Tisbury: Bring your hearts to the Linden Tree


Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family of Mev Good. He was a very intelligent man, who found many aspects of history fascinating. He was a courteous gentleman and for many years very active at town meetings. We shall miss him.

The Tisbury Planning Board has moved the Community Vision Planning meeting to Thursday night at 7 pm in the Tisbury Senior Center. It’s your town; help plan it the way you want it.

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum’s collections are filled with examples of fashion traditions that are no longer in vogue — some for good reason. This exhibit showcases the often beautiful and sometimes very uncomfortable world of 19th century undergarments, from silk and whalebone corsets to padded bodices. Opening is Friday in Edgartown from 5 pm to 7 pm.

I could not believe that Leslie’s sold out the google-eye Valentine chocolate boxes more than a week ago. Did I tell you that my husband bought me a huge flat box of candy at Christmas? My young granddaughters were delighted, and my son, family, and guests all enjoyed handfuls of chocolates. Fortunately, that big box was only one layer deep.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Tisbury Senior Center tomorrow at 4 pm. The Vintage Voices  will present “Love Songs, for Better or for Worse,” including Baby, It’s Cold Outside;Do You Love Me; and If We Only Have Love. New this year will be the “dream sequences,” with Dream, I’ll See You in My Dreams, and Climb Every Mountain. Returning singers are Sofia Anthony, Nancy Blank, Martha Child, Betsy Gately, Laura Gliga, Dorian Lopes, Carol Loud, Mary-Jean Miner, and Jim Norton. Arrangements are by Phil Dietterich and Dorian Lopes. Afterward, enjoy a light supper of quiche, salad, and a chocolate heart dessert, and then dancing with DJ Donald Rose. This free event is Friday at 4 pm.

Make sure your kids know about the opportunity to see Selma: free admission to everyone under 18 years old this Saturday at 4 pm. Doors open at 3:15 at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center. The showing is a tribute to Vineyard women involved with the Selma March: Polly Murphy, Nancy Hodgson Whiting, Peg Lilienthal, Virginia Mazer, and Nancy Smith. The film will be followed by a dialogue led by Gretchen Tucker Underwood and Isabella Hazell El-Deiry. Isabella, MVRHS class of 2013, is a student at Howard University.

Sunday at noon the M.V. Film Center presents opera in cinema: Verdi’s La Forza del Destino, starring Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros from the Munich Opera Hall. Leonora and Alvaro, the murderer of her father, enter a monastery and confront a brother who is denying the force of destiny. $20.

Featherstone has ongoing classes now, and soon a new exhibit honoring the Chinese New Year and the Year of the Sheep: “I Love Ewe” opens on the 15th. Artists from all mediums have been invited to be a part. During the opening reception, this Sunday from 4 pm to 6 pm, you can enjoy demonstrations from spinning to sheep cupcakes. The exhibit continues through March 11.

Featherstone has a challenge for artists: Create your own usable or unusable chair as a piece of art — painting, drawing, sculpting, woodworking, or even welding, reupholstering, or using unconventional materials. Artwork in all mediums must be dry and ready for display. Drop off on March 12. For more, call Featherstone, open each day at noon.

Ladies, you are invited to a Valentine tea on Monday, with scones, shortbread, tarts, chocolate, sandwiches, and quiche. You can enjoy live music and friendly conversation at 2 pm at the Trinity Church parish hall in the Campground. Tickets are $8 at Phillips Hardware. “Island chic” attire is requested.

Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse presents Monday Night at the Movies with Jamie Alley at 7:30 pm,

$5 cash only. See colorful superhero fun in Batman the Movie. Joker, Penguin, Riddler, and Catwoman team up to thwart the Dynamic Duo and disrupt the United Nations.

After the brutal civil war in Sudan in 1983, the “lost boys” traveled up to a thousand miles on foot in search of safety. Fifteen years later, some 3,600 orphaned boys and girls were brought to America. The Good Life will be shown Tuesday at 7 pm at the Vineyard Haven Library.

Walk down the red carpet and celebrate the Academy Awards telecast at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center on Feb. 22. Get your photo taken with a real Oscar. The night of stargazing, tasty bites and desserts, and libations runs from 6 pm to 11 pm. Formal dress optional. $40, reservation required. Tickets: mvfilmsociety.com.

The big snowstorm brought to mind a book nearly as old as I am. Preschoolers can tell you about the classic story of the town plow called Katy and the Big Storm. We were lucky enough to be cleared out by a truck with one of Katy’s type of unusual plows, which we found are good for use in tight places.

The Art Cliff Truck will be at Tracker Home Decor in Edgartown at the old Lamplighter building on Saturday, offering you a free Valentine lunch from 11:30 am to 2 pm.

Bring your hearts to the Linden Tree.

Please join Sense of Wonder Creations’ young people this Saturday, Feb 14, Valentine’s day from 10 am to 2 pm and after to place your homemade heart on the tree, with your heartfelt hopes, dreams, or prayers for your family, friends, the world or anyone that you know who is in need.

Then, it is up to you and universal love to make your valentine promise come true.

See you on Saturday.

P.S. make it waterproof if possible, or we can help with that.

Write Pam Benjamin with any questions: psb@senseofwondercreations.org.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Eli Thomas Hanschke, Nat Benjamin, and Simon Davis. Tomorrow, wish the best to Lee Fierro, marking 86, and Fiona Mayhew, now celebrating 8 years.

Kiss your sweetheart on Saturday, and send birthday greetings to Chris Morse and Gayle Stiller.

Sunday, put candles on the cakes for Grace Burton-Sundman and Trina Kingsbury. Mary Gillette parties on Monday, as do Tom Lowe and Izzy Wajda. Tuesday is a special day for Colin Kennedy. Happy birthday to Carrie Tankard and Rebecca Perkalis on Wednesday.

Heard on Main Street: Make someone’s day — have you said “I love you” lately? Hugs are better than chocolate.