Town Column : Tisbury
Many of you will remember Shirley Adams. She was a happy, giving, and loving person. She left us on St. Patrick's Day at age 89. For many years, she and her partner Barbara Barstow had played in the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, and Shirley delivered dry cleaning for Butler's on the Island. Summers they had the Music Box restaurant in their Tisbury home. After retirement, they delivered meals on wheels, especially up-Island. I have many fond memories of Shirley, telling family stories, urging friends to join her in making quilts for Windemere, devoting hours to COMSOG, enjoying her cello, and simply being a good friend.
Easter's sunny but cool weather required coats to cover the pretty new outfits blossoming last Sunday. Island daffodils are just beginning to toss their merry heads in celebrating spring while crocus and snowdrop blooms are everywhere. The white flowers of the shad bush are evident, so it must be that spring is really on its way.
Enjoy the ancient love story of Cupid and Psyche this Friday. Spindrift Marionettes will put on a full-length puppet show for adults and children over ten for one night only. Marionettes and puppets imagine the folk tale of love and loss, in a world where gods and mortals interact. Tickets are $10. The show begins at 7:30 pm in the Cornell Theatre. For information, call 508-693-4059.
The young students of Rebecca Barca-Tinus will be performing in a free concert at the Whaling Church in Edgartown on Saturday at 4 pm. The one hour strings concert features students of all ages from all over the Island, showcasing this year's hard work including Vivaldi, fiddle and Suzuki favorites.
The Martha's Vineyard Film Society offers all five Oscar nominated short films this Saturday at 7:30 pm at the Cornell Theatre. The animated films run about an hour and a half. You will see the short foreign films reviewed for the 2007 awards, from "I Met the Walrus" to "Peter & the Wolf."
Nan Doty suggests you light some candles and turn off the lights on Saturday from 8 to 9 pm. Join Islanders raising awareness about energy conservation during Lights Out Martha's Vineyard. Have fun with a candlelight dinner or bring your flashlights to Felix Neck Wildlife Center at 7:30 pm for a Night Walk. Sign up at almanac.vcsmv.org/lights_out and join this national event (earthhour.org).
Parents of high school students are reminded that Stuart Peskin will help you in Handling Homework Horrors next Wednesday at 7 pm at the high school. The program is free.
I missed the hearing. But I understand that our fellow citizens want to use the Tashmoo Spring building for weddings or as a children's museum with marine exhibits. Some were interested in the fish that are present inside the building's intake pool that was used to channel the spring water to the building for town water. Perhaps they are herring. At any rate, the building should be ready for interior finish work by July of 2009.
Jeanne Staples returns to Haiti next month to continue work with the Peacequilts Project, helping Haitian women to earn a living creating quilts. Women outside Port-au-Prince are making unique Haitian art quilts. They earn a daily wage plus a percentage of the sale price. Jeanne asks Island quilters and sewers to give fabric, sewing machine needles, rulers and rotary blades and mats, buttons and good shears. Take your donations to The Heath Hen Yarn and Quilt Shop at the Tisbury Marketplace. For more information, call Jeanne at 508-274-1104.
Is your little one going to be five years old by September 1? Then you need to register that child for kindergarten. Call Barbara Armstrong at the Tisbury School 508-696-6500 before April 17. There will be a parent meeting on Tuesday, April 26, at 6 pm.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Sue Mitchell. Birthday greetings go out on Friday to Hank and Linda Unczur and Dale McClure. Saturday belongs to Kaleena Searle. Sunday is a special day for Larry Sylvia, and a day off, too. Marco Daniels also parties on Sunday. Wish the best to Tom Zinno on Wednesday.
Heard on Main Street: If you can smile when things go wrong, you have someone in mind to blame.