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Randy Walpole's antique car won the Tisbury Car Show this past Sunday. — Photo Courtesy Kate Walpole

Linley-DolbyIt’s hard to believe I just typed the word “September” in this header. The kids are back to school, the Steamship Authority has removed the last of the Connecticut and New York SUVs, and there is a feeling of exhalation Island-wide. Sydney Mullen posted a little flipbook of photos onto social media this week, titled Summer in 19 Seconds, and I couldn’t help but comment, “19 seconds sounds about right.”

It seems like moments ago I was dancing with Lizzy Ward under the tents at The Taste of the Vineyard, or catching up with Bobby Hayman on the Fourth of July parade route. And now we change gears. The big yellow buses begin to outnumber the VTA fleet, tiny children with giant backpacks flock to classrooms….

…And of course, Pam Dolby can talk about nothing but football. The countdown is on for the season opener, and the Edgartown travel team is already making preparations. For the next four — or God willing, five — months, discussions of tailgate food, injury reports, bunk ref calls, and glorious, glorious touchdowns will dominate the family conversation. And from here on out, every conversation begins and ends with, Go Pats!

Congratulations to Randy Walpole, who took home the first place trophy at the Tisbury Firefighters Association’s 8th Annual Car Show, which took place this past weekend on Main Street in V.H. Randy has been working on the restoration of his Nash Metropolitan for several years now. You might see him on sunny days riding around in the classic turquoise-and-white convertible, enjoying the wind in his hair. What a great way to cap off a sweet birthday weekend, as Randy just celebrated his day on August 28.

Chappy had a nice visit from Bridger and Norah Westhelle, who were on Island to celebrate Bridger’s 4th birthday at grandparents Margaret and Jim Mullen’s Chappaquiddick home. While here, they went to the Fair twice — the tractor pull and lumberjack competitions were favorites — enjoyed pancakes at the Edgartown Firehouse, and swam at the ferry beach. While birthday boy Bridger enjoyed being the center of celebrations, Miss Norah, who is one, was doted on by all. Aunt Sydney maintains that this was the best week of the whole summer.

The 30th annual Boys and Girls Club Golf Tournament will take place Saturday, September 6, at Edgartown Golf Club, beginning at 7 am. The tournament format welcomes four-player scramble, single players, partial teams, and full foursomes. Entry donation includes a continental breakfast, greens and cart fees, refreshments, prizes, trophies, raffles, and more. Players must register by phone (508-627-5343) or in person at the club. For more info, contact Peter Lambos at 508-627-3303, or

Women Empowered will honor four outstanding Island women, Saturday, September 6, at 11 am at the Harbor View Hotel. The mission of Women Empowered is to support Islanders in gaining control over their lives by helping them develop the skills to manage money, resolve debt, explore job options, and identify resources. This year’s honorees are Betsy Burmeister, Judy Crawford, Jesse Keller, and Anita Botti. For information and tickets, call 508-696-8880.

Special birthday wishes go out to George Magnuson, who celebrated his 90th on September 4th. Hope you had a great time!

Additional birthday wishes go out to Lyra Paciello, Sara Townes, and Lisa Barbini, who celebrate September 6; Ashley Mundt, September 7; Lauren Maciorowski, September 8; and Graham Murray, September 9. Make it a good one, folks.

Don’t forget to watch out for little ones crossing the street, on and off buses, and waiting at bus stops. The time has come for pink erasers and number two pencils, so keep an eye out for our young learners.

Megan-AlleyWelcome to September with visions of cooler weather and less crowded streets, stores, and beaches. How quickly the summer flew by. Labor Day passed quietly. It is supposed to be a day to honor all workers, but I am sure most employees did not spend the day relaxing but attended to their jobs. Just to put things in proper perspective and so you won’t feel sorry for yourselves, here are some wage figures from the Oak Bluffs town report for 1960. The Police Chief’s wage was $4,200, Fire Chief’s $300, Harbor Master $250 and the Treasurer $1,900. So things have improved a bit since that time.

School opens today and before we know it students will be engrossed in their studies and   extracurricular activities. Please be aware that students will be gathered at the bus stops and riding and walking to the school, so take extra care in driving.

For the second year in a row our Oak Bluffs Library won a blue ribbon at the fair for their book display. Congratulations for your hard work.

