By Kay Mayhew - August 3, 2006

Tristan Israel is not only our Tisbury Selectman, he is also an accomplished guitarist and entertainer. Sandy Whitworth claims that he plays folk music that will cause you to hum along, to tap your toes, and to laugh aloud when his lyrics hit close to home. You are invited to hear Tristan play and sing in concert next week on Thursday, August 10, at 2 pm at the Tisbury Senior Center. There's no charge, it's air-conditioned, and watermelon smoothies will be served. Sandy says that a good time is always happening at the senior center.

If you want to be a regular part of that good time, the senior center needs a volunteer at the reception desk for Friday mornings from 9 to 12, beginning in September. Reception volunteers answer the telephone, forward calls to staff, and make good-morning calls to homebound seniors. Substitute volunteers are also needed for other days. Call 508-696-4205 or stop by 34 Pine Tree Road.

Newly published writers from our town include Rachel Wynne, Bonna Whitten-Stoval, Jill Jupen, Jeanne Hewett, James Evans, Fan Ogilvie, Roberta Bradford Mendlovitz, and Ted Hewett. These authors have writings in the just published second issue of "Martha's Vineyard Writing," now in the bookstore.

Children's librarian Kathy Stinson wants you to know that children are always welcome at the Vineyard Haven Library. Little ones age two and under have story time each Tuesday from 10 to 10:30 am. Three- to five-year- olds come from 11 to 11:30 am. Six- to ten-year-olds have story time on Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. The chess club for ages six through high school meets Tuesdays from 6 to 7 pm. Next Wednesday at 2 pm children can hear the story "Chappaquiddick Lullaby" with author Stacy Hall and illustrator Judith Pfeiffer. A week from today, next Thursday at 3:30 pm, ages six and up will hear the fabulous storyteller Lillian Kellman.

Grace Episcopal Church was planning some work to be done on the church rectory, including new siding. A generous gift of the new rector, the Rev. Robert Hensley was to put a new porch on the front of the house. As the work began, the old house revealed its secrets. The original foundation was just one layer of bricks, laid on their sides. Some have shifted and moved causing concern for the stability of the building. The plans have now expanded to include lifting the building, excavating a basement, and putting in a proper foundation. The boiler is said to be lodged in a cellar hole barely large enough to hold it. The rector has been moved to a rental guest house while the work is being done.

Tomorrow night is the First Friday of the month. Enjoy the local gallery spotlight night at Louisa Gould Gallery, Belushi Pisano Gallery, Kara Taylor Gallery, Kennedy Studios, Shaw Cramer Gallery, and Mary Etherington Fine Art. The event is open to the public and refreshments will be served. Each gallery showcases different artists and artwork.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Nancy Gardella and Assistant Fire Chief Thomas H. Colligan. Tomorrow wish the best to Barbara Lewis and Donald Mitchell. Happy birthday on Sunday to Jesse James Little and Dr. Peter Laursen. Monday belongs to little John Edmond Coogan. Tuesday is a special day for Bobbie Donovan.

Heard on Main Street: "Always remember that you are unique. Just like everyone else."