West Tisbury

By Hermine Hull - June 29, 2006

When my friend Megan Mendenhall described the last day of school ritual at the West Tisbury School, I couldn't wait to see it. As the buses full of students circled around the front of the school, teachers were on the sidewalk singing, clapping, and playing musical instruments. It really was quite a sight, and I was surprised, knowing I would write about it, to see it photographed on the front page of last week's Times.

Despite the rainstorms, the weekend seemed full of events. There were gallery openings at the Granary and Allen Whiting's Davis House, a wedding at the Ag Hall, the Artisan's Fair and Farmer's Market at the Grange.

A group of artists who paint together every Friday at the Howes House held an exhibition there on Friday and Saturday. The artists are Susan Silva, Virginia Blakesley, Ann Howes, Catherine Hoffman, Nancy Cabot, Susan Boass, Cynthia Wayman, Pat Bartoloni, and Elsa Membrano.

Doug and Patricia Kent will be opening their gallery for the summer next Sunday, July 2, with a reception from 4 until 8 pm at their Indian Hill home and studio.

The Friends of the West Tisbury Library began preparations for their annual Book Sale last week. Tom Vogl, Whit Manter, and Mike Hull with big trucks and trailers, and Brian Kennedy with his crew and a van moved this year's worth of books from storage sheds behind the library to the West Tisbury School. Tables and signs were set up in the gym. Katherine Long and Diana Manter had pre-sorted most of the books, so they were immediately set in their proper sections. Anyone wanting to donate books may bring them to the school gym between 8 am and noon on weekday mornings.

Jim Powell, in his role as television show host, will be interviewing Sam Barnes, retired Naval officer, painter, and brother of Rosalee Barnes McCullough. The interview will air on MVTV Channel 13 on July 3 at 7 pm.

Last Thursday evening I was invited to Linda Hearn's along with a group of friends to try our creative hands at stamping and scrapbooking. Glenn and Linda's daughter, Susan Collins, will be doing a workshop at the library later this summer and wanted to try out her techniques and materials beforehand. Debbie Magnuson, Sarah and Ashley Dexter, Genevieve Hammond, Ann Kurth, Linda, and I were the assembled participants. We made our own stamps, then made cards with them. It was a lot of fun and, as always, one of those rare occasions to take the time to be with our friends in the busy summer.

Hannah Beecher and Brian Ruddick had an extremely full house last week. Everyone arrived at the Slocum House for the annual family reunion and work week. John and Dolly Beecher came from Thomaston, Conn. From Lewiston, Texas, Chris and Cheryl Bump came with their twins, Rachel and McKenna, and Cheryl's parents, Bob and Linda Dolinar. David Bump arrived from Dallas. His daughter Claire and her husband, John Canell, with their children, Sam, Allie, and Holly, came from Fort Worth. Rick and Cheryl Bump were here from Savage, Minn., with their four children - Connor, Tyler, Hannah, and Alex. We laughed at the tent in the side yard; it was the only place big enough for them to all eat together. Everyone had a wonderful time.

By accident, I made up a new recipe for potato salad. I love potato salad and have several recipes in my repertoire, from traditional to exotic, with ingredients ranging from apples and sweet pickles, garlic and olive oil, green peppers and scallions. I had a lot of peas to shell and no celery in the house, so I put the raw shelled peas in with yellow and red new potatoes, fresh dill, parsley, and chives, hard-boiled eggs, and a mix of about one-third sour cream to two-thirds mayonnaise. It was really delicious, so I am glad to pass the recipe along. I brought it to our monthly art critique group's potluck dinner, where everyone raved about it, as did Mike and my mother-in-law at home.

Having written this column for a year and a half or so, I am always surprised by people's response. The other day, a car drove into my driveway and two ladies got out. "Is that Talley?" asked one. "Are you Hermine?" I was happy to meet Agnes Fair and her daughter, Linda, from Nashville, Tenn. Mrs. Fair told me that she reads my column on-line every week and wanted to see the dogs, to meet me, and to see my paintings and the places I wrote about. She didn't know anything about West Tisbury, but just liked reading my stories. I felt so honored and flattered. I'm so glad she told me.