Town Column


By Jacqueline Sexton
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Posted June 28, 2007

Menemsha is going to have a busy season if last Saturday was any indication. Pandora's Box was jammed with shoppers, who departed carrying bags bulging with stacks of this and that. And at midday there were no parking spaces for the beach. And it's still June.

Congratulations to Jackie Mendez-Diez whose painting of a pig looking over a gate, (Wilbur from Charlotte's Web?), won the Agricultural Fair's poster contest. The original of the painting will hang in the children's room at the library.

Their Menemsha friends are happy to have the Keefes in their midst again. Craig, Lori, Quinn and Allie Keefe have arrived from Steamboat Springs, Colo., with the newest member of the family, Grady, who was born June 2. Welcome to you all.

Women walkers, rejoice! Julie Coleman is back from Chapel Hill and she and Judy Maynes have started the weekly walks. They will take on Fulling Mill Brook next Friday, July 5 starting at 9:30 am. Everyone is welcome; just show up. Ms. Coleman suggests that you always bring water and insect repellent; the walks take an hour to an hour and a half. They also recommend that you get a copy of Will Flender's "Trails of Martha's Vineyard," which has directions, maps and the history of the trails. For more information, please call Ms. Coleman at 508-645-2261 or Ms. Maynes at 508-645-3460.

For the first time the public will be offered a limited number of giclee prints of the work of esteemed Vineyard artist, the late Stan Murphy, as well as a few original oils at the Stanley Murphy Gallery on South Road. Mr. Murphy's daughter, artist Kitty Murphy and her colleague, fellow artist Enos Ray, are also showing their work and will have a reception next Sunday, July 1 from 4 to 7. Everyone is welcome.

Roberta Gross of Washington, D.C., will open a show of recent works with an opening reception on Saturday June 30 at the Chilmark Library. The show will be up through July 13.

A book discussion group will start at the library on Tuesday July 17, 4 to 5 pm. The book is "Suite Francaise" by Irene Nemirovsky, and the library has extra copies. Everyone is welcome.

Sign-ups for the summer reading program will start this Saturday, June 30 at the library. The theme this year is "Catch the Beat at Your Library." Local shops will offer prizes, as they have done in the past, to all who finish the books.

Aficionados of Nelson Bryant's fishing columns in The New York Times may be interested to learn that he is one of four Times columnists featured in "Up River and Downstream, the best fly fishing and angling adventures from the New York Times" (Harmony Books). The book can be ordered from The New York Times Store.

Marsha Winsryg is having another sale of African artifacts at her home on Oak Lane in West Tisbury this Saturday June 30, proceeds to benefit her African Artists Community Development Project which has established an orphanage and a home for disabled children in Zambia.

She will also present a filmed puppet show, "Cupid and Psyche", at the Katharine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven. The puppet show, a year in the making, is a love story between a god and a mortal, and will also benefit the AACDP. The film will be shown on Sunday and Monday, July 8 and 9. An expurgated version for young children will be shown at 3 pm Sunday, and for adults, an unexpurgated version at 8 pm both nights. For more information, please call Marsha at 508-693-4059.

The library's summer programs, which are free and sponsored by the Friends of the Library, are attracting a wide audience. The programs appeal to a variety of interests and have included a chamber music concert, a report from a skunk researcher and a classical guitar concert by Franz Solmssen, which included selections by J. S. Bach, Francisco Tarrega and Isaac Albenitz.