Tisbury: Don't break for turkeys


Thank you, Nelson, for your delightful piece on turkeys (April 28, “Gone Huntin’: Don’t brake for turkeys”). I never slow down for turkeys and have never hit one either.

Julia Celeste offers a new 5k Fun Run/Walk this Saturday, May 7, to raise awareness and money for breast cancer support here on Martha’s Vineyard. Julia began this to honor her mother, who is now a breast cancer survivor. Sign up online or with Julia at Rosewater Market in Edgartown. It’s a Fun Run/Walk, so walkers, strollers, and dogs are all welcome, starting at 9 am. The race begins at the corner of Atlantic Drive and Herring Creek Road (right fork of South Beach), with plenty of parking at the lot on Herring Creek Road. All money raised goes directly to the Martha’s Vineyard Cancer Support Group. Register at bit.ly/runcanceroutoftown.

Joyce Stiles-Tucker and the friends of the Tisbury COA welcome you to the 25th-anniversary party at the Tisbury Senior Center. Celebrate with your neighbors at 2 pm on Sunday. Enjoy refreshments and music by Michael Haydn. Everyone is invited.

Celebrate Mother’s Day at 4 pm at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center on Sunday at 4 pm for “The Messenger,” with discussion following in collaboration with Felix Neck. The documentary warns that the uncertain fate of songbirds might mirror our own. See scenes from the northern reaches of Canada to the base of Mount Ararat in Turkey to the streets of New York showing human-made perils that have devastated thrushes, warblers, orioles, and many songbirds. In ancient times, humans looked to the flight and songs of birds to predict the future. Once again, birds have something to tell us.  

Winter is over. The Vineyard Haven Public Library will be closed on Sundays from May through mid-October. The library will be open Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday from 10 to 5:30 pm, Tuesday and Thursday from 10 to 8 pm, and Friday from 1 to 5:30 pm.

Many, many trees are being cut down to make room for a lumber company. Why does that seem wrong somehow?

Swimming saves lives. Free swimming lessons are still offered at the YMCA for age 18 and up. You do not have to be a member of the YMCA. Lessons next Friday, Monday, and Wednesday at 11:30 am to 12:15 pm; Saturday, May 7, from 10 to 10:45 am. Sign up at the Y, or just show up. You can take more than one lesson: It’s free.

The Martha’s Vineyard Cancer Support Group’s annual “Evening Under the Stars” is on Wednesday, May 18. The gala fundraiser runs from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at Farm Neck with buffet dinner, drinks, dessert, and music by Mike Benjamin, and a silent auction. Tickets are $100. All the money raised goes directly to island cancer patients and families. For more, call Annemarie Donahue at 508-627-7958.

Check out Featherstone this month for new painting classes, and even a class to create your own Nantucket Lightship basket.

In our house today is Cinco de Mayhew: Best wishes for a very happy anniversary to our son Craig Mayhew and his lovely wife, Laura.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Garry Metters on Sunday.

Heard on Main Street: They’re here. Summer people; some are not.