Programs upcoming at the library are: the Oak Bluffs Writer’s Group, today from 10 am to 12 noon. The Book Babies group will also meet today, from 10:30 to 11:30 am, and the Little Yogis program is from 4 to 5:45 pm.

Each month we screen a different movie from a new era. Themed games, trivia, and fun —  period clothing optional.

Stuffed Animal Storytime will take place on September 5, 10:30–11:30 am. Bring your favorite pal to storytime for stories and songs. Great board games of Scrabble and Chess take place on September 6 from 10 am until 12 noon.

Throwback Thursday Movie Night is on Thursday, September 11, at 5:30 pm. Alfred Hitchcock, Jimmy Stewart, and Grace Kelly join forces in this classic thriller, with Hitchcock trivia, 50s name game, and refreshments.

The school would like to remind parents of all incoming kindergartners that the office needs a copy of every child’s birth certificate and immunization record before they can start first grade. Sweet Dianne Rhoades, sister of Donna, is celebrating her 61st birthday today, Sept. 4. If you see her at Windemere, at the Federated Church of Edgartown, or out and about, please give her a hug and continued wishes for optimal health.  Her friendly smile is contagious.

Birthday smiles to Skylar Christopher Hall on the 6th, Susan Phillips on the 7th, and Ryan Araujo on the 10th.

Enjoy your week.


Kay-MayhewWhen I was young a few dollars was all I had for a carnival — and all I ever needed. This year our granddaughters set priorities for their spending money. The fair had some pricey rides for the children to choose. First the girls selected the ones they really wanted and then established they were not going on any rides separately. That took some off the list. The nine-year-old was too tall for Teacups. Scratch that. Last year the seven-year-old was too short for the Ferris wheel. What an exciting challenge. But both girls claimed they wanted to do the bungee cord most of all. That cost $7, a high price in my eyes. They made some hard choices and even had cash left over to buy a magic trick.

I was impressed with the bungee cord event because the girls had a wonderful time. But even more important was that the workers, all of them, were extremely careful to watch all the kids all the time. If a young one did not have enough bounce, the worker would give him a boost. If the safety harness needed adjustment, that was done immediately. The kids bounced high into the air off a really huge but softly inflated cushion, delighting all ages.

We hope you are enjoying the offerings of the Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival which continues through Sunday. Can you believe the new Film Center is only two years old?

Main Street was packed with memories and antique cars on Sunday. There were some real antiques, older than I am, from the 1920s and 1930s. Model A Fords, even a 1931 Chevy panel truck in bright yellow and one from 1940 in orange. Most were those 1950s dream convertibles popular with my teenaged friends in funny colors like aqua, mango orange, pale green. There were Corvettes and Buicks and Mustangs and Barracudas. Did the yellow Camaro belong to our fire chief?

Delightful shiny red convertible dream cars included a 1953 MG and a 1965 Sunbeam Tiger, a ’68 yellow Buick, a ’67 and ’69 Barracuda and a Mustang, a ’77 Camaro, even a 1991 Ferrari in red. You could compare a white ‘55 Jaguar with one from 1977. Names not heard lately were Willys Jeepster, Morris Minor, Ford Falcon, Nash Metropolitan, and Dodge Dart. I did admire the ’55 blue Austin Healey and ’77 white Mercedes Benz convertibles.

I had a teenaged boyfriend who built a Model A from parts, and my first car was a British Morris Minor baby blue convertible with red leather seats. Remember getting into the MGs? This show brought back a lot of memories.

Remember that the Tisbury Senior Center has lots for you to do. Try a Music Appreciation class with Charles Blank on Monday at 1:30. He will talk about Mendelssohn’s Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Learn more about this audience favorite and you will never listen to it in the same way again.

Afternoon Tea and Poetry are offered at the Tisbury Senior Center next Thursday afternoon at 1:30. Annette Sandrock and MV Poet Laureate Lee McCormack will read selected poems. A tea will be served as they talk about their experience with the Cleaveland House Poets. Both events are free. The Center would like to know if you plan to come. Call 508-696-4205.

Writers of poetry, prose, and children’s books are welcome at the Tisbury Senior Center for an organizing meeting on September 16 at 10 am. The writers group will begin meeting in October, monthly or as they decide. You will have your writing critiqued and learn how to get published. There is no fee, though membership is limited. Call to register, or just show up.

