By Kay Mayhew - May 11, 2006

The Heath Hen Shop and Lisa Rusche, owner of The Clark House, cosponsored a quilt show on April 8 and a needlepoint exhibit on April 22, held at The Clark House at the Twin Oaks Inn. Polly Renear was awarded the best in show for a lovely full-size white quilt at the quilt show. Second was for a beautiful applique wall hanging made by Betsy Boggess. Also winning was Jennifer Leach who took first place for a quilted table runner; second place went to Carolyn Wadsworth. In the large quilt category, first was Polly Renear and second was Lauri McAuliffe. Other first-place winners were Betsy Boggess and Sarah Murphy.

In the needlepoint exhibit, the work of Tina Daniels was chosen best of show. Second place went to Bonnie George and third to Cheryl Neal. In the age 12 and under category, Max Molnar took first place. First place in accessories went to Caryl Dearing, second to Cheryl Neal, and third to Lynie Bernardin. First place for pillows was awarded to Tina Daniels, second to Cheryl Neal, third to Cathy Byer. Framed needlepoint awards went first to Emily Hennessy, second to Jennifer Leach, third to Cheryl Neal, and honorable mention to Irene Gaines. In the Home Décor category, first went to Joy Long and second to Shirley Dewing. For Kimonos, Tina Daniels took both first and second, with third place going to Cheryl Neal. Tina also took first in Ornaments, with second awarded to Dona Lester, third to Lisa Rusche, and honorable mention to Susan McClinchie. The Stitchery Catalog generously donated gift certificates, door prizes, and the Head Judge for the show.

Knitters take note: Lisa and Lynne are thinking of plans for an exhibit of knitted items in the fall.

Congratulations to Carrie Tankard. Of course, we knew she deserved an award as "unsung hero" for all the work she does behind the scenes. The award was presented by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People last month.

On Sunday Jacqueline Renear enjoyed a fabulous surprise birthday party given by daughter Beth and her husband Louis Larsen. Jackie said a large group of family and friends enjoyed a wonderful array of fish and lobster in beautifully decorated surroundings. We wish her many happy returns of the day.

This Sunday evening enjoy a Mother's Day special presented by the Martha's Vineyard Film Society, 7:30 pm at Katharine Cornell Theatre. "The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio" tells about a mother who supported her family by writing prize-winning slogans in 25 words or less. This was very popular in the 1950s.

Those who want to read the book can get it at the Vineyard Haven Library. Then join the book club in discussing "The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio" at 1:30 pm at the Library on Thursday, May 18.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out on Saturday to Skip Petersen and to Amy Levine. Amy is the owner of It's In The Bag, which has just moved to 58 Main Street. On Sunday Brendan O'Neill, executive director of the Vineyard Conservation Society, celebrates his birthday as well as his new daughter's first Mother's Day on the Island. Tuesday belongs to Jill Walsh. Glenna Moore celebrates on Wednesday.

Our best wishes go out to Don Creighton who is in the hospital here.

Heard on Main Street: Happy Mother's Day. You remember why God made mothers? Because, as any little child can tell you, she's the only one who knows where the Scotch tape is.