Now I am wondering what happened to summer. Suddenly the sunset is earlier and earlier and the breezes are really cool. I’m not ready yet.

Saturday, Sept. 20, is the Annual Ceremony of Remembrance at the Edgartown Lighthouse at 1 pm. The public is invited to this moving ceremony for children, commemorated at the base of the Edgartown Lighthouse in the Children’s Memorial. You can also enjoy music and light refreshments provided by the Harbor View Hotel. Rain date: Saturday, Sept. 27 (verify at 508-627-4441, ext. 110).

September is a busy month at the senior center. Visitors enjoyed a music class presented by Charles Blank, an afternoon tea & talk featuring poets Annette Sandrock and Lee McCormack, an organizational gathering of Island writers, and a session about Medicare, targeted to the boomer generation.

Kathleen Samway presents a new senior center program on Monday at 1:30 pm called A Matter of Balance, introducing an eight-week series that addresses balance, falls, flexibility, strength and problem-solving. This series is designed for those who want to increase their activity level and fight the fear of falling. Kathleen is a physical therapist and clinical director of the former VNA.

Try the free Health Fair at the Tisbury Senior Center on Monday from 4 pm to 6 pm. Get your blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and hearing checked, and get tested for glaucoma. Call 508-693-4205 with questions, or for an appointment for the hearing test.

The Friends of the Tisbury COA host a free Afternoon Tea on Monday, Sept. 29, from 4 pm to 5:30 pm to celebrate the end of summer. Everyone is invited. See friends, learn about events, and get involved. The Friends plan special events to raise funds for the center. You are welcome to learn about what is happening at your senior center, a community center for all stages of getting wiser. (I think that’s such a nice way to describe our aging.)

By the way, have you seen a large black snake recently? Black racers (Coluber constrictor) are important predators in grasslands, shrublands, and forest edges, all part of the Vineyard landscape. They are harmless to humans but control rodent populations, including the white-footed mice that host deer ticks (and Lyme disease). The Vineyard Conservation Society is helping to collect data on these snakes; they are really big and scary to look at, but terribly useful while not harmful to us. If you have photographed one or can say where you may have seen one lately, VCS wants to know: 508-693-9588.

Registration is open for all ACE MV fall classes: online at acemv.org, by mail, or at the new ACE MV office at 35 Greenwood Ave., 2nd floor. That’s the MV Family Center building across from our library. Or sign up at the Course Sampling Fair at the high school on Wednesday, Oct. 1 from 5 pm to 6:30 pm. Class sizes are limited, and early registration is encouraged.

There are classes in job skills, math and English to prepare for college or GED, and college courses, as well as writing, jazz, canning, theater, and Thai cooking — even understanding Medicare. Adults can bring children (ages 6 to 12) to learn the basics of salsa and Latin beat together. I guess I should try the class on auto maintenance for women.

Cycle Martha’s Vineyard is only two weeks away. The cycling ride around the Island on Saturday, Oct. 4 (508-627-8303), benefits the Rotary Club and the Gay Head Light. You can ride again on Sunday — or run or golf. Sunday is a Gay Head Light 10K (gayheadlight.org). And more: The MV Golf Tournament at Mink Meadows on that Sunday benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters. Call 508-693-0101.

Belated congratulations go out to Doris Stewart and Jerome Clark, whose anniversary was yesterday. Anniversary wishes go out today to Louisa Gould and J.B. Lamont.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Hilda Illingworth. Wish the best tomorrow to Barbara Maciel. Happy birthday to Jan Dorchester and Dan Greenbaum, who celebrate on Saturday. Sunday belongs to Trip Barnes and Ken Ward. Happy birthday to Lori Dorsey on Monday. Next Wednesday there will be a run on birthday candles: Greetings go out to Muriel Laverty, Judy Federowicz, Kathy Rogers, and Kenny Davey.

Heard on Main Street: Take the edge off the darkening fall days and come together for the pleasure of learning. [ACE MV]

We are all pleased to hear that Gloria Wong is recovering well from her surgery and is now regaining her strength slowly. She is living at this time with her daughter in New Hampshire. We hope to see her back on-Island with us in a few weeks.

The MV Museum invites you to a house tour on West Chop this Saturday from noon to 3 pm.  Historian Mary Jane Carpenter will present the history of West Chop as a summer community. Five homes will be open following the talk, and guests will enjoy lemonade and cookies at the last house. Before the talk, purchase a patron ticket for brunch with mimosas at a private home. Call 508 627-4441 x117 to sign up for brunch or more information. Talk and tour is $45; tour only, $35. Tickets may be purchased next to the tennis courts at the West Chop Club until 2 pm on Saturday.

Do you remember when you were supposed to wear summer clothes and white shoes only after Memorial Day and just through Labor Day, but never later? Now you see folks wearing white shoes all year, especially if they are made by Adidas. When Mother Nature makes our fall school days as warm as summer, we have to dress in something cool and comfortable. I remember the anticipation of those wonderful first days of school, when we all had new clothes and shiny new shoes and even a new lunch box. As I think back, it seems that it did not take very long for the newness to be worn off those school clothes and lunch boxes.

