Tisbury: Tap your feet and clap your hands


Heard on Main Street: Everyone has a photographic memory. Some of us just don’t have any film.

In a moving tribute, the Tisbury School students parade from the school at 12:30 pm on Friday, May 25, and march to Owen Park. Students carry flowers to toss into the harbor, to honor those who have given their lives for their country. The School Band will be playing, and flags will be waving. If it rains, the ceremony will take place in the Tisbury School gymnasium at 12:30.

Welcome back to many of our summer friends. We have missed you. And welcome back to the Grace Church lobster rolls on Friday evening.

The M.V. Environmental Film Festival runs Thursday, May 24, through Sunday, May 27, at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center. David Hannon will be playing jazz piano at the opening reception, beginning at 6:30 pm. For tickets and additional information, see the MV Film Society website, mvfilmsociety.com.

Sunday’s Youth Event at 1 pm on May 27 is free for all ages 14 years or less. This story of an incredible place on our planet, an island here called Aldabra, is told by the amazing creatures that inhabit it. Imagine a small island untouched by mankind that repeatedly rises from the depths of the ocean, only to be swallowed by the sea once more. Giant land tortoises swim for their lives through shark-infested waters. Turtle hatchlings make a dash for the open sea. The world’s largest terrestrial crabs scale palm trees to harvest coconuts, while ferocious tides carve sculptures out of coral and limestone.

All of these awe-inspiring creatures co-exist on the world’s second largest coral atoll as it was 5,000 years ago, before it vanished beneath the waves as it has on at least six occasions. I think I want to see this one.

Songs of Peter, Paul and Mary are featured in Folk Fest 2018. You will hear a variety of Island singers perform some of these songs at the Unitarian Church on Sunday, May 27, at 3 pm. Tap your feet, clap your hands, even sing along to “If I Had a Hammer” and “This Land Is Your Land.” Reminisce about love and find new relevance for old songs of social justice. Performers include Emily Anderson, Jennifer Knight, Janet Newton, Jacqueline Noel, Chelsea Pennebaker, Sara Piazza, Kelly Sullivan, Aidan Weiland, and Brian Weiland. The musicians are donating their talent to help fund the chapel’s renovation. Suggested donation is $15. Note that an elegant reception will follow the concert. More info is available from Diane Purvis at 508-696-5328 or dianehpurvis@gmail.com.

I just enjoyed a week with our son’s family in Westborough. I get a lot of quiet time, reading or just enjoying no responsibilities. I delight in our granddaughters, who share their talents in sports and music. One of the girls spoke of a musician who came to her school. He sang whaling songs and just happened to mention that his 11th great-grandfather bought Nantucket. I reminded her that hers was Thomas Mayhew, who sold the island. It is a small world.

Coming into Woods Hole on Sunday was like entering a circus. There were so many travelers coming off the boat that there was a delay loading cars. It was a total madhouse, and not even Memorial Day weekend yet.

Thanks to the efforts of the M.V. Hospital Concerned Citizens, Denise Schepici, the new hospital CEO, invites you to the MVRHS Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, June 5. Attend this important meeting from 5 to 6:30 pm to hear the CEO report on developments at our hospital and share your thoughts on the future.

Ever wonder why the SSA continues to move trips to Oak Bluffs so early in the spring? They frequently need to divert back to Vineyard Haven then, and again late in the fall. Perhaps more oversight is needed in this area as well as maintenance.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Ann Nelson, Shawn Townes, Leah Ellis, and Shawn Willoughby. Saturday, wish the best to Betsy Edge and Ann Haller. Sunday belongs to Kylie Townes and Kristina Ivory. Happy birthday to Steve Mussell on Monday. Peggy McGrath, Jane Pallatroni Chandler, and Bill Kingsbury all party on Tuesday.

Heard on Main Street: Fly the flag on Monday to honor the veterans, help put up flags in the cemetery, and then celebrate at the town picnic.