Tisbury: Poems, paintings, and photographs

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The weather man says you should expect big changes in the weather in the fall. We know. Especially in New England.

Tomorrow at 7 pm CK Wolfson will talk about her biography of Ray Ellis at the Bunch of Grapes Bookstore. Painting a Life creates a visual biography as demonstrated by his paintings. On Saturday at 4 pm you can meet poet Brooks Robards and artist Hermine Hull as they talk about their new book, On Island: Poems and Paintings of Martha’s Vineyard.

This is a good time to visit Shaw Cramer Gallery. Nancy is closing her gallery and has some fine art on sale now. You could also check out CB Stark’s gingerbread collection of charms created from the designs found in the decorative work on the cottages in the Campground. Sales are taking place all over town this weekend and especially on Main Street. Beach House offers 25 percent off all in the store.

Date change: Dinosaur 13 is next Wednesday at the MV Film Center, with Dr. Henry Kriegstein: see more on this and other films at mvfilmsociety.com.

The new Tisbury Writers Group meets at 10 am on Tuesdays, beginning next week at the Tisbury Senior Center. There is no fee, just bring your enthusiasm for your written word. Don’t forget to bring some of your writing; more at 508-696-4205.

Don’t forget the Art of Chocolate preview party at Featherstone Friday evening from 6 to 8 pm. That costs $50 per person for endless chocolate treats and hands-on making of chocolate art; RSVP to 508-693-1850. On Saturday and Sunday you can taste chocolate concoctions — two tastes for $5 or five for $10. Perhaps we should rename the weekend to Chocolate Days weekend.

Celebrate National Fossil Day at the Oak Bluffs Library next Thursday from 4 to 7:45 pm. Bring fossils to show or to ask about. Or just come and see what others bring. Some who really know about this will display materials and share. Meet Anna Carringer and Ann DuCharme of the MV Museum, Dr. Maurice Tivey of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, as well as Dr. Henry Kriegstein, Duncan Caldwell, Bill Moody, Alicia Lesnikowska, Heidi Raihofer and Joe Leonardo, Jacob and Sam Gurney, Michael Wooley, Fred Hotchkiss, and others. This event is for all ages. You will be surprised what’s out there. Students are especially welcome.

Yann Meersseman is an amazing photographer. His 365 days on the Vineyard exhibit at the West Tisbury Library runs through the end of October. You can view the exhibit online and order prints from that collection at vclr.org/c365. He captures our favorite views in beautiful scenes. I guarantee you will be impressed.

More lovely beach scenes of Chilmark are on display at the Chilmark bank. These were taken by Helen Neumann.

Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 25, to enjoy the Silent and Live Auction to benefit the MVRHS Minnesingers from 6 to 9 pm. $25 includes hors d’oeuvres, chowder bar, desserts, and cash bar at Dreamland. Get your ticket from any MVRHS Minnesinger or at the door; more at 508-939-4053. Proceeds go to the Minnesingers Scholarship Fund to help with their travel expenses abroad in April when they will be performing at several venues, including local schools and churches.

Belated birthday greetings to Tristan Israel. He found an original way to celebrate by dedicating a new solar panel to help lower electric costs. Thanks, Tristan.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Ryan Dunbar, Lee Lowe, and Chris Lowe, all celebrating on Sunday. Happy birthday to Heather Angelastro and David Finkelstein who party on Monday. Tuesday belongs to Phil Reynolds.

Heard on Main Street: Have a very happy Columbus Day.