Town Column : Tisbury
Congratulations to Michael and Bonnie Perkalis. They are happy to share the news of a new grandson, Charles Preston Lamb, who weighed in at 13 pounds, 6 ounces at Providence, R.I., on August 7. His proud parents are Melissa and Jason Lamb of North Attleboro. Charles was also welcomed home by his siblings Sarah, Meghan, and Michael.
What a wonderful Fair. There was something for everyone. Our selectman Denys Wortman, in his own front yard, caught a hunting hawk in flight on film. Denys said this was his first Fair ribbon. Diana Waring's camera captured a poignant moment in time, the firemen at the Bunch of Grapes Bookstore last month. I loved the junior photo of a whimsically attentive dog by Maddy Alley, age 10.
The oil painting of Trip Barnes by Ann Leggett drew many comments. My choice was the Lone Swan pastel by Lorraine Wells. A lovely watercolor by Sydney Marcus in the under seven years old category had a blue ribbon with the judge's comment "truly wonderful." And a blue lobster painted on a table runner by Linda Ferrini took a ribbon.
Alexander Campbell's angel card took a special award. Sandra Kingston and Nancy Cabot found blue ribbons on their bayberry wreaths next to the beautiful exhibit of Island plants by Going Native Nursery.
Meredith Aldrich sported a blue ribbon on her yummy red apples. Alicia Lesnikowski's green apples looked good, too. The youth exhibit of vegetables and fruits and flowers was spectacular. Nathaniel Packer collected ribbons for summer squash and watermelon.
Harrison Dorr had a blue ribbon to match his blueberries as did Jason Davey with flowers in a sugar bowl. Edwin Gould-Hart had a striking arrangement in a bean pot with both a blue ribbon and a Garden Club award.
Patrick Best, age nine, gathered ribbons galore and a special award for his display of vegetables. He also showed an herb garden, acorn squash, pickles and jams, and even a small hooked rug that seemed to be woven of loops, the kind kids used to make potholders out of.
Nine-year-old Devon Metters's ceramic mirror had a blue ribbon. Shane Metters, age 12, showed a very handsome large wooden fish with copper fins and pegs for hanging coats.
Junior flower ribbons went to Phebe Bates for a wonderful fairy garden and Alexa Pil with blossoms in a lobster claw. Every child in the place sidled up to a life-sized papier mache pony made by eight-year-old Angela Hayes.
Sam Berlow had a vegetable with huge leaves labeled tiaoba. I had to find out more about that. Tiaoba is a Brazilian food crop being introduced by the Island Grown Initiative in collaboration with UMass Amherst. Sam's wife, Ali, describes tiaoba as similar to collard greens. Find out more at worldcrops.org/crops/Taioba.cfm
And what quilts. Lydia Olsen's blue and white pieced stars was quilted by "mother" - both did lovely work. Colorful entries of courthouse steps by Enid McEvoy, pineapples by Marion Burke, and a small sampler by Myra Stark were beautiful. Betsy Edge displayed her new garden quilt of Victorian flowers with a variety of button centers. Laura Beebe's beach scene, centered by a variation of Storm at Sea, had a well-deserved ribbon.
This Saturday is your last chance this summer for homemade barbeque pulled pork with coleslaw, sweet potato fries, and cornbread. Tickets are $12 at the door (children $5) from 5 to 7 pm at the First Baptist Church parish house at 66 William Street.
On Sunday, jazz pianist John Alaimo will present an Evening of Music on the Lagoon at the home of Pam and Jim Butterick, located at 359 Barnes Road. From 6:30 to 10 pm, there will be great music, light refreshment and, we hope, a lovely sunset over the lagoon. A donation of $50 will benefit the Steeple Fund of the Federated Church in Edgartown, 508-627-4421.
Happy anniversary to David and Elizabeth Beim. They celebrate tomorrow.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Arthur Dickson. Tomorrow wish the best to Cynthia Walker. Sunday belongs to Jessica Dolliver. Edwin Gould-Hart parties on Tuesday. Happy birthday on Wednesday to Marguerite Clark and Island artist Maggie Masek.
Heard on Main Street: Isn't it nice to be getting our Island back? I love our visitors but not the crowds.