Town Column


By Jacqueline Sexton
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Posted July 5, 2007

Martha's Vineyard mystery writer Cynthia Riggs will talk about her new book "Shooting Star" at the library next Thursday, July 12, at 5 pm. The seventh book in the Martha's Vineyard series, "Shooting Star" casts the 92-year-old poet/sleuth Victoria Trumbull in the role of playwright. Believing that "Frankenstein," Mary Shelley's classic commentary on the Industrial Revolution, has been grossly misinterpreted, Victoria decides to write a play script based on the original book to set the record straight. Her serious intent gets out of hand, however, when actors start disappearing, bodies are discovered and understudies take to the stage. All this action takes place in familiar Vineyard settings, and readers will find familiar Island characters too. The Friends of the Library are sponsoring the talk; admission is free, and everyone is welcome.

An e-mail from Mary Jane Nevin reports news of the death of Geneva Libby of Venice, Florida, on June 13 at age 71. Geneva Libby is remembered fondly for her many years of service to the late Eleanor Piacenza of Chilmark and the late Herman Schneider of West Tisbury as both personal chef and personal attendant. Her amazing cooking skills, generosity, and good humor were known Island-wide. She was a good friend and neighbor and will be sorely missed by many.

Photographer John Wightman is showing new images of Vineyard scenes including giclée prints at The Bank of Martha's Vineyard from this Saturday through July 13. He has invited everyone to an opening reception on Saturday, July 7 from 4 to 7 pm.

Happy birthday to Kathie Carroll on June 27. She had an early celebration with her mother, Carol Crocker, and her brother Harvey over the weekend. Harvey was here with some friends for the annual Harley ride to the Vineyard from Peabody.

Judie Jardin's daughter Jackie Hornbuckle is here visiting with her husband Bo and their daughters Ruthie,10, and Isobel, 6. Ruthie is happy to pick up her friendship where it left off last summer with Bradley Carroll. The girls have been friends since they were little.

Diana Lees, Katie Carroll's mother, is here for a summer full of adventure with her grandchildren, Bradley and Brooks. According to Katie, "She looks forward to many blissful days at Squibnocket, Menemsha, Felix Neck and looking for snakes in the backyard with Brooks, who is four. She's a pretty cool grandma."

The walking women will meet at 9:30 am next Thursday July 12 at Waskosim's Rock Reservation, which is off North Road, near Tea Lane. For more information, please call Judy Maynes at 508-645-3460.

The Martha's Vineyard Library Association is sponsoring the summer reading kick-off event at the (new) Agricultural Hall in West Tisbury. Musician Roger Tincknell will Catch the Beat this Saturday, July 7 at 11 am. Admission is $3.

West Tisbury photographer Alan Brigish will give a slideshow, "Travel Photography From Around the Globe," at the library next Wednesday, July 11, at 5:30 pm. The talk is sponsored by the Friends of the Library, and admission is free. All are welcome.

The Martha's Vineyard Independent Film Festival is back for its fourth season at the community center and will show films for kids and teenagers every Wednesday at 5:45 pm followed by films for adults at 8 pm. As always, refreshments from the Scottish Bakehouse will be served. Opening night is Wednesday, July 11. For schedule specifics, please go to