Welcome to Rory and Fiona. Our grandchildren arrive today from Virginia, with their parents Craig and Laura Mayhew. They have been looking forward to coming to Nana's beach. How wonderful to have a good reason to visit.
Best wishes for a rapid recovery go to Marion Burke, who had yet another surgery this week at Brigham and Womens in Boston. She will soon be home.
Frances Perkins was FDR's secretary of labor, creating the ideas of the New Deal into reality. She is credited with getting FDR to support Social Security, just 75 years ago. The film by Robert and Marjorie Potts is at 7:30 pm tonight at the Hebrew Center. I can recommend it.
If you missed "Fly" the first time around, you have another chance. This weekend and next the play about the heroic Tuskegee Airmen of World War II appears for a limited run at the Vineyard Playhouse, August 20 through 28.
Congratulations to Louisa Gould. This Saturday she celebrates seven years of the Louisa Gould Gallery. Floods and accidents just spurred her on to more successes. Join in the fun and party from 5 to 7 pm on Saturday.
The Friends of the V.H. Library will sell books from 1 to 3 pm on Saturday. Proceeds are used for children's programs at the library.
You can register now for the 13th annual Friends 5k Run/Walk to benefit the library on Sunday, Sept. 12. There will also be a 1/2-mile Fun Run for kids. Registration forms are at the library and on the website.
Adults and children at the library will soon miss Emily Levett, who is moving to the Tisbury School in September. Amy Ryan, library director, says that Emily has been a terrific asset to the library for the past two years. Congratulations from all at the library and the rest of us.
Jill Cowie, the new minister for the Unitarian Universalist Church, will be in the pulpit this Sunday. Jill is visiting the Vineyard with her family. Her husband and their two sets of teen-aged twins are learning about the Island their mother will be serving. She will return on September 12.
Sherm and Susan Goldstein will celebrate Going Green on Monday from 5 to 6 pm. The Mansion House has a new geothermal heating and cooling system. Learn how the new technology works. Maybe they can give the Oak Bluffs Library a few hints.
Try pizza with a benefit: The new Flatbread Company can be found at Nectar's, the former Hot Tin Roof at the airport. Tuesday is Benefit Night when $3.50 for every flatbread sold between 5 and 10 pm goes to a local nonprofit. On the 24th the proceeds will benefit the M.V. Center 4 Living. Flatbread also features delicious salads, desserts, and sides.
The President's wife arrived on the Island today. One of her goals is to convince all Americans to move more and eat better. Next Tuesday the Waban-Alley Park is the site for Let's Move Martha's Vineyard from 1 to 6 pm. Learn what you can do to make your life healthier. You can also register for ACE-MV fall classes and enjoy demos of Capoeira, Belly Dance, Salsa, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Hula Hoop, and Tango. See www.acemv.org for more.
The Kobran family had a grand visit at Grandma and Grandpa's in Tashmoo Wood since July. First the newest grandchild Zach brought his parents Chris and Ellen Kobran of Manhattan and his cousin Ed with his parents Carl and Adrianne Strolle of Brooklyn. And Aunt Kathy Byrd came, too. Next came Uncle Ted and Aunt Pearl Kobran from Atlanta for a week. Then came Becky and Jack McCullough with their son, Adam, and his friend, Mary Teresa McQuiggen, and the Beckers of Reston, Virginia — Maureen, Greg, Sam, Hannah, and Katie.
All had a wonderful time cooking, jumping off the bridge, going to South Beach, the pool, and Lake Tashmoo. Katie and Hannah enjoyed grandchildren of friends Al and Maryellen Parker of Naples, Fla., who are in the Miller house in Tashmoo Wood. Ali and Priscilla Banuelos from Charlotte, N. C., are great friends with the Becker girls and look forward to more fun times on the Vineyard. All have gone home now and the Kobran house is filled with good memories.
Last weekend the reunion of the Renear family was a great success. Children and grandchildren of Jackie, Becky, and Polly Renear gathered at Becky's home, including Becky's son Allen from Champagne, Ill.
Lovely quilts by Islanders were on display at Featherstone this week, a preview of the wonders to come at the Fair. Nan Carter, Judy Campbell, Laura Beebe, Polly Renear, and Ann Maley were among those showing gorgeous quilts for our pleasure.
Reservations are required for the barbecued chicken dinner at the Tisbury Senior Center. Dinner is served at 1 pm on Saturday, Aug. 28. Call 508-696-4205.
John and Laurel Chapman mark 40 years together on Sunday. On Monday, Anthony and Pamela Campagna count to 41. Congratulations to these happy couples.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Jeff Damon Pratt and Alistair Rizza. On Wednesday wish the best to Sherm Goldstein.
Heard on Main Street: See you at the Fair!