Town Column


By Kay Mayhew
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Posted April 19, 2007

Europeans often wonder at Americans and their special fondness for our flag. They find it a little odd that we choose to fly the flag at our homes and businesses. Our flag is honored in our poetry as well as in our use.

Years ago each school child was given cards that prescribed flag etiquette. In those days the flag was not to be worn on clothing or draped over sweaty winning athletes. Were the Flying Tigers the first to wear the American flag on their clothing during World War II?

Last week everyone was claiming how town meeting was a great example of democracy in action. While we were behaving well as citizens, Ed Colligan noticed that we were not observing proper flag etiquette. Our flag of the United States is always on the flag's own right and should have been on the speaker's right. Other flags, such as the state flag, go to the flag's left. On the stage at the Tisbury school, someone put the flags on the wrong side.

In the continuing saga of the feral turkeys in town, one resident of West Spring Street said they often had 70 or 80 turkeys in the yard and at one time this year counted 100. Next time the state sends someone to count turkeys, we now know where to send him. His last report had only 40 for the whole town - and several people have reported more than that in their yards. Turkeys often stop traffic on the Edgartown Road. Have you ever seen them stop traffic on State Road?

The Tisbury Travel Club is off to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston on Wednesday, May 9, to see the Edward Hopper exhibit. A few tickets remain. Edward Hopper's luminous paintings captured classic images of middle-class America, making him one of the most popular artists of the 20th century. This exhibition focuses on the period of Hopper's greatest achievements - from about 1925 to mid-century - during which he produced many works now considered icons of American art. All collections in the museum will be available for viewing. Leave on the 8:15 am and return on the 5 pm boat. The $40 cost includes museum and bus, but not lunch or the boat. Call Sandy at 508-696-4205.

The Film Society presents an Animation Bonanza on Saturday at 7:30 pm at the Katharine Cornell Theatre. See all five Oscar nominated animated short films from 2006 in one evening: The Danish Poet, Lifted, The Little Matchgirl, Maestro, and No Time For Nuts as well as a bonus of four additional short animated films. Doors open at 7 pm.

Anne Lucas wants you to know that the Friends of the Vineyard Haven Public Library have joined the discount pass program with the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Library patrons can get these passes at the Library circulation desk. One pass admits up to two adults at $5 per adult. Discount entry to the Gund Gallery is offered for an additional $8 per adult. If you have any questions, call her at 693-0833. Remember that the annual "Art in Bloom" exhibit is next week.

Children's Librarian Kathy Stinson invites little ones under 2 at 10 am and those 3 to 5 at 11 am to meet on Tuesday for fun with Jennifer McHugh from the Family Center. Melinda, from the Farm Institute, shares stories and gardening projects at 3:30 pm next Thursday for children in kindergarten and up.

Betty Burton says the course on Voluntary Simplicity begins at the Library next Thursday at 7 pm and runs for 8 weeks. Sign up and order the $17 workbook at the desk. The group will discuss the Meaning of Simplicity, Living More with Less, Your Money or Your Life, Do You Have the Time, How Much Is Enough, Swimming Against the Tide, and the Practice of Simplicity.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Bob Tankard. Judy Nichols parties on Saturday, which is also the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. Alexandra Habekost celebrates on Wednesday.

Heard on Main Street: Vote on Tuesday. If you don't vote, my vote counts twice.