Town Columns


By Jacqueline Sexton - November 30, 2006

We report with sadness the passing of Marvin Joslow last Friday after a long illness. Marvin was a devoted library volunteer during his years of retirement on the Island and a careful steward of the Friends of the Library, which he served as president for many years. Services were held on Monday at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Vineyard Haven, followed by a reception. We send condolences to his wife, Betty, and their three daughters and his many friends. We will all miss him.

The display of incivility and bad manners on television screens and newspaper front pages across the country by the stampede of avid shoppers knocking each other down to be first at the array of goods offered for sale in pre-dawn hours makes you wonder. Here's a better way to do holiday shopping and, maybe, even, do some good: Marsha Winsryg, artist and activist, will have a sale of African crafts made by the African Artists Community Project, a non-profit that raises money for the Opeme Orphanage in Lusaka, and the Mama Bakhita Home for Disabled Children in Livingstone, Zambia at her house located at 20 Great Neck Road, off New Lane, in West Tisbury, (follow the red balloons), this Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2 and 3 from 9 am to 2 pm. All proceeds benefit the children. Hot chai will be served. Telephone number: 508-693-4059. Ms. Winsryg has occasionally sold African crafts at Chilmark School functions, so the community is familiar with the work, carvings, baskets, cloth of the artists' community.

The library is the hub of all activity this post-Thanksgiving, pre-Christmas period, starting today, Nov. 30, when ocean aquaculture specialist Richard Langan will give a talk at 5 pm in the meeting room. His topic is "Opportunities for Mussel Farming in New England."

Langan is director of the University of New Hampshire's Cooperative Institute of New England Mariculture which focuses on mariculture, fisheries science and management, and ocean policy. Prior to joining the UNH faculty, Langan was a commercial fisherman and seafood business owner. Everyone is welcome, and admission is free.

The library embarks this Saturday, Dec. 2, on new opening hours, which are: Monday and Saturday, 10:30 am to 5:30 pm; Tuesday, 10:30 am to 1:30 pm; Wednesday, 10:30 am to 7:30 pm; and Thursday, 3:30 to 6:30 pm.

Also beginning this Saturday, Dec. 2, the Friends of the Library will offer coffee, tea or hot chocolate and pastries at the off-season Chillib café at 10:30 and on Thursday afternoon at 3:30 in the meeting room.

Next Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 5:30 pm Philip and Shirley Craig will demonstrate several recipes from their just-out cookbook, "Delish, The JW Jackson Recipes." The evening, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, is free, and everyone is invited.

Zee and Bill Gamson are back from another of their hop here skip there jaunts, which this time took them to Madison, Wisc. around the time of the election, where they met former Vineyarders Arthur and Clarice Wortzel. They joined their son Josh and his family and other relatives before Zee went off to sunny Santa Barbara to visit with other friends. They plan to stay put - for a while, at least.