Town Column : Tisbury
Welcome to our adorable granddaughters who arrived today. Rory, age four, and Fiona, age two, have made plans to check out all the Island playgrounds. The beach and the playgrounds are a priority. Visiting from Virginia, the little ones are accompanied by mom and dad, Laura and Craig Mayhew.
Don't want to cook? Ed Colligan invites you to a spaghetti and meatball dinner on Saturday. Ticket prices - $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12 - will benefit the building fund of the American Legion Post 257. Dinner is served at the Legion Hall on Martin Street from 5 to 7 pm, no reservations necessary.
Older adults like movies, too. There's free popcorn at movie night at the Vineyard Haven Library next Tuesday at 7 pm. A group of senior citizens called The Young at Heart Chorus perform contemporary and classic rock and pop songs. At an average age of 81, many of the members overcome health adversities to participate. Enjoy the music as they joyously prove you're never too old to rock.
Betty Burton continues to urge us to stop wasting energy, water, and landfill space. She says that the average American discards 68 pounds of clothing each year. I guess this is why the Red Cross bins are always full. Betty thinks we toss our clothes because of fashion. I wonder if some of it may be caused by calories, too many or too few. You can find wonderful bargains at yard sales. Find ways to dispose of your old clothes without resorting to the trash.
I love to recycle, both giving and getting. Just this week I needed bed skirts. And, of course, our Thrift Shop had just what I needed. Boy, I love that place.
Our town will be buzzing with film fans next week. Next Thursday is the opening night of the annual Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival. It all starts with a reception on the roof of the Mansion House. The festival runs for four days. For more, see mvfilmfest.com
Register now at the Library for the annual 5K Run/Walk to benefit the Vineyard Haven Library. Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome. The fee is $15, with free tee-shirts to the first 100 registrants. The race on Sunday, Sept. 13, goes from the Library to the West Chop lighthouse and back.
Did you know that Maine came into the Union as part of the Missouri Compromise in 1820? You don't want to know what led me to look into that, but I was fascinated to learn this. Maine came in as the free state and Missouri as the slave state. We do have a shocking history in this country, but look at us now.
School opens next week. Remember to watch for little ones who will be too excited to look both ways - and bigger ones who will be happily chatting to their friends and may forget to look.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to my sister, Marguerite Clark, and to Island artist Maggie Masek. On Saturday, wish the best to Melissa Gold and Janet Stiller. Sunday belongs to one of my favorite people, Mike Ciancio.
Heard on Main Street: The Irish sure know how to put on a wake.