It's almost too late to register for the end of summer BBQ at the Tisbury Senior Center this Saturday at 1:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for baby back beef ribs slathered in a special homemade sauce served with baked beans, corn on the cob, potato salad, lemonade, iced tea, and dessert. Your reservation with payment must be made by noon tomorrow.
There is one more week of Crazy Painting at the senior center. Sally Flood says you can learn how to load the brush with paint, mix color and paint something that will be useful and or fun. Try a little wooden Adirondack chair (small plant stand), a picture frame, or a rock. Rocks make great door stops and paper weights. Sally has templates for transforming any rock into an animal. It's all fun and you will be surprised by what you can do. And it is free on this Monday from 1 to 3 pm. Go crazy with color.
After 14 years at the Federated Church, Rev. Jerry Fritz will be retiring at the end of September and moving to Ohio. Rev. Terry Martinson has been selected as interim. A special transitional service will be at the church this Sunday with Rev. Fritz and Rev. Martinson sharing the service at 10:30 am in Edgartown. All are invited.
A formal farewell for Rev. Fritz and his wife Kathleen will be later in September. They are moving to Ohio where their youngest daughter, Katelyn, attends Kent State University. The Rev. Terry Martinson retired in June from the Old South Union Church in Weymouth. He will begin the first week of October.
One of the best things about the Agricultural Fair is the flavor of fun in the children's entries. This year it was especially noticeable in creations by the Neale children and Charles Porterfield and Katie Goldsmith. I also liked the shell collection carefully put together by Savanah Pereira and the embroidered quilt by Sue Miller. Somehow the solar system as presented by Ruby Reimann seemed just a little different. And I did love the entrancing pine cone owls by Jackson Cabot.
Pigs were in plentiful supply, from Owen Steenkamp's pigs on a ferris wheel to the pig made of large and small beads to serve as a vase for flowers by Robby Belknap. Others had similar ideas but these two attracted notice.
The youngsters' artwork drew crowds of admirers, especially the young child's drawing elaborating the word 'mom' into a picture of hearts. What a lucky mom.
Who knew 12- and 13-year-olds were that talented? Ian Trance had a cork sculpture and there were amazing Lego designs. A fine pencil sketch was done by Salyn Yancey. Jonah Boardman drew a fascinating colored pencil scene where you could almost see the hummingbird's wings moving.
Quilters from our town entered wonderful quilts, including Myra Stark's flying geese quilt and the patchwork wall hanging by Laura Beebe. I loved the small quilt featuring a boat and bluefish. Kudos to those who hung up the quilts, showing off the skillful workmanship as well as the lovely designs. The beautiful quilts hanging down the center aisle of the Ag Hall make the Fair more inviting and exciting as you enter.
As usual, both professional and amateur photographs were impressive. Two baby photos drew my eye. Kandace Mavro entered a picture of a sweet baby costumed with a rose crochet bonnet. Michelle Manfredi photographed a wide-eyed baby obviously in awe of something outside our view. Of course, it was a wonderful Fair and I am sure you enjoyed it all.
On behalf of the West Tisbury Library, Nelia and Amy will read to children up to age three at our library a week from today at 10:30 am.
As a benefit for the new West Tisbury Library, Ben and Sally Taylor and friends will perform on Tuesday evening at 8 pm at the Grange. Ben and Sally are the children of James Taylor and Carly Simon and, of course, are talented singers and songwriters. The ArtCliff food truck will offer dinner on the grounds from 6 to 8 pm. Concert tickets are $20, for sale at the door from 6 pm. Doors open at 7.
Happy anniversary today to John and Laurel Chapman. Tomorrow Anthony and Pamela Campagna mark 44 years of wedded bliss.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out on Sunday to Shem Goldstein. Tuesday belongs to Percy Burt. Wish the best on Wednesday to Barbara Bruck.
Heard on Main Street: You can come out now. The President has left.