Edgartown: Widen the net

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As I write this, there is a promise of a cold front coming through to break the overwhelming heat and humidity of the weekend. True to my promises last winter, I have not complained about the temperatures. But I know that it has been challenging and dangerous to so many. Those who work outside, anyone who works in a kitchen, our emergency personnel who carry and wear so much equipment, and the elderly are particularly at risk. I hope everyone is staying hydrated and trying to slow down a bit, and find some air conditioning when they can. Also keep in mind that the heat is really hard on our four-legged friends. Don’t take your dogs for walks, especially on pavement, as they can easily burn the pads of their feet or suffer heatstroke. Also, don’t keep them outside for long periods of times or locked in cars. They depend on us to keep them safe and healthy. Inside a cool place with lots of water is best.

Happy birthday wishes go out to my most wonderful son, Riley, who turned 19 on July 21, Shannon Morris, also on July 21, and Donna Swift on July 23.

The All Island Art Show will again present its annual art show on Monday, August 5, at the MVCMA Tabernacle in Oak Bluffs. The show has been operating since 1958, providing a venue for both amateur and professional Island artists to display and sell their works. The show also provides a great outing for both Islanders and visitors to see and purchase some wonderful works of art at a reasonable price. Artist registration is on the morning of the show beginning at 8:30 am, while the show runs from 10 am until 3 pm. In case of rain, the show will be moved to August 6. More information regarding the show may be found at allislandartshow.wordpress.com or at the MVCMA office.

Livingston Taylor will be returning to the Old Whaling Church to perform on August 23, in celebration of 50 years of making music. The show is at 8 pm, and tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster. Ticket prices range from $50 to $65. I think the last time I saw Mr. Taylor perform was at the Atlantic Connection in Oak Bluffs. I’d say it’s time to consider going again. He puts on a great show.

As part of the Federated Church’s Community Partners program, director Julie Fay of Martha’s Vineyard Community Services will speak on Sunday, July 28, following the 9:30 am church service. Community Services was started in 1961, and was created because of the realization that mental health providers, including psychiatrists, were nearly nonexistent on the island. Dr. Milton Mazer was recruited to come here and be the first psychiatrist with a practice on Martha’s Vineyard. Since then, so many new services have been added. Please join them, learn about these services, and ask any questions you may have. This is the 11th in a series of Federated Church Community Partners programs. This is a free event, and all are welcome. Please call 508-627-4421, or email officefederatedchurchmv@gmail.com, for more information.

Felix Neck, in collaboration with Kyleen Keenan, plant-based chef and co-founder of Not Your Sugar Mamas, will be offering limited spots for “A Sanctuary Supper: Eating for the Planet” at Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary on Tuesday, August 20, from 6 pm until 10 pm. The purpose of this event is to continue to widen the net of both year-round and seasonal visitors on Martha’s Vineyard, and to come together in a supportive, solution-based way to help adapt to, mitigate, and educate the masses on climate change here on Martha’s Vineyard and on a global scale.
The event will offer a cocktail hour with wild drinkables, sourced locally, and passed hors d’oeuvres by the butterfly garden, a plant-based, sustainably sourced, plated three-course dinner overlooking the 250-acre wildlife sanctuary, followed by a live auction, and music and dancing under the stars. The evening will be an opportunity to open the discussion on solution-based actions anyone can do to help save the planet. A goal of this dinner is to make sure healthy, sustainable food options are available and accessible to ALL, and to advocate for food-based decisions to be made with both the planet and community in mind. While engaging those privileged enough to be able to make the decisions of where their food comes from, they can help guide better choices that will benefit people on a global scale. The support from this event will help continue Felix Neck’s climate education programs through climate cafes, youth-led summits, education awareness, conservation efforts, wildlife monitoring, afterschool green clubs, community engagement, and much more. For more information, call them at 508-627-4850. Tickets can be purchased by going to bit.ly/2K8dp6r.
On Friday, August 2, Chelsea Handler launches the eighth Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival, she’ll discuss her new memoir, “Life Will Be the Death of Me,” with “Late Night” host Seth Meyers at the Performing Arts Center. All other events for this year’s festival will be set on the grounds of the Chilmark Community Center. For more information about the M.V. Book Festival, go to mvbookfestival.com/opening.
If you haven’t gotten a chance to see Island Theatre Workshop’s presentation of “Once Upon a Mattress” at the PAC, I suggest you catch one of the shows this week. This is a fun take on the story of the Princess and the Pea. There are three more shows, on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30. It won’t disappoint.
We ventured off to Boston last Thursday night for a concert, and we encountered an amazing Uber driver, which seems to happen more often than not. Abdi is from Somalia, and was an orphan due to the seemingly endless war there. He shared incredible stories of his life, from learning to swim in a giant hole with very deep water, quicksand, and the dangerous abeeso, the picture of which looked like a Komodo dragon, to being a shepherd, to learning to dive for fish in the Indian Ocean, to finally coming to Boston five years ago as a refugee. His life was a testament to overcoming adversity and great sadness, and building a life in the wake of tragedy. He was so inspiring, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to spend time with him. And his life is just one example of why, in my liberal opinion, it is important to have legal means for refugees to come to our country.