Town Column


By Kay Mayhew
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Posted May 17, 2007

I have been traveling along the east coast, down to Virginia. Our beautiful country is fragrant with blossoms, flowering quince, azaleas of every hue, always more colorful than remembered. Even the highways are in bloom at this time of year - abloom with various construction projects.

I was visiting my granddaughters in Virginia. I also saw schoolmates from half a century ago at the National Cathedral School in Washington. This was the 50th reunion of my high school class. I had also been invited to the reunion of the class at the Connecticut high school my neighborhood friends attended. I haven't seen some of those people since third or fourth grade.

Sandy Whitworth says the Boston Museum of Fine Art's Edward Hopper exhibit wasn't just an art show, it was a journey through the first half of the 20th century. In her words: "It was a rolling meander through the countryside and oceanfront of New England. To see the real deal with the absolute stunning distillation of light that he was able to create was absolutely breathtaking... To come to the understanding of the eternity of time through the clear presence of a strong line, a distilled light was profound. If you have to go to Boston for any reason between now and August, try to see it!"

The Tisbury Travel Club has space available for the trip to Newport, R.I., on Thursday, June 14 to see Belcourt Castle and Beechwood Mansion (home of "the" Mrs. Astor - her self-proclaimed title). Beechwood is staffed by a theatre company who portray Mrs. Astor's family, friends, and domestic staff at the height of the Victorian Era. You will have a light luncheon in the estate dining room. Belcourt Castle is a Richard Morris masterpiece built by Oliver Hazard Perry Belmont. This estate family chapel has Renaissance stained glass and the castle houses an art collection from 33 countries. The castle is home to the Tinney family, who still live there.

The trip is $63 per person, including the coach, both tours and the luncheon. Call 508-696-4205 to join the trip. You leave on the 8:15 boat and return at 5 or 6:15 pm, depending on traffic.

Alzheimer's is a challenge, even here on the Vineyard. Maureen Hourihan's trilogy of plays was written in tribute to her father's struggle with the disease. The ten-minute plays will be staged this Friday and Saturday at the Vineyard Playhouse at 7:30 pm. The English Tea Room provides a delightful culinary service for theatre-goers. Call the Playhouse at 508-693-6450 for more information.

Meg Spokus is a volunteer with PeaceCraft, a part of the Fish Farm for Haiti Project. She wants you to come to the spring sale at Martha's Closet, a consignment shop open weekdays in the Tisbury Marketplace. The sales of the hand-crafted goods and jewelry benefit the people of third-world countries.

Judith Bunge invites you to a large exhibit of new and antique hooked rugs on Saturday, May 19, from 10 am to 4 pm, at the Ag Hall. It is free and there will be demonstrations. Call 508-693-1984 for more.

Little ones age 3 and up can sing along with Susie Bowman at 11 am at the Library on Tuesday. On Thursday, May 31, ages 4 and up will enjoy a movie and popcorn at 3:30 pm.

Friday, May 25 is the day for the children's march to the sea with flowers. This is the most moving program on our Island. The school children, littlest first, walk out to the end of the pier at Owen Park and drop their blossoms into the harbor as their celebration of Memorial Day. The ceremony keeps those who fought to keep us free alive in our memory as well.

Happy anniversary to Allan and Judy Davey on Monday. Their son Allen and his wife Ann Davey will celebrate on Wednesday.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Glenna Moore. Wish the best on Friday to Lillian Hammond. Elaine Ciancio celebrates on Tuesday.

Heard on Main Street: If we don't change the direction we are headed, we will end up where we are going.