Memorial Day weekend has been glorious, flags flying and flowering shrubs at their most perfect. The mixed fragrances of lilacs, autumn olives, and lily of the valley have combined in the warm and humid air. Convertible tops are down, windows are open, lawns are neatly mowed, West Tisbury is at its finest as summer arrives.
Joan and Jack Hopkins have been here for the week with Joan's daughter, Beth Kramer, and her husband, Douglas Reid. There has been time for a visit to the Family Planning Art Show and a walk at Polly Hill's, but mostly Joan has been busy helping Beth fill planters with luscious combinations of flowers to place around their yard. Trips to Vineyard Gardens were frequent, as home came always more potting mix, annuals in a new color, a dark purple-leafed Smoke Tree, and a selection of fruit trees. Joan has also graciously pitched in at the library, helping out while Beth was working.
George Hartman, Bill Honey, and Andy Boass made their annual pilgrimage to the Antique Engine Show in Bernardston. There was lots of equipment to check out, and fellow enthusiasts with whom to reconnect. Many of the off-Islanders will be here for our show at the Ag Hall in the fall.
Tally, Murphy, and I just had a visit from Blue Cullen, wearing her Oslo DeSorcy tee shirt, (Oslo is Simone DeSorcy's fabulous dachshund) in honor of her guests, Jefferson Bull and his also fabulous dachshund, Pretzel. Pretzel kept Tally and Murphy busy running around the yard; he didn't stop for a second until Jeff picked him up in his arms when it was time to leave. He clearly doesn't know he is a littler dog than my two.
Sam Decker graduated from Oberlin this past weekend. Attending the ceremony were his parents, Nelia and Chris, and his brothers, Max and Casey. Nelia and Chris left the Island Thursday morning, driving to Brooklyn, N.Y., where the three boys already were. Sam performed in a concert that night, after which the whole family drove together to Ohio for the graduation.
I was happy to run into Ann Howes to hear about her recent trip to Sicily. It was every artist's dream - three weeks in a beautiful place with nothing to do but paint with a group of compatible artist friends. Ann said that Sicily was unbelievable and she was able to accomplish quite a lot of work, small watercolors that will provide material for larger paintings now that she is back in her studio. She was gathering up her flag, heading off to the cemetery in Vineyard Haven to the flag ceremony honoring veterans buried there, Ted Howes among them. Ted's sister and her daughter were joining Ann for the ceremony.
The Vineyard Committee on Hunger will hold their Annual Bake Sale this Saturday, June 2, from 9 am to 2 pm, under the linden tree on Main Street, Vineyard Haven. If you are interested in baking something, please call Elaine Eugster at 508-693-7614.
The Town Hall Renovation Committee is looking for an Administrative Assistant. If you might be interested, call Jen Rand at 508-696-0102 or stop by Town Hall for a job description and application. The deadline is June 6.
Beth Kramer and Paula Black were busy at the library Memorial Day morning, processing and shelving new books and trying to keep ahead of the returns and requests. I saw Beth's car there and stopped in to say, "What are you doing here on your day off?" Inside, Beth showed me the newly moved and rearranged circulation desk (my husband had gone in to do that job yesterday when the library was closed) and much-expanded sections for audio books and non-fiction. You can look at new materials, attend a Gifts for Hospice workshop lead by Linda Hughes this afternoon, May 31, from 4:30 to 6 pm, make votive candle holders all day Saturday, June 2, and bring children to the Monday Night Movie at 7 pm, "Born Free." Beth asked me to mention the following, which I will do in her own words, "We have increased our audio books by one-third; there is lots of brand-new fiction and WOW! new non-fiction galore, new mysteries and new kid's DVD's. Anything you want that you don't see, please ask!" I was also asked to add that the new non-fiction section now extends around behind the original section of shelves; don't forget to look on both sides.
Tom Dresser had written to me about a 40th anniversary celebration of the release of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, scheduled for May 30 at the Katharine Cornell Theatre. I apologize for not getting it in last week. The New York Times last Friday had a wonderful article about an exhibition at the Whitney Museum, "Summer of Love: Art of the Psychedelic Era," which features paintings, photographs, and art films from the Sgt. Pepper/Haight Ashbury era, the 1960s. I just received a notice in the mail of my 40th high school reunion to be held this summer. It all doesn't seem 40 years ago.