Welcome home to Keyshawn Devine! Keyshawn, who is 9 years old, was run over by a truck accidently on July 14. He was taken to Boston Children’s Hospital where he had surgeries and was recovering from a lower back fracture, thumb fracture, and lacerations. Miraculously, Keyshawn had no internal injuries. He returned home last Wednesday and was greeted by seemingly most of the Island, including his family, the Sharks Baseball Team, many friends, fellow students, and teachers. While Keyshawn is still in recovery mode, it is expected that he will recover completely from his injuries. This is because people responded quickly, and no doubt because of Keyshawn’s spirit. There is a GoFundMe account set up for the family; if you would like to donate go to gofund.me/d1ef0362.
The M.V. Book Festival Summer Series is happening live and in person this weekend. It begins Thursday night at the M.V. Museum with Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman, continuing Friday with panel discussions throughout the day on climate change, racism, mothers and daughters, and politics. Friday night celebrates the Vineyard Gazette’s 175-year anniversary with Jelani Cobb, Cecilia Kang, and Andrew Marantz discussing the future of journalism. Saturday and Sunday will take place at the Chilmark Community Center with two full days of author talks leading off with Walter Isaacson, Mark Bittman, and Elizabeth Kolbert on Saturday, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Heather McGhee, Sebastian Junger, and Simon Winchester on Sunday, among others. Get tickets and details at mvbookfestival.com.
The musical group Azro Cady, featuring Aquinnah’s own Flip Scipio, will perform on Tuesday, August 10, at the Orange Peel Bakery. Dinner will be served from 5 to 7 pm and music starts at 7 pm. Tickets for the performance are $30, and dinner is $20. If it rains, the event will be moved to Wednesday, August 11. This event is presented by Pathways ARTS, they are hosting other events around the Island in August, so check out their website if you are looking for things to do, pathwaysmv.org.
Netta Yerushalmy will perform her piece, “MOVEMENT” next weekend on August 13 and 14 at 8 pm at the Yard’s Patricia Nanon Theater. Ms. Yerushalmy has been in residence at the Yard for the past three weeks. The project features a bifurcated electronic sound score from two potent female composers, and performances from seven stunning dancers who hail from Sri Lanka, Senegal, Israel, Taiwan, and across the U.S. Seating is limited so go to dancetheyard.org for tickets.
Happy Anniversary to Jim and Kathy Wallen, they were married 38 years ago on July 31 (or July 30, depending on which one you ask). I got to see them that day and hear the story of how they met in St. Thomas, where Kathy was a school psychologist and Jim had arrived as crew on a boat. They have built quite a life together, working, travelling, raising two sons, and creating a home base here. Here’s to many more years together. Happy Birthday to Fynn Monahan who turned 18 on July 31. There was a family celebration on Philbin Beach and then in true teenage fashion, Fynn left to go hang with his friends.
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