Get BUZZD, and A Taste of Honey on Tuesday evening at 7 pm at the Vineyard Haven Library. Hear from author Michael G. West and sample honey provided by Monica Miller. This is the story of corporate greed, mercenary killing, and a new agricultural chemical that endangers our Martha’s Vineyard’s ecosystem. The director reminds you that all programs at the library are free and open to the public.

A film at the Hebrew Center on September 7 makes clear some history from WW II. Saved by Deportation, an unknown odyssey of Polish Jews, will be shown at 7 pm.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out tomorrow to Melissa Gold and Janet Stiller. Wish the best on Saturday to Mike Ciancio. Happy birthday to Craig Sias on Tuesday. Wednesday belongs to Deborah Giuffre.

Heard on Main Street: School is open. Watch for little ones who are too excited to look both ways.

Hermine-HullWe had a sprinkling of rain Sunday night, fast and noisy during the night, leaving a mere quarter inch behind. Some relief for which our plants look grateful. It’s still now, with a heavy sky, the hazy, hot, and humid weather of midsummer. We have been spoiled by crisp, cool days when unexpected; now we will have the heat.

Cardinal flower is splendidly blooming along Whiting’s and the Mill Pond. It makes a pretty picture paired with bright chartreuse marsh grasses and dark purple shadows where it sits tucked into the shrubbery. White mallows are blooming now, and shockingly orange and yellow leaves have appeared among still-green woodlands. Aronia and early-turning maples are these first trees to show their autumn colors. Beach plums are ready for picking if you know a secret spot.

Several people have asked about Nelson lately. Coincidentally, I ran into Hal Garneau and Richard Knabel at Cronig’s the other evening. We all had gotten kittens about a year or so ago, all naughty and tearing into our lives. Literally. I’m happy to report that all kittens are now past their first birthdays and settling down to varying degrees. Hal and Dan’s three bad boys are no longer into everything, although they are still energetic, healthy cats who can cause some mischief on occasion. Richard and Jim’s Suzette barely bites at all. Mike and I, and our dogs, have survived Nelson’s first year. He still bites, but not with the vigor he used to show; it feels more gratuitous now: “Oh, this is just what I do. A little love bite.” He is a very handsome orange macho man and I adore him.

Look in this week’s New Yorker magazine for a cartoon by Paul Karasik. It’s a good one.

The Martha’s Vineyard Montessori School announces the hiring of a new Head Classroom Teacher. Her name is Tyrene Johnston. Everyone is excited about her arrival and looking forward to working with her this year. Welcome.

Massachusetts Primary Elections take place on Tuesday, September 9, at the Public Safety Building. Polls open at 7 am and close at 8 pm. Don’t forget to vote. If you are not yet a registered voter in town, go up to see Town Clerk Tara Whiting during her office hours: Monday–Friday, 8:30 am–1:30 pm.

The West Tisbury Library continues to host many programs for all members of the community. Songs and stories for infants to three-year-olds is called Mother Goose on the Loose every Monday morning at 10:30. Older pre-schoolers meet on Thursday mornings at 10:30. The special Island Grown Initiative storytime with Nicole Cabot is next Thursday morning, September 11. It’s all about tomatoes this month. Free all-day craft projects are set up in the Children’s Room every Saturday from 10:30 am–3 pm. Drop in.

Steve Maxner will be giving free guitar lessons at the library beginning September 15 at 5 pm. The program is supported by a grant from the Permanent Endowment For Martha’s Vineyard. Guitars will be provided. There is a $20 fee for materials. You may pre-register at the library.

Nine Women Artists: Fifteen Years is the exhibition in the library’s Program Room through the month of September. It is my art group. We have been meeting since 1998 for monthly critiques, problem solving, meals, and lots of art talk. We will have a reception at the library next Wednesday, September 10, at 5 pm. On Monday, September 15, we will be on hand to talk about our work, our group, to answer any and all questions. The talk begins at 5:30 pm. The nine of us are: Leslie Baker, Claire Chalfoun, Nancy Furino, Lyn Hinds, Hermine Hull, Ruth Kirchmeier, Jeanne Staples, Liz Taft, and Wendy Weldon. We promise you an interesting and spirited conversation, so please come.

September is a bittersweet month. The Derby begins. It’s not so crowded or busy. The weather is nice. School starts. Summer friends leave just as we begin to have time to spend with them. We reconnect with our year-round friends. Faces around town are more familiar, not strangers. There’s time for a nap (maybe) or to clean up the garden, to go outside and paint. It’s still busy, but closer to fall than to summer. A time to evaluate and to prepare. Time to catch your breath.

