Tisbury: Much Ado About Nothing

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Today at 4 pm, the Vineyard Haven Public Library offers crafts for children 5 and up at 4 pm. My granddaughters love the DVD selections, because there are some good movies they never heard of before. Imagine. They also love the reading corner when I take more time than they prefer. I miss them already; I am so sorry they won’t return until the fair.

Serving Hands Food Distribution takes place every Friday this summer at the First Baptist Parish House from noon to 1 pm. That is at the corner of Spring and William Streets. This distribution provides free, fresh, Island-grown vegetables for income-qualified clients.

The Vineyard Haven Band will play at Owen Park this Sunday evening, July 24, at 8. Bring a picnic and enjoy the scene.

My granddaughters and I enjoyed “Finding Dory” at the Capawock last week. Thanks to the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society for bringing all these movies for us to enjoy.

Amy Helm appears in concert on Sunday evening, July 24, at 7:30 at Union Chapel to benefit the West Tisbury Library Foundation. Doors open at 7; tickets are $45 at ticketsmv.com, the library, and at the door. Amy is the daughter of Levon Helm and singer-songwriter Libby Titus. Amy is celebrating the anniversary of her debut solo album, “Didn’t It Rain,” last year.

Stina Sayre’s Fashion Show will benefit Friends of Family Planning Martha’s Vineyard at 5:30 pm next Thursday, July 28, at Stina Sayre Design Studio on Main Street. Runway begins promptly at 6. Admission is free. Her collection includes pants, jackets, and long and short skirts in periwinkles and shades of plum and primrose. Her new design focus is shoes in soft Italian leather. Ms. Sayre will donate a portion of the evening proceeds to Friends of Family Planning.

The Martha’s Vineyard Author Series begins this evening at 7:30 at the Chilmark Community Center, $20 at the door. Geraldine Brooks will speak about “The Secret Chord,” her historical novel detailing with the life of King David. I am now in the midst of enjoying this one. On Sunday, July 24, same time and place, Harvard sociologist Matthew Desmond will present his heartbreaking book, “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.” He notes, “If incarceration had come to define the lives of men from impoverished black neighborhoods, eviction was shaping the lives of women.” Books are available at the events.

The Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse offers Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” a play about pride, rumors, and hiding behind trees. Adults $20, juniors (under 30) $10, cash only, Wednesday through Saturday, each week until August 13. Settle in by 5 pm at the Tisbury Amphitheater at the Tashmoo Overlook on State Road.

The Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society now offers Summer Festival Concerts at Edgartown and Chilmark through mid-August, with free admission for students. For more information: 508-696-8055 or mvcms@vineyard.net.

Bob Schaefer invites professional and amateur Island artists to display and sell their work at the All-Island Art Show at the Camp Meeting Tabernacle from 10 to 3 on Monday, August 1. Artist registration is that morning from 8:30 am. More at allislandartshow.wordpress.com or the MVCMA office.

All are welcome to the free Garden Dedication Party at the West Tisbury library on Sunday, July 24, from 3 to 5 pm, with live music and dance performances from Pathways.

Congratulations go out tomorrow to Eric and Susan Lopes.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out on Monday to Thomas E. Colligan. Happy birthday on Tuesday to Pam Cassel, Michael Bulkin, and my granddaughter Rory Mayhew. Michael Cobban and Nancy Zamarro party on Wednesday.

Heard on Main Street: Is it true every visitor brought three cars over this year?