August is always a time for visiting, both on- and off-Island.
Bill Coleman arrived last week from Chapel Hill to complete the family gathering for the baptism last Sunday of Lucas Ross, the three-month-old son of Chandra Coleman-Ross and her husband Jeffrey Ross at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church in Oak Bluffs. Philip and Sylvia Hurst are the baby's godparents. Chandra is the daughter of Bill and Julie Coleman.
Thanks to my Squid Row source Katie Carroll for the following news. Judy Jardin returned recently from a trip to Delaware to meet her new twin granddaughters, Celina and Brianna. Proud parents of the now three-week-old twins are Roxanne (Jardin) and Mark Sordi. Big sister Samantha just celebrated her fourth birthday.
Becky Parker is in town with her daughters Sophie, Megan, Phoebe, and Isabel. They are all at Becky's parent's house on Flanders Lane.
Chelsea Maida came from Florida to visit her grandmother Margaret Maida. Her father Charlie came for the second half of the visit. They enjoyed days at the beach, fishing, and visiting old friends and family.
Art, music, and theatre events will keep everyone on their toes during the next weeks. Here is a sampling.
The Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Society will present an outstanding program at the community center next Tuesday, August 14, at 8 pm. Delores Stevens and her husband Jim are organizing the event. The program will feature songs from an English garden and music from London's concert halls. Included are a tenor, a horn and the New York Metropolitan Opera's string quartet.
Tonight, Thursday, August 9, Nancy Slonim Aronie will present The Chilmark Writing Workshop's "Ten great writers, ten great stories: One great evening" at 8 pm at The Yard. Tickets are available at the door.
Metal sculptor Jay Lagemann is hosting an open studio and sculpture garden this Saturday, August 11, from 12 noon to 7 pm at 18 Wequobsque Road, which is off State Road, half of a mile from Beetlebung Corner, heading towards Aquinnah. There will be a road sign on the left. He will be showing everything from small bronze babies that fit in the palm of your hand to large steel and ferro-cement figures, as well as abstracts. Mr. Lagemann shows his work at the Granary Gallery in West Tisbury, Featherstone Center for the Arts, and Gardner-Colby in Edgartown.
Things are jumping as usual at the community center. Saturday, August 11, is the day of the 30th annual road race, when runners from all over the Island and beyond compete for the lobster prizes. The race starts at 10:30.
Two documentary films at the community center will give viewers an idea of what the younger generations are thinking. Both films are by community center "graduates." David Modigliani, who last year produced a film commemorating the center's 50th anniversary, has surveyed the population of Crawford, Texas to discover how a small town feels when suddenly thrust into the national spotlight. Matt Heinmann's film deals with what young people think and what they plan to do about the future of our country. Both films air on Saturday, August 11, starting at 7:30 pm.
On Sunday, August 12, the Alex Cohen Memorial Basketball Marathon for Charity will be held from noon to 6 pm.
The walking women will walk the Sepiessa Point Reserve, (1.2 miles down New Lane, off the Edgartown-West Tisbury Road.). For more information, please call Julie Coleman at 508-645-2261 or Judy Maynes at 508-645-3460. All women are welcome.
Alan Dershowitz, well-known lawyer and long-time Chilmark summer resident, will talk abut his latest book, "Blasphemy," at the library on August 15, at 5:30 pm.
On August 16, the Menemsha Fisheries Development Fund will host a panel discussion on restoration of the scallop industry at Menemsha Pond at 5 pm. Both talks are sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Admission is free.
Legendary singer Marni Nixon will present a repertoire of popular show tunes from around the world this Saturday at The Yard, starting at 6:30 pm. The special benefit is in recognition of president emerita Elaine Miller and will be followed by champagne, supper, and dancing. For more information, please call 508-645-9662.