Heard on Main Street: Don’t take yourself too seriously. No one else does.
You won’t mind if I mention that we were happy not to have an emergency this week. And we certainly have enjoyed the days of lovely weather. We haven’t seen a lot of color — at least in our yard, it appears that only the weeds have turned a brilliant red.
I love what Vineyard Colors calls “the Scarecrow Convention,” when all the scarecrows have been gathered at the Mansion House. I think I almost enjoyed the gathering more than the individual scarecrows when they were scattered around town.
The photographs on display at our library this month are from “The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape, Photographs of New Americans.” This is a project collecting portraits of more than 400 naturalized U.S. citizens of the commonwealth, benefiting the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition. Now it has become an educational project, teaching tolerance to our grade-school children.
The exhibit includes portraits of Vineyard resident Washington Ledesma, as well as Pema Yangchen Greer in Oak Bluffs. These pictures by professional photographer Mark Chester of Woods Hole are on the lower level during regular hours through November. Mark will also give an illustrated talk at the Vineyard Haven library on Sunday, Nov. 12, at 2 pm.
Reminder: The Martha’s Vineyard Film Society offers the live Metropolitan Opera performance of Thomas Adès’ “The Exterminating Angel” on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 12:55 pm.
I was pleased to hear from Becky Renear that she enjoys this column. She also told me that her late husband Walter’s mother, Mary Borland Hume, was an army nurse in World War I, and was stationed in France with a hospital unit from the University of Pennsylvania, which was sent to France by the Army. One of Mary’s friends from this unit, who lived on the Island, told her about the opening for a new head nurse at our hospital, and the rest is history. It was interesting to learn that Mary Hume came from Northern Ireland. It is indeed a small world.
I didn’t mention that the nurse listed on our WWI memorial was one of three persons marked with a cross. (I don’t know what that means — perhaps they worked for the Red Cross?) These were civilians. We know Martha Smith later married. The other two names are Jessie D. Norton and Walter D. Rheno. We often forget those who have made our country what it is. Veterans Day seems a good time to mention this. Fly your flag on Saturday to show we remember our veterans.
Your help would be appreciated on Saturday, when volunteers put up the flags in Oak Grove Cemetery. The Avenue of Flags is put up at 7:30 am and taken down at 3 pm. The parade begins at 10:45 am at Nancy’s in Oak Bluffs.
Last week Dylan Fernandes, our state representative, gave his first speech to the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Not long afterward, a bill he proposed to have Massachusetts sign the Paris climate agreement was overwhelmingly approved by the House. This could mean our state will stand with the global community in the agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and global warming.
I hope you read last week’s MV Times so you know about Ruth Epstein and her new exhibit. At 92, she still enjoys art, and especially making her distinctive collages. These are collections of materials that tell a story. This exhibit has some relating to music and dolls and many other subjects. The first of her collages that I saw was centered on her grandmother, whom she never met, and included a piece of chicken wire with scraps of red cloth tied to it to represent where her grandmother lost her life. This artwork also celebrated her life. This is only one of Ruth’s many works on display all month at the West Tisbury library.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Virginia Iverson and her family.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out on Tuesday to Katie Davey.
Heard on Main Street: Remember that Veterans Day marks the recognition of the brave people who made this place the land of the free.