Town Column


By Kay Mayhew
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Posted June 14, 2007

The Louisa Gould Gallery needs remodeling after the fire last week. Louisa was pleased that none of the artwork was damaged. She is accepting bookings for summer portraits and weddings and will reopen the gallery when the front section is fixed.

Louisa says that the fire was a minor kitchen fire caused by a pan left on the stove. The blaze in the third floor apartment set off the sprinkler system. That water came down the duct system to the ceiling above the front section of her gallery. She had wanted a new rug but thought she'd have to wait for it. Now it is a necessary repair. When the new ceiling and walls and rug are in, she is going to have a super-duper grand re-opening party.

Last weekend I met a visitor who was anchored in our harbor, returning north on his way from North Carolina. He said he has been to the Vineyard, actually to Vineyard Haven Harbor, three times. The first time was at the time of Hurricane Bob - and his boat was demolished. The second time was a few years ago. Then his rubber dinghy was run over, destroyed by another boater, and he was tossed into the water. Last Sunday morning an Islander woke him in early morning when the local man crashed his boat into the visitor's boat. Now the visitor says that he is beginning to think that perhaps he is not really welcome here.

Tomorrow Natalie Munn will tell you all about Quest M.V. Students at the Regional High School wrote the Quests and gathered the background information about the sites and maps. Join the students and Natalie Munn at the Bunch of Grapes at 7:30 pm.

Remind your neighbors: you can register to vote at the Tisbury Town Hall this Saturday. Mark your calendar now: special town meeting is 7:30 pm on Tuesday, June 26.

This Sunday at 8 pm the Film Society will show "Following Sean." Filmmaker Ralph Arlyck first met Sean while living as a graduate student in San Francisco's Haight Ashbury neighborhood at the height of the 1960s. Thirty years and a lifetime later, Arlyck returned to San Francisco in search of who the adult Sean might be. What he found shows that the choices we're handed and the choices are often quite odd. Admission is $6 and $4 for members.

Next Thursday, June 21, you are welcome to a workshop on Genealogy Problems with me. It starts at 10:30 am at the library of the Martha's Vineyard Museum on School Street in Edgartown. The program is free for members, $6 for others.

The First Baptist Church will be having a Pulled Pork Dinner on Saturday, June 16, from 5 to 7 pm. The all-you-can-eat meal will include delicious pulled pork, coleslaw, sweet potato fries, cornbread, and dessert. The price is $10.

Also next Thursday the book club at the Vineyard Haven Public Library will meet at 1:30 pm to discuss Lisa Fugard's "Skinner's Drift." In this novel the new South Africa comes to life in a story told by a returning English settler who is all too familiar with its violent history.

Congratulations to Hugh and Midge (Goff) Knipmeyer. They were married 55 years ago today in Philadelphia.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Fredrick Nash tomorrow. Wish the best on Tuesday to Shauna Nute. Happy birthday to Laura Kimball on Wednesday.

Heard on Main Street: "Today is Flag Day. Show your colors. Fly the flag."