Tisbury: The Brand New Steamship Authority Terminal


The new look at the Steamship Authority Terminal is wonderful. The old shed, with its broken roofline, is gone, and is no longer spoiling the view of the harbor. And now we have lovely flowers and pretty street lamps. What a grand improvement.

This is Bike Week: Celebrate through tomorrow with a discount on your Cycle Martha’s Vineyard (CMV) ride. Use promo code BIKE4FUN and save $5. You can save an additional 10 percent off the registration fee of $100 ($90 for returning participants) by registering by Sept. 1. CMV is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Martha’s Vineyard, with proceeds to benefit Save the Gay Head Light and other Rotary charities. The registration fee entitles a rider to aid stations and assistance along the course, T shirt, and post-ride barbecue. For details: cyclemarthasvineyard.org or cyclemarthasvineyard@gmail.com.

The Martha’s Vineyard NAACP and Chef Deon at the VFW in Oak Bluffs invite you to a Juneteenth dine-to-donate after 5 pm on Friday. A portion of food sales will benefit the NAACP. Juneteenth marks the abolition of slavery throughout the Confederate South.

Saturday from 10 to 2, donate or purchase pastries, bread, and cookies to benefit the Vineyard Committee on Hunger. Bread sale is in front of the Bunch of Grapes.

Tomorrow is the PeaceQuilts art reception at Heather Gardens in West Tisbury, from 4 to 6 pm. Sales of unique art quilts and a variety of handmade gifts from Haiti, including jewelry and bags, benefit PeaceQuilts, an economic-development organization creating jobs for women in Haiti. Rainy Day and Heather Gardens also carry some of these products.

Need new beach books? The book sale is Saturday from 2 to 4 at the Vineyard Haven library. My problem is that I start reading as soon as I have the book. That means I need a few books just so there is something left to read when I get to the beach.

Tuesday learn about “Cuba: The Politics, Beauty, and History of This Romantic Country” with Shari Geistfeld, who will talk about the changes in Cuba at 7 pm at the Vineyard Haven library. It is not just about cigars, vintage cars, and Castro.

Saturday is the Strawberry Festival at the West Tisbury Church, from noon to 4 pm. Enjoy shortcake or fresh berries or smoothies or jam — or all of the above. Sounds scrumptious.

Treat him for Father’s Day to the Chicken and Rib Barbeque offered from 5:30 on Saturday evening at the First Baptist Church. The complete meal with beverage and dessert is $15, eat in or takeout. Reservations are suggested: 508-693-1539.

You are invited to the annual open house at the Tisbury Senior Center on Sunday, June 28, from 2 to 4 pm, with light refreshments and music by Serendipity.

The Gay Head Light Show at Featherstone is open daily from 12 to 4 pm through July 8. Artwork was inspired by the Gay Head Lighthouse. Opening reception is 4 to 6 pm on Sunday.

Anna Lowell Finnerty has an exhibit titled “Reflections” showing at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse for one more week. Lowell Finnerty describes her paintings as “an invitation to share in a reflective moment, to rekindle a memory, or to see something old and familiar from a new perspective.” These are the memories you treasure. The Playhouse Art Space is open during box office hours, from 2 to 7:30 pm, Wednesday through Saturday.

The Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse will present a series of readings of new dramatic works for one performance only on Monday nights this summer, beginning July 13. The listing of Monday Night Specials includes such delights as Summerfolk, a new play by Carol Rocamora, inspired by Gorky’s work. It’s 1904, in an idyllic summer community outside Moscow (very much like Martha’s Vineyard). Soon the vacationers’ halcyon days are interrupted by a celebrity arrival, who turns their tranquil world upside down. How can you miss it? That’s on opening night, July 13.

If you dine on Sunday, this week or next, at Beetlebung Restaurant in Oak Bluffs, 15 percent of your check will go to Featherstone. In addition, 15 percent of purchases at Beetlebung’s store will also be donated to Featherstone. I like to support any gift from our retailers to nonprofits.

The Martha’s Vineyard Art Association and the Martha’s Vineyard Museum invite Island artists to a plein air event, “Painting the Vineyard,” featuring the five lighthouses. Paint through the third of July, exhibit until the 10th, with a reception July 5 from 5 to 7 pm at the Old Sculpin.

The annual Filmusic Festival is next Thursday, June 25, through Sunday, June 28, at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center. On Thursday at 7 pm, the Berklee College of Music’s Silent Film Orchestra will provide live accompaniment of a new score to the 1925 silent film The Phantom of the Opera. Seven films and live performances conclude Sunday night. More info at mvfilmsociety.com.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Helen Alwardt. Shunna Nute parties on Friday. Saturday belongs to Laura Kimball. Wish the best on Sunday to Ed Herczeg. Sumner Grover celebrates Tuesday.

Heard on Main Street: I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.