This Saturday evening you are invited to meet with Art Railton and discover his newly published history of the Island, called "How We Got To Where We Are." Art will be signing his book at the Martha's Vineyard Historical Society on School Street in Edgartown between 4 and 6 pm. Art's book talks about some of the treasures of the Island. In my opinion, he is himself one of our treasures. If you have not had the pleasure of meeting him before, this is a good opportunity. Of course, old friends are especially welcome.
Two of our best Island photographers, Julian Robinson and Mark Lovewell, will showcase their work at a spring brunch to benefit Nathan Mayhew Seminars on Saturday. Marcie Jones and Patricia Sayre chair the event. Pat's late husband, Woodie Sayre, was one of the founders of the Seminars. The fundraiser brunch costs $50 and will begin at 11 am at the Harbor View Hotel. For reservations call Vera Shorter at 508 693-9156.
The children's March to the Sea on the Friday before Memorial Day is very moving. The school children parade down Main Street to Owen Park. They then toss flowers onto the water in memory of those we have lost.
Memorial Day is enhanced with the Avenue of Flags in Oak Grove Cemetery. There are more than 400 flags, each in memory of an Island veteran living or deceased. The flags go up at 7:30 am and come down at 3 pm. Help is always needed in putting them up and taking them down. The flags will not be put up if it is raining.
This year new flags will be raised to honor John G. Rogers, US Navy; Michael D. Rogers, USAF; Joseph A. Costa, USAF; Walter T. Kennedy, US Army; Joseph P. Kenney, Sr., US Navy; and his grandson, Joseph P. Kenney, III, US Navy.
The ceremony will be held at the Avenue of Flags. All military personnel are welcome to take part in the parade, which leaves the Legion Hall at 9:45 am. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and members of our police and fire departments are invited to march. The parade will go from the Legion Hall to the Avenue of Flags for a brief ceremony. A flyover is planned for about 10 am.
There are two more important reasons to put the Vineyard Haven Public Library's fair on your June calendar. First, Laurie Clements is bringing one of her miniature ponies for us to pet. The plans are for Frosty to be on hand to charm us. Second, author Marc Brown and his very popular "Arthur" will be there as well. The fair is scheduled for Sunday, June 18, from 1 to 4 pm.
A welcome sign of spring is the popular lobster roll suppers at Grace Episcopal Church parish hall on Woodlawn Avenue every Friday evening. Enjoy a lobster roll or hot-dog with chips and a cold drink, and maybe a piece of scrumptious pie, all to help fund church needs.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go to Cheryl Stark. C.B. Stark's marks 40 years in business on the Island. Cheryl turned 20 years old the week she came here. Five years later she bought her home on the Island. Now she will celebrate her 60th birthday on Sunday. Also partying that day is Steve Mussell, owner of the 90 Main Street Market & Deli and the Woodland Deli.
Remember to fly the flag on Monday. May 29 also belongs to Freeman Leonard, only 97 this year, and to the lovely Jane Chandler of The Beach House.
Heard on Main Street: "Support our troops. Bring them home. See you at the picnic."