Town Column : Tisbury
Gretchen and Walter Collins will welcome their son Jason and his wife Michele and sons who are arriving from Maryland on Friday night. The boys are Brandon, Nicholas, and Daniel. The family also includes a puppy named Sammy. The junior Collinses will be here for five days, before returning to get the boys ready for school.
Steve Mills had a show opening at the Granary Gallery last week. His mother, Arlene Mills, came from Port St. Lucy in Florida for the occasion. She stayed with Kathryn Stewart and took advantage of her visit to get together with some old friends before returning home.
The Olympics bring out the patriotism in all of us. You have to admire the wonderful performances by all the athletes, especially the American swimmers. We discover a new fascination with events we rarely notice. This year the television coverage is much improved with better and more continuous events. It is nice to see some competition by athletes from other countries. I just wish the announcers would appreciate that gold is not the only medal that counts; I think that any Olympic medal is quite an achievement.
Did you know that Henry Winkler was dyslexic? He has written a number of books on the subject, which help young people deal with the issue. Somehow I just never pictured the Fonz as an author.
Have you seen the new 2009 calendar honoring Della Hardman? One of Della's photographs is featured along with others selected by photographers Alison Shaw and Harvey Beth as well as Francine Kelly, director of the Featherstone Center for the Arts. The pictures were taken by many different Islanders, including two very talented students. The photographers are Judy Williamson, Benjamin Hannigan, Aaron Galvin, Frayda Galvin, Joe Doebler, John Budris, Kathy Rose, Marilyn Miller, Tova Katzman, Nicole Pachico, Liam O'Callaghan, and Julian K. Robinson. Wow.
I had heard about this beautiful collection, so when I saw Danguole Budris on the boat, I asked her about it. Naturally, she was carrying a few to sell. The Oak Bluffs Library director helped prepare the calendar for printing by the Tisbury Printer. This limited edition 2009 calendar will benefit the Oak Bluffs Library. Get one. It will help you remember to savor the moments all year long.
Were they visitors or Islanders? Whoever they were, they blocked traffic from Five Corners up to the Edgartown Road. They stopped their car on Beach Street and parked all across the entry to the Post Office in order to let off some people going on the ferry. Of course, everyone had to hug and say extended goodbyes. And all the rest of us had to wait for them. I like to think an Islander would have simply pulled into the parking lot.
Shop in town this weekend - it is tax free. For every purchase at any Tisbury business on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday of $25 or more, you can get a free movie ticket good at the Capawock Theatre on Sunday. Present your sales receipt to receive the movie tickets at Kennedy Studios, Mediterranean, and Bowl & Board. The movie tickets are provided by the Tisbury Business Association.
Ted Hewett will discuss work from his new book, Extreme Birding, a collection of cartoons. Meet him at the Library on Tuesday at 7 pm.
Herb Ward is donating his award-winning quilt, "Island Daylilies," to raise money for the Federated Church Choir trip in 2009. Look for him and his quilt at the Fair, or you can call him at 508-693-7683 to arrange to get your raffle tickets (1/$5 and 5/$20).
Celebrate the fifth birthday of the Louisa Gould Gallery on Saturday. Party time is from 5 to 8 pm, and you are invited.
Congratulations and best wishes for a very happy anniversary go out to Skip and Carol Bailey today.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out tomorrow to Ray V. Frazio and Braden Robert Kuehne. Wish the best on Sunday to Gus Daniels. Monday belongs to Larry Levine. Happy birthday on Tuesday to Jeff Damon Pratt.
Heard on Main Street: Savor the moment. [Della Hardman]