Congratulations to Barbara Barstow, who is celebrating her 90th birthday this year. Others talk these days about second careers after retirement. Barbara has no such problem. Over the past year she has been engaged in writing her memoirs - beginning with her insistence at the age of five that her mother give her a violin, and covering her professional career when she played in symphony orchestras conducted by such great names as Serge Koussevitsky and others. For many years she was concert master of the Rhode Island Symphony Orchestra. Earlier she had been part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's WPA program for writers and musicians, traveling to such faraway places as Oklahoma.
Her book also covers the years when she moved to Martha's Vineyard and was owner and chef of The Music Box Restaurant, which still stands on Mt. Aldworth, with its fantastic view of the water beyond.
Barbara is now in the final stages of editing her book, and a publisher's party is being planned for September when friends will gather to hear about the book as well as Barbara's involvement with Island organizations such as Meals on Wheels, Community Solar Greenhouse, the Tisbury Senior Center, and others. The date of the party has not been set. Send me your name and address if you want to be included when final plans are made.
Thanks go out to our own Trip Barnes. He once again performed his magic at the annual Evening of Discovery overlooking the harbor in Edgartown. The event was held to benefit the Martha's Vineyard Historical Society. This year Trip's daughter Elizabeth Adams Barnes shared the spotlight as a very attractive assistant to this wonderful auctioneer.
Nationally known organist Sandra Proctor will present an organ concert on the refurbished Hook and Hastings Tracker Organ on Sunday at 4 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Chapel, 238 Main Street. Jim Thomas will lead the NAACP Spirituals Choir in a cameo appearance. Tickets are $10.
Kathy Stinson is all excited about next Tuesday's visit with Winnie the Pooh. All ages are welcome to come to the library to meet Winnie during story times on Tuesday at 10 and again at 11 am. Children six and up have story time and crafts at 2:30 pm on Thursdays this summer. You adults will enjoy adding this title to your summer reading list: Amy Tan's "Saving Fish From Drowning" will be discussed by the Library book group on Thursday, August 16, at 1:30 pm.
Belated congratulations go out to Eric and Susan Lopes as they mark their anniversary last Sunday. They were married seven years ago on a beautiful summer day at the Gay Head lighthouse.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Rory Mayhew, Pam Cassel, and Michael Bulkin. Wish the best tomorrow to Michael Cobban and Nancy Zamarro.
Heard on Main Street: "So, who dies in Harry Potter?"