Saturday is Doggie Adoption Day at The Black Dog from 10 am to 1 pm. You can see lovable dogs, including black labs, who want homes. Or just admire the happy puppies who have found new families on parade by the Black Dog Tavern. You’ll smile at the happy faces and wagging tails all around.

This Sunday is the annual 5k Run/Walk to benefit the library. Sign your kids up for the free half-mile Kid’s Fun Run for kids 13 and under. The 5k Run/Walk starts at the Vineyard Haven Library and proceeds to the West Chop lighthouse and back. You can register at the library or on Sunday, starting at 8:30 am. Forms can be downloaded fromwww.vhlibrary.org. The Fun Run starts at 9:45 am.

Quilters need the cooler weather to do their work comfortably. The air is cooling just in time for you to begin planning your sewing and knitting projects. The Heath Hen Quilt & Yarn Shop is open at 10 am weekdays in the Woodland Shopping Center. Someone asked me the other day where Heath Hen was, and now you know.

The Shaw Cramer Gallery is closing at the end of November. This means you have a wonderful chance to get some lovely artwork at a discount now. Twenty years ago Nancy Cramer opened the gallery, featuring Island artists, and now has decided she wants more studio time to do her own work. She offers all kinds of fine art, unusual jewelry, and glass works at 56 Main Street. Check it out.

This Tuesday at 10 am you can join the new writer’s group forming at the Tisbury Senior Center.

For those of us rereading Tolstoy’s War and Peace before we meet with Professor Philip Weinstein, I should remind you that the first meeting is next Wednesday at the Cornell Theatre.

Are you a boomer? You can learn all about Medicare on Thursday at noon at the Tisbury Senior Center. Bring a sandwich and cookies, and coffee or water will be provided. Do you know how the Medicare system works? What are parts A, B, C, and D? Make wise choices for plans that work best for you. Open enrollment for part D is from mid-October to December 7.

Next week the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center brings you the Martha’s Vineyard Fashion Week at different venues and assorted times with fashion on film and on the runway. Check it out on mvfilmsociety.com.

Happy anniversary to Chuck and Anne Downing, who should be partying today.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Susan Rice. Wish the best on Sunday to Joyce Stiles Tucker. Many happy returns to Kevin Olson on Monday. Tuesday belongs to Stephen Hammond and to my dear husband, Donald Mayhew.

Heard on Main Street: You are entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts.

Kay-MayhewThe Island lost one of the really good guys this month. Ed Colligan stood tall among them. Our condolences to his family who have made a wonderfully appropriate choice. You are invited to honor his memory with a donation to the Avenue of Flags Fund. Send your check to the American Legion Post #257, PO Box 257, Vineyard Haven MA 02568. I shall miss his calls reminding me to call for volunteers to help raise those flags. We shall all miss Ed.

Why would a seasoned skipper sail an aging ship near the path of an approaching monster hurricane? Authors Michael Tougias and Douglas Campbell examine Captain Robin Walbridge’s mystique through those who knew him. This is a harrowing tale of shipwreck in Superstorm Sandy, with a breathtaking rescue by US Coast Guard pilots in the midst of a storm. Michael will present the story of his book, “Rescue of the Bounty,” through slides and narrative next Tuesday at 7 pm at the Vineyard Haven Library.

Felicia Cheney, the children’s librarian, says that children make good use of the Lego table in the off season at the Vineyard Haven Library and can always use more Lego pieces. So, if you are looking to give some away, remember our library. Kids age five and up can build with Legos at 4 pm today or play a game with Ms. Felicia.

Felicia offers story time for little ones next Tuesday morning. Stories and songs are a great way to promote literacy with your wee ones.

Welcome to the new dentist in town. Parsia Koleini, a graduate of Boston College where he also got his graduate degrees, has recently joined Sandy Nadelstein at Lagoon Pond Dental. He is a dentist with gentle hands (I can attest to that). He recently completed a residency in cosmetic dentistry, appreciating the wealth and variety of new materials available today. Parsia is a handsome young man, only 31 and not married. He is new to the Island though he visited as a child. He enjoys boating, hiking, and soccer and may be found at Mocha Mott’s enjoying coffee and a book, probably on history. He is doing his best to get to know some Islanders.

Best wishes for a rapid recovery to Gloria Wong. She will welcome your prayers and good wishes.

Remember that the Grace Church lobster rolls are served every Friday all summer, now $17. For orders call 508-693-0332.

Every Tuesday from 4 to 7:30 pm you can eat in air-conditioned comfort or take it out to eat on the beach. There is also chowder and plenty of parking at the American Legion Hall.

Last week brought a number of buyers to Island shops. Oddly most seemed to be from out of state and were aware of the tax-free weekend.

