax dollars at work. There is no admission fee.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Ed Larkosh and Katie Kennedy. Tomorrow belongs to Philip Willoughby. Shirley Adams will party on Saturday. Laurel Chapman, Jonathon Scoggins, and Dolores Ruckman live it up on Monday. Happy birthday to Evan Kristal on Tuesday. Wednesday is party time for Michelle O'Donnell.

Heard on Main Street: "The best way to save face is to keep the lower part shut."