If you missed the Mass. Memories Road Show, you missed a good time. Photos — and memories — from our past and the far past were preserved by students from UMass Boston. I had fun visiting with people I had not seen for a while, as well as admiring pictures and stories.
I also had a chance to see the new book by Bonnie Stacy, the curator of the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. “Island Stories” features pictures from pearls to rollerskates, things related to maritime or Wampanoag history, all items at the Museum, and a brief story about each. This book is treasure, and would make a wonderful gift for any Islander.
You can see some of the artifacts now on exhibit as well as the new show about clay pottery. That’s Gay Head clay. Did you know the colorful material was shipped off-Island to make pottery? The new exhibit shows some of those pieces made their way back from off-Island sites, ancient pots and newer pieces made on-Island. The museum is now open Monday through Saturday from 10 to 4. Did you know that Islanders are admitted free on Saturdays until Memorial Day?
I don’t mind the Edgartown market getting bigger. I’m just sorry our own Stop and Shop has to stay so small. It is nice to be able to buy what we need on-Island. Cronig’s and Reliable give us a good selection, too. But there is always some normal grocery thing I can’t get here.
I hope the schools told parents about the new afterschool program at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse. Theater Kidz began Tuesday for lower grades. Grades 5 through 8 meet Thursdays, beginning this week, for a fun four-week introduction to theater, including acting, stage design, production, and playwriting. It is open to all Island children. Students must preregister online and bring a onetime $5 registration fee to the first class. There are no other charges. Call the Playhouse at 508-696-6300, ext. 113, or email email@example.com.
Wouldn’t it be lovely if the SSA gives us another chance to visit Nantucket by ferry directly from the Island? I hope that proposal works.
Join Dance the Yard Friday for a site-specific work, Alison Manning and Jesse Keller’s full-length piece “The Blue of Distance” at the former Marine Hospital, in an up-close performance. Audience members will be led around select rooms, each room for a different section of the dance piece. Surprises will be around every corner. Wear comfortable shoes. Reservations required for each time, at 6 pm, 6:45, or 7:30. Call 508-645-9662 or email firstname.lastname@example.org your preferred time; admission is $15.
Give your thanks by supporting the Vineyard Committee on Hunger (VCOH) appeal for the Family to Family dinner. This provides Thanksgiving dinner, turkey with all the trimmings, to needy families on the Island. Last year $1,500 was raised, enough for 60 dinners. Every dime raised by VCOH stays here on Martha’s Vineyard. Write your $25 check to Family to Family, and mail it to PO Box 4685, Vineyard Haven MA 02568.
Are you ready for turkey yourself? The First Baptist Church is offering Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday, Nov. 7. That’s turkey and all the fixings for a $17 donation to the church — served at 5 pm or 6:30. Call 508-693-1539 for reservations.
If you are enjoying sleeping in on these dark mornings, it’s all about to change. Fall back an hour on Sunday morning, and enjoy an extra hour’s sleep. We are back to Eastern Standard Time. You can tell who forgot because they show up early for church on Sunday morning. Are these those who are late when we change the clocks in the spring?
Congratulations to Abby and Jared Stobie. Their eager son Luke Robert Stobie was born at only 2.4 pounds on October 14 at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Luke came three months early and is still in the NICU at Beth Israel HospitaI Boston. He is a strong little guy, making great strides. Of course, his parents visit him as often as possible and are eager for him to come home to Sandwich. We hope we hear more progress reports.
Happy anniversary to Bill and Marie Connelly tomorrow.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Lillian Colligan, Kaylee Kuehne, and Tate Buchwald. Happy birthday, tomorrow to Sally Leslie-Mitchell. Happy birthday on Sunday to Ann Davey; Emma Wajda, and Maura Valley celebrate birthdays on Tuesday. Wednesday belongs to Lena Hanschka.
Heard on Main Street: The goblins’ll get you if you don’t watch out. Happy Halloween.