West Tisbury


The big event of the past week was the wedding of Marques Rivers and Sarah Neubert on Thursday, July 5. The wedding took place at the Ag Hall, followed by a reception at Flat Point Farm, ancestral home of the bride’s grandparents, Arnie Sr. and Priscilla Fischer. Sarah was raised on the farm by her mom, Eleanor Neubert, surrounded by aunts, uncles, and cousins. Marques, Sarah, and Sarah’s daughter, Kayla, live in Sarah’s grandparents’ house at the head of the farm road. Marques proposed to Sarah at last summer’s Agricultural Fair. Friends and family surrounded them with love and good wishes for a long, happy life together. Kayla made a speech. There was even a breeze.

Kathy and Norman Lobb were happy to have their girls home for the occasion. Dee and Doug Quesnel from Huntington, Vermont, and Amanda Lobb and Roger Clary from Rouses Point, New York, attended the wedding and spent the weekend with their parents on New Lane. Kathy said, “The wedding was wonderful. A beautiful day.”

Another set of newlyweds, Howie and Cynthia Riggs Attebery, are hosting a potluck wedding reception at the Cleaveland House this Saturday, July 13, 5 to 7 pm. They will provide lemonade, wine and beer, and music by Vineyard Classic Brass. Please bring your good wishes and a favorite hors d’oeuvre. Park along Edgartown Road or in the pasture, the first left turn off New Lane.

The West Tisbury Church will hold their first Blueberry Festival this Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. Dinny Montrowl is in charge and has planned a menu of peach-blueberry cobbler, parfaits, muffins, scones, pies, coffee cakes, smoothies, and blueberry tea, served in a tent on the church lawn. There will be plenty to buy to take home, as well. I’m sure this will become an annual event, as popular as the strawberry and peach festivals the church is famous for.

Patricia Cliggott’s home at 129 Indian Hill Road is the site for a one-day sale of clothing, crystals, furniture, and more by Vineyard craftspeople and artists. It’s called Summer Splash/Creative Event/Lovingkindness. Proceeds help efforts to end domestic violence. Patricia asks that we “support our community.” All are welcome to attend between noon and 8 pm.

Paul Karasik has a cartoon in this week’s New Yorker magazine and a graphic report on his blog. Read about the Menemsha Bike Ferry at paulkarasik.blogspot.com/2013/07/graphic-report-menemsha-bike-ferry.html.

Ruth Kirchmeier, Heather Sommers, and Liz Taft will speak about their respective art groups at the Shaw Cramer Gallery, 56 Main Street, Vineyard Haven, on Tuesday evening, July 16, at 6 pm.

Congratulations to Olivia deGeoffroy, winner of the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society’s 2013 scholarship. She will receive her check from MVCMS President David Rhoderick before Monday’s concert, the first of the season, at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown. Olivia will pursue her music education at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. The concert by the Harlem Quartet begins at 8 pm. The program includes works by Haydn, Schubert, and Chick Corea.

Ellen Weiss just called to tell me she has a peacock and his hen walking across her lawn on Old County Road.

The West Tisbury Library received a grant for $2,400 from the Permanent Endowment for Martha’s Vineyard. It will be used to buy six guitars for free instruction by Steven Maxner at the library this fall.

Plan dinner out next Tuesday evening, July 16, at Flatbread Pizza, from 5 to 9 pm. There will be live music and raffle prizes, all to benefit the library’s renovation project. A portion of the price of every pizza sold that night, including take-out, will be donated to the library.

The Friends of the Library have been hard at work at the school every morning organizing their Annual Book Sale. Book donations are accepted at the school gym when they are working. Please do not bring magazines. They will not be accepted.

Sue Hruby and Jared Hull had guests for the holiday weekend. Steve Summerstein, Sue’s friend since college, came from New York City with his wife, Margaret, and their three-year-old daughter, Lyla Rose. Besides the parade, fireworks, playing with Sue’s cats, and trips to Alley’s, Lyla kept everyone busy.

Joyce and Alan Brigish have returned home after a trip to France and England. They began in Bordeaux, meeting Joyce’s brother, whom she hadn’t seen in 23 years. They proceeded across the south of France, meeting various sets of friends from fifty years ago when they lived in England, before emigrating to South Africa. Many had attended their wedding. A special reunion was with Alan’s photography mentor. They had a lot of fun traveling through the villages of Provence taking pictures together again.

Former West Tisbury resident and travel writer Perry Garfinkel will lead a four-day travel writing retreat in Costa Rica over Labor Day weekend. It’s open to beginners and experienced writers. Participants will “cover” and write about nearby Santa Rosa National Park, attend a cooking class featuring local chocolates, and interview regional ecotourism experts. Perry invites everyone to look at his website: perrygarfinkel.com or email him at perrygarfinkel@aol.com for more information.

Paul Caruso was on-Island for the 4th of July with his new 2012 Harley. He invited me for a ride. We went to Menemsha to meet his wife, Laura, daughter, Morgan, and their guests, Justin and Michelle. The ride was fabulous, especially nice to be racing along cooling off on such a hot day. Paul wants to make it an annual event. Since I love Paul and love riding, I couldn’t be happier.