A bit of The Bard for everyone
Thou whilst be delighted by The Vineyard Playhouse series, "Shakespeare for the Masses." On Friday, Nov. 28, and Saturday, Nov. 29, a staged reading of The Bard's comedy, "All's Well That Ends Well," will be presented free of charge. Organized and edited by Nicole Galland and Chelsea McCarthy, the adapted version of the play promises to be an entertaining romp. The play begins at 7 pm. General seating. No admission charge. 508-696-6300.
A new chapter
The Bunch of Grapes Bookstore, damaged in a fire on July 4, has reopened at a new temporary location. The store is open daily from 9 am to 6 pm, and until 9:30 pm on Fridays on Church Street next to Beadniks in Vineyard Haven. According to Dawn Braasch, whose Vineyard Booksellers Group is the new owner of the bookstore, all gift cards and frequent buyer cards will be honored. Bunch of Grapes is full-service, offering locally authored books, fiction, non-fiction, and children's books.
Island artist Rose Treat turns 100 years old on December 7 and will celebrate with a party at the Ag Hall. Her nephew, Steve Lohman, is putting together a one-day retrospective show of her seaweed artwork and would like the community's help. If you own a seaweed collage and would like to include it in the exhibit, call Mr. Lohman at 508-560-1141.
Photo by Ralph Stewart
On Friday, Nov. 21, the Vineyard Haven coffee shop Che's Lounge threw a birthday party for popular local performers Willy Mason and Rob Myers. Che's was filled to near capacity with fans who came dressed in a spectacular variety of plaid, a shout out to Mr. Mason's often grandfatherly attire. (Mr. Mason, ironically, looked quite young at his party, wearing a youth soccer jersey.) Other performers joined the birthday boys on stage, including Mr. Mason's parents, Jemima James and Mike Mason, Colin Ruel, and Briana Holt, who sang backup vocals for Mr. Myers. Ms. Holt also baked the two birthday cakes that were enjoyed by all.
Moving on and missed
Robert MacInnis has left Martha's Vineyard to live with his 92-year-old sister, Dorothy, in Rochester, N.Y.
On Wednesday, Nov. 19, surrounded by his friends, there was a very special farewell gathering for Mr. MacInnis at Linda Jean's Restaurant on Circuit Avenue in Oak Bluffs. Originally from Nova Scotia, Mr. MacInnis, has lived on Martha's Vineyard since the 1940s. Many Islanders remember him as a piano tuner, a profession he pursued on Martha's Vineyard for 50 years.
The 93-year-old Mr. MacInnis became a familiar presence at Linda Jean's, where he dined on a regular basis. He would drive himself to the popular eatery twice a day from his home on Hines Point in Vineyard Haven. A group of friends and restaurant staff planned Wednesday's celebration, which featured his favorite foods, including a New England boiled dinner and orange-pineapple ice cream.
Photos by Lynn Christoffers