Linley-DolbyIt’s time to make a list and get all those last-minute summer things done before it’s too late! I’ve made it to most of my favorite spots, but I still haven’t had ice cream on a bench, been out on a boat, or taken a sunset swim at State Beach. I was supposed to finally hit the flats this week with Kara Shemeth to forage for our own quahog dinner, but the schedule is getting a little out of hand as we approach Labor Day.

Much of the Connecticut contingent said their goodbyes this past weekend, and already the first day of school photos have been popping up on Facebook. I got to catch up with some of these folks as we celebrated my niece Addy’s birthday out at Norton Point on Sunday. Addy got to hang with all her buds, decorating cupcakes, playing in the bay, and brutalizing a defenseless piñata. Her actual birthday is August 27. Hope seven is an awesome year, Kid.

Congrats to Michael Valenti and Emilee Whorton on their recent engagement. Hope you guys have a great time planning the big day, and we wish you a lifetime of happiness together.

We got to catch up with Alex Avakian and Emily Norberg over Fenway franks last weekend as Dave and I took Boston by storm. The two are still out in Waltham, with Emily commuting to her travel planning job, and Alex climbing the ranks in the fish distribution world. They have been doing the weekend warrior thing to M.V. most weeks, striking a great balance of working hard/hardly working.

This week’s Vineyard Conservation Society Almanac was filled with cool upcoming events. First off, the Martha’s Vineyard Museum will host an archaeology ID day, Saturday, August 30, from 9 am to 12 noon, at their Edgartown campus. Bring your archaeological finds from the Vineyard and around the world to the museum where a panel of distinguished archaeologists will help you identify, examine, and discuss them.

Also, the FARM Institute is gearing up for their fall programming, which begins Saturday, September 6. Weekly Saturday programs include Wee Farmers (age 2-5) from 9:30 to 11 am, and for older kids, there’s “Farmer for a Day” from 1 to 3 pm. Little tykes must be accompanied by an adult. For more info, call 508-627-7007.

The M.V. Center for Living will sponsor a benefit Hootenanny Sing-along, Thursday, August 28, from 7 to 10 pm at the Chilmark Community Center. The sing-along and karaoke gathering will be fun for the whole family. Bring your musical instruments and music stands and join in the old-time folk, early rock and roll, and gospel fun. Light refreshments will be offered. For details, call 508-939-9440.

I’ve had word from Ellie Bates that the Friends of the Edgartown Public Library will sponsor the second annual Pennywise Path 5K run/walk on Monday, September 1. Register online at or at the library’s front desk. Meet at 9 am at the Edgartown School for number pickup. The first 200 registrants will receive a tee-shirt and prizes will be awarded in all categories. Call 508-627-4221 for more details.

Happy, happy birthday wishes go out this week to Randy Walpole, who celebrates August 28; to David Vaughan, August 29; and to Mike Poirier, September 3. Hope you gentlemen have a great time.

Megan-AlleyAre things any quieter? A bit perhaps. The sounds of helicopters roaring overhead late Sunday evening signaled the departure of the President and his family. They were not the only visitors leaving our Island. Many people who had come here for a short stay, perhaps to see the Illumination night celebration or the fireworks show, and students returning to their schools and also freshmen, excited to start off a new path in life, have also left. But we still have much to see and do, as always.

Just so you won’t get bored, the Trinity United Methodist Church is sponsoring a benefit Jewelry Treasure Hunt sale. There will be jewelry for sale to please everyone’s taste at a variety of prices. The sale will take place on Saturday, August 30, at the Parish House in the Campground. Doors will open for the sale promptly at 10 am, no prior admittance and will last until 3 pm or perhaps a little longer.

Friends of the Edgartown Public Library are sponsoring the second annual Pennywise Path 5K run/walk on Monday, September 1. Register online at or at the front desk.

For the first time in memory, starting on Labor Day, September 1, St. Augustine’s Church in Vineyard Haven will be the only Catholic Church in Good Shepherd Parish on the Island  open for Masses until Memorial Day 2015. Starting on Saturday, September 6, through October 12 the schedule will be Saturdays 4 pm and Portuguese Mass at 7 pm. Sundays there will be services at 8 am, 9:30 am, and 6 pm.

