West Tisbury

By Hermine Hull - June 8, 2006

I was surprised when the weather report this morning (Monday) said "cloudy" as I awoke to a glorious, sunny day. But gradually the sky whitened and the sun has disappeared. Still, the weekend rain has made the grass and the garden sparkle.

Everyone is complaining about the winter-moth caterpillars making life miserable for trees and humans up-Island. Mike and Murphy have come home from work covered with them. I haven't seen any on our property yet, but I am sure they will appear at some point. Mike hoped the heavy rain would wash them from the trees. I will be interested to hear what he has to say when he comes home for lunch today.

The rain held off on Friday for Albion Alley's burial service at the cemetery. Rev. Roan led a beautiful service, and many who attended had stories to share. My sympathy goes to all the Alley family.

Comings and goings in West Tisbury are the norm at this time of year. Kids are returning from college, summer friends are opening up their houses, and everyone is busy. Emma Gorenberg is home from the University of London, where she has studied since last January. She will be working at Campbell and Douglas for the summer.

Howard Curtis is settling in at the library and at the Cleaveland House. Don't forget to come meet him at the library Monday afternoon, June 12, from 4 to 5:30 pm.

Sadly, there are "goings" as well. Keri McLeod is moving to India, where she will be teaching high school Art and Photography at the International High School in Chennai for the next two years. Ebba Hierta, although still residing in town, will be moving professionally to take over as Director of the Chilmark Library.

Vineyard Gardens begins their series of gardening lectures this Saturday morning, June 10, at 11 am. The guest lecturer will be Susie Bowman from Felix Neck on the subject of "Plants that Attract Birds and Butterflies." The series runs for consecutive Saturdays, all at the Vineyard Gardens Nursery, and all are free. You may call 508-693-8511 for more information.

Jessica Haynes was chosen to participate in the State Gymnastics Competition this past weekend in Holden. Bruce and Jennifer Haynes went along as chauffeurs and cheerers-on. Jessica performed in four different categories.

Bill Ternes just called to tell me about an interesting painting outing he had with his friend and fellow painter, Carl Schaad. They were asked by Maggie Harper, producer of the television show, "Chronicle," to be filmed painting on location at Medfield Flats, a site made famous by turn-of-the-century Boston painter Dennis Miller Bunker. They will be part of a feature story about the exhibition "Summer in New England" at the Peabody Essex Museum. Bill will be here the week of June 19 to teach the first of his summer painting workshops on the Island. He will be staying with Mike and me.

Diane Schaupp and Hugh Covington, "good old friends" of Dan and Elaine Pace, are here from Scotch Plains, N.J., spending a few days visiting with the Paces at their home in West Tisbury.

The Farmer's Market opens for the season this Saturday morning at 9 am sharp. Among new offerings this year, Allen Healy will be selling frozen lamb and Biga bread will be back.

I saw Harriet Bernstein yesterday and commented that it was nice to see the greens and abundant bouquets for sale by the Red Hat at the end of her driveway on the Edgartown-West Tisbury Road. She was pleased by the compliment, and asked me to mention her friend, Krishana Collins of Whippoorwill Farm who, besides running an amazing operation as a farmer, has completed her nursing degree. Congratulations.

Beth Kramer asked me to alert everyone that the time of her Yoga Class for Women with Breast Cancer has been changed to 4 to 5:30 pm. The class still meets on Sundays at Santosha, formerly the Wellness Center.

Happy Birthday wishes to Jean Wexler on Monday, June 12, Hallie Mentzel on Tuesday, June 13, and Bill Haynes on Wednesday, June 14.

I have to thank Dr. Hoxsie for his amazing advice to stop a dog's barking. After reading his column last week, I told Tallulah "thank you" and she stopped barking. It really worked! Now if he could tell me how to stop Murphy from jumping.