Tisbury: Islanders Write


Heard on Main Street: How come Superman could stop bullets with his chest, but always

ducked when someone threw a gun at him?

I hope to see you at the Grange Hall on Monday, August 6. You know you want to enjoy “Islanders Write,” especially this year. There is a variety of free programs and lectures all day from 8 am to 5 pm.

Do you realize it is August already? Where has summer gone?

Calling all kids ages 10 to 14: The Ag Fair needs your help, and they are paying for it. This year IGI, VCS, and SailMV are helping the fair go green. There will be waste stations where trash, recyclables, and compostables will be sorted properly. More at 508-693-9588.

At 7 pm on Tuesday, August 7, the Vineyard Haven library invites you to hear about Belle and other ospreys that have been tracked here on the Island. Rob Bierregaard, an ornithologist, will talk about Belle the osprey and his new book, “Belle’s Journey.” Belle was one of the first ospreys to be tagged in 2013. Learn about her extensive travels to Brazil and back.

Children, especially those ages 2 through 6, are invited to meet author Rosemary Wells at 3:30 pm on Thursday, August 9, at the Vineyard Haven library. She has written more than 40 books about the beloved bunnies Max and Ruby. She will read her new story called “Kit & Kaboodle.”

Also at our library on Thursday, August 9, at 7 pm Richard Taylor will tell you about his new book, “Race, Property and the Power of Place.” Martha’s Vineyard is an exceptional community that has seen blacks and whites live together for years, though not without racism. It seems it may have been better here because blacks could buy property as early as the 19th century. Refreshments.

The Martha’s Vineyard Author Series continues in Chilmark this next week with two women leading the fight for women’s equality. On Sunday, August 5, former president of Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards presents her memoir, “Make Trouble,” and next Thursday, August 9, comedy writer Nell Scovell will discuss her book, “Just the Funny Parts.” There is a fee for these programs at 7:30 pm at the Community Center.

It is a shame folks stayed away from the book sale in West Tisbury because of the heat. But I managed to get an impressive selection of reading material … and it is not due back next week. Sometimes I read a book so fast that I have to go back and enjoy it again right away. But often I get distracted and take too long to finish.

Don’t forget the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society presents Monday night concerts at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown at 8 pm and Tuesday night concerts at the Chilmark Community Center at 8 pm through Tuesday, August 14.

Glenn Tunstull’s “Watercolors” exhibit captures the idyllic beach life of the Vineyard, rejoicing in the calm beauty of life at sea and on the Island. Meet the artist on Saturday, August 11, from 7 to 9 pm at the Cousen Rose Gallery in Oak Bluffs.

Did you even notice that Hallmark doesn’t put out their funny little calendars anymore?

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Ellen Miller today. Wish the best tumorrow to Nancy Gardella, Sharon Coogan, and Tom Colligan. Happy birthday on Monday to Mary Goss, Michele Gingras, Jesse James Little, and Dr. Peter Laursen. Tuesday belongs to John Edmond Coogan and Rita Brown.

Head on Main Street: Under everyone’s hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.