Tisbury: Thanks, Tisbury!


Wow. Congratulations to Jan VanRiper who celebrates her 90th birthday on Saturday. We hope she shares some of her best memories.

The Wicked Good Musical Revue New Love is tomorrow and Saturday at the MV Playhouse at 7:30 pm. Performers Molly Conole, Shelagh Hackett, Paul Munafo, and Ken Romero with special guest singers: the MVRHS cast of “Chicago,” are directed by Molly Conole and accompanied by Peter Boak. To benefit the Playhouse, tickets are $25 in advance at mvplayhouse.org. Tickets will be sold at the door if space is left.

This Tuesday, February 2, at 11 am, Betty Burton will tell you all about the Vineyard Committee on Hunger at the Neighborhood Convention. The meeting is at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Martha’s Vineyard, just up Main Street from the library. She will explain the Island Food Pantry, the Serving Hands Program, Meals on Wheels, and Family to Family programs and the special mission of each. You are all welcome. Perhaps you could bring a non-perishable food item to donate.

Also on Tuesday evening, you can see The Martian at the Vineyard Haven Library at 7 pm. It seems that astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew during a manned mission to Mars. But Watney has survived, though stranded and alone on the hostile planet with only meager supplies. He must draw upon his ingenuity and wit to live and to find a way to signal to earth that he is alive. Matt Damon was nominated for Best Actor in this performance.. 

The Vineyard Haven Library is holding a Food for Fines food drive during the month of February. You may pay your overdue fines with canned goods or healthy non-perishable food items. You must check the expiration dates. Only unopened, current items can be donated  This is only for late fines, not for replacement charges on lost or damaged materials. The food collected will go to the Island Food Pantry for our community. Donate at least one food item for each $2 in fines.

Next Thursday Dan Waters will share some inside information about some of the artifacts at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. This takes place at the West Tisbury Library at 4 pm.

Free tax assistance for seniors over 60 is sponsored by the AARP. Make an appointment at the Tisbury Senior Center for Thursday morning, March 10 or 24. Call 508-696-4205. Space is limited. You must pick up and fill out the information form before your appointment.

Did you know? Radio Shack is open until they sell out most of the merchandise. Linda Sibley said she was announcing a future closing. But not just yet. Quite an assortment of stuff is still on the shelves. Check it out. Only a very few items are on sale but everything is for sale.

You will want to reserve your seat for a week from Saturday evening at 7:30 when local fishermen will share harrowing and humorous fishing stories. Cost is $25 in advance or at the door if there is room. The Vineyard Playhouse opens for Fish Tales on February 6 at 7 pm.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out tomorrow to Suzanne Kennedy, our town accountant. Wish the best to Susie Thurber on Sunday. Happy birthday to Beau Linderson on Monday. I’ll bet he’s hoping for more Lego. My granddaughters say you can never have enough. Paul Watts parties Monday as well. Paul, are you into Lego? Wednesday belongs to Nancy Tutko Hanschka.

Heard on Main Street: Thanks, Tisbury! Our road was plowed after this storm. We found out how important that is. When it was not plowed a year ago, the ambulance couldn’t come up the street to take my husband to the hospital.