Town Column


By Kay Mayhew
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Posted February 8, 2007

It seems as if Tisbury officials ganged up on 15-year-old Jessica Seidman and her prize-winning rooster, Chickie. Jessica has to find a new home for her tame Rhode Island Red pet. But the same town's officials pay no attention to the hundreds of feral turkeys roaming our yards, leaving unpleasant reminders on grass, roof, porches, and walks. There is something wrong here.

Perhaps the eighth graders at the Tisbury School can find the answer. They will be going to Washington, D.C., in early June. Maybe after seeing our federal government at work, the school children will be able to provide some guidance for the town.

Meanwhile, the eighth graders are still fundraising for their trip. You can enjoy a great lasagna dinner at the Tisbury School and see their musical production on Friday night. Dinner begins at 5 pm in the school cafeteria. Tickets are $25 per family, or adults $10 and children $5. Or catch just the show at 7 pm on Saturday. Tickets for the show, a student version of Disney's "High School Musical," are $7. Tickets are on sale at school.

Saturday night enjoy supper out at the First Baptist Church parish hall. It costs only $10 for all you can eat. Pastor Roger Spinney's special barbecued pulled pork dinner will be served from 5 to 6:30 pm.

Sunday evening you can enjoy music along with jambalaya, cornbread, and pecan pie. Then you will hear from the Island teenagers who went to Louisiana over the holidays to help Katrina victims there who are still homeless. The Ecumenical Youth Group will show slides from their trip. The good food and thought-provoking reports only cost $10, $25 per family. Go to the Federated Church parish hall in Edgartown for dinner served at 6 pm. All money raised will help cover the costs of the December trip and go towards more of the same.

Richard Paradise invites you to join the Martha's Vineyard Film Society celebration of Black History Month on Saturday at 7:30 pm at the historic Katharine Cornell Theatre. The film is "The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords," directed by Oak Bluffs summer resident Stanley Nelson. This is the story of the pioneering black newspapermen and -women who gave voice to black America. From facilitating the migration of Southern Blacks to northern cities to honoring Black soldiers in World War II, the Black press documented people who were otherwise ignored. Admission is $6 ($4 for film society members).

Friends all over the Island were happy to hear that the storm damage last week skipped over Fred Sonnenberg and Marion Burke who live in the retirement area called The Villages. Marion said that the tornadoes, which destroyed a hundred homes and damaged over a thousand more, hit down just four miles from their home.

Lynne Benson has shared plans for a quilting show in April on the Saturday of Easter weekend. She is also talking about some special quilting classes, including one to make a Japanese lantern quilt. Stop by the Heath Hen Yarn & Quilt Shop for more information.

Big bunches of birthday balloons go out tomorrow to Joan McDonough. Saturday belongs to James O'Donnell and Jainaba Burton-Sundman. Wish the best on Sunday to Judy Pachico. On Monday we mark the birthdays of several important people: Eli Thomas Hanschka and Nat Benjamin (as well as Abraham Lincoln). Valentine's Day is a special day for Chris Morse and Gayle Stiller.

Heard on Main Street: "Hawks may soar, but chipmunks don't get sucked into jet engines."