The YMCA invites you to the Martha’s Vineyard’s premier 70.3 triathlon, on September 7. A breathtaking coastal race course with scenic ocean views includes the 56-mile bike route. Participate in the full triathlon alone, or make it a team effort in the relay. Don’t enjoy running? Then the aquabike is for you. There is an open water swim only option as well. The event is limited to 300’ register now at the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard. All proceeds benefit the YMCA.

This Island never fails to amaze me. I had never thought about but never knew there were flocks of egrets here until we saw them roost for the night in a dead tree along side the Tiasquam. Another friend has an eagle who calls her yard home. We still have too many turkeys, but having little girls who love to yell and chase them has helped cut down on the numbers.

Our lovely granddaughters are here this week for Nana Camp and the Fair. They also enjoyed attempting scrimshaw, the hand carving done by whalers in the past. This was at a class held at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. A couple of weeks ago the girls made harpoons there. These drew a lot of attention when they carried them off Island aboard the ferry.

All good wishes for a successful year go to Alistair Rizza as she begins her studies at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. For her and others starting college the world lies before them.

Congratulations to Anthony and Pam Campagna as they mark 44 years of married bliss on Saturday.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Sherm Goldstein next Monday.

Heard on Main Street: However good or bad a situation, it will change.

Kay-MayhewThis Saturday from 12 noon to 4 pm you’ll want to be at the Peach Festival at the Congregational Church in West Tisbury. Enjoy peach treats on the lawn and enter a raffle to win your own peach tree. On offer will be fresh peaches, peach smoothies or shortcake, blueberry peach cobbler, and peach pies. All proceeds support the church. If it rains, the event will be held indoors.

On Sunday, the Vineyard Haven Band Concert is in Owen Park. Music begins at 8 pm so you can enjoy the harbor view with beautiful music.

Tuesday morning, little ones have storytime with Kathy Forrester at the Vineyard Haven Library. This is the last summer storytime with Kathy. On Wednesday afternoon at 4 pm, kids age eight and up are invited to try lantern painting for illumination night. They will paint and take home a lantern. Thursday at 4 pm kids five and up can build with Legos or play a game at the library.

Tuesday evening you can meet Marsha Winsryg and learn about the African Artists Community Project which helps the Mama Bakhita Center for disabled children in Zambia. This will be an overview of the project, accompanied by Rick Bausman, Jane Norton, and Cynthia Bloomquist, all at 7 pm.

Our library continues to offer the most wonderful treats. You can take the upcoming free seminar, “Tolstoy’s Modern Epic: War and Peace,” led by Philip Weinstein of Aquinnah and Swarthmore College.There is an advance reading assignment. Beginning in September, the six-part workshop on Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace will meet on Wednesday evenings at 7 pm at the Cornell Theatre. Class dates are September 17, October 1, 15, 29; November 12 and December 3. Reading 200 pages per session (every two weeks, for three months) will take the time necessary to do justice to Tolstoy’s masterpiece.

You must register in advance, online or at the library. To prepare for the first class, read Volume One, Parts One and Two. Professor Weinstein will be using the Pevear/Volokhonsky translation of the book. A limited number of copies are on reserve at the library.

ACE MV will offer 36 classes this fall. Did you know local sponsors include McIntosh Motors (Auto Maintenance for Women) and the Chilmark Writing Workshop (Writing from the Heart)? There are classes for credits from Fitchburg State University. You can register online now at acemv.org, or by mail or at the high school. Check out the Course Sampling Fair on October 1 at the high school from 5 to 6:30 pm. More at acemv.org or call Lynn at 774-310-1131. You can find the catalog in any library.

Next week is the Fair: our fair is the Island party. I hope you will let me know if you see something we should mention in the news. My favorites are the kids’ entries and of course the quilts. Kids put together scenes of wonderful vegetables, artworks, and imaginative creations. Even little kids complete entries that will astonish you. Be sure to see the efforts of the next generation: I guarantee you will be impressed.

The quilts are supposed to be applique or patchwork made by one person and quilted by that same person as well. You have to be impressed with all that needlework done by one person. A quilt top created by one person and quilted by another is a group quilt. That is still an awful lot of work. Years ago all of this was done by hand. Many modern quilts are sewn by machine and are often quilted by machine. The talent to put all this together is remarkable.

Mary Goethals of our town and Tucson, Arizona, joined her older brother, George Goethals of Richmond, Virginia, and Pine Island, New York, on a trip to Panama for the 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal. Their paternal great grandfather was General George Washington Goethals, who also summered in Vineyard Haven. He was the head engineer and first governor of the canal. Mary and George are the children of the late Barbara B. Nevin of Edgartown.

Are you dying to gamble? Try Foxwoods with Friends of the Oak Bluffs COA on Tuesday, August 26. Bus cost is $30, round trip from Woods Hole. You buy your SSA ticket and take spending money. You leave on the SSA at 7 am and come home on the 6:15 from Woods Hole. Sign up now with Rose at 508-693-4509, ext 3.

Congratulations go out today to Skip and Carol Bailey who mark 20 happy years together.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out tomorrow to Ray Frazio and Braden Kuehne. Leslie Stark parties on Monday as do Larry Levine and Kathy Welch. Jeff Damon Pratt and Alistair Rizza celebrate on Wednesday.

