Tisbury: Why does water matter to you?


Tomorrow at 7:30 pm, the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse and MVY Radio present Amy Fairchild and the Fruit Flies. Tickets, $12, benefit the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse and Friends of MVY Radio.

Next Wednesday at 3:30 pm is the program for you, whether you plan to retire or continue to work, if you are approaching 65. You should be “Planning for Medicare Before You Turn 65.”

This free comprehensive seminar will help you understand health care options. Call the Tisbury Senior Center at 508-696-4205 to sign up by Monday.

Our Tisbury postmaster is Debbie Chickering. We were talking about the issues with the doors to the Post Office, which all of you know have been problems for years. It does not help that the main door is on the windiest corner in town. Debbie said that the side door, which has been working well since the repairs, now has double hinges, a hinge inside and outside. Government rules require her following bureaucratic regulations for repairs and such. That takes time. She suggested it might be possible to redesign the door, and that a sliding door might work better. Wouldn’t that be nice?

On Memorial Day weekend, Vineyard Conservation Society and the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society bring French actor Jacques Perrin to the Vineyard for a film festival, showcasing the natural beauty within his films. Five recent films include the North American premiere of Night on Earth, as well as the Academy Award-winning classic Cinema Paradiso. More at info@mvfilmsociety.com or 508-696-9369.

The Vineyard Conservation Society asks, Why does water matter to you? Every high school student can answer this by entering painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, or other media in “The Art of Conservation.” All entries are due May 14. The student art will be displayed May 21, and a reception will be held during the film festival.

Support the 2015 After Prom Party at the YMCA on the night of May 16 from 10 pm to 5 am. The Youth Task Force is helping with finances to cover a DJ, food, prizes, music, games, a photo booth, and more. Call Rachel Araujo at 774-310-0027 or Debbie DeBettencourt at 774-836-6448 for information.

Steve and Judy Nichols have returned from a week off-Island visiting children and grandchildren. They celebrated her birthday and, as a treat, traveled to Wilmot, N.H., to visit with her cousin Ellen Gifford Downing and son Bruce Downing.

Mass. Memories Road Show? The “Mass.” is for Massachusetts, and this is a road show of photos that might otherwise be lost. I will tell you more about this, and your part in it, next week.

Arts and Society presents “An Evening with William Butler Yeats” at 8 pm this Saturday at the Katharine Cornell Theatre. Tickets are $20 at Bunch of Grapes Bookstore. Performers include Wallace Bullock, Joyce Maxner, Seamus Mullen, Chrystal Parrot, Niki Patton, Buck Reidy, Arnie Reisman, Ken Rusczyk, Kristian Seney, Becky Williams, and Gerry Yukevich.

The Mansion House has new classes, free for members, at the Health Club starting Monday. Noontime Yoga is offered weekdays for men and women. Expectant moms can take Fit Mama, a certified prenatal exercise class on Thursday at 6:45 pm. Call Brenda Wallis at 508 693-2200. Walk-ins are invited.

Calling all artists: “The Art of Flowers Show” at Featherstone with Holly Alaimo: Bring up to 3 pieces, all mediums, gallery-ready; drop off May 6 between 10 and 4. The opening reception will be Sunday, May 10, from 4 to 6 pm.

Tom Dresser’s new book comes out next week. Martha’s Vineyard: A History covers early Wampanoag legends, the whaling industry, and the deaf residents of Chilmark, as well as immigrants from the Azores, Cape Verde, and Brazil. Topics even include the filming of Jaws.

The Martha’s Vineyard Cancer Support Group hosts the annual fundraiser “Evening Under the Stars” on Thursday, May 14, at Farm Neck from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Enjoy a delicious buffet, drinks, raffle, and music by Mike Benjamin. $100 tickets, with all proceeds for Island cancer patients to help with costs of treatment. For more, call AnneMarie Donahue at 508-627-7958.

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life takes place on May 30th at the high school. Details are at americancancersociety.org. If you can’t walk, donations are always accepted.

The Tisbury Senior Center invites you to enjoy “How to Remember Not to Forget.” This program is free, for all ages, at 1:30 pm, a week from Monday on May 11. Sign up by May 8 at 508-696-4205.
Congratulations to Craig and Laura Mayhew, who mark their wedding anniversary on “Cinco de Mayhew.”
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Andrew Williamson. His twin Ellie Williamson celebrates tomorrow. Wish the best to Herb Ward on Saturday. Monday belongs to Anne Duarte.
Heard on Main Street: Did you know that if you don’t forward those bad jokes, your hard drive will kill your mouse?