Town Columns


By Kay Mayhew - December 7, 2006

Cora Medeiros called with a heartwarming holiday story of a lost cat. Two months ago a woman was waiting for the paperwork so she could take her black cat Barneget to her new home in Italy. Meanwhile, the cat was living on a boat in Vineyard Haven harbor and somehow escaped from its harness while being walked on the beach. The cat's owner is named Sally. She and her mother could not believe the cat was gone. They called the Tisbury control officer and put notices in the Times but had to go on with their lives. Sally moved to Italy.

Just before Thanksgiving the black cat made its way into Cora's shop on Water Street where her daughter Kathy was working. Kathy remembered seeing ads for a lost black cat so she called the Tisbury animal control officer Laurie Clements. Kathy said the cat hungrily ate the cat food she provided. Laurie agreed that it sounded like the lost cat, but she could not do anything until the cat had been caught. Kathy called PAWS. They caught the cat at Neptune's Sea Chest, provided a cat carrier, and carefully covered the carrier to help the cat calm down.

Laurie then scanned the cat's identifying microchip and called the owner's mother Ginger in Pennsylvania. Ginger excitedly announced that her daughter Sally had just returned from Italy for one last trip to the Island to look for Barneget. Sally happily flew to the Island and picked up her lost cat whose paperwork is now in order. Both now plan to return to Italy.

The featured event of the Tisbury Senior Center open house on Sunday, Dec. 10, will be the Minnesingers. Enjoy their music, tasty treats, and door prizes from 2 to 4 pm. Then on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 1:30 "Happy Holidays" music will be presented by the "Vintage Voices." Under the direction of accompanist Phil Dietterich, singers Lorraine St, Pierre, Herbert Ward, Margaret Chirgwin, Glenn Carpenter, Pamela Butterich, Philip Fleischmann, Jeanne Marie Moore, Nancy Blank, Lee Fierro, Jay Sigler, Sofia Anthony, Mary-Jean Miner and Carol Loud will sing popular hits in their own enthusiastic way. You can count on several unexpected and entertaining numbers. You don't want to miss this.

Next Thursday, Dec. 14, Leslie J. Stark will present a joyfully musical toast to the holidays called "Christmas Jazz." You may remember his popular summer jazz series. This will include traditional and pop standard Christmas music performed by the best jazz musicians and orchestras on CD. He provides commentary as a short lead-in to all the songs we love. Festive refreshments will be served!

In September the Travel Channel filmed a "Trip of a Lifetime" that included a segment on the Gayhead Light. Richard Skidmore is the Gay Head lighthouse keeper for the Martha's Vineyard Historical Society. He gave the visitors a tour as part of the show. You can see the episode on Thursday, Dec. 14, at 10 pm on the Travel Channel.

Next Sunday, Dec. 10, the Martha's Vineyard NAACP Spirituals Choir will perform at 7 pm at the Unitarian Church.

Wagon rides sponsored by the businesses in town are free to all. Enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride through the village of Vineyard Haven while admiring the lights and decorations in the shop windows.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Jessie Chandler. Wish the best on Saturday to Polly Renear and Rachael Houston. Sunday belongs to Doug Cabral.

Heard on Main Street: "Warn any reindeer you know that this is deer week on the Island."