I know the multiflora rose is considered an invasive pest of a plant, but as it is in fragrantly (and flagrantly) full bloom, it is hard to hate. The walkways and roadsides are sweetly perfumed and its white-flowered tendrils weave through the dark cedars, a counterpoint in the hedgerows. Roses, newly mowed hayfields, and salty sea air make the most delicious combination of smells - West Tisbury at the end of June.
My friend Bill Ternes was here last week, teaching a plein air painting workshop, so I enjoyed going out to paint with him and his students. The weather was perfect and we went to some beautiful spots. Bill left several new paintings at The Christina Gallery in Edgartown, where he exhibits.
Cabot Thurber will be turning six on June 29. I won't spoil the special surprises his mom and Nana Vickie have for his birthday party, but will say that Cabot and his friends will have a lot of fun. Enjoy your day, Cabot.
Sam Bryant celebrated his 20th birthday last week. He was the guest of honor at a special birthday dinner with his father, Jeff, his grandfather, Nelson, and Ruth Kirchmeier, who cooked all of Sam's favorites, including a strawberry birthday cake. What could be better? Happy birthday, Sam.
Fiddlehead Farm opened this weekend in the old Farmer Green stand on State Road in North Tisbury. With the admirable goal of "keeping food as close to home as possible," Bob Skydell and Rose Willett have stocked the store with Island and regional produce, bread, meat, eggs, baked goods, flowers, and herbs, plus a dazzling display of pastas, organic sauces, olive oils, and vinegars. There are antique cupboards holding artful displays of goods, and a cheerful ambience. Lexi Willett and Marjolaine Goldsmith manned the counter when I was there Sunday morning. It's nice to see that spot returned to life as a farm stand. Fiddlehead Farm will be open every day from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm and accepts the Island Card.
Linda and Glenn Hearn have had a busy couple of weeks with their house full of family and friends. First, their daughter Laura Caruso and her three-month-old daughter, Morgan Emily, came for the week of June 11 while husband/father Paul was at the motorcycle races in Laconia, New Hampshire. Laura and Morgan went home after the Farmer's Market on Saturday. On Sunday, their other daughter, Susan Collins, arrived from Rockport with two friends and 11 members of Girl Scout Troop 31. The girls spent an active week between the beach, Felix Neck, The Polly Hill Arboretum, and shopping. All the children and grandchildren helped Linda and Glenn get ready for the Farmer's Market and pitched in behind the stand.
Leslie Baker enjoyed a weekend visit from Susan Reed and her poodle Molly. They gallery-hopped, walked on the beach with their four dogs, and talked a blue streak. All in all, it was a perfect weekend. Leslie will be opening her show at the Shaw Cramer Gallery in Vineyard Haven this Friday, June 29, with a reception from 6 to 8 pm. The show is called "Edges and Order" after a description of a field by essayist Verlyn Klinkenborg in the New York Times last winter. Leslie's new paintings are more masterful than ever, luminous colors and elegant technique. It will be a beautiful exhibition.
It's interesting to note how much art happens within a very small area in this, "the Athens of the Island." This past weekend, the Garden Club hosted "Beauty and the Best" with floral arrangements corresponding to pieces of art. Allen Whiting opened his gallery for the summer season. Lanny MacDowell's Ott Gallery is across the street from Allen Whiting's, and with The Field Gallery, The Granary, and my Hermine Merel Smith Fine Art, we are all within a mile of each other. Ruth Adams's Treehouse Gallery is just down State Road in North Tisbury, as is Glassworks. And that's just galleries, not counting the number of artists (and writers, poets, musicians, craftspeople) who live and work in town.
Pat Waring recently attended her reunion at Wellesley College.
You can spend Saturday morning, June 30, at Vineyard Gardens learning about plants that will attract butterflies to your garden. The program begins at 11 am.
Also on Saturday, from 10 am to 3 pm, Marsha Wynsrig will hold a sale of African crafts at her home on New Lane. She will show a film documenting her recent visit to the Upeme Orphanage and the Mama Bakhita Home for Disabled Children; showings are at noon and 2 pm. All proceeds from the sale will benefit these charities. There will be brightly printed fabric, jewelry, and modern folk carvings of working women among the items for sale. For more information, contact Marsha at 508-693-4059.
At the Library there will be a craft program for children, "Scallop Shell Animals," on Saturday throughout the day. The Monday Night Movie will be "National Velvet." The Monday Night Movies move to the Howes House for the summer; they are still free and still begin at 7 pm.
I'm hoping for rain for the gardens, but enjoying these clear sunny days nonetheless.