Heard on Main Street: See you at the Fair!

Got Tisbury news? Contact Kay Mayhew here

Kay-Mayhew What a wonderful week. Our darling granddaughters Rory and Fiona are back at Camp Nana, which this week includes adventures with Kids Discovery Days at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum.

Ages 5 and up learn all about bugs today at 4 pm at the Vineyard Haven Library. Marvelous Marvin teaches bug habits and the importance of bugs to humans with circus arts, magic, and music. Next Thursday at 4 pm, Mister Rocketman will show us how to make amazing rockets.The kids launch their creations, and it’s anyone’s guess as to where they will land.

You are familiar with Moth and NPR. Saturday evening at the Tabernacle hear islanders sharing brief true stories told live. Time is 7:30; cost is $40.

Tom Dresser, Herb Foster, and Jay Schofield will be in the Community Room at Hillside Village at 2 pm Sunday, after the NAACP meeting. Their book, “Martha’s Vineyard in World War II,” is already in a second printing. They talked with Vineyarders who were here during the war, including my husband and his cousin Buddy Mayhew, and researched files of the Gazette and the Museum. Views of life on the home front of Martha’s Vineyard during the war range from plane spotters at town hall to workers at the Martha’s Vineyard Shipyard. The talk is free, the book is $20.

On Tuesday adults can hear Susan Klein speak on Folklore & Mythology From A Woman’s Perspective. That’s at 8 pm at Featherstone.

Students from fifth grade through high school were chosen by their music teachers as the most talented and hardworking young singers and instrumentalists on the Island. They will perform at 7:30 pm on Tuesday at the West Tisbury Grange Hall to benefit the new West Tisbury Library. Tickets are $15 and half price for age 12 and under, available in advance at Tisberry Fro Yo off Main Street.

I should remind you that shopping online harms our local businesses. But I am a realist; I know you sometimes order stuff from Amazon anyway. Next time you do that, use this address because 1% of the sale can go to charity: http://smile.amazon.com.

Next Wednesday, author Josh Ruxin will speak about his new book “A Thousand Hills to Heaven: Love, Hope, and a Restaurant in Rwanda” at 7 pm at the Vineyard Haven Library.

This is the story of a Columbia University professor picking up and moving to deepest Rwanda, where he helped revitalize a village and fell in love with a little restaurant called Heaven. Hear about living in Rwanda, building a village, then constructing a restaurant, and, during it all, beginning his own family.

How can anyone think bicycles don’t have the same rights as cars on our roads? The moped riders have these rights, too. Owning a vehicle does not give you the right to be the only one on the road. If you find these people slow you down, you should have left home earlier. Your being late is not their fault.

Peter Pan! Live! A week from tomorrow, August 15, the Island Theater Workshop presents a benefit performance of Peter Pan at 7:30 pm at the MVRHS Performing Arts Center. The performance is directed by Kevin Ryan to benefit the MV Center for Living and support services for Island seniors. $25 for adults and $12 for children. More at 508-939-9440.

You will want to know about two special events at the Federated Church in Edgartown next week. On Sunday morning from 8:30 to 10:30 is the annual blueberry breakfast. Then on Tuesday afternoon five lovely homes on School Street and South Water Street in Edgartown will be open for you as a benefit for the church. Historian Mary Jane Carpenter will speak at 1 pm before the afternoon tour begins. Tea and refreshments are offered at the Mayhew Parsonage. Tickets are $35 at the Meetinghouse on the afternoon of the tour. More: Anne Vose at 508-627-7077.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to John Edmond Coogan today. Wish the best tomorrow to Bobbie Donavan. Happy birthday to Goodie Stiller Corriveau who parties next Wednesday. Belated greetings go out to Sharon Coogan.

Heard on Main Street: It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

Got Tisbury news? Contact Kay Mayhew here.

Kay-MayhewThere is a memorial tribute to Sheldon Hackney tonight at 7:30 pm at the Chilmark Community Center as part of the M.V. Book Festival. Many who contributed to the book “Dixie Redux” will speak. Hackney was president of the University of Pennsylvania for many years and head of the National Endowment for the Humanities under President Clinton. Charlayne Hunter-Gault will moderate and a reception will follow. More from Suellen Lazarus, suellen@mvbookfestival.com

Careful — here comes August. Where has the summer gone?

Reserve your spot now for the concert at the MV Film Center on Friday evening at 7:30 pm. Meet New Orleans jazz-based cellist, singer, and composer Helen Gillet on the Island. This is the first of several musical concerts this summer at the film center.

This Sunday evening at 8 pm be sure to enjoy the concert in Owen Park with the Vineyard Haven Band. Take a picnic and appreciate the sunset as you listen to the music.

Today at the Vineyard Haven Library at 4 pm, kids aged five and up will enjoy a mystery activity. Whatever it is, be prepared to get messy. Also brought to you by the library, kids can see the Whalemobile at the Tisbury School on Wednesday, August 6. Marvelous Marvin will bring circus arts, magic, and music to the library next week on August 7 at 4 pm for five and up.

