Town Column


By Kay Mayhew
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Posted August 16, 2007

Of course, the Boston Pops were fabulous. Carly Simon was sweet with Kate Taylor and her daughter Elizabeth Witham in their tribute to olde Cape Cod. But Natalie Cole stole the show singing a duet electronically with her late father, Nat King Cole. What a wonderful evening.

Sandy Whitworth wants to remind you that the Senior Center has the AC going to keep the center dry and comfy, just for you. Drop in to get out of the heat and humidity. A group from the senior center will go to the Fair tomorrow. Be there by 10 am. The VTA bus leaves at 10:15. Seniors with cards travel for free. Seniors without cards pay $1 each way. All others pay $2. By using the bus you get a $1 discount at the Fair. Plans are to head back around 2 pm. Buses leave the fairground every 45 minutes. Park at the senior center.

There was a public hearing on the fate of the big old tree in front of the library last Monday night. The tree is old and in seriously bad shape. While I enjoyed its shade when I parked nearby, I would not have been happy to have it fall on me. The state law that requires such hearings is known as the shade tree law. Department of Public Works Director Fred LaPiana noted that some other trees and tree limbs were also being reviewed for safety issues.

Mary Holmes from the Vineyard Haven Library wants to remind young adults that a week from today is a music jam from 6 to 7 pm. Bring an instrument or borrow one and jam the last beats of the summer. Then on Tuesday, August 28 at 6 pm, all Island young adults are invited for pizza while they help the library decide what they need to buy in books and equipment. Bring your ideas for programming as well.

The Friends of the Library will present a tribute to two beloved Islanders a week from Sunday at 3 pm. In recognition of Art Buchwald and William Styron, there will be readings by Mike Wallace, Art's daughter Alexandra Buchwald, Bill's son Tom Styron, and Leslie Stark. The program will be followed by light refreshments.

You only have one more week to ride the New Bedford-Woods Hole ferry for free. After that the tickets are $5. The trial service is partly funded by a state grant. The boat will run twice a day between the two ports.

The Cape Cod Times says President Bush recovered quickly from his bout with Lyme Disease last year. The story is that the doctors treated him immediately without waiting for a blood test because he had the distinctive rash.

Young ballet stars of tomorrow join Ethan Stiefel and the talented stars of the American Ballet Theater and Broadway to present a program to benefit the Martha's Vineyard Museum. Stiefel & Stars perform a week from today at the Regional High School Performing Arts Center. Call 508-627-4441 to reserve your tickets.

Where else can you enjoy all you can eat barbeque pulled-pork dinner, prepared by the pastor? Roger Spinney gets some help from the best cooks at the First Baptist Church. The cornbread or coleslaw is worth the price of dinner. Ten dollars includes dessert and corn on the cob. Top off your summer with dinner at the Baptist Parish House on the last Saturday in August. Take out or eat in from 5 to 7 pm.

Happy anniversary to John and Laurel Chapman on Wednesday and to Anthony and Pamela Campagna on Thursday.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out tomorrow to Gus Daniels. Wish the best on Saturday to Mary Ellen Hill, Larry Levine, and Kathy Welch. Jeff Damon Pratt celebrates on Sunday, so please, no emergencies that day.

Heard on Main Street: Good girls keep diaries; bad girls never have time.