Town Column : Tisbury
Thanks to Kira Shepherd, we know spring is indeed on its way. Kira is the first to report that the pinkletinks started singing in Tisbury on April 1 at 6:30 pm.
The best April Fool's treat was free lobsters at the Net Result. Of course, the free lobsters were candy. But it is always a treat to buy the beautiful fish available there.
Congratulations to Denys. The Tisbury Town Report for 2007 is a collector's item. The front cover is a photograph by Selectman Denys Wortman. The picture shows our favorite ferry the Islander leaving Vineyard Haven and the Island for the last time. The Islander is passing the new ferry Island Home as she arrives in port.
More on BYOB: Most towns in the Commonwealth are either wet or dry. But if the proposed plan for beer and wine is approved in Tisbury, then the Selectmen can pass a local regulation to allow BYOB in those restaurants not applying for a license. This has been done in the town of Bourne. There is no current town regulation on BYOB, but the Selectmen can at any time pass a regulation allowing BYOB (or not). If you have an opinion, either way, vote on Tuesday. If you don't, my vote counts more.
The town meeting voted to contribute towards the County pest control agent, but I forgot to ask him how to control wild turkeys. My pests are certainly a health hazard as well as a nuisance and cause real property damage. Perhaps we can have a one-day lift of the ban on discharging a firearm. Everyone could come to my house and bag a turkey for dinner. For free.
Next week is National Library Week. That means it is a really good time to check out the local library. You will probably be surprised with all that is happening.
The discussions of 20th century literature on the topic of race continues on Tuesday, April 22, at our library. These discussions started in Aquinnah and will end in Chilmark in May. The program begins at 5:30 pm. This month's book is William Styron's "Confessions of Nat Turner."
A new lecture series begins at the library on April 30 at 5:30 pm, meeting Wednesdays for six weeks. "Menu for the Future" will cover a variety of questions dealing with food, including world hunger and food system alternatives. The workbook is $20. Sign up at the desk or online.
Last Friday we were delighted to host friends gathering to meet with Maura and Arnie Ziemian. They were visiting on Island for a few days. We have missed them a lot since they moved to Florida, so we hope they will return again soon.
Lynne Benson will close The Heath Hen Quilt & Yarn Shop from April 20 through April 30. We are happy to report that she is doing well. She plans to enjoy teaching her granddaughter how to crochet during this short break.
"Le Héros de la famille" (Family Hero) will be shown Saturday at 7:30 pm at the Cornell Theatre. In French with English subtitles, the film has drama, comedy, music, magic and an amusing ghost story as Gabriel visits a ghost to ask for help in saving his nightclub. The cast includes such French icons as Catherine Deneuve, Emmanuelle Beart, Miou-Miou and Claude Brasseur.
Happy anniversary to Donna and Ed Herczeg. They celebrate today.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Jerry Tilton on Saturday. Sunday belongs to Deborah Eggers and Allan M. Davey. On Monday, wish the best to Mike McLaughlin and to Ann Lee. Happy birthday to Fran Griffin Gould. Her special day is Wednesday.
Heard on Main Street: Don't tell me the sky's the limit when there are footprints on the moon.