Under three year olds will enjoy storytime on Tuesday at 10. Three and up are offered Chappaquiddick Lullaby story time with author Stacy Hall at 11 am.

If you haven’t signed up for summer reading at the library, it’s not too late. You could win Bunch of Grapes gift certificates and Island Cove Mini Golf all-expenses paid adventures.

This Saturday the Tabernacle Craft Fair opens from 9 am to 3 pm with a grand assortment of Island-made products from photographs and jewelry to hand-knit sweaters. Celebrate the handiwork of Island artists in a casual stroll around the Tabernacle.

Our daughter, Laurel Mayhew Olson, was visiting this week from Fort Collins, Colorado. Her one request was for lobster. I believe I can safely say that she is sated — at least for the time being. She had not been back on the Island for some years which meant she had fun visiting all over the Island. We hope she comes back again soon.

She and her brother, Craig, had just completed a week-long bicycle ride across New York state. They were delighted with the trip and the weather and especially their time together. They returned home just in time to celebrate the ninth birthday of Craig’s eldest daughter, Rory.

Next Monday you can revel in the music of Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish at Featherstone’s Musical Monday from 6:30 to 8 pm. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 with Our Island Club, children under 14 are free. You can go back to Featherstone on Tuesday to ponder a purchase at the Flea & Fine Arts Market from 9:30 am to 2 pm.

Dying to gamble? Try Foxwoods with Friends of the Oak Bluffs Council on Aging on Tuesday, August 26. Bus cost is $30 round trip from Woods Hole. You buy your SSA ticket and take spending money. You leave on the SSA at 7 am and come home on the 6:15 from Woods Hole. Sign up now with Rose at 508 693-4509, ext 3.

The Grace Church Lobster Rolls are served every Friday all summer from 4 to 7:30 pm, now $17. For info and orders, call 508-693-0332

Did you know that August this year will have five Fridays, five Saturdays and five Sundays. This happens only once every 823 years. Such an event is supposed to be good luck for all. It is said the Chinese call this phenomenon “Silver pockets full.”

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Dale Perry. On Saturday wish the best of birthdays to Ellen Miller. Sunday belongs to Nancy Gardella and Tom Colligan (that’s Thomas H. Colligan). Mary Goss and Jesse James Little celebrate birthdays along with Dr. Peter Laursen on Wednesday.

Heard on Main Street: Get out in the world every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

Kay-MayhewSavor the moment: Tomorrow is the opening reception from 4 to 6 pm of the Della Hardman 10th Anniversary Art Show at Featherstone. The show continues, 12 noon to 4 pm, on Saturday and Sunday.

All are welcome to enjoy chicken dinner at the First Baptist Church parish house on Saturday at 5:30 pm. Takeout available, $12, includes beverage and dessert. Info at 508-693-1539.

Folks always say the July visitors are nicer than those who come in August. A few weeks ago Anne Sylvester was in line at the Stop & Shop with a cart full of food. The couple behind her had only one item so she invited them to go ahead of her. Then the cashier told her they had put her groceries on their credit card. These July folks were nicer than most.

The little church in the Campground is selling lobster rolls and potato chips every day, Monday through Saturday, for $14. Not only can you get a freshly made lobster roll, but also this goes to pay for the community suppers in the winter.

Island children are learning to cope with autism. You can help. The Island Autism Group holds their eighth fundraiser next Wednesday from 3 to 5 pm at the Daniel Fisher House in Edgartown. Admission is free. Donations are welcome. There will be a raffle and auction as well as light refreshments served. For more, call Marcy Bettencourt at 508-693-2106.

You may want to call or write your state legislators. An amendment to the state constitution will allow for a graduated income tax. The income disparity between the top one percent and the rest of us is growing. Those earning more can afford to pay more. Commonwealth representatives for the Island are Senator Dan Wolf and Representative Tim Madden.

Tim is at State House Room 167, Boston MA 02133 or Timothy.Madden@mahouse.gov. Dan is at State House Room 511B, Boston MA 02133 or Daniel.Wolf@masenate.gov. Remember, your opinion counts. Let them know what you think.

Next Tuesday at the the Vineyard Haven Library at 7 pm, Peter Simon shares his view of the last 40 years in “Through the Lens.” He photographed historic events from the protest-filled 1960s, hippie communes, nude beaches and many great names in rock and pop music, major league baseball, not to mention the majesty of Martha’s Vineyard. He will speak about his privileged background and an addictive personality that finally got the better of him and affected his relationships with family and friends.

Kerouac fans will be at the MV Film Center on Tuesday for a benefit showing of One Fast Move or I’m Gone: Kerouac’s Big Sur. Also live readings about Kerouac’s Big Sur. Proceeds go to landscaping at the new West Tisbury Library.

What’s it worth? Appraisers from Skinner Inc. will evaluate your prized objects on appraisal day at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum on August 1 from 9 am to 3 pm. Items may be consigned for sale by Skinner with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Museum. Reservations required. Call Jessica, 508-627-4441, ext. 117. Appraisal of one item costs $15, or three for $40.

