Town Column : Tisbury
It's not only the parishioners of the First Baptist Church who are grateful that the Rev. Roger Spinney is a good cook. The parish hall was crowded with diners enjoying the Irish traditional meal of corned beef and cabbage on Saturday night.
Get well wishes go out to Cary and Sam Snyder, who are both recovering nicely. Cary hopes to be out of the wheelchair soon. That will be a big relief to Sam. He has been healing from a bad fall while also performing as chief cook and bottle washer during Cary's convalescence from surgery.
Best wishes go to Jan Dorchester, who is slowly regaining her strength and continuing to improve. We hope she will soon be back to her regular activities.
I'm told the turkeys will soon be nesting. Well, I wish they would - somewhere else. In the meantime, I have over 70 screeching and scratching in my yard each evening. It has to be a health hazard.
And then there is the noise pollution. I cannot believe those Tom turkeys can make so much noise simply thrumming their feathers. But their faces do turn a most interesting blue as they perform.
The Martha's Vineyard libraries and the Vineyard Playhouse present the Fabulists in an original play for children on Saturday at 11 am. A lively folk tale from Afghanistan, "The Call of the Cuckoo," will call for lots of audience participation. Admission is $5 per person.
The Vineyard Haven library will present a new series on Wednesday afternoons, while the sun is shining. There will be a movie once a month. Next Wednesday at 4 pm enjoy "Cooking with Bella: Feijoada the American Way." Bella comes from a long line of excellent Brazilian cooks. She will teach us how to make Feijoada, the country's national dish.
Homework is a nightmare for many parents. A daily struggle evolves. Parents are invited to learn some skills in Handling Homework Horrors. Stuart Peskin, project director, wants to help parents deal with issues that can make homework a problem. There is no charge for the event a week from Wednesday on April 2 at 7 pm at the high school library conference room. Pre-register by calling parent coordinator Robyn Gurney at 508-693-4489.
Several people asked why the town meetings could not be held earlier than 7:30 pm. Many of those who attend have to leave by 9 or 9:30 pm. Why can't we meet earlier? Well, we can. Only it takes a town meeting vote to do it. I'll be looking for ten voters who will sign my petition to ask the Board of Selectmen to put the question on the town meeting agenda.
Mark your calendar. We have a special town meeting on Tuesday, March 25. Then the regular town meeting will be on April Fool's Day, Tuesday, April 1. Also, on April 15, after you mail in your income tax, you will have the chance to vote to keep our town dry or to approve the selectmen allowing licenses for beer and wine. Polls open at 12 noon that day.
All this activity leads up to the tourist season when we will all withdraw into our shells to hide until fall, or wish we could.
A large group of friends and family said farewell to Virginia Poole last week at Abel's Hill. The day was crisp and beautiful, with bright blue sky. She would have enjoyed the baskets of lovely flowers and the folk songs sung by Merrily Fenner.
Big bunches of belated birthday balloon wishes go out to Janet Sylvia. Sorry I'm late. I hope you had a happy one.
Happy birthday today to Sheri Thomas and Phoenix Russell. Tomorrow wish the best to Skip Bailey. Also partying on Friday will be Barbara Dacey, our favorite voice at WMVY, as well as Jon Nelson at The Bunch of Grapes, my favorite bookstore. Wish the best to Rosemary Milewski and the Rev. Rob Hensley on Saturday.
Heard on Main Street: Some people do wonderful things with leftovers. They throw them out.