Town Columns


By Jacqueline Sexton - September 14, 2006

Ralph and Ethel Sherman's crop of about 100 big beautiful tomatoes spread out on a tray in an alcove of their kitchen to ripen for the next Farmer's Market dazzle the beholder, looking more like a still-life painting than the real thing. But they're real and taste the way tomatoes used to taste. We're lucky to have the tomatoes and other veggies grown by friends who love growing them. "Ralph is a perfectionist," says Ethel.

Welcome to the newest member of the Carroll family, Oona Baresch Carroll, who was born on July 22. She is the daughter of Chris and Kendra Carroll and was born on her mother's birthday.

Arlan Wise would like everyone who knew her mother, Anna Palestine, to know that she died on September 1. Mrs. Palestine was a frequent visitor to the Island. We send condolences to her family.

Kimberly Schlesinger's college roommate, Jessica, and her husband, Todd D'Ordio, from Syracuse, N.Y., visited over Labor Day weekend. The young ladies were roommates at Gordon College on the north shore of Cape Ann.

Library directors Ebba Hierta of Chilmark and Jennifer Christy of Aquinnah have joined forces to set up a program of talks on fish, fishing, and ocean life that will continue through the fall. Dipping into a pool of specialists who cover the waterfront, so to speak, they have scheduled speakers on various aspects of the fishing life, from bay scallop restoration efforts to propagate juvenile shellfish and a talk about sharks and other large fish that populate the waters off the Vineyard.

Natural Resources Director for the Wampanoag Tribe will talk about restoration of bay scallops and will show a PowerPoint slide presentation of the project at the Aquinnah Public Library next Thursday, September 21, 5 until 6 pm. Everyone is invited, and there is no admission charge.

Here is some news from my Squid Row source, Katie Carroll. Katie and Marshall 's daughter, Bradley, celebrated her 10th birthday on September 5 with a gang of girls who enjoyed a barbecue and smores and a campout sleepover. Bradley, an enthusiastic horsewoman, went on an Elder Hostel Intergenerational trip, "Kentucky Horses and More," with her grandmother, Katie's mother, during the summer. Later, she was among the riders at the August horse show on the Island. Others included Bella Thorpe, age 3, Graham Stearns, 2, Ava Stearns, 5, Erin Hickey, 9, and summer girls Julia and Olivia Marcus, 9 and 11.

Belated happy birthday to Carl Crocker, who celebrated in August.

New pre-schoolers this year include Brooks Carroll, Hoffie Hearn, and Katie Goldsmith.

Labor Day has come and gone, but the art scene continues to flourish. Thaw Malin, never one to rest on his laurels, has rounded up a group of artists for a Plein Air show of sketches opening this Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Periwinkle And Pic-Nik galleries in the Oak Bluffs gallery district on Dukes Country Avenue - across the street from the Dragonfly Gallery, with an opening reception 5 until 7 pm. The artists have been asked to do five paintings in five days at three specific locations, West Basin in Aquinnah, the Crab Creek bridge at Quansoo, and the "little pond part of Sengekontacket" near Bend in the Road Beach in Edgartown. Among the artists whose work will be on display, aside from Mr. Malin, are Marjorie Mason, Hermine Hull, Monte Becker, Max Decker, Marsha Winsryg, Ruth Kirchmeier, Elizabeth Taft, and Jackie Mendez-Diez. Ms. Mendez-Diez meanwhile will be opening a show of her recent paintings, "For the Birds," across the street at the Dragonfly Gallery with an opening reception from 4 to 7 pm, also this Saturday, Sept. 16.

And, back in Chilmark, Nancy Furino will show recent work in the library's meeting room starting this Saturday, Sept. 16. Two of Mrs. Furino's paintings were on consecutive covers of Martha's Vineyard Magazine this summer.

Kitty Murphy and Enos Ray, who have been showing all summer at the Stanley Murphy Gallery on the South Road, had a reception last Sunday afternoon. They are showing new paintings, prints, and jewelry. Gallery hours are 1 to 6 pm daily through September.

Kimberly Schlesinger at the library asks for our help in stocking supplies for her after-school children's programs, which will be starting in October. She urgently needs wax crayons, small pieces are fine; boxes, all sizes, (large ones for building a castle, shoe boxes and smaller ones); pint-size milk cartons; baby food jars, both sizes, and any other interesting glass bottles; two-liter soda bottles, preferably clear; beads, and old cookie cutters. That's a fascinating variety of materials, which the children are sure to transform into equally fascinating crafts.