Town Column


By Kay Mayhew
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Posted March 15, 2007

A large number of Islanders said farewell to David Welch this week. David was a man with a smile for everyone. Whether you knew him from his hobby of genealogy, were fellow Masons or Veterans, or had been part of his working life or the First Baptist Church, he was interested to hear what was going on in your life. He was always willing to share his latest news of his grandchildren with great pride. We will miss him. As was fitting, the Rev. Roger Spinney led the service for David.

Linsey Lee is celebrating women's history month. You should visit the Library to see the display on Vineyard women created by Linsey. She is the oral history curator for the Martha's Vineyard Museum. The women featured at the library are Gladys Widdiss, Shirley Steere Smith, Anna Mae Cecilio, and the late Alice Coutinho and Dorothy West. Linsey is the author of two remarkable books about Islanders and their stories: "Vineyard Voices" and "More Vineyard Voices."

Next Monday Linsey will present a program called "Vineyard Women: Their Voices" at Grace Episcopal Church. The program is part of the museum's Past and Repast series. Lunch is at noon. At 1pm the video "Dorothy Brickman - An Islander Through and Through of the American Jewish Faith" will be shown. Ruth Stiller and Betty Honey will read and embellish excerpts from their own stories that appear in "More Vineyard Voices." Also, short audio excerpts from interviews with other Vineyard women will be played. For reservations call 508-627 -4441, ext. 111.

Linsey is also working on the new Vineyard Voices exhibit at the museum in Edgartown. Open by the end of March, it will feature photographic portraits and excerpts from interviews conducted by Linsey Lee with members of the Vineyard's African-American community and individuals involved in the civil rights movement. Archival photographs from the Museum collection and private collections will illustrate the stories in the display. You can also see the short film entitled "A Person of Color - An Oak Bluffs Childhood," featuring the son of the first African-American minister on the Vineyard.

It must be spring. There are some very fat robins in the yard. Crocuses are peeking up all over town. The ducks are gathering in the lagoon, perhaps making their summer plans. And we have already turned our clocks ahead.

We have a lot of birthdays to celebrate this week. Happy birthday today to Jay Segel, Carolyn Henderson, and Jib Ellis. Wear green on Saturday and party with Austin Chandler and Doug Dorchester. Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out on Sunday to Matthew Barton who will be nine years old and to his cousin Ben Bartolini who will be 18. Wish the best to Lois Kavanagh, Susan Mone, Susan Weyl, and Sondra Gonsalves, who celebrate on Monday. Tuesday belongs to Sheri Thomas and Phoenix Russell. There are lots of parties planned for Wednesday to mark the birthdays of WMVY's Barbara Dacey, Jon Nelson at the Bunch of Grapes, and Skip Bailey.

Heard on Main Street: "Stop thinking about it. Just do it."