Did your kids enjoy the visit of the whaling ship Charles W. Morgan? Now they can see a life-sized whale. Can you believe 43 feet long? Cynde McInnis, owner of The Whalemobile, will be bringing her life-sized (43 feet) inflatable whale, Nile, to the Tisbury School Gym on August 6 at 4 pm as part of the Vineyard Haven Library’s summer reading program. Because the whale is too big to fit in the library, the program will be held at the Tisbury School Gym.

First kids will see a slide show introducing us to the toothed whales and baleen whales found off the coast of Massachusetts and in the Gulf of Maine. The students will go inside the inflatable whale and see ways in which whales are similar to humans. Artifacts such as baleen, teeth and bones are available for children to see and feel. At the end, students will learn about what they can do to keep the oceans safe for all the animals. This program is free. For more Felicia Cheney at 508-696-4211, ext. 14 or fcheney@clamsnet.org.

Happy anniversary to Lil and Ed Colligan. They’ve been together 63 loving years.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out tomorrow to Tom Colligan. Wish the best on Saturday to Michael Bulkin, Pam Cassel, and Rory Mayhew. Sunday belongs to Michael Cobban and Nancy Zamarro.

Heard on Main Street: When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

Kay-MayhewCome to the clambake at the Tisbury Senior Center on Saturday, July 26, at 1 pm. Menu is lobster tail, stuffed quahog, clam chowder, Island summer salad, watermelon, iced tea and lemonade. Tickets are $18 for lunch and a concert by the Princess Poo-poo-ly ukelele band. All ages are welcome. Tickets must be purchased by Thursday, July 24.

The Friends of the Tisbury Council on Aging put on this clambake to support the Tisbury Senior Center. They recently purchased a ventilating system for the kitchen. New members are always welcome.

Yet another special event is a week from this Saturday at the Vineyard Haven Library. A free program, College Admissions 101, will run from 10 to 11 am on July 26. Deena Maerowitz will lead parents and students through the college admissions process, drawing upon her experience as admissions officer at Columbia Business School and her years as a lawyer and social worker focusing on educational issues impacting teenagers. She will talk about what to do when, college admissions priorities, extracurriculars, financial aid, testing information, essays, and finding the best college fit. Put that on your calendar.

This Saturday you can buy a book for the beach, something special to read, even a whole bag of books, at the monthly Mini Book Sale at the Vineyard Haven Library. Consider a bag full of books — you get more for your money. Sale runs from 2 to 4 pm.

Enjoy an afternoon with Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library this Sunday at 2 pm, when John Hough, Jr. of West Tisbury will read from his new novel, “Little Bighorn.” Hough grew up in Falmouth where his father and grandfather edited the Falmouth Enterprise. His great-uncle was the editor of the Vineyard Gazette. Hough is the author of five previous novels, including “Seen the Glory: A Novel of the Battle of Gettysburg,” and three works of nonfiction.

Tuesday evening at 7 pm at the library, Susie Bowman, naturalist at the Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, will present a slide show about seashells of Martha’s Vineyard. She is bringing samples. Program is free. Do you know what that pretty shell is?

Tuesday morning little ones will enjoy musical story time with Jeremy Berlin at the library. Then Susie Bowman offers a hands-on activity with Martha’s Vineyard seashells on Thursday afternoon at 4 pm for kids age 5 and up.

Art Quilts from Haiti are on display on the lower level of our library through the month of July.

PeaceQuilts supports women’s sewing cooperatives in Haiti with supplies and marketing. Learn more in a book in our library called “Patience to Raise the Sun: Art Quilts from Haiti and their Power to Change Women’s Lives.”

Activist, journalist, and seasonal resident Charlayne Hunter-Gault will speak on the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. Her talk at the Federated Church on Tuesday at 5:30 pm is in conjunction with the exhibit Sea Change: Martha’s Vineyard in the 1960s at the MV Museum. Following the talk is a reception at the Museum and an opportunity to view the exhibit.

$8 for Museum members and $12 for non-members.

Charlayne Hunter-Gault was one of the first two African-American students to enroll in the University of Georgia in 1961. Following college, she worked for a news team in Washington and then The New York Times. In 1983, Hunter-Gault became national correspondent for PBS’s NewsHour, where she remained for 14 years. She became chief correspondent for National Public Radio working in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1997 and later was bureau chief for CNN.

Hunter-Gault will share reflections from her book “To The Mountaintop: My Journey Through the Civil Rights Movement.” She will also talk about the Vineyard’s involvement in the national movement and how the local NAACP chapter was formed. Books will be available. Call 508-627-4441 for more.

This Sunday evening in Owen Park you can enjoy the Vineyard Haven Band concert at 8 pm. Bring your picnic and take in the harbor view to the tunes of happy music.