Then starting Saturday, October 18, until Memorial Day , the Saturday schedule will remain the same but Sunday is changed to 9 am and 5 pm. St. Elizabeth’s and Our Lady Star of the Sea will be shut down for the winter. St. Augustine’s has been insulated and a new heating system installed. It is hoped that this will be a wise economic move.

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum is opening its latest exhibit on August 29, depicting three generations of artists from one family. Although a little tongue in cheek, Moore and Moore and Moore, the show’s title, declares that the talent just keeps coming. This exhibit reveals the connections and relationships of three artists: landscape painter Nelson Augustus Moore, his great-great grandson Andrew Gordon Moore, a realist painter who lives in Oak Bluffs, and Hannah Moore, Andrew’s daughter. The exhibit will open on August 29 with an Opening Reception in the Museum Galleries, 5–7pm. Admission is free for Museum members and $7 for non-members. Children under 6 are always free. The exhibit will remain on display through October 25.

On Sunday, Sept. 21, Oak Bluffs Police Chief Erik Blake will walk up to 26.2 miles along the historic Boston Marathon route in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai. He will join an expected 8,500 walkers with the goal of raising more than $7.5 million for the Jimmy Fund for adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, bringing the event’s 26-year fundraising total to more than $100 million. It raises the most money of any single-day walk in the nation. To register for the walk or to support a walker, or to volunteer, visit

Head to the Oak Bluffs Senior Center to enjoy another Friday Conversations program. On Friday, Sept. 5, 10–11:30 am, our guest speaker will be a new, young literary find: Stanley Kissel, who found his muse at age 75. Stanley, a summer resident of the Vineyard, will discuss his third novel, Murder In Swing Time. He will also discuss his approach to writing, and why he started so late in life. This novel is an old-fashioned murder mystery and private detective yarn that takes place in New York City, post WW II.

Throwback Thursday Movie Night on September 11 is a classic Alfred Hitchcock thriller starring Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly. The movie starts at 5:30 pm. There will be Hitchcock Trivia; 50s name games and refreshments.

Flatbread Benefit Night: Join us for a fun night at Flatbread Company, on Airport Road, on Tuesday, September 2, between 5 and 9 pm. The First Congregational Church of West Tisbury will receive a percentage of the pizza sales for the evening (either eat in or take out). Once again, a silent auction will be featured with exciting, unusual, and distinctive items to bid on. Good humor will prevail as friends try to outbid one another for these great items. Invite your family and friends for this end-of-summer event to support the church and its mission. All ages and sizes are welcome!

On Monday, Sept. 8, 5:30–6:30 pm, there will be a legal clinic presentation at the Tisbury Council on Aging on Pine Tree Rd. The subject of Arthur Bergeron of Mirick O’Connell Law Firm will be “Dealing with Alzheimers: At Home, in Assisted Living, or in a Nursing Home.” He will be joined by representatives of Alzheimers Association and Elder Services of Cape & Islands. Register at the Council 508-696-4205; a light meal will be provided.

The Annual Evening of Music on the Lagoon will be held at Jim and Pam Butterick’s house at 359 Barnes Rd., Oak Bluffs on August. 31 at 6 pm. Come and enjoy wine and appetizers at sunset on the Lagoon on the last Sunday of summer, and listen to the fabulous pianist Adele Dreyer play “Rhapsody in Blue,” to be joined afterwards by musician extraordinaire Peter Boak for duets. Donations of any amount will be accepted for the Federated Church Organ/Music Fund and/or Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard. For questions email

We Send Birthday Smiles to Liz Wilson on the 29th, Pam Melrose on the 30th, and Nancy Giordano and Sean Flynn on the 31st. September birthday smiles start with Tony Ferreira on the 1st. Ed BenDavid Sr., Evelyn Christopher, and Valarie O’Donnell share September 2. And let’s give Robert Pacheco the day off from Reliable Market on his birthday, September 3.

Enjoy your week. Peace.

Molly-PurvesBack to school in seven days, Chilmark Chocolates reopens in seven days as well, and Labor Day is of course this Monday. I think I heard the entire Island take a collective breath when the Fair ended. It’s all downhill from here. The summer went fast, kind of; the work felt endless and the play time felt too quick. If you have not been to the Aquinnah Shop for dinner yet this summer, you should go this weekend. After Labor Day they will just be open for breakfast and lunch, weather depending. I went for dinner a couple of times this summer and it was delicious. If they have a bluefish special: get it.

