I was surprised this morning, walking up to get the paper, to see Porter "playing" with something that turned out to be a chipmunk. I have never seen one in our yard. I know they are on the Island, as our friends, Marie-Louise Rouff and Paul Levine, have a very evident chipmunk who dashes across their porch steps as visitors arrive. Ruth Kirchmeier and Nelson Bryant always have them playing underneath their bird feeder and that's just up the street from us. I picked Porter up and carried him to the house to distract him with breakfast and his favorite cat toy, hoping the chipmunk would have time to find a safe place to hide. Hope he made it.
I'm also surprised to find notices of events in October, and realizing that's only a couple of weeks away. Wasn't it just Labor Day?
If any event is timely, it is that this Saturday, September 21, is United Nations International Day of Peace. Locally, a Day of Prayer and Peace service is planned at Grace Church at 4 pm.
Also on Saturday, at 1 pm, is a Ceremony of Remembrance, the twelfth, at the Edgartown Lighthouse Children's Memorial. I remember the tragedy of 16-year-old Ricky Harrington's death in a car accident; I remember Ricky as a little blond-haired boy growing up in Edgartown with his parents, Rick and Chris. The Children's Memorial was Rick's idea and the MV Museum joined in. There are currently 615 cobblestones engraved with the names of children who have died. Stones may still be purchased. If you are interested, call Betsey Mayhew at 508-627-4441, ext. 112.
Dan and Elaine Pace are new grandparents to Julie Grace, their second granddaughter and fourth grandchild, who was born on September 5. "We are blessed," said Elaine. Julie and her parents live in Ambler, Pennsylvania.
ACE MV is planning several opportunities for folks to learn about/sign up for their fall classes. Next Thursday evening at Flatbread Pizza is the first, followed by a Course Sampling Fair at the High School cafeteria on October 1 from 5-6:30 pm. They will be at the Living Local Harvest Fair on October 5, from 10 to 3.
The Tisbury Travel Club is planning a trip to the Museum of Fine Arts on Friday, November 1. Museum entry and roundtrip bus from Woods Hole are included for $48. To register, call Sandy Whitworth at the Tisbury Council on Aging, 508-696-4205.
If you are in Boston before October 31, West Tisbury artist Leslie Baker has a painting, Fall Birches I, on view in the Fall Members' Show at the Copley Society on Newbury Street. Her painting was awarded first prize by juror Howard Yezerski of the Miller/Yezerski Gallery. Leslie has earned the status of Copley Master, a designation indicating numerous awards and exhibitions within the Copley Society. Fall Birches I is from a new series of abstract oil paintings and monotypes that Leslie has been developing over the past year. Some have been shown on the Island at Shaw Cramer Gallery and at Featherstone this past summer.
Nelia and Amy, the West Tisbury Library's traveling Mother Goose on the Loose readers, remind families of children 0-3 years old that the program meets on Thursdays at 10:30. They are at the Oak Bluffs Library September 19, October 3 and 17, and at the Vineyard Haven Library Sept 26 and October 10.
Jim and Sandy Turner have returned from an Italian adventure, shared with Sandy's sister and brother-in-law, Jen and Andy Allcroft. The highlight for Sandy was visiting the leaning tower of Pisa, something she has dreamed of seeing since she was in fourth grade. Of course, Jim marked the occasion with the obligatory photograph of Sandy appearing to hold it up. I can't wait to see all the photographs she described when we sat together yesterday afternoon. They visited Milan, Stresa on Lake Maggiore, Florence, Pisa, Siena, the Cinque Terra, and Portofino. I asked for a story and here is what she wrote:
"We saw many spectacular cathedrals, our favorite being the Siena Duomo. We saw Michaelangelos and Leonardos and Titians. We went to the Galileo Science Museum. We swam in the Adriatic. We went wine-tasting in the Chianti region. We ended our trip with five days in Venice, where we strolled through the maze of streets. I stumbled across the square where Katherine Hepburn fell in the canal in the movie "Summertime" and the shop where Rossano Brazzi sold his red goblets. In a beautiful church turned concert hall, we attended an Interpreti Veneziani concert where they played Vivaldi's "Four Seasons."
Ned and Joy Robinson-Lynch had both their children home over the past week. Although Gabriel left before Yom Kippur, Elana attended services with her parents, and chanted the afternoon Torah portion on Saturday. Very beautifully, I might add. She is due to return to her home in Oakland, California.
West Tisbury/Florida co-resident Ann Votta has written a memoir called "Reunited: When the Past Becomes A Present," about coming together again with her high school sweetheart after 50 years. She is now happily married to Alan. It is available in Island libraries and bookstores. I look forward to reading their story.
I'm rushing off to Cathy Mann's house in Edgartown for a birthday lunch for our friend, Martha Fleishman. Much love and many happy returns, dearest Martha.