Need a getaway? Try Foxwoods with Friends of the Oak Bluffs Council on Aging on Tuesday, July 22. Bus cost is $30 roundtrip from Woods Hole. You buy your SSA ticket and take spending money. Depart from Vineyard Haven on the 7 am boat, and come home on the 6:15 from Woods Hole. Sign up now for this trip — or one in August — with Rose at 508-693-4509, ext 3.

Tomorrow Susan Klein will perform at Featherstone at 8 pm speaking on Mythology and Folklore from a Woman’s Perspective.

The Seize Your Beauty Fashion Show to benefit Friends of Family Planning will be from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at Stina Sayre Designs on Main Street on July 31. For more, call 508-693-5180. No cost; donations requested. Reserve now. Seating is limited.

Congratulations to Eric and Susan Lopes who celebrate their anniversary on Tuesday.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Chris Clark. Wish the best on Saturday to Linda Kurth. Warm wishes for a happy birthday to Ed Colligan on Tuesday.

Heard on Main Street: On Sunday the weather was warm and sunny with a slight breeze — the country was Brazil. All here and there were watching the exciting final World Cup game.

Kay-MayhewMy email address has changed. You can reach me now at tashmoorock@gmail. Our oldest granddaughter Rory Mayhew painted a special rock for me and a photo may appear with this column.

Hurricane Andrew rudely interrupted our Fourth but gave us a hot and windy beach day preceding it, as well as a great storm in celebration of the Fourth. The storm took the heavy humidity with it as it swept up the coast to Newfoundland. Grace Church lobster rolls were in demand despite the heavy winds and rain. My daughter-in-law was pleased that she did not have to choose between the parade and the lobster rolls.

We know the firemen love a parade and making lots of noise. And we love to see them and hear them in parades — most of the time. Whoever decided to put the sirens all together at the end of the Edgartown parade was not thinking. As the firemen waited for earlier groups to perform at the reviewing stand, the trucks were parked all together and each tried to make more noise than the next one. After a few minutes, everyone was covering his ears and wishing the firemen could move on.

A big prize should have been given to Alden Besse for cycling his recumbent the whole route.

After two weeks the Camp Nana has closed for rest and recuperation with plans to reopen later this summer. It was great fun though I have been to too many beaches on the Island and waded through too much sand. Now I have to try to get some of that sand out of my car.

This Saturday is the annual meeting of the Lagoon Pond Association at the Sailing Camp Park from 10 am to noon with refreshments available from 9:45. Michael Loberg will discuss new fertilizer regulations. Selectman Melinda Loberg will talk about the new Lagoon bridge under construction. Vineyard Haven harbormaster Jay Wilbur is ready for questions about harbor management and Tisbury Shellfish Constable Danielle Ewart will answer questions about the recent scallop harvest. Rick Karney from the Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group wants to tell you about several exciting projects to begin soon in the Lagoon. Everyone is invited to attend. You need not be an LPA member.

The Vineyard Haven Library has books for the beach. Some visitors took hardcover library books to the beach although Islanders would never do such a thing. Those library books ended up full of sand, many needing new covers. The library now features paperback beach books. You can return that paperback or replace it with a new one. If these paperback books are damaged by sand or water, they can be easily and more cheaply replaced.

On Tuesday morning storytimes starts early reading by getting your kids singing and moving with Joyce Maxner. At 4 pm next Thursday kids 5 and up enjoy Creative Drama with Phyllis Vecchia, a perfect activity for all kids ready to ham it up. Space is limited — first come,  first served.

Hear about “Bloodlines” and meet its author, Neville Frankel, at the Vineyard Haven Library on Tuesday at 7 pm. The tragic novel is about impossible lives in an unimaginable place. The author immigrated from Johannesburg with his family when he was 14 and did not return until he was nearly 50. In several more visits he discovered the bloody truths of apartheid. When he first left South Africa, it was a place where blacks could not live in the same house as whites and could be imprisoned for simply being seen together.

The book is a love story of a South African white woman, married to an American who falls in love with a South African Zulu man.

As she learns Zulu traditions she finds their beliefs and practices compare easily with her experience of Jewish traditions. She is imprisoned and “disappeared” in South Africa, later escaping from prison with her western black lover to live in the Zulu tribal areas. Both worked with the ANC which increased the dangers of being seen together in that world.

A painted rock by Rory Mayhew.

The Tisbury Senior Center is offering an acrylic painting class with Sally Flood, for the last four Thursdays in July, starting today. The class meets at 1 pm and materials are provided. There is no cost. Just plan to have fun with paints. All levels of experience are welcome, even if you missed a class. If you’re a novice, Sally will guide you to loading your brush with paint, stroke effects, and color choices. Additionally, items from her personal collection such as wooden trays, sign boards, and such can be purchased for a few dollars. She has a variety of reference material for ideas. Sally is a retired teacher and her work can be seen in summer at various island art venues.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Laura Christina Jahn and Betty Jette. Saturday belongs to Betsey Mayhew. Best wishes on Sunday to Nevenka Daniels. Happy birthday to Cord Bailey and Michele Jones on Monday. Wish the best on Tuesday to Jocelyn Ciancio Broadley. More balloon greeting wishes go out to Jim Richardson on Wednesday.

