Tisbury: Snowed-in Boston


Heard on Main Street: “One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”  –Plato

In this latest storm we lost a tree, and so many others did as well. But we are all hurt because four of the lovely Bradford Pear trees on Clough Lane blew down. That means we have lost our lovely lane of glorious spring blossoms and fall bouquets of bright color.

If you need to learn about Medicare, there is an ACE MV class this evening at 6:30 pm on “Understanding Medicare” in room 419 of the high school. The cost is $35.

The free lasagna lunch at the Federated Church in Edgartown will end soon. The last two free lunches will be Sundays, March 18 and 25, from 12:30 to 2 pm at the parish house. The meal includes salad, lasagna, garlic bread, beverage, and dessert. Enjoy a good meal and make new friends. Or perhaps you haven’t had a hot meal in a while.

I went off-Island for an important doctor’s visit in Boston. That went well, except that I got lost in Boston. I do that a lot. Fortunately for me, my son set up the GPS on my cell phone, so the insistent voice kept me going in circles until I finally reached New England Baptist Hospital. The big problem was that it was last week on Wednesday, and I had to drive back in the snowstorm on the Mass Pike to my son’s home in Westborough.

We ended up with 18 inches of heavy, wet snow, which brought down a lot of very big tree branches. There were also a number of wires down across the roads. We were not too surprised when we lost power, but that lack lasted for a very long and cold 36 hours. All of this made for a very interesting visit. I just had to relax and enjoy it. I’m just awfully glad the blackout did not last any longer.

It is amazing how dependent our world is upon electricity. Happily we could light the gas stove with a match, so we had hot drinks and meals, and also the refrigerator stayed cold. The kids surprised me by not wanting to go out to play in the snow, but they enjoyed two days off school followed by a teachers’ day on Monday, which made for a nice long weekend for them.

The monthly mini book sale at the library is Saturday, March 17, from 11 to 3. This is in addition to the free books just inside the entrance. Don’t forget to check those out. And, of course, there is now the box where you can leave a book and borrow a book. That works awfully well for paperbacks. Proceeds of the book sale benefit children’s programs and other library services.

Mark your calendar now for the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society live Metropolitan Opera performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Cosi Fan Tutte” on Saturday, March 31, at 12:55 pm.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Jay Segel and Jib Ellis. Saturday belongs to Austin Chandler and Bow Van Riper. Wish the best on Sunday to Matthew Barton. Happy birthday on Monday to Lois Kavanagh, Susan Mone, and Susan Weyl. Best wishes to Phoenix Russell on Tuesday. There should be lots of candles on the cake for Barbara Dacey and Skip Bailey on Wednesday.

Heard on Main Street: Why don’t they just make mouse-flavored cat food?