Posted March 30, 2006

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

Congratulations to Anna Marie D'Addarie and Don Creighton on the birth of their grandson. Thomas W. Creighton, weighing in on March 23 at 8 pounds, 14 ounces, is the first child of Kevin, Don's son, and his wife Patti Creighton of Kirkwood, Pa.

Dorothy Bangs made all the arrangements to get 2,000 bunches of daffodils on Island to support the American Cancer Society. Fortunately, she accomplished all that before falling and suffering a serious injury to her shoulder. Send good thoughts her way or drop her a card at P. O. Box 731, Vineyard Haven 02568 to let her know you are thinking of her.

Everyone is talking about the wonderful lecture/slide presentation by Hal Garneau at the Vineyard Haven Public Library last week. He began with a brief history of Japanese woodblock prints. Ukiyo-e, or literally "Pictures of the Floating World," is a tradition that flourished in Japan from the 17th to the 19th century.

He described the technique used to produce these beautiful multicolored brocade prints during the 1800s in Japan. The painstaking process was used to print intricate masterpieces by hand from carved blocks of wood onto mulberry paper. Each color required a different block so one print could require over 30 different carved wood blocks. The audience was treated to actual examples of prints, all of them more than a century old.

Mr. Garneau has been collecting Japanese woodblock prints for nearly 25 years. He chose to concentrate on one of the last great print masters, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892). A selection from Mr. Garneau's collection will be featured in an exhibition at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco next spring.

Children's librarian Kathy Stinson invites children six and up to meet naturalist Susie Bowman from Felix Neck to learn about bugs today at 3:30 pm. Next Thursday they can meet author Kate Feiffer, who will share her new book "Double Pink."

Your guests have done it. Now it is your turn to take the tour of the Island. Relax and leave the driving to Tom Dresser on Saturday, April 1. Call 508-693-7914 to reserve your space. Meet at the library just before 2 pm. The two-hour trip will return to the library. The $10 ticket is a benefit for the friends of the Vineyard Haven Public Library.

If you have animals, you have probably met Sharon Rzemien. She was the animal control officer for Oak Bluffs and for Tisbury for many years. This Saturday there is a benefit for Sharon who suffered a series of strokes and now can use some help with medical and living expenses. The event begins at 6:30 pm at the Portuguese American Club and costs $25. For information, call 508-696-7100.

A new series of films sponsored by the Martha's Vineyard Film Society starts Saturday night at the Cornell Theatre. The first is "Paradise Now," a commentary on the motivations of a pair of potential suicide bombers. Plan to stay for a discussion led by Caryn Broitman of the Hebrew Center.

Also on Saturday at 7:30 pm, and again on Sunday, April 2 at 3 pm, the Island Community Chorus will perform "Mostly Mozart" at the Whaling Church.

On Sunday Grace Episcopal Church will welcome the renowned musician Dr. Horace Clarence Boyer at the 10:30 service. Dr. Boyer was the editor of the "Lift Every Voice and Sing" hymnal. Accompanying Dr. Boyer will be musicians Wes Nagy, Tom Major, and Eric Johnson. Dr. Boyer will discuss the role of black culture in church music. The service will be held in the parish hall while renovations are being made to the interior of the church. A brunch will follow the service.

MVTV has filmed a discussion of timely topics with Mev Good and the five candidates for selectman. George Balco, Jamie Douglas, Nancy Hall, Jared Meader, and Denys Wortman answered questions and debated issues ranging from beer and wine sales to the Community Preservation Act. The program lasts about an hour and will be shown on cable Channel 13 at 9 pm on Thursday, April 6. Earlier that evening you can meet all our candidates live at the League of Women Voters Forum scheduled for 7 pm at the Tisbury Senior Center.

Belated birthday greetings go to Dale McClure who celebrated last Tuesday. Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Larry Sylvia. This also marks his 30th year delivering packages for UPS. Tom Zinno will party on Sunday.

Heard on Main Street: "The advantage of exercising every day is that you die healthier."