Tisbury: A single slice of history

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Heard on Main Street: The pursuit of happiness is the chase of a lifetime. It is never too late to become what you might have been.

The Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival is free Saturday and Sunday, August 3 and 4. Park at the West Tisbury School and take the shuttle to the Chilmark Community Center. More at mvbookfestival.com.

Artists and photographers, take note: The All-Island Art Show is on Monday, August 5, from 10 to 3 at the Tabernacle. This is a wonderful opportunity for the rest of us to appreciate how wonderfully talented our friends and neighbors are. Many lovely pieces are for sale. And the artists are also there as well. 

I guess I was wrong. I thought everyone knew what the Red Cross does. They go in when someone is burned out of their home or trashed by a hurricane. They give people clothes who have lost everything. That’s why you see Red Cross bins saying ‘bag clothing only.” 

What don’t you understand about “bag clothing only”? Why did you leave broken plastic chairs and old curtain rods on the ground by the bins? Do these people really think the Red Cross should pay to get rid of their trash? Who are these people? 

What do you know about energy rebates? Next Tuesday, August 6, and a week from Thursday, August 15, the Cape Light Compact will present an overview of offerings for homeowners, including rebates and incentives for everyone, even renters and business owners. That is at 7 pm at the Vineyard Haven library. 

I enjoyed listening to the essay read by Prof. Philip Weinstein about Vannie, the nanny who cared for him and his twin brother years ago in a Southern town. They loved her and what she did for them, and hoped that she loved them. He talked about how it is so different when we look back on our memories with the experience we have today, seeing things through different lenses at different times in our lives. So many influences color our childhood experiences, including the actions and reactions of our parents at the time. It is a changed world when you look back through today’s lenses on your own early years. I thought his poignant essay was wonderful. 

Next Thursday, August 8, Marie K. Zahn will talk about the Science and History of Shipwreck Archaeology and Conservation at 7 pm at the V.H. library. She is an archeologist, artifact conservator, and space scientist who serves as a solar system ambassador for NASA/JPL. You know that shipwrecks are accident sites underwater. What do you think happens to the ship, the cargo, or the personal belongings, or even to those lost at sea? What you have is a single slice of history preserved in one place. Find out what can be discovered from old shipwrecks, ranging from ancient Greece to pirate treasure. 

ACE MV offers a one-year business administration program with courses on marketing and bookkeeping. The M.Ed. program continues in partnership with Fitchburg University. In September, you can learn how to operate an excavator, backhoe, and such. And classes continue in Conversational Brazilian Portuguese and Conversational Spanish.

Mark your calendars now for the Peach Festival at the West Tisbury Church on Saturday, August 10. Fresh juicy peaches in every form you can imagine will be available from 1 to 4, or when they run out. I really loved the blueberry peach … last month. 

More for your calendar, that same evening you can enjoy “Low Down Dirty Blues,” a sizzling revue with veteran blues musicians assembled for a late-night jam session, swapping stories and sharing their favorite tunes. This all happens at the M.V. Playhouse beginning Saturday, August 10. I do not want to miss this. 

Belated birthday balloon wishes go out to Miki Badnick, who celebrated last Sunday. Happy birthday to Ellen Miller tomorrow. Saturday belongs to Nancy Gardella, and Sharon Coogan, and Thomas H. Colligan. Tuesday is a special day for Jesse James Little, Dr. Peter Laursen, and Michelle Gingras. John Coogan and Rita Brown party on Wednesday. 

Heard on Main Street: You’re wrong. The 10 Commandments are not multiple-choice.