West Tisbury: nothing yesterday, flowers today


Nature is pretty miraculous. After the past winter that seemed so long, cold, snowy, icy, long, my first blooming daffodils opened up this morning, right on schedule. Mike, the dogs, and I were driving home from our walk and saw bright yellow daffodils blooming along the south-facing wall of Linda Alley’s house, so I went right out in my yard to look around as soon as we got home. There they were, appearing like magic. Nothing yesterday. Flowers today.

April is National Poetry Month and there are events on the Island celebrating that most evocative art. An exhibition of poetry-inspired art opened at Featherstone yesterday. It combines poems and artwork by members of the Martha’s Vineyard Poets’ Collective in one room with the larger room displaying work in different media and the poems that inspired each artist. There is a surprising variety including stained glass, handmade books, collage, drawing, as well as paintings ranging from traditional to whimsical fantasy. The show runs through April 23.

A Semi-Annual West Tisbury Library Community Poetry Reading will be held at the library this Sunday afternoon, April 13, at 3:30. All are welcome to bring a favorite poem to read, one you have written or one by a poet of your choice. Or just come to listen and enjoy the company of other poetry enthusiasts. This reading is in honor of Jonathan Revere, who always enjoyed these gatherings. The library wishes to thank the Bunch of Grapes for hosting these events during our construction.

Artists Leslie Baker, Nick Thayer, and Wendy Weldon traveled to the Fitchburg Art Museum on Sunday to the opening of “On the Edge,” a juried show for members of the Monotype Guild of New England. All three, who have printed together weekly for years, were among a select group of printmakers whose work was chosen. All are masters of the monotype, an original print of which only a single impression is made from a plate drawn or painted on by the artist. The plate is neither carved nor etched, the image transferred to dampened paper by the pressure of the press. It has been called “the painterly print,” combining qualities of both, unique.

If you enjoy the Chilmark Women’s Symposium, put April 26 on your calendar. The 33rd meeting has as its subject “Dreams” and will meet from 9 am to 12 noon at the Chilmark Community Center.

Sunday afternoon, April 13, the Martha’s Vineyard Center For Living will host their first fundraiser of 2014, showing the film “Away From Her” at the Film Center. Doors open at 4 o’clock for a reception, then the film, followed by a question-and-answer period led by Karen Achille, Eileen Murphy, Leslie Clapp, and Mary Holmes. All are well-known island experts in Alzheimer’s and dementia care. The event is part of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month on the Vineyard. Tickets are $25 at the door, $20 for Film Society members.

A Forum on Emergency Preparedness will be held at 1:30 pm on Monday, April 14, at the Tisbury Senior Center. Speakers are: Chris Cini, Emergency Management Co-ordinator; Beth Toomey, who will talk about her experience working in Falmouth shelters during Hurricane Sandy; Jim Klingensmith describing how to accommodate pets; and Chuck Cotnor, who will give information about preparing a bag with emergency supplies. Call 508-696-4205 for more information.

Closer to home, Marsha Winsryg will talk about her recent trip to Zambia at the West Tisbury Library at 5 pm on April 14. Marsha has been actively helping support women’s and children’s charities in Africa, raising money by selling crafts she collects on her trips. She will be joined by Rick Bausman and Jane Norton to share photos, video, and stories about a new model for cross-cultural exchange. The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Polly Hill Arboretum is looking for volunteers to help maintain the grounds and lend a hand around the property. Anyone interested is invited to “join us on the first Thursday of every month April through October, 9 to noon.” Call ahead so they know how many folks to expect, 508-693-9426. Wear comfortable work clothes and bring your own gloves. Tools are provided.

Enid Haller of the Lyme Center of Martha’s Vineyard wants to let people know about a conference on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases to be held in Providence, Rhode Island, this May 3 and 4. You may call the Lyme Center for more information, 508-693-1846.

Some weeks I have lots to say, some weeks not so much. The weather is reliable, the changing of seasons, the passing of time, the rituals that make up a year in our community lives. I think of this column as my weekly letter to you. Newsy or philosophical, an observation of a small detail or some momentous event, it is meant to represent us in this time. Birds and blooms and houseguests arrive and disappear. Dogs go for daily walks and do silly things. New kittens discover the world in their first year. Music, art, food, politics, firemen, kindergartners, events and people large and small. If something noteworthy happens to you that you wish to share, please let me know. And thanks for reading.

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