There is a Hootenanny/Sing-Along for families, musicians and anyone else who would like a musical night out, tonight at the Chilmark Community Center, 7–10 pm. Tickets are $10 at the door and light refreshments will be served. Feel free to bring an instrument and join in. This is a benefit for the MV Center for Living.

Tonight marks the last of the Aquinnah Public Library’s wildly popular speaker series. At 5 pm Hermine Hull and Brooks Robards will speak about their new book On Island, which features the poems of Ms. Robards and the paintings of Ms. Hull. The talk will be at the Old Town Hall and refreshments will be served. Come to the Library on Saturday at 12 pm for the Summer Readers Pizza Party. The pizzas will be made from the veggies that have been growing at the library all summer. This is a lovely way to wrap up the season and to say goodbye to summer friends who will be leaving to go back to school.

Joan LeLacheur is having an Open Studio and sale this Saturday, August 30, from 10 am to 5 pm at 42 Old South Rd. For details email Joanie at or call 508-645-9954. There will be many wampum bead keepsakes and treasures to wear as earrings, necklaces, bracelets and also tiles.

The Aquinnah Cultural Center will be open this week Friday, Saturday and Wednesday from 11 am to 4 pm. You can stop by and see exhibits about Wampanoag whaling in the 18th and 19th centuries, a beginning exhibit on the Lighthouse and the Wampanoag people who kept it and a new video program  called Land and Life in Old Gay Head. For more information, please call 508-645-7900 or email

I was very sad to learn of the passing of Dr. Laura Reid on August 18. She was one of the first people I met when I started coming to the Vineyard 14 years ago and she was always very kind to me. There will be a remembrance and celebration of her life this Saturday from 1 to 3 pm at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury.

Valerie SonnenthalThe season is winding down, nights have an added chill as the temperature drops, the Ag Fair has packed up, the last Chilmark Flea Market is Saturday, August 30, 10 am–2 pm, summer neighbors and vacationing friends are headed back to more hectic lives and Labor Day is around the corner. Parents and kids are preparing for the first day of school, Thursday, September 4, and we wish all the incoming kindergartners and returning Chilmark students a great beginning to their new school year. The Chilmark School art show is up through August 29 at the Santander Bank. I had hoped to get there for the opening but got tied up with family and then we had to get on the road to take my younger son to Oberlin.

I hear from the Chilmark Library that the Elisa Brickner Memorial Poetry Contest winners reading “went really well, people called to say it was touching and moving and wonderful!” In case you missed them the Junior High winners are Sam Kass of Michigan, Julia Kane of Vineyard Haven, and Meredith Carlomagno of West Tisbury; the High School winners are Hannah Soros of New York, Shoshana Boardman of Arlington, and Aliza Astrow of New York. Congratulations to all! You can stop by and read the poems in an album displayed at the front desk before it is moved to its home in the Poetry Corner; you can share the poems online at the library website. Next year the library plans a 20th anniversary publication of 20 years of Elisa Brickner winning poems in one book.

I look forward to checking out the DVD of art historian Henry Adams “Thomas Hart Benton on Martha’s Vineyard” presentation sponsored by the Chilmark Historical Commission and the Friends of the Chilmark Public Library that took place August 13 to an overflowing crowd. It had been a rainy day and when we got to the library at 5:15 pm there wasn’t even standing room in the hall outside the lecture room. We did try to listen through the doors from the children’s area, but without the added slideshow opted to wait for the DVD. I’ll let you know when the library adds it to its collection. Remember library hours change on September 2; Tuesdays the library now closes at 1:30 pm and they are closed on Fridays.

If you are up Island don’t miss fellow Cleaveland House Poet Brooks Robards and artist Hermine Hull discussing their exquisite new book “On Island,” which features their poems and paintings inspired by walks together, 5 pm, Thursday, August 28, at the Aquinnah Library. I have already sent this book as an inspiration to a number of good friends. Also if you are looking for programs for kids Aquinnah Library hosts MAD Libs Tuesdays at 3 pm, story and crafts for younger children on Thursdays, 3–4 pm, and drop-in story reading 2–3:30 pm on Saturdays, plus on rainy days there’s always Legos on the Rug. For info, call 508-645-2314.

