Tisbury: Shakespeare for the Masses


Today, Thursday, August 4, the Photography Club meets at 6 pm at the Vineyard Haven Public Library. Anyone interested is welcome.

Enjoy a delightful afternoon with Nicole Galland and Chelsea McCarthy, the creators of Shakespeare for the Masses, on Sunday, August 7, at 2 pm. You can see a 20-minute version of Shakespeare’s “Pericles.” The Vineyard Haven Public Library will open at 1:30 pm. Sunday with Friends is free, with refreshments.

Little ones up to age 6 can enjoy a musical story time at the library on Tuesday, August 9, at 11 am, with returning guest Ellen Allard. Tuesday evening, August 9, Jane Dreeben will speak about “The Urge to Create: Vineyard Portraits” at 7 pm at the library. This talk, postponed from August 2, is about a collection of 50 photographic profiles of Island artists.

Next Thursday, August 11, at 6 pm, the library hosts the Tisbury Vision Council. The focus is on improving our town. All residents and business owners are welcome.

Professor Phil Weinstein says that “‘Moby Dick’ and ‘Absalom, Absalom!’ are larger than life, harder to read than any best-seller, yet unforgettable once you’ve made them yours.” You are invited join him in studying these books. Register online or call 508-696-4211, ext. 110: “Moby Dick,” 7 pm Wednesdays in September; “Absalom, Absalom!” 7 pm Wednesdays in November.

“We Minstrels 3: Music and Poetry of Medieval and Renaissance Europe” features Eric Johnson, classical guitar; Ed Merck, historic winds; and Niki Patton, spoken word and poetry. Enjoy the concert on Sunday evening, August 7, at 7:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church. Tickets $15 for Music in the Chapel.

Remember that Grace Church sells the biggest lobster rolls on the Island every Friday afternoon from 4 to 7:30 pm, and often sell out. All profits go to church programs and outreach. Eat in or order takeout at 508-693-0332.

The Bunch of Grapes is sponsoring author signings at Islanders Write at the West Tisbury Grange Hall on Sunday and Monday, August 7 and 8. Arnie Reisman moderates a panel called “Mining History for Story,” on researching and writing nonfiction. Lara O’Brien is on a panel on fictionalizing your life.

The Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse offers the awardwinning play “Red,” in preview on Friday, August 5, at 7 pm. Children and adults can enjoy “Much Ado About Nothing” on Wednesday through Saturday at 5 pm at the outdoor amphitheater; adults $20, juniors $10. The Fabulists Theater for Children is Saturday, August 6 and 13, at 10 am, at the playhouse. Coming up is “Ananzi.” All tickets at the door: adult $10, children $5.

Monday-night readings begin at 7:30 pm with discussion following at the Vineyard Playhouse; tickets $30. Monday, August 8, is “A Month in the Country.” Monday, August 15, features “Grandma’s Hands.” In this play, two sisters deal with their aging mother and old sibling rivalries in the summer of 1969, amid love and the Black Revolution.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out on Saturday to Mary Goss, Michelle Gingras, Jesse Little, and Dr. Peter Laursen. Happy birthday to John Coogan on Monday. Best wishes to Bobbie Donovan on Tuesday.

Heard on Main Street: “Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save, they just stand there shining.” —Anne Lamott