Town Columns


By Jacqueline Sexton - November 22, 2006

Mercury in retrograde had more than the usual number of rituals with which to wreak havoc, given the arrival of Comcast on the Island, conducting what it called the transition from Adelphia Internet service. The transition will surely live in the memory of many Islanders as one of the most disruptive periods in its history. Which brings me to apologies to anyone who has sent me news or information. I have not received anything sent to the Adelphia address since November 9. What I am receiving, I think, is mail addressed to Please re-send messages if you like. I am tempted to throw the computer into the trash and unearth my vintage Royal Portable.

Sally Scott Cook called by old-fashioned telephone to tell me that she and her husband Peter Cook will be joined by numerous family for a big, old-fashioned Thanksgiving get-together tomorrow at the Scott residence on South Road. Ozzie and Rena Fischer, the great grandparents of several of the family, will be there. Jonathan and Marie Scott will come from Vermont, Malia Scott, her husband Chris Stanley and their children, Eva and Theo are coming, as are Josh and Linsey Scott and their son Tristan from Chilmark, and Andrea and Nathaniel Scott. Annie Cook and her friend Wayne will come from Arlington, Virginia,; Caitlin Cook and her husband Calder Martin of New York city, and Elizabeth Cook and a friend, John Lenthall, and Elizabeth's daughter, Alexandra, from England, are all coming.

Marie Scott and Sally Cook are each roasting a turkey, and everyone else will bring his or her own specialty. "We plan to walk the beach, play touch football and then have dinner," Ms. Cook says.

Plans have been afoot for weeks for the Christmas bazaar at the Congregational Church in West Tisbury on Dec. 9 from 9:30 to 2 pm. Home-baked items, collectibles and Christmas wreaths will all be for sale. Soup and dessert will be served from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm.

In response to questions about vendors at the Farmer's Market, Ethel Sherman spoke on the subject at a meeting of United Methodist women last week. Ms. Sherman is the author of "West Tisbury Farmer's Market, Behind the Scenes."

Anne McGhee, Jonathan and Marie Scott, and Sally Cook were among those attending the funeral in Rochester of family member George Scott Alley who died last month.

Big events in the arts this weekend with Allen Whiting introducing his book, "The Artist at 60" at Midnight Farm from 3 to 5 pm on Friday, and Linda Thompson's reception at the Chilmark Library on Saturday, from 3 to 5 pm. Happy browsing.

And Happy Thanksgiving!