West Tisbury

By Hermine Hull - July 13, 2006

What a day Sunday turned out to be. After a threatening sky in the morning, the day became cloudless and sunny with a light breeze. My opening was wonderful. So many people who are special to me, who have watched and supported my work, as well as new people who were surprised, all came to a great party. Periwinkle Catering put together the food, with potluck contributions from friends. The gallery and the paintings looked beautiful. It was all I could have wished for.

I need to make a correction in the list of ingredients for last week's potato salad recipe. Add a little Dijon mustard (maybe one-half to one teaspoon, depending on the quantity of potatoes) to the sour cream and mayonnaise. A very nice gentleman called me Friday night to ask for details (he was making potato salad for the first time) and I realized I had left out that one ingredient.

Last Sunday's New York Times Op Ed page included an essay entitled, "History Under Construction in Florida" by West Tisbury's Mary Beth Norton (known in her winter life as Professor of American History at Cornell University.) It was a discussion of the concepts of "facts," "construction," and test results as regarding the new education law enacted by the Florida Legislature. I'm sure a copy of the Week in Review is still available at the library.

Kathy Morris's 13-year-old nephew, Ryan, will be performing with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra in a production of the opera "Tosca" by Giacomo Puccini. Ryan has been taking singing lessons and performing for many years. Congratulations to him and the rest of the cast.

Leslie Baker will be exhibiting a collection of her new paintings at the Shaw Cramer Gallery in Vineyard Haven. Her opening reception is tomorrow evening, July 14, from 6 to 8 pm. The title of the show is "Voices of Light," inspired by a poem of the same name by former American Poet Laureate Billy Collins. Being privileged to have Leslie for a friend and occasional painting partner, I have seen the paintings and they are spectacular.

Nancy Rogers, the new owner of Scrub Oak Farm on Oak Lane, is continuing the business as a daylily garden. She will be speaking at the West Tisbury Library next Wednesday evening, July 19, at 7 pm on the subject, "The Wonderful World of Daylilies." I am looking forward to it, both as a friend of Nancy's and a devotee of daylilies in the garden. They are like the most fabulous gift, opening up every morning in new colors and combinations in the garden. I always try to name my favorite, but it seems that every new one that opens is incredibly special. Anyway, I am sure Nancy's presentation will be informative and I look forward to learning something new.

On a sad note, I will end the column with a story about Molly Wexler who died last Tuesday. Molly was an elderly black poodle owned and loved by Jean and Stanley Wexler. Molly was always a little skittish and timid, so, when she was a puppy, Jean used to take her to the old library on Music Street when she volunteered there. This was when the old library was the only library. Molly would sit under the desk by Jean's feet. She remained hesitant throughout her life, but once she let you pet her she liked the attention.

She was the last of the Mollys remaining of three. Mike and I had a golden retriever, Molly, who we adopted from Key West; we had Molly for eight or nine years before she died. Edgartown friends, Hal and Margie Hiser, had a little brown and white springer named Molly who died a couple of years ago. And Stan and Jean's Molly, who was 14 when she died. She will be missed by all who loved her, especially by her younger brother Rufus.