Updated April 19, 1:30p
Have you noticed how much fun it is to read The MV Times? Last week I don’t know which I enjoyed more, Holly Nadler’s icy swim or Nicole Galland’s Ps & Qs. I find the Community Notes a good addition as well. I find that I try to avoid the national news, so our own paper is especially appreciated these days.
The Vineyard Haven library will be closed Sundays, beginning April 16, until after Columbus Day. The library will be closed on Monday, April 17, for Patriots’ Day.
New this spring, the Vineyard Haven library has story time on both Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10:30. Tuesday morning’s Tales for Tots is best for ages 3 and up. Wednesday morning’s Wee Ones Storytime is for children younger than 3. To benefit the children’s programs, the Friends of the Library holds the monthly book sale this Saturday, April 15, from 11 to 3.
Aretha Franklin headlines the second annual Martha’s Vineyard Concert Series on her farewell tour. Founding members who sign up before April 15 will receive priority access to purchase reserved seats to all shows, as well as receive a member discount. All Martha’s Vineyard Concert Series events are reserved seating, so people who buy their seats early have access to the best seats for every show.
The League of Women Voters wants you to meet the candidates for the town election. There is a contested race this year, which should mean a lively discussion at the Senior Center next Wednesday, April 19, at 7 pm.
The election is Tuesday, May 9. The Tisbury annual and special town meetings will be at 7 pm at the Tisbury School on Tuesday, April 25. Tomorrow, April 14, is your last day to register to vote in the special town meeting.
The Martha’s Vineyard Film Society announces its newest four-day film festival, presenting a world perspective on LGBTQ stories, people, and issues with a variety of films, guest speakers, discussions, and a special event focused on LGBTQ youth. The Spectrum Film Festival will be held at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center in Vineyard Haven from Thursday, April 27, to Sunday, April 30, with nine different programs. Tickets for Spectrum events range from $9 for MVFS members to $25 for special events, and can be purchased on the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society website, mvfilmsociety.com.
The Martha’s Vineyard Film Society’s free youth screenings are offered periodically throughout the school year. The Spectrum Youth Event on Saturday, April 29, from 9:30 am to 3 pm, focuses on LGBTQ youth. Any local student aged 13 to 21 is given free admission to this. Students coming from the Cape will also get free round-trip transportation by ferry, courtesy of the Steamship Authority.
Featherstone Teen Art Café offers free art classes for teenagers in grades 9 through 12, from 11 am to 2 pm on Saturdays. Call for more information.
Sometimes the idea of a sunrise service is a bit chilly. With spring finally hovering this week, I could look forward to it. The Easter Sunday service at Eastville Beach is at 9:15 am on April 16. The First Baptist Church service will be led by Dr. Leo Christian, with the theme “A Call to the Sea.” A continental breakfast follows at 9:45 am in the parish house on William Street. There is a traditional Easter service at 11 am in the First Baptist Church. More at 508-693-1539.
The West Tisbury Congregational Church offers a traditional Easter Service on Sunday, April 16, at 9 am. Instead of memorial flowers, they ask for $25 for Easter meals for hungry families here. The community Easter service, with childcare and church school followed by the Easter egg hunt, begins at the Ag Hall at 11 am.
Happy spring. The sun is out, the sky is blue, and we finally mailed our tax returns.
Big bunches of birthday balloons go out today to Deb Eggers and Allan Davey. Wish the best on Saturday to Ann Lee. Happy birthday to Jack Rizza and Fran Gould on Easter Sunday. Monday belongs to Ann Maley. Wish the best to Rozetta Hughes on Tuesday. Thomas Green and Bob Tankard party on Wednesday.
Heard on Main Street: When it comes to chocolate, bunnies or not, resistance is futile.
Updated to correct the date of the Tisbury election, which is Tuesday, May 9.