Vineyard Haven

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.

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 antispung@aol.com.

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.

Kay-MayhewTo illustrate and complement this month’s special programs on America’s Music, the Vineyard Haven Library has an exhibit by nationally acclaimed photographer Peter Simon. The photographs will be on display during regular library hours through the month of February.

Over the course 40 years, Peter Simon has covered an eclectic range of subjects including the greatest names in rock ‘n’ roll, reggae, and pop music. His work has appeared in major publications, including The New York Times and Rolling Stone.

America’s Music is a series of public programs created by the Tribeca Film Institute in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities. The films are shown at the Cornell Theatre on Thursday evenings. For more, vhlibrary.org/americasmusic.

Spot the bright colors and cheer. There are lovely tulips in the window of The Beach House,  heralding colorful hopes for spring.

Happy Valentine’s Day! If you don’t have a beautiful rose for your sweetheart, note that the Tisbury School 8th graders will sell fresh roses to you on Valentine’s Day from noon to 4 pm in front of the school cafeteria. Buy a pretty rose and help send these kids on their trip to Washington, D.C.  Red roses are $5 per rose or $50 per dozen, other colors are $4 per rose or $40 per dozen. Non-parents must sign in at the front office and will be directed to the cafeteria. For more, call 508-696-6500.

When I was in school in Washington, we always commented on how many children came from across the country to visit our capital city. Now I wonder what they think about our government and how it works when they go home. I would love to hear the answer to that question.

Do the children know the value of a vote? Every chance to vote starts at home. Nora Nevin invites all Tisbury Democrats to the Tisbury Democratic Caucus a week from Saturday, February 22, at the Tisbury Senior Center at 10 am. The caucus is to elect delegates from our town to the 2014 Democratic State Convention in June in Worcester. Three delegates will be elected, plus three alternate delegates.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Fiona Mayhew and Lee Fierro. Fiona will be 7 and happily playing in the snow. Lee is celebrating her 85th birthday and also keeping busy directing in a play to come out in March.

Congratulations to Gayle Stiller and Chris Morse on Friday, celebrating their birthdays and

Valentine’s Day. Saturday belongs to Grace Burton-Sundman, Trina Kingsbury, and Rita Goulart. Lots of good folk partying on Sunday, especially Izzy Wajda and Mary Gillette. Wish the best on Monday to Colin Kennedy.

Best wishes for a very happy birthday on Tuesday go to Rebecca Perkalis and Carrie Tankard. We also send wishes for a rapid recovery to Carrie Tankard. Peter Palches celebrates 76 years on Wednesday.

Heard on Main Street: Treasure the loves in your life. Happy Valentine’s Day. Friends are like balloons. Once you let them go, you won’t get them back.