Tisbury

Tisberry. No, it’s not a misspelling. It is a tasty new shop selling frozen yogurt just when we need it in the heat of the summer. Imagine a dish of frozen yogurt topped with strawberries and blueberries. Yum. The shop is just off Main Street on Cromwell Lane, tucked under Sioux Eagle and opposite Midnight Farm. You can find all kinds of toppings including berries as well as “no junk” smoothies. In this weather Tisberry is already very popular with locals and visitors.

Some things never change: on the ferry a youngster standing at the rail with a pretzel was astonished when a sea gull appeared from the sea, came in low, and snatched the treat.

Don’t forget this Sunday at 2 pm at the Vineyard Haven library is An Afternoon with Stephen L. Carter speaking on Why Democracy Needs Books. Prof. Stephen Carter of Yale Law School wrote “The Emperor of Ocean Park” and several other mysteries and nonfiction books, including “The Culture of Disbelief: How American Law and Politics Trivialize Religious Devotion.” The event is free and parking is very limited.

What do you know about art? You may never see paintings the same way again. This illustrated lecture for non-scientists includes famous works by Jackson Pollock, Vincent van Gogh, and others. You see, computer fractal analysis is now used in authentication of paintings. New computer methods examine recent controversies in art. Dr. David G. Stork, an MIT scientist with training in art history, will show you the unexpected in When Computers Look at Art on Tuesday at 7 pm at the library.

Also at the library on Wednesday morning at 11, children age four and up can meet author Becky Loescher as she reads her new book “No Turn for Tern!” a Martha’s Vineyard moonlight mystery. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Library book sale this Saturday afternoon from 1 to 3. Buy your beach books here, a fine way to support our library, especially the children’s programs.

A week from today, Thursday the 22nd, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm children ages five and up should get to the library ahead of time. Seating is limited. The kids will have the wonderful experience of meeting Gus Ben David and some of his special friends.

The Vineyard Haven Band plays this Sunday at Owen Park, overlooking the harbor. Come early, bring your picnic, blankets and chairs and enjoy the evening. The performance begins at 8 pm.

The Down Island Farmers Market is Tuesday morning at our harbor: enjoy fresh fruit and homemade bread and live music, performed this week by musicians Paul Thurlow and Tristan Israel, our selectman, from 11 am to 1:30 pm. Earlier in the morning Alison Shaw and Tom Dunlop will be signing their book about Morning Glory Farm. There’s free parking and a lot going on at the Tisbury Wharf on Tuesday mornings.

The last issue of The Times was intriguing: Matt Pelikan had an enchanting tale of otters in the Lagoon last week. Except he confused me when he moved our Lagoon Pond Road into Oak Bluffs. I know we share the Lagoon but didn’t think we shared the road.

Susan Wilson’s article on phishing was timed well for me. A friend’s Facebook account that was hacked in just that way sent me a nasty virus that invaded my hard drive, requiring massive efforts and a new hard drive. Whatever happened to all that security supposed to protect our access and our passwords?

Congratulations to Zephrus! Last week the restaurant at the Mansion House was the first of many years to serve beer and wine in our town. A week ago Wednesday they got their license in the morning and were serving that evening.

Very noticeable signs have emerged along the steep hill leading up State Road from Main Street, announcing: “Dangerous road. Walk your bike.” Neighbors who care have taken action.

Ginger Duarte says the Garden Club will learn all about hydrangeas on Tuesday afternoon at 1 pm at the Old Mill in West Tisbury. This is your chance to meet Paul Mahoney of Mahoney’s Garden Center. Guests are $5.

Congratulations to Marilyn and Jack O’Callaghan, who will celebrate 30 happy years together this Saturday.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Jocelyn Ciancio Broadley. Jim Richardson parties tomorrow. Happy birthday to Chris Clark on Saturday.

Heard on Main Street: Life is shorts.