Heard on Main Street: It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
Our very best get-well wishes go out to Betty Burton, who is recovering from surgery.
How could we not enjoy this glorious weather? It has become simply delightful for a few days.
I especially enjoyed our family here last week, because I began the week in the emergency room, never a good place to start off the week. I am recovering fairly well, but would not have been at all comfortable without the family being here.
A wonderfully absurd comedy called “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” begins at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse this Saturday, July 13, and runs through August 3. As usual the Playhouse has lined up some wonderful theater for us this summer.
Shakespeare Out of Doors opens at the Tisbury Amphitheater today, Thursday, through Saturday at 5 pm. “The Winter’s Tale” runs every weekend through August 11, with tickets at the door on the day of performance.
It was a great weekend for sports. I was happy the Dutch got some good news at the Tour de France on Saturday. And I hope you got to see the wonderful soccer final in France on Sunday. These American women are just perfect athletes, and impossibly enthusiastic.
An Advance Care Planning Workshop will be held at 2 pm on Monday, July 15, at the Vineyard Haven library. It’s for adults wanting to be sure your documents are in place in case of an accident, or an older adult who wants healthcare wishes to be honored as we age. Healthy Aging M.V. will give you options for healthcare at the end of life. Learn about healthcare options and other documents. Register at 508-693-7900, ext. 455.
Fishermen, take note: Nelson Sigelman will share stories from his book “Martha’s Vineyard Fish Tales: How to Catch Fish, Rake Clams, and Jig Squid, with Entertaining Tales About the Sometimes Crazy Pursuit of Fish.” The focus is on the Vineyard, but the stories will sound familiar to anyone who has spent time around fishermen. At the Vineyard Haven library at 7 pm, Tuesday, July 16.
Meet bestselling author Martha Hall Kelley, author of “Lilac Girls,” featuring the real-life heroine Caroline Ferriday, at 7 pm on Thursday, July 18, at the library. Martha will share more about her new book, “Lost Roses,” featuring Caroline’s mother Eliza and other women from St. Petersburg to Paris under the shadow of World War I. The library will close at 5:30 pm to set up for this event on the main floor. Seating will begin at 6:30 pm.
Register online or call the V.H. library to sign up for the fall studies of “Fictions of the Law.” Philip Weinstein will help you study three classic novels, Dickens’ “Bleak House,” Dostoevsky’s “Crime and Punishment,” and Kafka’s “The Trial.” He suggests you read the novels in advance. The free seminars will be held Wednesday evenings at the Cornell Theater. You must sign up in advance at the front desk of the library, or online.
You are invited to enjoy an elegant summer evening at Farm Neck, with a catered dinner and more, supporting Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard on Monday, August 12, at 5:30, rain or shine. RSVP by July 31 at 508-693-0189; more at hospiceofmv.org.
The Oak Bluffs library book sale is next Thursday and Friday, July 18 and 19, from 10 to 4. The final day is Saturday, July 20, from 10 to 2. I love summer book sales, because I not only need books to read at home, but also need a few to keep in the car for the beach.
Big bunches of birthday balloons go out tomorrow to Betsey Mayhew. Friday belongs to Nevenka Daniels. Cord Baily, Michele Jones, and the Rev. Cathlin Baker party on Sunday. Donna Tankard and Jocelyn Ciancio Broadley celebrate on Monday. Jim Richardson will have candles to blow out on Tuesday. Chris Clark cuts cake on Wednesday this week.
Heard on Main Street: Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry, it’s OK to let your children see you cry.