Tisbury: adjusting to the Union Street experiment


This weekend is the Living Local Harvest Festival. Opening night tomorrow is a free screening of new episodes of “Sustainable Vineyard” at 7:30 pm at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center. The Harvest Festival continues on Saturday from 10 to 4 at the Ag Hall with live music, fiddlers’ contest, pumpkin carving, games, and more. At noon is the Puppet Parade. $5 parking will benefit the Tisbury School’s PTO wellness program.

You can learn about composting, erosion control, wild food challenges, and tiny houses. How about “Taking Charge of Your Energy Future” with Cape Light Compact? Check out the Seed Tent and the Tortilla Factory. Recycle your old dehumidifier and get cash back from Cape Light Compact from 10 am to noon.

The LLHF Community Supper is from 5 to 9 pm, BYO place settings, $15 a person for food. Grab a beer by Offshore Ale to complement the incredible pig roast by Scottish Bakehouse and veggie sides from local farms. Afterward, enjoy contradancing with the Flying Elbows.

Get your car washed at the yard sale and bake sale on Saturday from 8 to 2 at St. Augustine’s parking lot. Enjoy delicious baked goods, and buy a raffle ticket for two free round-trip flights with Cape Air. The Youth Group will wash your car to help fund their next off-Island retreat.

Leigh Smith enjoyed a trip to Salisbury, Conn., last weekend for the wedding of her grandson Leighton Smith to Elena Filekova. Elena’s mother traveled from Bulgaria. The couple met at Hamilton College, and now live in London, attending the London School of Economics.

The Tisbury Senior Center offers two special events next week. On Monday at 10:30 am you can learn how to Protect Yourself From Medicare Fraud. $60 billion to $90 billion in taxes are lost to Medicare fraud each year. You can detect and prevent errors and fraud. Protect Medicare for future generations. To reserve a place, call 508 696-4205.

On Tuesday, Jim Norton will present his “A Ballad of Martha Gosnold.” Jim collaborated with Phil Dietterich, who created the musical arrangement set to a Scottish folk tune, “Mary Hamilton.” This performance will be recorded on DVD by the Vintage Voices chorus. Jim says Bartholomew Gosnold named the Island after his newborn daughter Martha in 1602. You are invited to stop by the center at 1 pm to enjoy the 15-minute presentation, and a cup of tea or coffee and dessert.

This weekend, cyclists will be here from all over the world to take part in Cycle Martha’s Vineyard. On Saturday, there is one ride all around the Island, and another bike ride covering half the Island. More at cyclemarthasvineyard@gmail.com. On Sunday, there is a bike ride from Edgartown to Menemsha, as well as a 10K run around Gay Head (gayheadlight.com). Keep our Island roads safe; drive carefully.

I don’t like the Union Street experiment. Gone are three of the five regular parking places opposite the drug store. I don’t like circling the block to try to pick up medication. I shall be glad to see the end of this trial scheme.

Do you have an old American flag that you are not sure how to dispose of? The DAR chapter here will hold an official flag-burning ceremony of cloth flags in mid-October. Let me know if you need proper disposal of a tattered American flag.

There is a gravestone restoration workshop tomorrow. No other info, but if you are interested, email Liz Villard at evillardmv@gmail.com or call 508-627-8619.

Thanks to our Vineyard Haven library and MVTV. I missed the second session of “Anna Karenina,” and enjoyed the video on demand.

I understand a baby’s soft shoe was found near the end of Franklin Street. The shoe seems special, has a black toe and heel with black and white checkered pattern between, and is marked with the word Kitzbuhel. Last I heard the shoe was atop the last mail boxes out of town on Franklin Street.

Congratulations to Sofya and Sandy Nadelstein today, celebrating 20 happy years.

Happy anniversary to Jane and Chris Chandler tomorrow. Also tomorrow, Bob and Lynne Benson will celebrate. Donald and I mark 54 years together next Wednesday.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Nore Clark tomorrow. Mya Houston celebrates on Sunday. Wish the best to Peg Elwell on Monday. Donald Childs parties on Tuesday. Happy birthday to Pat Benway on Wednesday.

Heard on Main Street: If all is not lost, where is it?