By Kay Mayhew - August 24, 2006

Congratulations to Herman and Jeanne Alwardt on the birth of a new grandson. Aiden William Gallant was born on August 3 at Brockton. His parents are Joy and Donald Gallant, Jr., of Middleboro. Aiden's paternal grandparents are Bonnie and Donald Gallant, Sr.

Last week's focus in the Times on cell phones has drawn a lot of comment. Much has been said about the trials and tribulations of cell phone users and those who have to listen to them. Most people claim that cell phone courtesy is a contradiction in terms. Users make all of us listen while they loudly proclaim the most intimate details of their latest surgery or love life.

Tonight at 8 pm see "Black Eyed Girl" at the Katharine Cornell Theatre. The filmmaker Taylor Toole is from Martha's Vineyard and currently lives in New York City. He and members of his cast will be there.

The story is about Ezra, an irresponsible young carpenter on Martha's Vineyard who struggles with relationships and work, and finds himself in the midst of serious difficulties. His world is turned upside down as violence erupts, endangering the lives of those he most cares for.

Dr. Sandra Brennan of North Salem, N.H., visited us and the Island for a few days last week. She enjoys vintage jewelry and was pleased with her discovery of the selection at Tisbury Antiques on State Road.

Bruce Gordon, President of the National NAACP, was the featured speaker at an Island program held at the High School on Saturday afternoon. Those present enjoyed the remarkable music of the Matt Savage Trio, made up of 14-year-old jazz prodigy and composer Matt Savage and two adult sidemen, John Funkhouse and Steve Silverstein. The impressive Spirituals Choir of the Martha's Vineyard Branch NAACP included many of your neighbors singing lovely old spirituals under the leadership of Jim Thomas.

Often, the only time we see many of our Island neighbors and friends during the summer is at the Fair. I thought it a special treat to see Marianne Neill with two of her six grandchildren admiring the animals. Geese and roosters and bulls were contributing to the cacophony of sound in the early evening at the livestock barn. Jessica Seidman won both a blue ribbon and a special cash award for her fine Rhode Island Red Rooster, one of the lively noisemakers. There were lots of ribbons and appreciative comments for the baby chicks submitted by Nathaniel Packer.

The Zip Code Quilt was among the many impressive quilts on display at the Fair. Two squares had been made by Nan Carter and Barbara Howell of our town. A child's quilt made by Anita Yorio featured small sailboats that were placed at different angles so that they appeared to be bobbing along the tops of the waves.

Marion Burke's beautiful Bird of Paradise quilt had a well-deserved blue ribbon. Polly Renear earned ribbons on two lovely quilts, with my favorite in shades of lavender. A very pretty blue and yellow quilt made by Carol Christensen featured three-dimensional pinwheels. A quilt by clothing designer Betsy Edge was prominently displayed with its ribbon and the judge's comment: "a beautiful example of a watercolor quilt."

Paintings and photographs are an important aspect of the Fair. Any photo of children and animals will catch your attention. One junior photo in particular caught my attention. The picture taken by Sabrina Barry showed a young girl in mid shriek with a live frog on top of her head.

Next Wednesday evening you can enjoy a free concert with Johnny Hoy and The Bluefish, compliments of the members of the Tisbury Business Association. Many of the shops will be selling Johnny Hoy's new CD. Come to the small park next to C.B. Stark's between 6 and 8 pm.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out tomorrow to Sherm Goldstein. Monday belongs to Arthur Dickson. Tuesday marks celebrations for Gisela White and Cynthia Walker.

Heard on Main Street: Young girl on cell phone, "If you're coming, you have to go to Woods Hole and get on the little ferry."