West Tisbury

By Hermine Hull - August 24, 2006

For many years I have heard references to "The Glimmerglass Girls." When I spoke to Eleanor Neubert last week, she mentioned them, so I asked who they were: Ann Howes, Susan Boass, Judy Bryant, and Nancy Cabot, daughters of three sisters who grew up here. Supposedly, John Alley came up with the name. Ann Howes told me that during World War II there was no Agricultural Fair and, after the war ended, her mother Alice Mathewson and Jane Newhall restarted the annual event. The Glimmerglass girls are all active participants in the Fair preparations, as they are in many things around town.

My secret source at the Fireman's Booth claimed that the fair was a good one. Everyone raved about the hamburgers, including me - Mike works the noon to 4 shifts and brings home hamburgers for dinner. They were excellent.

Eleanor Neubert was pleased as well. She commented that, "Everyone was happy this year, very mellow, the vendors, exhibitors, carnival people, and everyone attending. Maybe it was a time off from real life." Judging from the news, that is something we all could use. Eleanor was spotted driving around in her fancied-up golf cart; it sported bright red lips across the front, vampy eyelashes above the headlights, and lacy fringe around the top.

The exhibits seemed particularly good this year. There were beautiful quilts and Candy DaRosa's tea cozy of the little cottage was just unbelievable (embroidered details and Evinrude, her sister Blue's cat by the door.) The Adult Baking judges sent some samples around to the rest of us in the Hall after they finished judging, and all the cakes and breads were delicious. There was lots of art this year, Junior and Adult, and fabulous displays of everything from an antique sequined dress, collections of beach treasures, abundant flower arrangements and displays of produce, to Betty Haynes's recreated pre-electricity kitchen with furniture and gadgets and tools collected from all her friends over the past month or so. The animal and poultry displays were varied and wonderfully cared for. Everyone especially loved all the baby piglets and lambs, goats and llamas, the varieties of chickens. Janice Haynes's fair poster sold out completely, one of only three or four ever to have done so. It was a wonderful Fair.

Elaine and Dan Pace have enjoyed a visit from Elaine's mother Mary Simeone from Lexington where Elaine grew up, and Dan's cousin Martha Lynch, Head Nutritionist at Mass General. The two ladies share a birthday on August 24, so they celebrated all weekend with cake, the Oak Bluffs fireworks, lobster bisque from Menemsha, and drives around to all their special Island places.

Christine and Oliver Potts are here from Arlington, Virginia, with their children Aitken, Owen, and Ellie. They have been staying with Oliver's parents, Robert and Marjory, on Elias Lane. Phoebe Potts and her husband Jeff Marshall joined the rest of the family for the weekend, coming from Gloucester with their cat Reuben.

Pat and Diana Waring had company the weekend before last. Pat's cousin Carrie and her husband Jason Guttman were here from Fairfield, Conn.

The Decker family has Nelia's mother Gene Whitlock visiting here from California. She is admiring Max's paintings, doing yoga on Lambert's Cove Beach with Nelia, and having some time with Sam and Casey before they head back to school. They couldn't have had a prettier week to be here in West Tisbury.

The Community Preservation Committee (CPC) wants to remind everyone that the deadline for applications is Sept.15. You may pick up an application form at the town hall or the library.

Dan Waters gave a wonderful reading of his poetry to a most appreciative audience last night at Howes House. Mary Lu Keep made the best iced tea I have ever had. She pureed fresh peaches and mixed them into the tea. It had spices and pieces of fruit in it as well. It was really delicious.

The Friends of the West Tisbury Library will hold their annual meeting this Friday afternoon, August 25, at 2 pm at the Library. President Susan Wasserman will chair a short meeting with reports and updates of the Friends' activities and programs. Our new Library Director Howard Curtis will address the group, so there will be an opportunity to meet him if you have not yet done so. It is also an opportunity to join the Friends, learn about their work on behalf of our library, and meet some very nice people. Refreshments will be served after the meeting.

Duncan MacDonald would like to let everyone know about a talk at the Grange Hall by photographer Peter Simon. He will be discussing his "Life and Times" of an almost 40-year career, one of the first photographers featured in the then-new Martha's Vineyard Times in 1984, and a chronicler of Island life and Island celebrities. The event will begin at 8 pm tonight, Thursday, August 24. Admission is $10.

Jan Kaplan and Leonard Wolfenstein, with their sons Benjamin and Noah, have come from Annendale, Va., to spend the week with Jan's parents Lew and Freida Kaplan on Tiasquam road. Their trip down was fraught with fear of missing their boat; they had been vacationing in Canada and Boothbay Harbor, Maine, and they hit traffic along the way to Woods Hole. However, they made the boat and now are enjoying the pleasures of the Vineyard and "the pursuit of Blake's pies."

The West Tisbury Space Needs Committee has presented a brief report of our progress to the selectmen. We have all taken a tour of town-owned properties and buildings following interviews with members of the town boards. Our plan for the November Special Town Meeting is to use that forum to present our report to the town and ask for your comments and priorities, to begin a dialogue. Obviously, you are welcome to attend our weekly meetings every Monday morning at Howes House at 8 am.

Ann Leggett, artist and friend, is here for the next couple of weeks painting and visiting her Vineyard friends. She told me yesterday that she spent lots of time at the Fair doing preliminary drawings for a large painting of the horses and some people watching them. Ann is getting ready for a group show of her paintings and a one-person show in New York. She currently exhibits her work on the Island at Fielder and Fielder Imports in Chilmark and the Eisenhauer Gallery in Edgartown.

West Tisbury resident photojournalist Alan Brigish will be the featured speaker at a brunch at the Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center on Sunday, Aug. 27, at 10:15 am. He will be discussing his recent travels in India and Bhutan and showing photographs of the villagers and places he visited. Coffee and brunch will be served first, with Alan's presentation scheduled to start at 11 o'clock. There is a suggested donation of $5 per person.

The weather has been deliciously cool, good sleeping weather. It has made the dogs frisky and the cat more likely to settle into bed beside me for the night. It feels perfect to be cool at night and warm during the day.