Town Column : Tisbury
If these hot days of summer are getting to you, remember that our Senior Center is air-conditioned. Imagine what you can do while you are enjoying the cool air, such as exercise, play reading, painting, ma jong, bridge, knitting, crafting, movies, writing workshops, and new beginnings. Beginning at 11 am on Monday, Sally Flood will lead a new group called Young at Heart. They will treasure an hour each week to laugh and enjoy fellowship with peers, telling short stories and sharing poetry and songs. Those who come can challenge themselves to graduate from listening to participation, if they feel so moved. Is there something else you would like to have offered by the Tisbury Senior Center? Call 508-696-4205 with your suggestions. Or just stop by to cool off.
Staying cool is relative. When I swim at the Mansion House, the pool water seems cool until I get used to it, even if it is 15 degrees warmer than the ocean. The ocean just feels wonderful when I have been in the sun for a short time. I guess that means my thermometer is not to be trusted. My husband claims that I have a half-degree comfort range, somewhere between 71 and 72. These days I look for a sweater if the house registers under 70 degrees.
Our intrepid fire fighters and EMTs were on the scene quickly on Sunday, once again on Main Street. Fortunately, the smoke billowing from the electric transformer did not seem to cause anyone any harm. The electric company was soon on site taking care of the problem. But there were a few anxious moments nonetheless.
If you love live theater, here is a special treat. The Vineyard Playhouse is looking for volunteers to usher for this season. Ushers greet the patrons, help out at intermission, and best of all, get to see the plays for free. Call the playhouse at 508-696-6300, and leave your name and phone number with MJ Bruder Munafo.
I enjoyed a visit last week from a friend I've enjoyed since childhood. That means we have shared memories from longer ago than I want to admit. Now known as Dr. Sandra Brennan, she teaches online at the University of Phoenix. Sandy's visits to the Island always include trips to local jewelry and antique shops. This time our trip to the Thrift Shop found me a pretty new necklace.
My cousin, Jean Willder, and Bethany Pye, her 15-year-old granddaughter, have just arrived for a couple of weeks on the Vineyard. They have traveled all the way from Torquay, England. It is not the first visit for either of them, but it has been a long time since they were here last. They will be catching up with several Island friends. Bethany is also looking forward to biking and swimming, as well as shopping trips. Some young teen visitors who were here last month have provided good suggestions for places to go and things to do.
Congratulations to Lil and Ed Colligan who mark 57 years of wedded bliss on Monday. Lil, you should know that Ed called me to make sure this special day was noted.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out tomorrow to the Colligans' grandson, Thomas E. Colligan. Wish the best on Saturday to Michael Bulkin, Pam Cassel, and little Rory Mayhew who turns three years old that day. Happy birthday to Michael Cobban and Nancy Zamarro who celebrate on Sunday.
Heard on Main Street: Some things never change. Accept that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue.