Town Columns


By Kay Mayhew - October 12, 2006

The fishing derby only has a few more days. The fishermen claim the fishing has been rather poor because the fish don't like the water to be so warm. Of course, the rest of us are very happy with these lovely days with cool nights and warm sunshine during the day. Most of the leaves off-Island, even on the Cape, have turned while our Island trees seem to be moving into autumn a little more slowly. Some of us prefer moving a little more slowly into winter as well.

Don't miss the BSO at Boston Symphony Hall. The Tisbury Travel Club has tickets available. Tickets are also available for "The Merry Widow" matinee on Sunday, Oct. 29, at the Tilden Auditorium in Hyannis. A stop at the Daniel Webster Inn will round out that day. Call 508-696-4205 to learn more.

Charles Blank, musicologist, will tell you all about the concerto in the Music Appreciation Hour at the Tisbury Senior Center next Monday, Oct. 16, at 1 pm. Mr. Blank helps make classical music more enjoyable. Dessert and coffee will be served at this free program.

Towne & Country Mortgage plans an update on reversible mortgages. The limit available to Dukes County seniors has been increased. What does it mean to you and what does it cost? The mortgage isn't for everyone. For seniors with home equity, it can allow them to stay in their home in later years. This is a pubic education program. Call 508-696-4205 to reserve your seat.

Louisa Gould Gallery and William Marks present an art show and poetry reading with refreshments at the gallery on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 4 to 6 pm. Vineyard poets will display their poems with a piece of art. The exhibit will run to Nov. 13. Louisa Gould Gallery is located at 13 Beach Street extension across from the Black Dog Tavern.

Water, water everywhere - but how do we keep the waterways of Tisbury safe and clean? Representatives from Island organizations will talk about the issue of improving the quality of water on Tuesday at 6:30 pm at the Vineyard Haven Public Library.

Children over 4 will have a 1 pm movie and popcorn at the library on Wednesday, when school has early dismissal. At 3:30 pm Teen Knitters ages 12 and up will gather.

Pass the word: Free English classes for non-native speakers will run for six weeks at the library. Classes are 5 to 7 pm on Thursday and 1 to 3 pm on Saturday. Classes will be held at the Edgartown Town Hall on Tuesday from 5 to 7 pm, sponsored by the Edgartown library. Whether you need to learn English, Spanish, Portuguese, or computer languages, check out the adult classes opening at the high school.

Surplus Food Distribution will be given out at the First Baptist Church Parish House at 2 pm on Friday. Participants must be on Food Stamps, AFDC, WIC, Welfare, Medicaid, SSI, Head Start, Fuel Assistance, Family Day Care or Veteran's Aid. Call Betty Burton at 508-693-5339

Congratulations to Holly and Ted Thomas who celebrated their anniversary a few weeks ago. They were married 60 years ago on Oct. 6.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Dean Moon, Ryan David Dunbar, Lee Lowe, and Chris Lowe. Tomorrow is a special day for Heather Chapman. Wish the best on Saturday to Phil Reynolds.

Heard on Main Street: "Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it."