Town Columns


By Kay Mayhew - September 21, 2006

The Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival drew lots of applause this weekend, bringing special films to usual and unusual locations around our town. The festival also drew many visitors who combined their first visit to the Island with their enjoyment of the first international film festival held here. Other visitors took advantage of the sunny days, keeping shops and beaches busy.

David and Nore Clark came from Waquoit to join John and Laurel Chapman and Donald's family in the birthday party celebration for Donald Mayhew. All enjoyed the lovely weekend weather. After acquiring the required new Black Dog T-shirt, the youngest Mayhew toured the parks in Oak Bluffs and Maley's Field Gallery in West Tisbury, as well as the fishing pier in Menemsha.

A kind fisherman was helping his young daughter with her fishing line. He removed a small fish from her line and shared it with the even younger toddler who touched it hesitantly as the fish wiggled in his hands. Then the little fish was released back into the harbor, in hopes that he will be too smart to be caught the next time.

The visit of the littlest Mayhew was made especially enjoyable through the efforts of Bear Baby Equipment Rental. We had been given their phone number (508-627-8830)‑as a baby gift, a very valuable resource. Every grandparent on the Island wants to remember this. They even had a gate that extended to five feet and gave us a much-needed baby barrier.

Let me share your family visits and celebrations with our readers.

Story times continue at our library on Tuesday mornings: children two and under meet at 10 am, ages three to five meet at 11 am. Six- to ten-year-olds have stories and crafts on Thursday at 3:30 pm. Chess fans aged six through high school can play on Tuesdays from 6 to 7 pm. Families are invited to games night on the third Thursday at 6 pm.

The following is a special message for our elders over 70 years old. You should know that I only intend to wait a few more years. Mark Twain announced in 1906: "Before age 70 we are merely respected, at best, and we have to behave all the time, or we lose that asset; but after 70 we are respected, esteemed, admired, revered, and don't have to behave unless we want to."

Best wishes for a rapid recovery go to Nan Carter. She is blossoming after all the loving care received from her daughter Gail and son-in-law David Demaine. Happy anniversary to Laurel and Kevin Olson next Tuesday.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Trip Barnes and Ken Ward today. Happy birthday to Lori Dorsey tomorrow. Art Railton marks 91 years on Saturday. Sunday's celebrants include Muriel Laverty, Judy Federowicz, Dorothy Madeiros, Kathy Rogers, and Kenny Davey. Wish the best on Wednesday to Ashleen Marie Dorsey and Eric B. Davison.

Heard on Main Street: "It's always darkest before dawn. So if you're going to steal your neighbor's newspaper, that's the time to do it." ◆