By Jacqueline Sexton - June 1, 2006

The gods were kind and delivered some suitable weather for the Memorial Day parades and barbecues. The sun was bright, the breeze was gentle, and everyone stashed away the rain gear and put on shorts and tee shirts.

Big abrazos and welcome to our new library director, Ebba Hierta, who lives in West Tisbury and is known to many of us from her years of working at the West Tisbury Library. She will pick up the reins on June 14. Kristin Maloney will be acting director in the interim. Everyone is invited to the Friends' farewell party for retiring director Cathy Thompson this Saturday, June 3, from 5 to 7 pm at the library.

Peter Angelo Simon opens his photography exhibition at the library this Saturday, June 3. Mr. Simon, who takes photography to exciting new frontiers, will discuss his techniques at a talk on Wednesday June 7, at 5:30. The title of his talk is "Hardening of the Categories Causes Art Disease." Everyone is welcome; there is no admission charge.

Owen Maloney, younger son of John and Kristin Maloney, graduated last weekend from UMass Amherst, College of Natural Resources with a major in environmental design. His parents and grandparents, Sonia Hodson and Bill Enoch from Abiquiu, N. Mexico, were all in Amherst to see him graduate.

The Friends of the Library invite anyone interested in joining the volunteer group to come to their next meeting on Wednesday June 7, from 4 to 5 pm at the library.

Undersea photographer Bob Rosenbaum will open a show of new photographs at the Bank of Martha's Vineyard next Friday, June 9, with an opening reception at the bank from 5 until 7 pm. Everyone is invited. Mr. Rosenbaum and his wife explored the Great Barrier Reef on Australia's east coast last winter - A "dream come true", he says - where he photographed green turtles, sharks, clown fish, (Nemo, for fans of "Finding Nemo.") and spectacular coral and sponge. Photos of these wonders and others are included in the show.

Jeff Herman, chairman of the community center's 50th anniversary committee, hopes everyone will save Sunday evening, July 2, and Saturday, August 12, for two of the events planned for the anniversary. More details will follow soon.

If there were an award for best getaway trips, it would go to Zee and Bill Gamson who have returned from visits to Spain and England. They spent several days with historian friends at Oxford and attended high table at Queen's College, meeting other Oxford faculty. Then they went with friends to Catalonia on the Costa Brava, where they stayed at a small inn next to a nature preserve that runs along a river down to the Mediterranean. Trips from the inn to the Pyrennees, Greek and Roman ruins, medieval towns, and Barcelona made each day different. They returned to England with other old friends and "ate their way" across London, with memorable feasts like roast beef and Yorkshire pudding at neighborhood pubs.

The Gamsons' daughter, Jenny Gamson, her husband, Steve Seckler, and their three children - Maya, 7, Ari, 9, and Gilad, 11 - came for Memorial Day weekend.

Katie Carroll, in a recent e-mail, provided a fascinating insight into the teaching of energy conservation, when she reported that her daughter, Bradley, and her classmates made "model solar barns/houses with a set of mini-panels that must turn a little fan and heat water in the barns." With projects like this we're on our way to a new era of energy without fossil fuels. No wonder they win awards.