Heard on Main Street: The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt and a flat tire.

Kay-MayhewMany thanks to our brave firefighters who keep our town safe. The dark plume of smoke over our town on Sunday afternoon drew many comments. We are grateful that it was taken care of by our wonderful firemen.

Celebrate the Glorious Fourth on Main Street at 2 pm. In 1963 a proclamation by President Kennedy urged that we mark Independence Day “this year and every year following by the ringing of bells.” Americans have celebrated freedom by ringing bells, from sleigh bells to church bells, throughout history. It is worth remembering what a gift it is to be free. You can take part by ringing assorted bells to mark America’s birthday. The Tisbury shopkeepers on Main Street will come outside and ring bells for two minutes at 2 pm.

It seems as if everyone has come to the Island to celebrate the Fourth. I love the signs “Drive like your children live here.” While the grammar is bad, (it should read “Drive as if your children live here”)  the thought is good.

Lobster rolls are available on the Fourth from 4 to 7:30 pm at Grace Church.

Was it simply more convenient or did the town DPW plan that they would dig up the parking lot for Owen Park the week before the Fourth? Over half the parking lot has been blocked off for a couple of weeks — but filled with trucks marked Tisbury DPW. No handicapped parking has been available.

We can only hope this is done before our first Vineyard Haven Band concert at Owen Park on July 6. At least the DPW trucks should be gone by Sunday evening.

While I am complaining, why don’t our summer cops stop bicyclists riding the wrong way on Main Street? A driver nearly backed into one a few days ago.

You should not fuss over the cyclists on the road. Bikes have just as much right to use the road as cars do. They do not have to use bike paths. Also youngsters need to wear helmets. It’s the law.

Nat’s Nook has opened next door to Alley Cat and Soft As A Grape. Crepes are featured — breakfast, savory, and sweet — with delicious coffees from 7 to 5 daily. Breakfast crepes are eggs and such, savory includes ham and cheese. Savory items are also offered as salad or sandwiches on bread or bagels. Sweet has jams, fruit, or yogurt. Menus to go ran out immediately. Seating is inside or outside on the patio. All reports so far say that everything is very good.

Our granddaughters have been at Camp Nana for a week and we are all having a wonderful time. We are going clamming, went to tie dye tee-shirts at the Oak Bluffs Library, and often listen to audio books in the car. We are checking out all the beaches, whether for sand castles or swimming or catching crabs, pipe fish, and jellies. Their mother arrived Saturday but is telecommuting so she really only had one full day of sand and sun on Sunday. We have lathered on layers of sunscreen until we are slippery and watched an assortment of DVDs after supper. The girls, Rory Mayhew, nearly nine, and Fiona, seven, are curious and interested in everything and seem to totally enjoy all Island offerings. And they delight their grandparents in the process. They are also good tourists, spending their money in local shops.

Need more stuff? Saturday, from 10 am to 3 pm, a grand assortment will be sold at the giant yard sale at Grace Church to benefit the Island Clergy Homeless Initiative. Then on Sunday at 11 am will be the dedication of a lovely new stained glass window at Grace Episcopal Church. The new round window created by artist Barney Zeitz is the final step to finish the parish house wall which was totally rebuilt over last winter. All are welcome. A reception will follow.

Sign-up for summer reading kids has begun. Kids who read through the summer do better in school, and the kids can read whatever they want. Sign up with the Vineyard Haven Library and win prizes: Bunch of Grapes gift certificates and Island Cove Mini Golf adventures.

Saturday at 11 am the MV Library Association offers the Summer Reading Kick-Off with entertainer Bill Ross and face painting at the Ag Hall in West Tisbury. Cost is $4 per person.

On Monday enjoy Musical Monday on Featherstone’s Outdoor Stage with Tristan Israel, Nancy Jephcote, and Paul Thurlow from 6:30 to 8 pm — $8 for adults but $5 with the Island Card. Children under 14 years old are free.

Artist Hermine Hull and author Brooks Robards, both of whom also write for the MV Times, have done a book together called On-Island: Poems and Paintings of Martha’s Vineyard. Their first reading/book signing will be Sunday afternoon at 4 at Shaw Cramer Gallery.

Next Tuesday at 11 for kids three and older at the Vineyard Haven Library is a musical story time with Ellen Allard. And Thursday at 4 pm those aged five and up enjoy Laughing Yoga with Emily Solarazza.

Congratulations to Steve and Judy Nichols who celebrate many happy years together on Wednesday.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Derek Jeter, Bob Benson, Cora Medeiros, and Larry Gomez. Wish the best on the Glorious Fourth to Sue Fairbanks and Steve Nichols. Tomorrow belongs to Christine Swansey and Monday to artist Donna Straw. Tuesday is Tisbury’s birthday and also Jynell Kristal’s and Robert Reed’s. Happy birthday on Wednesday to Brigitte Lent and her daughter, Petra Lent-McCarron.

Heard on Main Street: Have a Glorious Fourth!

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