Tisbury: That and some sparklers

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Heard on Main Street: If I’m on life support, unplug me. Then plug me back in and see if that works. It works with my computer.

Mark your calendar now: The Island Community Chorus concert is at 8 pm on Saturday, July 6, at the Tabernacle.

You are invited to the Federated Church on Sunday, July 7, for the 8 am or 9:30 am service to welcome the new minister, the Rev. Dr. Charlotte Wright. She was the minister at the Chilmark Community Church for the past two years, and has been an Island elementary school substitute teacher. She is helping the Edgartown church in the process of finding a new settled pastor.

Learn about ticks and tick-borne illness on Martha’s Vineyard at 7 pm in the Vineyard Haven library next Tuesday, July 9. Dick Johnson works for the Board of Health of Island towns. He will suggest ways to protect yourself, your family, and pets.

  1. We get it. It is July. There are certainly a lot more cars on-Island. Turning left off the Edgartown Road onto the State Road is even harder than getting through Five Corners. Somehow when it rains, or even drizzles, it seems as if there are even more cars. Is it real or does it just seem that way?

What do you know about “Pseudoscience and Archaeology: How the Media Blends Fact and Fiction”? At the library at 7 pm on Thursday, July 11, find out how the evolution of science fiction has affected the public view of archaeology. Marie Kesten Zahn says the origins of the “ancient alien theory” and science fiction have tarnished the view of legitimate archaeological studies. 

Sunday with Friends at the Vineyard Haven library is another invitation you may wish to put on your calendar. At 2 pm on Sunday, July 14, you are invited to a reception honoring James H.K. Norton. Jim Norton is the author of “Walking in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts,” and extensive writings on Vineyard history, India, and South Asia. He will be introduced by Nis Kildegaard and Bow Van Riper. Refreshments will be served. The doors open at 1:30 pm.

Adults and teens age 12 and up are invited to etch a design into a glass at 3 pm on Saturday, July 13. You’ll make stencils with the Cricut cutter and then use etching cream on drinking glasses. The library will provide all the materials (including glasses), but feel free to bring your own glassware and designs.

When I was very young, my father used to tell the story of how his father celebrated the Fourth of July. My father was 68 when I was born. He was born in 1872. Their celebration took place with his dad laying a trail of black powder for some distance away from a big tree stump that needed to be removed. The stump had black powder all around it. His dad made sure they were pretty far away from it. Then his dad would light the end of the trail and the flash burn would travel all the way to the tree stump — and blow it all apart into small pieces of wood.

When I was young, my dad would tack some catherine wheels onto the side pillars supporting the porch. The wheels would spin sparks around in a circle. That and some sparklers was our Fourth of July celebration. Later we had cap guns, and could also buy a string of small packs of caps that sparked with a big bang when you hit each spot with a rock. And then there were packs of ladyfingers — these were small packs of very little fireworks which would set each other off with a series of loud bangs. I still enjoy the big boom of fireworks that you can feel in your tummy, though now I am more likely to watch the fireworks on TV with none of the satisfying big thudding booms.

Big bunches of birthday balloons go out on the Fourth to Sue Fairbanks and Steve Nichols. Sunday belongs to artist Donna Straw. The Street Fair celebrates the birthday of Tisbury as well as the birthday of Jynell Kristal at the Crocker House Inn. Tuesday belongs to Brigitta Lent and her daughter Petra Lent-McCarron. Happy birthday to Laura Christina Jahn, who parties on Wednesday. 

Heard on Main Street: Telling a woman to calm down works about as well as baptizing a cat.