Tisbury: The Island continues to blossom


What a lovely weekend. It was so nice I almost did not mind a rainy Memorial Day. I remember many rainy celebrations at the Soldiers’ Memorial, holding my dad’s hand while he held the big black umbrella over us.

Your neighbors have been meeting as part of the Planning Council to improve Owen Park. Did you notice the final restoration of the flagpole, a traditional ship’s mast, was completed two weeks ago? The topmast was removed last fall for repairs. The new flagpole was back in place for the Memorial Day ceremony.

Featherstone has a reception for the Barnes Collection on Sunday from 4 to 6 pm, featuring artwork by four generations of the Barnes family. They have been part of the Island for over 70 years, mostly in East Chop and Waban Park. Sam Barnes is known for architectural line drawings of local landmarks. His brother Tokey shows cartoons published in the Boston Globe and several paintings on the Island Queen. Other generations have paintings, photographs, and drawings featured in this show, which will be open daily through Wednesday, June 22.

We have enjoyed lots of blossoms on our lilac bush, for the first time in 20 years. Maybe it was chopping down much of the forsythia which took over the yard, or that freeze in February, or even the extra rain that we kept getting in April. But the lilacs barely made it as May flowers this year. Every growing thing seems much later this year — even the nasty yellow pollen from the oak trees. It has a glue-like adherence to our window screens and outdoor chairs.

On Monday morning at 10, the Tisbury Senior Center offers a new class called “Painting for Fun.” Bruce Kissell will show how to create your own painting using a flexible template. You don’t need to know how to draw; the light template does the work. You will go home with a completed painting. The class will meet monthly. To register, call Sandy at 508-696-4205.

Concerned about the problem of opiates and addiction on Martha’s Vineyard? Wonder what can be done? Go to the community forum on Monday at the MVRHS Performing Arts Center from 7 to 9 pm. Hear from a panel of experts as well as members of the recovery community. More at MVCS: 508-693-7900, ext. 260.

The Neighborhood Convention meets next Tuesday at 11 am at the Yard in Chilmark. Fellowship will follow at the Chilmark Church. Bring your own sandwich.

Tisbury businesses now have live street entertainment around Main Street every Saturday evening from 5 to 7. Last Saturday there was a large crowd enjoying music, entertainment, and refreshments as well as special sales. There were performers on the porch of the Mansion House and in front of the Bunch of Grapes Bookstore, as well as in the courtyard next to CB Stark Jewelers and the gazebo near the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse. Most businesses plan to remain open on Saturdays until 7 pm through Columbus Day.

Curious about some of the houses on the Island you’ve only seen from outside? Sign up for the Harthaven House Tour on Wednesday, June 15, from noon to 4. Rain date is Thursday. Tickets are $50 to benefit Featherstone. Call 508-693-1850 to reserve your tickets. You can also ask about the Summer Solstice Celebration at Featherstone on June 16 from 6 to 8 pm; for that you bring your own picnic.

Congratulations to Cheryl Stark and Margie Meltzer, who celebrate their anniversary on Tuesday.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out tomorrow to Myra Stark and Kelsey Bresnahan. Friday wish the best to Josh Kochin and Pearl Issokson. Happy birthday on Sunday to Margie Meltzer and Sarah Owens. Monday belongs to Hildy B. Mitchell. Birthday hugs go out to our daughter Laurel Mayhew on Wednesday. Cheers to Brian Flanders and James Maxwell Gould-Lamont, who are also partying on Wednesday.

Heard on Main Street: Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age.