Last Friday was a funny day for weather. It was sunny and warm. It was windy and raining. It was sunny and sprinkling and thundering. Travelers on the ferry at 7:30 pm enjoyed a special treat. A brilliant double rainbow appeared, arcing full across the sky from the Island to Woods Hole. Children were delighted and adults were using cell phones and fancy cameras to document the wonderful scene. At first the rainbow seemed to start to fade away and then came back with truly brilliant colors, lasting long enough for everyone to enjoy it.
Kathy Stinson is the children's librarian at the Vineyard Haven Public Library. She says that the library summer programs for children will run from July 3 through August. Plans are for lots of musical guests, songs, rhymes, fun and, of course, plenty of stories. Little ones up to age two have story times on Tuesdays from 10 to 10:30 am. Children three to five will meet from 11 to 11:30 am. Those six and up will meet on Thursdays from 2:30 to 3:30 pm. There is also a Chess Club for children aged six through high school meeting from 6 to 7 pm on Tuesdays.
Don't forget the library has paperback "beach books." You can return that paperback or replace it with a new "used" one if these paperback books are damaged by sand or water. We know Islanders or summer visitors would never take hardcover library books to the beach. You can also buy any number of paperbacks which are for sale just inside the door.
Fly your flag on Wednesday for the Fourth of July. The Avenue of Flags will go up in Oak Grove Cemetery to honor the men and women who have served our country. Help is needed in the morning to put up the 410 flags at 7:30 and again to help take them down at 3 pm. As Ed Colligan says, "we can use all the help we can get."
When my father was a boy, Americans often celebrated the Fourth with a "bang." One year his father bought some black powder. He poured the powder into holes around a large tree stump in a field on the farm. He laid a long trail of the powder to the edge of the field where his wife and two young sons were waiting. It was early evening when he lit the powder. The sparkling fire ran along the powder line until it came to the stump. The boys said that the resulting "whoomp" felt as if it lifted the earth where they stood. The stump was blown high into the air into many little pieces. This memory was still vibrant 80 years later.
Belated birthday wishes come a day late for Leslie Grimm and Helen Issokson. Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Emma Kristal and Barbara Harnen. Mary Jacobson celebrates on Friday. Saturday is a special day for Lynne Benson who will help you select what you need to make something beautiful at the Heath Hen Quilt and Yarn Shop.
Wish the best on Monday to Sioux Eagle. She will no doubt be creating a special piece of jewelry just for you. Happy birthday to Bob Benson and Cora Medeiros on Tuesday. Also celebrating Tuesday is Larry Gomez. Larry, do you have to make the muffins for guests at the Greenwood House even on your birthday? Fly the flag on Wednesday to mark our country's birthday and wish a happy one at the same time to Sue Fairbanks and Steve Nichols.
Heard on Main Street: "Happy Fourth!"