Tisbury: Islander's Write event is coming back

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We complain about the traffic, but we do enjoy all the special events created for our summer visitors. We also know that our local businesses need the income from the summer folk. We benefit in so many ways.

Call now to get answers on Medicare and prescription drug plans from the SHINE counselor at the Tisbury Senior Center next Thursday. Call 508-696-4205 to make your free appointment.

Tomorrow evening the Enchilada-fest at the P.A. Club will benefit Daybreak Clubhouse, a service to support adults overcoming the challenges of mental illness. The Whole Enchilada Dinner-Auction-Raffle-Music costs $25 per person; doors open at 5 pm, dinner at 6:30. Music cover is $10 from 9 pm to midnight with Willy Mason, Slow Lesley, Charlotte Benjamin, and Michael Haydon. Call 508-696-7563.

Remind the kids that summer reading is fun. Some can win prizes, but only if they sign up for summer reading at our library. Thursday at 4 pm, kids 5 and up are invited to Painting with Ms. Felicia. Kids should plan to get messy in clothing that can tolerate paint mishaps. Next Tuesday the little ones will enjoy musical story time at 11 am with Sara Piazza. (No 10 am story time on Tuesday.) On Wednesday at 3 pm, kids 8 and up can build a water rocket and try to shoot it over the roof of the Vineyard Haven library.

This month, see the exhibit of paintings by Margaret Emerson on the lower level of the Vineyard Haven library during regular library hours. Margaret Emerson retired from nursing, and has indulged her passion to paint the luminosity of the Island. Many in this exhibit were prompted by poems she wrote, which accompany the artwork.

The library also has a permanent collection of art displayed throughout the year, including 12 paintings by Vineyard artist Captain John Ivory. Artists interested in showing their work may call the library at 508-696-4210.

Islanders Write is coming back. Catch it on Monday at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury; the first panel begins at 8 am, and the last one at 4 pm. The day features workshops, panel discussions about writing, author signings, and much more. It’s free and open to the public, and features an outstanding cast of Vineyard year-round and seasonal residents and visitors. For more information, visit the event’s website.

The Vineyard Gazette is trying to save vintage films of Martha’s Vineyard. As part of this effort, Tom Dunlop and John Wilson will show clips from home movies and theatrical films shot on the Island, some dating to the early 1920s. This all happens at your library next Tuesday at 7 pm.

“Dirty Entanglements: Corruption, Crime and Terrorism” is written by Professor Louise Shelley. She will explain her research next Thursday evening at 7 at the library. As the director of the Terrorism, Transitional Crime, and Corruption Center at George Mason University and a world expert on terrorism and human trafficking, she often appears on PBS.

Beginning in September, Professor Philip Weinstein will present a six-part workshop on Leo Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina” and Fyodor Dostoevsky’s “The Brothers Karamazov.” These will be at the Cornell Theatre on Wednesday evenings. Register now online or at the Vineyard Haven library.

The Friends of the Tisbury Senior Center invite you to a mid-summer Afternoon Tea next week, on Friday at 4 pm. Bruce Doten, a guide in Normandy for 30 years, will take you on a short film journey through Brittany, Versailles, and Paris. He includes the landing beaches at Normandy. Also you can chat, dance, or relax to French accordion music as you sip your tea.

The West Tisbury Church invites you to the Peach Festival a week from Saturday, on August 15, from noon to 4 pm. Fresh peaches, smoothies, ice cream, shortcake, even blueberry/peach cobbler, as well as pie and jam. There will be a gift-basket raffle for children, and adults can try for a peach tree donated by Jardin Mahoney. It will be inside in case of rain. More at 508-693-2842.

There is only one month left to register early for Cycle Martha’s Vineyard on Oct. 3. More at cyclemarthasvineyard@gmail.com.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Mary Goss, Jesse James Little, and Dr. Peter Laursen. Tomorrow belongs to John Edmond Coogan. Bobbie Donovan parties on Saturday. Greetings on Monday to Ben Koster.

Heard on Main Street: Be someone who makes you happy. You’ll end up making others happy.