Town Column : Tisbury
The Tisbury fourth graders put on a couple of wondrous plays last weekend. I never realized that MJ Bruder Munafo has the children create the plays and then work through the production and performance. As my husband commented, it was a real bargain: two entertaining plays with enthusiastic performers for only $6. Thanks to the crew at the Vineyard Playhouse, these children have an exciting learning experience and share it with friends and family as well.
You will want to see "A Place of Our Own" at 7:30 pm on Friday at the Cornell Theatre. This film examines the history and changing landscape of the African-American resort community on Martha's Vineyard and its significance in the life of filmmaker Stanley Nelson. Admission is $8.
Karen Achille invites you to a Valentine's Day pancake breakfast to benefit the Oak Bluffs Council on Aging. If you enjoy gambling with your breakfast, there will be a number of raffle items, too. Breakfast will be served from 8 to 10 am. Cost is $7.
Zephrus is offering Valentine's Day specials all weekend. If you order the American as Apple Pie dessert, the proceeds go the Island Food Pantry. Then on Monday you can celebrate the 90th birthday of the League of Women Voters there. The local group gets a percentage if you dine at Zephrus between 5 and 9 pm.
Nothing says romance like an old movie. On Monday at 2 pm the Capawock Theatre will screen the 70th anniversary Blu-ray edition of "Gone With The Wind." This is a benefit for the Island Food Pantry. Admission is at least one non-perishable food item. Share your love with others. Don't forget cookies, coffee, or sugar. Be sure there are no out-dated items.
Leslie Stark collected 18 romantic tunes by such jazz greats as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, and Chet Baker for your listening enjoyment. This is a Valentine program for all ages at the Senior Center. Seating is limited to 60 so reservations are a must. A light supper is included, all this at no charge. Call 508-696-4205. The program begins at 4:40 pm on Tuesday.
When you call to reserve for your Valentine musicale, sign up for the Tisbury Travel Club trip to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston on March 2. Tickets at $39 include admission to the museum and special exhibits plus the bus trip. Museum members with tickets pay $23 for the bus. Call the senior center now to reserve your seat.
Learn all about Andrew McDonnell Adrift in Antarctica at 7 pm on Tuesday at the Vineyard Haven Library. He is a PhD candidate at M.I.T. researching with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. He wants to tell you what makes Antarctica such a unique and magnificent place. He will share photographs and stories from his research and travels to Antarctica last year.
Ginger Duarte invites guests to the Garden Club meeting on Tuesday at 1 pm at the Wakeman Center. Mike Huben, who has created many new varieties of daylilies, will speak on the Magic of Hybridizing Daylilies. Light refreshments follow the program.
You can help the Haitian women who are making quilts to raise money. The women have not gone back into their homes because of fear of aftershocks. All their supplies are inside. Collect any fabrics or notions including embroidery floss. Leave it at the Heath Hen Shop through March 13. Your donations will be taken to Haiti by Jeanne Staples.
Writing groups and memoir writing have become as popular as book clubs. A week from Sunday afternoon, the Rev. Judith Campbell will talk about getting your book published. She has a New England mystery recently accepted for publication. The free program begins at 2 pm on February 21 at the Vineyard Haven Library.
Judy served as pastor of the Unitarian-Universalist Society of Martha's Vineyard from 2001 through 2007. She is currently a District Community Minister, as well as the convenor of the M.V. Clergy Association. She leads the Oak Bluffs Library writers group and also a knitting group at Featherstone who donate their completed hats and mittens to Food Pantry patrons.
The mini book sale is at the library on Saturday, Feb. 20, from 1 to 3. Kathy Stinson reminds children ages four and up there is a free movie and popcorn at the library on February 24 at 3 pm. (Hint: meet an extraordinary polar bear.)
Happy anniversary to Elisha Smith and his bride, the former Denise Lagasse.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Judy Pachico. Tomorrow belongs to Eli Hanschka, Abe Lincoln, and Nat Benjamin. Little Fiona Mayhew will be 3 on Saturday. Valentine babies include Chris Morse and Gayle Stiller. On the 15th wish the best to Rita Goulart, Grace Burton-Sundman, and Trina Kingsbury. There will be candles on Tuesday for Mary Gillette and Izzy Wajda. Happy birthday to Colin Kennedy on Wednesday.
Some very special people will celebrate birthdays during the next two weeks. I don't want to miss sending special greetings to all of you: Carrie Tankard, Peter Palches, Tom Robinson, Benjamin Davey, Wendy Brophy, Judy Cronig, Robin Mathiesen, Jessica Beigbeder, Susan Goldstein, Ed Larkosh. and Katie Kennedy
Heard on Main Street: There is nothing to fear but fear itself - and spiders.