Town Column : West Tisbury
This is one of those columns I don't know where to start. The phrase "paradigm of life" comes to mind, as this past week we in West Tisbury have celebrated great joys and wept with great sorrows.
Douglas Reid's son, McCall, was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident as he was riding home from work in Edgartown. Our hearts and prayers are with him, Douglas, and Beth Kramer, who have been in Boston since the accident.
Thankfully, no one was hurt in the Fourth of July fire at Café Moxie and the Bunch of Grapes bookstore, but it was a long day for firefighters from the three down-Island towns and awful for everyone involved. Vineyard Haven was smoke-filled and inaccessible all day. It was a horrible way to start the holiday weekend.
Meanwhile, the inboxes of friends and supporters of Katie Mayhew were filled with updates from her mom, Deborah, as Katie, one of three finalists, auditioned and was chosen winner of the Boston Pops contest. Everyone in town was glued to their television sets Friday night as we saw both Katie and Deborah interviewed on Channel 4 and watched Katie's awesome performance. Jack, Betsey, Caroline and Lucy Mayhew, Nicole Galland, and Pat Waring were some of the Vineyarders attending the concert. Katie was welcomed home with great fanfare at the ferry. Congratulations Katie, everyone is thrilled for you.
Max Nunes, newly-elected President of the Regional High School Student Council, left last week to spend the rest of the month in Manchester, N.H., where he will be involved with the coordinated campaigns of Barack Obama, ex-Governor Jean Shaheen, who is running for U.S. Senate, and the re-election of Gov. John Lynch. Max will be doing fieldwork, training, and "getting people involved." His enthusiasm and commitment for the political process and public service are pretty exciting. I look forward to getting together when he returns to hear all about his work.
West Tisbury is well represented on the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School Student Council. Alexia Schroeder is Vice-President and Cristina Wiley is Secretary. Congratulations to you all.
Evan Haller Hiser, known to all as "Bean," celebrated her birthday on July 4, playing miniature golf with friends. On Monday, there will be a family party at her grandmother Margie Hiser's home in Edgartown.
Josie Bruno celebrated her "real" birthday in February, her 90th, but was the guest of honor at a second birthday party here on Saturday with her Vineyard friends.
Travis and Tyler Smith have been staying at the Bruno house for the past week before moving over to Bessire's for the up-coming week. The twins are here with their father, Otis Smith, and their aunt, Edith Smith. They have been busy with birthday preparations, having made and decorated a cake for Henry Bessire's birthday (a platypus smoking a pipe, which sounded quite wonderful), then attending Josie Bruno's party. Travis was also in charge of Louise's keys and shopping list at the Farmer's Market.
When I spoke with Nicole Cabot last week, she was moving furniture and getting the spare bedroom ready for the arrival of her mother, Linda Vadasz, from Budapest to spend the month with Nicole, Ben, and Violet. The three ladies have lots of plans I hope to be able to report as the month goes on.
The Ogburn family was here for their annual Fourth of July visit with Sue Hruby. Over the years they have developed an itinerary that includes kayaking and hiking around the Island, the Edgartown parade, and numerous trips to the Flying Horses. This year Meredith came to my studio for an art lesson; she already knows she wants to be an artist when she grows up, and I bet she will. They returned home to Atlanta on Sunday.
Henry Bassett has been here with his parents, Sarah Wasserman and Brian Bassett, at Bob and Suzi Wasserman's house on Music Street. Henry has been busy working on the Friends of the Library Book Sale, one of his favorite summer activities. He returns home to Boston for a week at Theater Camp and a brief trip to visit his Bassett grandparents in Niantic, Conn., before returning to the Vineyard next Sunday, hopefully in time for my gallery opening. Suzi's father, Russell Hollister, will be here, too.
Ruth Kirchmeier and I are showing our work together again this summer at my gallery on Edgartown-West Tisbury Road, Hermine Merel Smith Fine Art. Ruth will be presenting four new series of woodcuts and I will have my oil paintings on display. The party will be from 4 to 7 pm, Sunday, July 13. Please consider this your invitation, as I am better at painting than I am at getting the postcards addressed and mailed two weeks ahead. The show will be beautiful. We promise.