West Tisbury

By Hermine Hull - July 20, 2006

It's been hot, hot, hot all weekend. Fortunately we always have a nice breeze through the property. When Mike began building our new dining room last summer, he said to me, "With all these windows it will feel like the screen porch you always wanted." And it does. Seven six-over-six windows all opened, in addition to the windows we already had, make our downstairs feel like we are living in a deliciously cool screened summer house. We are lucky, as the heat and humidity are expected to continue throughout the week.

Everyone seems to be in high gear with all the visiting friends and relatives, summer events, and just plain life. Trying to get out of our driveway and onto the Edgartown Road can take forever, as can the simplest errands like going to the post office or grocery store. I can only imagine what it's like down-Island.

Les and Terry Cutler have had a houseful for the past week: four adults, four children, and two dogs have kept things hopping.

Sue Hruby and Roy Dickerson have had two weeks of family visiting. After the Ogburns returned to Atlanta last Saturday, Roy's daughter Lynn and her husband, Dickson Stuart, arrived on Wednesday with their two children, Matthew and Virginia ("V" to the family). They left yesterday morning, back to home and work in Memphis, Tenn.

Clarke and Julie Bruno, with their children, Sophie and Alex, have been at the Josie Bruno house on Old County Road while Clarke is recovering from back surgery. He has recently been appointed Commissioner of Human Services for the State of New Jersey, a position he will begin after Labor Day.

There have been several birthdays celebrated in town this week. Jack and Betsey Mayhew, whose birthdays are the 8th and 12th respectively, were feted at a family party at Deborah and Katie Ann Mayhew's house on the Panhandle. Deb and Jack's sister Sarah is here for her summer visit, staying with her parents, John and Shirley. Jack and Betsey's daughters, Caroline and Lucy, made up the rest of the guest list.

Ralph Franklin had a quiet birthday last Thursday, July 13. Last year, all the children and grandchildren came, but this year's good wishes were telephoned from around the globe. Ralph's wife, Betty, had plans for just the two of them.

My favorite story is about Margaret Logue's birthday on July 16. The family gathered at the Logue house and enjoyed a dinner highlighted by two birthday cakes baked by Margaret's granddaughter, Megan Mendenhall. I told Kathy this morning to please remind Megan when my birthday comes around this fall, because two birthday cakes would be a perfect celebration for me, too.

Next Thursday afternoon, July 27, from 4 to 5 pm, the West Tisbury Library will host a card-stamping workshop with Susan Collins for children and adults ages 10 and up. Pre-registration is required because space is limited. Please call or register in person at the library, 508-693-3366.

Don't forget the weekly Monday night movies at 7 pm. They are held at the Howes House instead of at the library for the summer. Also for movie buffs, Thursday nights at the Grange Hall, Nina Meyer has resurrected the Movie Museum. And Richard Paradise's Martha's Vineyard Film Society in Vineyard Haven has an exciting schedule. Check the newspaper's calendar.

I am happy this week to have some good dog news to report in town. Jesse Oliver and his family have welcomed Hunter, a yellow lab puppy, into their lives. And Julia Humphreys's golden retriever, Xochipili, (pronounced "Sawcheepeelee," Xochi for short, named for the Aztec God of Love and Niceness) is becoming a regular around town, still carried in Julia's arms. Both new families report that their puppies are most perfect puppies ever, just as it should be.