By Kay Mayhew - April 27, 2006

Professor David Silverman of George Washington University speaks tonight at 6:30 pm at the Vineyard Haven Public Library. His new book "Faith and Boundaries" is a history of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head/Aquinnah from 1600-1871. It tells the story of how the local tribe survived in the changes that destroyed similar tribes in colonial America.

Next Tuesday you can learn from June Manning, who is the tribal genealogist. She will be joined by Berta Welch who will talk about the Vanderhoop homestead and will show some of her wampum work. Some of Berta's wampum work is displayed at the Smithsonian.

Art in Bloom, at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, is a spectacular exhibit of floral displays coordinated with specific beautiful works of art. A better weekend for featuring flowers could not have been chosen. The streets we traveled along the way to the museum were also bordered with blossoms. There were multicolored tulips in yards and window boxes, Bradford pear trees and magnolias in full bloom along the streets, and daffodils everywhere, even on top of the hotel marquees.

You don't usually think of high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors as professional performers. Yet tomorrow evening at the Cornell Theatre the Island's teen professional improv troupe, called the IMPers, will take the stage. The current group of IMPers have been working together for the last year. They are Ashley Peters, Melora Armstead, Ed Cisek, Devin Colter, Ray Ewing, Cole Ferraiuolo, and Max Nunes.

Under the direction of Donna Swift, this troupe has worked hard to create new improv games and skits for this spring show and the summer season. Tickets for the 8 pm show are $5 in advance or $10 at the door. This show is recommended for ages 12 and up. For more info, visit www.troubledshores.com or call 508-939-9368.

Our friend Della Hardman had lots of dreams, and she made many of them come true. One dream she could not fulfill. She often mentioned that she wanted to visit her granddaughter who is now teaching in the Arab Emirate. The letters sent to Della described a world totally different from ours. Della wanted to experience that and had even been asked to report on it to the congregation of the Universalist Unitarian Society. Della's daughter Andrea Taylor finally made that trip, visiting her own daughter there and touring the country. Andrea is a compelling speaker and will share her experiences at the Unitarian Church next Sunday. The service begins at 11 am.

Best wishes for a rapid recovery go to Henry Burt. We hope Henry is home recuperating by the time you read this.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out tomorrow to Melanie Jane Dickson. Wish the best on Saturday to Virginia Hackney and John McCarthy. Happy Birthday on Sunday to Doug Hewson, owner and chef of Louis' and Mediterranean, and greetings also go out to Andrew Williamson. Andrew's twin Ellie will celebrate her half of their birthdays on Monday.

Heard on Main Street: "Temptation is fun. Giving in is even better."