Tisbury: 350-year history

— Kyra Steck

Heard on Main Street: Drive carefully. It’s not only cars that can be recalled by their Maker.

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum has a new exhibit on the Union Chapel. It was built 150 years ago at the time many summer visitors began coming to the Island. Designed by Island resident Samuel Freeman Pratt (1824-1920) for all forms of theology to be practiced, it hosted preachers and speakers from all over and continues to draw crowds today. The exhibit runs through the end of August.

Bow Van Riper of the Martha’s Vineyard Museum will share bits of the 350-year history of our town on its birthday. This is, in many ways, the history of the Island. Enjoy a fast trip through the story, including as Wampanoag homeland, colonial backwater, a hotbed of intrigue and rebellion, industrial center, summer resort, and once-and-future crossroads of the maritime world.

The program will be at 4 pm in the MVM Morgan Learning Center on Thursday, July 8. Members $7, non-members $10. Advanced registration is required as space is limited. Call 508-627-4441. You may know that the center is the former site of EduComp.

Tickets for all the summer outdoor theater activities are available on the website or the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse. You will also find the schedule on the website. Last I heard the Summer Theatre Camp still had some space; more at mvplayhouse.org.

I was complaining — always something — about how much help I needed from friends to enjoy a trip to the beach. Another friend, less able than I, was careful to wisely suggest that I happily accept all the help I can get. She is a very smart lady.

President Kennedy proclaimed the ringing of bells should happen nationwide on July 4, 1963. The merchants in Vineyard Haven have celebrated this tradition at 2 pm on the glorious Fourth for the past several years. These shops are also planning to donate $40 on that day to our local veterans and will have a collection box for that purpose.

Are kids at the high school still helping with personal computer issues? A friend is having a problem connecting his new computer with his printer. Where would you go on-Island?

The hours at the Vineyard Haven library are changing. The main floor is open for browsing and holds pickup on Tuesday through Friday, from 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday from 1 to 5. Contactless pickup is available in the library entryway on Monday from noon to 5 pm.

If you are trying to work some extra hours this summer, you might be interested to know that the library is looking for a part-time library aide for Saturday morning and some other times.

The library has several online events coming up next week. Meet Sally Cabot Gunning, author of “Painting the Light,” an historical novel set on Martha’s Vineyard at the end of the 19th century. Sign up for this on Zoom with amcdonough@clamsnet.org for Tuesday, July 6, at 7 pm; and don’t forget the Why’s and When’s of Car Maintenance with Chaya Milchtein of Mechanic Shop Femme for Thursday, July 8, from 7 to 8 pm.

Do you want to get better at captivating listeners? Storytelling is a learned skill. Let Terry W. Cole teach you how. She has a show in the Hartford area. Introduction to Personal Storytelling, a virtual event, is co-sponsored by the Chilmark and Vineyard Haven libraries on Wednesday, July 7, at 6 pm. Register at bit.ly/3jfP8OR.

Happy anniversary to Robert and Juliana Rogers today. Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Kenny Ivory, who has to be one of the most helpful guys around. Happy birthday tomorrow to Sioux Eagle and Marina Lent. Saturday belongs to Larry Gomez. A glorious birthday on Sunday for Sue Fairbanks and Steve Nichols, who celebrate on our glorious Fourth. Wish the best on Wednesday to artist Donna Straw.

Heard on Main Street: Just be yourself. No one can say you are doing it wrong.

If you have any Tisbury Town Column suggestions, email Kay Mayhew, tashmoorock@gmail.com.