Tisbury: The tropics of New England


Heard on Main Street: Mother Nature just wants to remind us that it’s supposed to be hot in the summer.

Tonight, Thursday, July 25, from 6 to 7 pm you can learn more about the new multipurpose meeting room planned for the Vineyard Haven library. The design and site plan will be on display so you can see what is happening. Refreshments will be served. You can see even more at vhlibrary.org/Building.shtml.

I thought the predicted hot weather outside would be a good time to do some paperwork inside. My husband always said we live in the tropics of New England. It still wasn’t too bad this weekend. But the sunshine was too nice to stay inside all the time, and besides, I ran out of ice cream.

The West Tisbury library book sale begins Friday, July 26, from 9 to 3 at the West Tisbury School. The sale continues through Saturday, dropping to half-price on Sunday. Remnants will be free on Monday.

Let’s all celebrate Della Hardman Day this Saturday, July 27, beginning at 4 pm. Friends will gather in a tent near the gazebo in Ocean Park in Oak Bluffs to savor the moment and share wonderful memories.

You can enjoy more memories this Saturday, July 27. Jocelyn Coleman Walton will be signing her book, ”The Place My Heart Calls Home,” at 2 pm at Cottagers Corner on Pequot Avenue in Oak Bluffs. This is an Island story of five generations of a working class African American family whose granny founded Coleman Corners, a small neighborhood in Oak Bluffs. The book is full of delightful memories and many family pictures.

Julie Fay of M.V. Community Services will speak at the Federated Church coffee hour on Sunday, July 28, in Edgartown. She will explain the variety of services available to Islanders with a number of issues, including mental health.

I kept seeing the banners downtown for the Sunday band concerts. I apologize, but it took me until now to find out when the Vineyard Haven Band was playing in Owen Park. Sorry to say I just missed the last one in July. There are only two more. The next band concert is the first Sunday evening in August. I promise to remind you.

You are invited to Discover the Owls of New England at the Vineyard Haven library on Tuesday, July 30, at 7 pm. Peter Christoph will share his photographs, combined with stories and secrets of the owls.

Did you know that eight species of owls are year-round Islanders? These include the great horned, barred, and Eastern screech owls. Long-eared, short-eared, and snowy owls are winter migrants, and breed far north of us. Northern saw-whet owls breed in New England, but are quite small and rarely seen. Barn owls have bred in New England, but are the toughest of all to find. He’ll wrap up this program with beautiful images of a vagrant migrant, a rare visitor called the great gray owl. More at peterchristoph.com.

The Mariposa Museum in Oak Bluffs is exhibiting 42 quilts honoring the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved Africans’ arrival in North America by the Women of Color Quilters Network. The quilts will be on display through October, and available for viewing most weekdays except Monday, from 11 to 5. The Mariposa is across from Union Chapel on Circuit Avenue.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Thomas E. Colligan today. Tomorrow wish the very best to Michael Bulkin. And I want to send special birthday wishes to Pam Cassel and my wonderful granddaughter Rory Mayhew, who party tomorrow. Saturday belongs to Michael Cobban and Nancy Zamarro.

Heard on Main Street: Smile. It will make them wonder what you’ve been up to.