Town Column


By Kay Mayhew
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Posted March 29, 2007

Do you know who is hoping to run our town? The League of Women Voters will hold a free Candidates' Forum on Thursday, April 12, at 7 pm at the Senior Center. Don't miss this chance to meet the people running for office in Tisbury. You can ask them questions before you decide how to cast your votes on April 24.

Anyone who had a childhood will treasure the memories brought back by Bill Bryson's "The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid." Remember your delight when you let your imagination soar? This book is laugh-out-loud funny. It will enchant anyone who has ever been young. Read it and share your memories with the library book club on April 19 at 1:30 pm.

Pia Gundersen invites all those who like to eat to come to the Grace Preschool annual spaghetti dinner and silent auction fundraiser on Saturday from 5 to 7 pm at Grace Church. Tickets are $8, $4 child/senior and $25 for family of five or more. Buy your ticket from the church at 508-693-0332 or at the door.

The auction items are amazing. You can choose signed artwork by Tom Maley and David Wallis or handicrafts from Island artisans. Or maybe you want babysitting or landscaping services or tickets to the Red Sox. All the funds raised will benefit the arts enrichment programs at the preschool. This year the children enjoyed drums with Rick Bausman, drama with Phyllis Vecchia, and clay techniques with Amy Nevin. Call Pia at 508-627-6617 for more information.

Lynne Benson of The Heath Hen Yarn & Quilt Shop announces a quilt show a week from Saturday, on April 7, at the Clark House. Drop off your quilt between 9 and 5 on Wednesday through Friday. Pat Wolf from The Stitchery will teach a class on penny rugs from 2 to 4 there on Saturday. You need to sign up for the class, so she has the correct number of kits.

Speaking of pennies, the Heath Hen will celebrate one cent day on Wednesday, April 4, from noon to 6 pm. There will be special penny deals, random penny mint dates, and your chance to guess the number of pennies in a jar.

For knitters, the Heath Hen invites you to make Duduza, or comfort dolls. It's a great way to use up leftover yarn on a feel-good project. Get your directions from Lynne at The Heath Hen. Dolls will be collected by the end of May and will begin their journey to Africa. The dolls are for CHABA. This is a non-profit organization founded in 2002, whose mission is to raise awareness in the U.S. about the plight of children in Africa. CHABA stands for children affected by HIV/AIDS. It takes about an hour to knit a doll. Then you can be creative with embellishment.

Did you know our wounded soldiers have to share a scant number of laptop computers to keep in touch with family and friends? Some whose wounds impede their speech need the laptops to communicate with doctors. A soldier's mother has started a campaign to provide laptops for all the wounded soldiers. It is her way to show gratitude that her soldier came home safe and sound. Go online to or send your check to Laptops for the Wounded at 1526 19th St., Cody, WY 82414.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Kaleena Searle. Wish a happy one on Friday to Larry Sylvia, still delivering packages, and to Marco Daniels. Tom Zinno parties on Monday.

Heard on Main Street: "If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague."