The sun was out, but a cold wind blew across the cemetery last Saturday morning as we gathered to wait for Engine No.732 to arrive bearing Paul Silva's ashes for burial. 732 was Paul's truck when he served for many years as a West Tisbury fireman.
The past week had been warm enough that the alley of pear trees was in full flower. It is such a beautiful sight, one I paint every spring. Many of the gravestones nearby had daffodils and pansies blooming in front of them. We all shivered against the wind.
Following the graveside service, the Maciel family had invited everyone back to the Public Safety Building for a time together. The food was fabulous, the stories were funny and affectionate, the company was close. Bill Haynes told the story of how "Root Beer" got his nickname (because he never drank) followed by reminiscences from Barbara and Vincent Maciel, and Ernie Medeiros. The stories went on for a while and they were wonderful.
Bob and Polly Maciel came from Maine. It was great to see them, especially seeing Polly with her daughter Robin's baby, her granddaughter. Another generation. Debbie and Alan Coutinho were there, too, from their new home in western Massachusetts. Mike and I saw them the next morning at breakfast, with their son and daughter-in-law and grandson. Rosalie Powell, newly home from Anna Maria Island, Florida, was talking with Clara Rabbitt, who also spends her winters in Anna Maria Island. Rosalie returned home to oversee the installation of cabinets in her new octagonal sunroom, specially designed to be her new rug-hooking studio.
I have to add a comment about how handsome all the firemen looked in their dress uniforms.
Barry and Mona Rosenthal welcomed home their son, Matt, a musician who played with his band, "Lucy Vincent," last weekend at Outerland (formerly The Hot Tin Roof, now owned by the Rosenthals.) Matt plays both drums and flute. His sister, Kara, is also part of the family business. Home from Tufts, she will be tending bar for the summer.
Bob and Judy Jahries are happy about the birth of their newest grandchild, their ninth. Porter Ellis Ervin Moehnke was born on April 13 to Perry and Emily Jahries Moehnke of Towson, Maryland. Porter will be visiting his grandparents on the Vineyard some time in late June.
Happy birthday wishes to Nelson Bryant who celebrated his birthday on April 22.
West Tisbury students Cole Ferraiuolo and Max Nunes will be performing with fellow IMPers (the Island's teen professional improv troupe) in the latest Comedy Improv Show this Friday evening, April 28, at the Katharine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven. The first act will consist of short skits based on suggestions from the audience. For the second act, the troupe will work together to create a longer fully improvised piece of theater. For more information, call 508-939-9368.
Cape and Island Democrats are invited to attend the annual Jefferson Jackson Day Dinner on May 6 at the Radisson Hotel in Hyannis. Our congressman, Bill Delahunt, and Massachusetts State Treasurer Tim Cahill will be the featured speakers.
Closer to home, the library trustees will be holding interviews with candidates for the position of new library director. The Search Committee, chaired by Elaine Pace, and made up of Leslie Baker, Ginny Jones, Ebba Hierta, Mary Lu Keep, Bea Phear, and I, has been working since last December advertising the position, designing a candidate profile and questions, and interviewing possible candidates. They presented a list of three finalists to the Board of Trustees last week. The public is invited to attend the interviews, which will be held at the Howes House on Saturday, May 6, beginning at 10:30 am.
It is finally raining, a much-needed inch and a half predicted over the next couple of days. I have seen mayflowers along the paths on my walks with Talley. Unfortunately, I have seen lots of ticks, too, so check yourself and your animals after being outside.