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The Martha's Vineyard Times

The Martha's Vineyard Times is a weekly publication.
July 14 - July 20, 2005 Edition
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West Tisbury
July 14, 2005

Hermine Hull - 508-693-2525 -

There were lots of responses to my question at the end of last week’s column about the dead fish at Lambert’s 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,

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 live.

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 refreshments.

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 don’t 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 Alley’s 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 Williams’s birthday, with a party planned to celebrate at home.

Hard to imagine that it’s 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 Farmer’s Market was filled with abundant displays of vegetables and flowers on Saturday morning. Mike and I had Glenn and Linda Hearn’s 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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