Tisbury: Celebrate the fair


Heard on Main Street: It used to be only death and taxes. Now, of course, there’s shipping and handling, too.

Why is it so much easier to buy online? It’s not good for our Island; our merchants need our support to stay in business.

Celebrate the fair. It is like the Island party where you will see everyone you know. I hope you will let me know if you see something that everyone should hear about.

Do you know what you can get? Tonight, Thursday, August 15, the Cape Light Compact will discuss offerings for homeowners, including rebates and incentives for everyone, renters and business owners too. That is at 7 pm at the Vineyard Haven library.

I was surprised at how little impact I noticed last weekend from the Beach Road Concerts. Although I am not happy that the selectmen allowed it to impinge on the MVCS annual sale by closing roads, I think a little more diligence by the promoters another time could prevent that kind of imposition.

I admit there seemed to be too many cars for our roads anywhere you went on Saturday. But on Sunday, the traffic seemed almost normal. That is one advantage of there being several events on one day, even if you cannot get to all the ones you want.

“Martha’s Vineyard Jazz in Black & White” is on display on the lower level of the V.H. Library during August. This is a current project created by Michael Johnson. Since 2011 he has photographed many performers of the jazz world when they played on Island.

Martin Garbus has published “North of Havana: The Untold Story of Dirty Politics, Secret Diplomacy, and the Trial of the Cuban Five.” It’s the story of a spy ring sent by Cuba in the 1990s to infiltrate anti-Communists in Miami. The spies were convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage and murder. This played a central role in the thaw in Cuban-American relations. Hear more at 5 pm on Monday, August 19, at the Vineyard Haven library.

Tisbury Waterways invites you to the Tashmoo Spring Building for the annual meeting at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, August 21. Learn about the grant work to aerate the pond to reduce algae and “muck,” as well as grants assessing water quality in Tashmoo and the Lagoon. Refreshments will be served.

Learn more about PeaceQuilts from quilter Maureen McClintok at 7 pm on Tuesday, August 20, at our library. Cooperative members support themselves by producing one-of-a-kind art quilts, as well as a collection of affordable products reflecting Haiti’s rich artistic and cultural heritage.

Did you know that Livingston Taylor will be performing at the old Whaling Church in Edgartown on Friday, August 23? I can’t believe he’s been performing over 50 years. His latest album, “The Best of LIVe – 50 Years of Livingston Taylor Live,” came out in February.

After the crowds have gone, golfers are invited to enjoy a day of golf and support Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard at the M.V. Golf Classic on Sunday, Sept. 15, from 8 am to 3 pm. Benefit Hospice with a great day of golf, lunch, and a silent auction at Mink Meadows.

The YMCA now offers classes for seniors, free to members. Try Chair Yoga on Tuesday and Thursdays from 12:30 to 1:30 in the teen center. Sit to Be Fit in the Group Ex room on Mondays and Wednesdays at 12:30.

Did you know what you were missing at the Vineyard Playhouse? I imagine every session packed with folks enjoying themselves. 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, from now until Saturday, Sept. 7.

The next Vineyard Haven Band concert is at Owen Park on Sunday, August 18, at 8 pm. This is the last one in our town this summer.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Braden Kuehne. Happy birthday on Sunday to Kathy Welch. Monday belongs to Jeff Damon Pratt and Alistair Rizza

Heard on Main Street: Don’t put it off. If you don’t do it now, you may find life gets in the way.