Still no rain to speak of, but at least the humidity and worst of the heat have abated, and nights cool off for sleeping. Foliage remains steadfastly and remarkably green, the fresh green of summer that hasn’t turned dusty, dark, or faded yet. I have noticed a soft coppery hue on the shrubbery around the Mill Pond, and hay fields are approaching a second cutting.
Fire Station I has been given over to the State Police, who are here for the President and his family’s visit. Motorcycles gleam in the sunshine outside the station’s doors. Our guys have been preparing for their arrival, moving equipment over to Station II, making room for them and whatever gear they need. Mike said that it’s like a family reunion when the State Police arrive. They have been coming for so many Augusts now.
Beth Kramer called me last week to come and see the bronze statue of President Obama and his grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, on loan to our library as part of an exhibit that has traveled the Commonwealth over the past five years. It has pride of place at the entrance to the Children’s Room, along with displays and books of essays written as the part of the project, intended to increase awareness of and celebrate the relationships we have with our grandmothers. Paper and pens are laid out to add our residents’ drawings and essays to the collection. Former Gov. Deval Patrick wrote the first essay when the sculpture debuted at the State House in 2009. Eventually, it will be donated to the Barack Obama Presidential Library and Museum. The sculpture was commissioned by Life Experience School for Children with Special Needs, and the project underwritten by Peace Abbey Foundation of Sherborn. The sculptor is Lado Goudjabidze.
The Friends of the Library announced that the book sale made almost $21,000 this year, the most ever. Congratulations and thanks for a fabulous sale. They are already collecting books for next year. If you have books to donate, please drop them off at the shed outside the West Tisbury School.
It’s not too late to sign up for the Summer Reading Program. There’s a sign-up sheet at the library.
Library events for the upcoming week include Thursday, August 13, 5 pm, Sarah Waldman book talk and cooking demo for “Little Bites: 100 Healthy, Kid-Friendly Snacks.” Saturday, August 15, 4 pm, a concert by a capella group Vineyard Sound, and Tisberry Yogurt Social. Monday, August 17, 9:30 pm, meet on the front porch of the library for stargazing. Bring a blanket and flashlight.
There will be a workshop for kids ages 12 and up to make paracord bracelets with Martha Hubbell on August 26. Preregister at the Library.
I was happily surprised to see Susie Boass’s honey stand back in its place on Middle Road. Susie told me that her neighbor, Elise Green, had found the cash box in some shrubbery nearby. It is reinstalled, and the honey stand is fully stocked once again.
Another surprise was seeing a familiar face in the New York Times last Saturday. Under the headline, “Clinton Has Her Own Celebrity Moment as Staff Monitors Debate,” was a big photograph of campaign staff, and in the center of said photograph was Maxwell Nunes. I knew he was working for Mrs. Clinton, so I had looked. I’ve cut out the article and am saving it for Nancy and Manny.
I hadn’t seen Nancy Huntington all summer, so was happy to run into her at Cronig’s last week. We caught up on our news, mostly about her surviving the winter with 20 feet of snow piled up in front of the sliders to her porch. Old movies kept her entertained, and a contest with neighbors guessing the date the snow would finally disappear. Nancy came in second with April 7. The winning date was April 17, and the winner was given a good bottle of wine.
Linda Hearn and I went for a walk at the Polly Hill Arboretum to see the “World of Pim.” It was totally magic. The story is a perfect fairy tale, and the sculptures are beyond wonderful, some hidden in tree branches, some appearing to mimic the shapes of the tree trunk and canopy under which they are displayed. Anyone with an hour or so to spare will find it delightfully well spent.
Lynne Whiting told me that Allen has rearranged the Davis House Gallery for August, filling in empty spaces where sold paintings had hung with new work and some older paintings never shown before. Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday, 1 to 6.
There are two big events this weekend at the West Tisbury Church. First, the sixth annual Peach Festival at the West Tisbury Church: you could win a peach tree in the raffle, or just take home a pie or a jar of jam (or a case). Peach ice cream, smoothies, sundaes, ice tea and lemonade, fresh peaches, shortcakes, and more will be served on the front lawn. There will be music and activities for children, too. Everything is always delicious, so please stop by, see your friends, and support our church.
Also, just wanted to let you know that the Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock, Senior Minister of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, the spiritual home of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will be preaching at the First Congregational Church of West Tisbury on Sunday, August 16. This will be Rev. Warnock’s seventh summer preaching to our congregation. All are welcome to join us for worship, but please arrive early as seating is at a premium! We will offer overflow seating in the Parish Hall.
Please call the church if you have any questions, 508-693-2842.
My apologies to anyone who has sent me news for the column the past couple of weeks. My Comcast email hasn’t been working, so I haven’t seen whatever it was you sent. I haven’t ignored you.
Longtime followers of this column will appreciate my letting everyone know that I have closet doors trimmed out and installed in our spare bedroom. Mike is making the doors for our bedroom, narrow double doors that won’t take up so much room to open. Everything he does is beautiful, so carefully crafted and thought out. He knows how much I have wanted closet doors; indeed everyone in town has read about 31 years in our house with no closet doors. They were worth waiting for.