Town Column : Tisbury
Helen Burt is enjoying a visit with her sister, Sara Fisk. Sara comes from Huntsville, Ala., so the warm weather of the past few days reminds her of home.
Tonight, Mark Lovewell will perform at 7 pm at the Old Whaling Church, telling about shipwrecks and mermaids and sailors' laments. The price of admission will benefit the Martha's Vineyard Museum and the Preservation Trust.
This week it's our turn. On Sunday night the Vineyard Haven Band is playing at Owen Park. The music starts at 8 pm, but your picnic can start anytime you like.
You are invited to join in celebration of the lives of Bishop John Burgess and his wife, Esther, at a Choral Evensong at 5 pm on Sunday at Trinity Episcopal Church in Oak Bluffs. Performing are the combined church choirs from St. Andrew's, Grace, and Trinity. The preacher will be the Rev. Dr. Harold T. Lewis, rector of Calvary Episcopal Church in Pittsburgh, Penn. For more, call 508-645-3274.
Can I tell you how wonderful it is to be part of this terrific newspaper? Last week I delighted in the reviews of all kinds of books, from Doug Cabral on "All the News Unfit to Print" to Rose Styron's comments on Philip Weinstein's new book "Becoming Faulkner." Professor Weinstein enthralled those of us lucky enough to hear him last year in several sessions about race in American fiction. He is one of those rare teachers who can instill a passion in the student who was only mildly interested in the subject. He is speaking tonight at 5 pm at the Aquinnah Library.
On Tuesday you can see the Island premiere of Victoria Campbell's documentary of her family's drama centered around the selling of their West Chop house. The film "House of Bones" is an honest portrait of a family coming to terms with the death of the matriarch and unavoidable sale of a big, rambling Vineyard summer home by the sea. It is more of a memoir than a documentary, narrated and filmed by Victoria, who grew up on the Island. Trained as an actress, she has worked in theater in New York and Los Angeles.
Combining home movies and archival photographs from the past 60 years, Ms. Campbell shows the last summer spent in her family's home on Martha's Vineyard in 2006. An honest portrait of what it means to spend summers on West Chop, the film will be shown at 8 pm at the Tabernacle. For more, see mvfilmfest.com.
Congratulations to Arnie and Maura Ziemian, who are celebrating 50 years of wedded bliss. All four of their children dropped in early for a surprise weekend of fun with their parents and siblings. Sounds to me like the best kind of golden anniversary party.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out on Monday to Nancy Gardella and our assistant fire chief, Thomas H. Colligan. Wish the best on Tuesday to Barbara Lewis and Donald Mitchell.
Heard on Main Street: There is no time like tomorrow.