The Yard will debut a new full-length work choreographed by Alison Manning and Jesse Keller on Friday, August 29, at 8 pm and Saturday, August 30, at 11 am, includes works by Yard interns and Island-based improvisational dance company What’s Written Within plus other guest performers. I have seen portions of Alison and Jesse’s full-length piece as it has been created over the past couple of years and look forward to seeing this completed work by the talented staff at The Yard. For info, call 508-645-9662 or visit Also you can still attend yoga classes daily through Sunday, September 7.

Siggy Vanraan, an inspiration to all Sunday softball players, overcame an injury to pitch the final game. A cheerleader for Flanders Field softball over many years, Siggy was awarded the Most Valuable Person trophy at Sunday’s game. Congratulations Siggy: keep up the good work and we look forward to seeing you next year!

Kay-MayhewWhat a wonderful Fair! We always enjoy the Blue Hills music. Kids of all ages tried their skill at the recyclaphone too.

The quilts showed more blue ribbons than ever. Each one was well deserved, with many familiar names such as Laura Beebe and Wendy Nierenberg. Wendy’s grandson will treasure those cars and trucks. Several quilts were strikingly beautiful. I loved Pamela Flan’s sea life in blues, as well as the patterns in yellows and blues by Mary Ruth Flores, and Mary King’s lovely garden quilt. Our granddaughters delighted in the farm animals quilt by Mary Louise Koch.

The art by youngsters is always good. We noted the sea horse by Amelia Wiener, Hannah Hoff’s deep blue ocean scene, and a pretty frame painted with fish by Isabelle Custer. Sophie Bonneau created a girl with colorful curls.

The kids do a grand job giving personalities to their vegetable displays. I have to ask Katie Goldsmith: was that an apple octopus on the blueberry sea? Or perhaps an apple spider? Potato animals were great, one chasing a ball and another by Matty Wolverton. Our girls’ favorite garden had dinosaurs roaming amongst rocks and green trees.

Our girls took a picture of the tiny red tomatoes entered by Harrison Davis and were also amazed by the tall sunflowers. A trip through the animal barns was made more exciting because they were invited to enter the stall with three Kiko goats. Our Fiona crouched down and the lovely small goat in velvety black approached her several times for patting. Rebecca Brown displayed several blue ribbons for these as well as her Arapawa goats. As Island Grazing she rents goats and sheep. Did you know these goats originated in New Zealand? And they do a grand job of poison ivy control.

For my part I was taken by Isabel Shattuck’s huge blue dahlia and Judy Bryant’s living wreath. Daphne DeVries had succulent plants displayed in a plain wooden frame. The different shapes and sizes and colors of the small plants drew the close attention of fairgoers. And the Bantam poultry are always a favorite stop. I do love the black and white hens but had to admire the gorgeous Bantam roosters entered by Nicola and Lucia. Thanks to all of you who put in these delightful entries.

The granddaughters and I finished the weekend with the live performance of Peter Pan. It was a magical presentation. Old and young were cheering, crowing, and thoroughly enjoying the afternoon.

While fall is the best time on the Island, some say everything quiets down. Not quite. And besides, now you can find a parking space. Tonight at 7:30 the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center offers the movie Boyhood, an ode to growing up and parenting. Then at 9:15 you can see Woody Allen’s latest film Magic in the Moonlight, a romantic comedy set in the Côte d’Azur region of France.

Next Tuesday at Flatbread the pizza sales (eat in or take out) also benefit the West Tisbury church from 5 to 9 pm. A silent auction will offer unusual and distinctive items. Enjoy your pizza and feel good about it — all ages welcome.

The Annual Evening of Music on the Lagoon will be at Jim and Pam Butterick’s house at 359 Barnes Road at 6 pm. Enjoy wine and appetizers at sunset on the Lagoon on the last Sunday of summer, and listen to the fabulous pianist Adele Dreyer play Rhapsody in Blue, also joined by musician extraordinaire Peter Boak for duets.  Donations of any amount will go to the Federated Church Organ/Music Fund and/or Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard. For more: email

Lia Kahler is an internationally known opera singer with Vineyard roots. She also donates her time and talent for Catalyst Concert fundraisers for nonprofits. On Sunday, September 14, she will be on our island to help the Chilmark Community Church. When Hurricane Sandy blew through Chilmark in 2012, she toppled the cross and damaged the steeple of the church. A Spirit Song concert of songs, spirituals, and music in the sanctuary at 3 pm will follow a silent auction opening at 2 pm. Tickets are $15, $10 for seniors or students.

