Tisbury: Exhibit about The Cottagers

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— Kyra Steck

Heard on Main Street: Miracles happen every day; change your perception of what a miracle is and you’ll see them all around you. (Jon Bon Jovi)

I’ve decided there is a real difference between July traffic and August traffic. Of course, it has taken us a while to get used to all the cars, since even during last summer there were not nearly as many cars.

Either the August traffic is much more easygoing or I’ve been choosing better times to try to get around. Between the problems at Five Corners and the Edgartown Road, we’ve always had a couple of places in our town where it has always been difficult. Relax. We’re halfway through summer.

I love the ways our Island libraries have worked so hard to open up our libraries as much as possible and keep trying to make things more interesting. And you can ask any one of them to keep you informed on what is happening.

The Vineyard Haven library has a number of ongoing programs. Whether you speak French or want to knit with other people or talk about books, they offer a variety of things online.

I think I mentioned that the Oak Bluffs library has author Tom Dresser leading cemetery tours: meet Tom on Saturday, August 14, at the Pacific Avenue entrance at 10 am.

Oak Bluffs library also offers the Oral History Recording Studio, asking any who have lived or visited Oak Bluffs for an important time in your life to share your stories. Staff will help. Call 508-693-9423 or email amalik@clams.net to sign up for a 30-minute slot any Saturday in August from 10 am to noon.

A new exhibit you should go out of your way to see is called “Work of the Soul” at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. This explores the work and lives of four extraordinary Black women artists who lived, vacationed, and worked on the Vineyard during the 20th century: pioneering sculptor Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller, world-renowned painter Loïs Mailou Jones, artist and educator Delilah Pierce, as well as seamstress-turned-artist Olive “Cutie” Bowles. This exhibit is open through Oct. 11.

Another new exhibit at MVM opens next Tuesday, August 10, featuring “The Cottagers and 65 Years of Community Service.” The Cottagers began in 1956 when a group of friends and African American women homeowners in Oak Bluffs decided to make a donation to mark their appreciation for the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. Over the years, their efforts have grown. Each year the Cottagers host fundraising events, from clambakes to fashion shows, and contribute the funds to a variety of Island charities. This exhibit celebrates their legacy and commitment to Oak Bluffs and the Martha’s Vineyard community.

We’ve all been waiting for some outdoor musical fun. How about a musical revue called Broadway in the Park? Island Theatre Workshop and company are offering a live, outdoor salute to 25 years of ITW Broadway Musicals, of select ITW productions between 1995 and 2020.

Shows will be outdoors on the lawn at the Whaling Church on Sunday, August 22, at 3 pm and 6:30 pm, and again on Monday, August 23, at 6:30 pm. Bring a blanket. Advance $31 ticket sales at itwmv.org/now-casting. Limited seating. For details, call Kevin Ryan at 508-627-2456.

Big bunches of birthday balloons go out tomorrow to Jesse James Little and Dr. Peter Laursen. Happy birthday on Saturday to John Coogan and Rita Brown. Wish the best to Benjamin Koster on Tuesday.

Heard on Main Street: Remember: The best things in life are not things.

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