Tisbury: “For All the Saints” encore


Heard on Main Street: The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt and leaky tire.

I wanted to call a friend in New Zealand, but with the time zones it became confusing. She finally told me to call late Monday afternoon, when it would be a reasonable time on Tuesday morning. That made a fun phone call into something rather exciting as well.

Join in welcoming a wounded warrior who is arriving on the ferry in Vineyard Haven at 4:30 pm on Monday, Sept. 10. Colonel Dinah F. Olagbegi was invited by the Martha’s Vineyard Seacoast Defence Chapter of D.A.R. Members have provided housing and gathered support from local businesses for the fourth year in a row.

Save $5 by registering in advance for the 5K Run/Walk to the Chop and Fun Run to benefit the Vineyard Haven Library. The 5k out to the lighthouse and back starts at 10 am, Fun Run for kids at 9:45 am, registration begins at 8:30 am Sunday, Sept. 16. Registration forms are at the library or online.

What is going on? Suddenly a swarm of mean black flies began biting us as we sat on the beach last week. I never saw this before. It was a warm but windy day, and they didn’t care. But we did.

Photographer Harvey Beth went on a safari to Maasai Mara, hoping to see lots of animals to photograph, which he did. Ah, but he fell in love with the Maasai people who live in the Great Rift Valley. Enjoy an evening of animal photographs and learn about the Maasai at the Vineyard Haven library on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 7 pm.

“For All the Saints” is a historical pageant of the Federated Church, and has encore performances on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 7 pm and on Sunday, Sept. 9, at 3 pm. Written and produced by local dramatist E. St. John Villard, this story uses the words and events of Islanders to bring alive the story of the Vineyard and the Federated Church. Included are many pieces of period music sung by the Federated Church Choir, under the direction of Peter R. Boak, minister of music.

Originally produced last year to celebrate the 375th anniversary of the church, the performances will take place at the Meetinghouse, 45 South Summer St., in Edgartown. The event is free, but donations are requested to support the preservation of the 1828 Meetinghouse.

Volunteer to help grow the arts on the Island. Consider joining the Martha’s Vineyard Cultural Council. It receives funds from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and from each Island town. These funds are awarded to artists and organizations for a variety of cultural benefits to the citizens of Martha’s Vineyard. More at hauckr@gmail.com.

This weather seesaw makes us appreciate cool nights. I think Mother Nature has been reading up on all those statements about weather in New England. Whatever is happening, just wait a minute and it will change. The weather this summer seems to have gone to unexpected extremes.

Happy anniversary on Tuesday to Chuck and Anne Downing. You may find them at her store, called Off Main Street, at the corner of Church and Main Street.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Michelle Gingras and Mike Ciancio. Wish the best on Sunday to Craig Sias. Deborah Giuffre parties on Monday. Happy birthday to Susan Rice on Tuesday.

Heard on Main Street: “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” –Dr. Seuss.