Don’t forget you need to start reading to join in the seminar beginning September 17 on Tolstoy’s epic War and Peace. Swarthmore College professor Philip Weinstein will present a workshop in six sessions on Wednesday evenings at 7 at the Katharine Cornell Theatre. You need to sign up at the Vineyard Haven Library and begin reading. The classes run through December 3.

Register now for the 5K Run/Walk to benefit the Vineyard Haven Library on September 14. Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome. The fee is $15, with free tee-shirts to the first 100 registrants. The race goes from the Library to the West Chop lighthouse and back.

Register to Cycle Martha’s Vineyard by midnight on Labor Day (September 1) and receive a 10 percent discount off of the $100 registration fee. Prior participants receive an extra 10 percent off by registering early. On September 2 registration is $100 for new riders and $90 for repeat riders. The 100K route circuits the Island traveling along the Atlantic Ocean, Nantucket Sound, rolling farmland, and state forest. The 50K route offers breathtaking views of Nantucket Sound and the Atlantic Ocean.

Happy anniversary wishes go to David and Elizabeth Beim on Sunday.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Barbara Bruck. Tomorrow wish the best to Cynthia Walker. Jessica Dolliver parties on Sunday. Happy birthday on Tuesday to Edwin Gould-Hart. Wednesday belongs to Maggie Masek.

Heard on Main Street: Some are wise and some are otherwise.

Molly PurvesThe Fair starts Thursday! Not like you didn’t know that, but I just thought I’d mention it. This week is considered the height of the summer by many, with Illumination Night, the Fair, and the Oak Bluffs fireworks. This is the week when all Island kids melt down due to a summer’s worth of overstimulation and lax bedtimes and all Island parents start counting down the days to the start of school (14). It is also the week we say goodbye to kids going to college for the first time like Chantal Booker (UNH) or returning to college like Ella Mahoney (SVA). And many of our summer friends will be leaving us shortly as well. The Fair always reminds me how short summer is and how precious the last days are.

There are only a couple weeks left of summer programming at the library. Today at 5 pm, at the Old Town Hall, Arnold Zack, noted labor dispute arbitrator and mediator, will speak on the topic: “Will fleeing jobs come home to America?” U.S. factories close, migrant workers join the economy, but world trade ultimately determines where jobs will be. This promises to be a very interesting discussion. This Saturday at 1 pm Barbara Lampson will be building a Potato Launcher. I’m not sure about the logistics of this, but I think anything involving hurling objects through space will delight kids. Next Thursday, West Tisbury columnist Hermine Hull and reporter Brooks Robards will speak about their new book “On Island,” which features the poems of Ms. Robards and the paintings of Ms. Hull. And lastly there will be a Summer Readers Pizza Party on Saturday, August 30, at 12 noon where everyone gets to pick veggies and make pizzas from the library’s container garden. This event will close out a very successful season at the library and celebrate all our fabulous summer readers. The speaker series was immensely popular with Duncan Caldwell’s talk last week attracting 80 people! Duncan’s wife, Nancy, who also gave a talk this summer is working on developing a negotiation workshop to be held at the library this fall.

If you stop by the library and you have in an interest in kids’ play spaces in town, fill out the survey about what to do with the playground we currently have. You can also go to the link here and fill it out:

Visit the Edwin Devries Vanderhoop Homestead, the restored 19th-century farmhouse at the cliffs which houses the Aquinnah Cultural Center. It is open Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm and you can always get a tour of the homestead when it’s open. There are exhibits up on Wampanoag whaling in the 18th and 19th centuries and a new video program, “Land and Life in Old Gay Head.” For more information, please call 508-645-7900, or email

I know it seems a long way off, but I just received the booklet for ACE-MV’S fall programming and there are lots of great classes including a landscape design class taught by Barbara Lampson. Register online now at, by mail, or in person at the office or at the Course Sampling Fair Wednesday, October 1st at MVRHS from 5 to 6:30 pm, or during the Living Locally Harvest Festival October 4 from 10 am to 3 pm. Check the website for more details.

Adriana Ignacio is at Spaulding Rehabilitation for at least another month and could use some cheering up, please send cards and letters to: Spaulding rehabilitation, Attn.: Adriana Ignacio room 619, 300 1st Ave., Charlestown, MA 02129.

Happy birthday to fellow columnist Linley Dolby who celebrates on Saturday; she shares a birthday with the delightful Noli Taylor and sometime summer resident Trisha Mulligan. Happy Birthday to all.