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July 14 - July 20, 2005 Edition
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There were lots of responses to my question at the end of last weeks
column about the dead fish at Lamberts Cove. Julia Humphreys
called Thursday night with the answer, corroborated by many Island
fishermen throughout the week. It seems that sand eels, the premier
food of the North Atlantic piscine food chain, are herded and beached
by frenzied feeding bluefish and stripers. Thank you, Julia, et.al.
Peggy Stone, of our Park and Recreation Department, wants to let everyone
know that tennis courts are available for reservations every day between
8 and 11 am, and 4 to 7 pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The fee
is $10 per hour per court. There will be no tennis lessons this summer
cancelled due to lack of interest but swimming lessons
begin on July 11. There are still spaces available. Please sign up
at the former fire station on Old Courthouse Road.
The West Tisbury Library Monday night movies are being shown at Howes
House this summer, due to lack of space in the library.
It is easy to appreciate how pleasant it must be to vacation here
in the summer. As I report on all the events that, for many of us
are just one more thing, I am tempted to try to fit in
a few fun things. Best, of course, are my daily walks with Talley,
that make me slow down and enjoy this beautiful place in which we
This up-coming weekend will be a busy one for the West Tisbury Library.
On Saturday, July 16, a Harry Potter party will be held from 3 to
4:30 pm. This is the official publication date for Harry Potter
and the Half-Blood Prince; books will be on-sale at the library all
day. Come to the party dressed as your favorite character. There will
be craft projects, a game of Quidditch (earth-bound, I assume), and
Sunday night, July 17, the Friends of the West Tisbury Library Building
Fund are sponsoring a program at the Grange Hall. Renowned Vineyard
birder, Vern Laux, will be the speaker for Bird Tails
Island Oddities. He promises an interesting evening for all,
even if you dont think you are interested in birds. The program
begins at 7 pm. Tickets, available at the door, are $20. Decorated
bird-shaped cookies will be served after the lecture.
Condolences to the family of Margaret Cook, who passed away last week.
I always enjoyed her crusty sense of humor and will miss running into
her around town.
Elaine Pace has published a book, Island, a Memoir, about
moving from New Jersey to West Tisbury, and her thoughts about Island
life. It is gently illustrated by Ann Howes with pen and ink drawings
that capture the mood of the Island, as well as the mood of the author.
An excellent collaboration. The book is available at Alleys
Store as well as the down-Island bookstores.
Hallie and Al Mentzel have just returned from a cruise through the
Baltic on the Sea Cloud. They were surprised to find neighbor Susie
Wasserman among their fellow cruisers.
Stephen and Carolyn Murphy and their children have been visiting this
past week. We expect Steve Sr. to be back at Music Street when Sarah
and her family come later this month.
I saw Maggie and Bob Schwartz on Sunday, celebrating their 57th wedding
anniversary. Maggie looked glamorous in a svelte black linen sheath
and sparkly silver jewelry. Happy, happy anniversary to you both.
Sunday was also Rez Williamss birthday, with a party planned
to celebrate at home.
Hard to imagine that its already time for the All-Star Break.
Summer is just racing along. The weather has been beautiful, following
some much-needed rain for the gardens. The Farmers Market was
filled with abundant displays of vegetables and flowers on Saturday
morning. Mike and I had Glenn and Linda Hearns snap peas for
dinner, freshly picked. Some interesting golden scallop squashes from
Don Mills await us tonight. It is a privilege to have access to such
healthy food grown right here.
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