Town Column


By Jacqueline Sexton
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Posted July 12, 2007

Ted Meinelt, longtime cover artist for the community center's summer program book, has surprised everyone this year with an explosion of fiery red lobster superimposed on one of his traditional, cool scenes in blues and greens. The occasion is the "30th Run for the Lobster," referring of course to the 30th anniversary of the Chilmark Road Race, started by Hugh Weisman, where winners take home lobsters for dinner.

The summer program is off to a sizzling start, as usual, with games, events and activities, from a bird walk with Susan Whiting, on July 17 at 8 am, to a reptile show presented by Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, July 19, 10 to 11 am, to chamber music concerts by the Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Society, July 17 at 8 pm. The annual Joel Noe barbecue and barn dance is tomorrow, July 13, at 6:30 pm.

Beach Committee chairman Leslie Weiss has announced new guidelines for Squibnocket Beach that are basically an attempt "to keep the parking lot safe." All cars must have a valid sticker between 9 am and 5 pm. Parking attendants will be in place until 7 pm. The parking lot and Squibnocket Road must be clear at all times for emergency vehicles; a maximum of four cars may wait in line on the road, others must turn around and come back later. No dogs are allowed until after 7 pm, and they must be on a leash or under owners' strict control. Dog litter must be picked up and carried away. The guidelines end with a plea to "Please leave only footprints in the sand."

Here is some old news from Katie Carroll that didn't make the early deadline for the July 4th issue: Claire Ganz and her sons Owen, 10, and Hugh, 7 have arrived from New Mexico and are settled into their North Road home for the summer.

Bobby Nixon, son of Bob and Sarah Nixon of Washington, D. C., celebrated his 11th birthday on June 20 with dinner in Oak Bluffs, followed by an evening at the game room.

Kari Cioffi and her infant son Bryce have returned from a trip to New York to celebrate her father's retirement.

Preschoolers are keeping their school friendships intact this summer with regular weekly gatherings. The first was a get together at Bella Thorpe's, where the children had fun swimming and playing together.

Carl Crocker is back at his post at Menemsha Texaco after a trip to the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Tennessee. Carl is impressed with the way the Bonnaroo has progressed from being a jam-band event to celebrating music as a whole, from rock to jazz to country.

The walking women will meet next Thursday, July 19, at 9:30 to explore the Peaked Hill Reservation. For directions or other information, please call Julie Coleman at 508-645-2261 or Judy Mayne at 508-645-3460. All women are welcome.

Popular storyteller Lillian Kellman will start off her summer stories at the library this Saturday, July 14, from 10:30 to 11:15 am. While her tales are for children age five an up, grown-ups are also captivated by her stories and the way she tells them. You can hear her stories on Saturdays through Sept. 1.

Linda Fairstein, best-selling mystery writer and former sex crimes prosecutor in New York City, will talk about her latest book, "Bad Blood," her ninth Alexandra Cooper mystery, next Wednesday, July 18, at the library from 5:30 to 6:30.

On Thursday, July 19, at 5 pm Scott Lindell, director of the Scientific Aquaculture Program at the Woods Hole Marine Biology Laboratory, will speak on the Martha's Vineyard Codfish Restoration Program. Also speaking will be Tom Osmers, 30-year fisherman, West Tisbury shellfish constable and member of the board of the Martha's Vineyard Shellfish Group. The two will discuss the proposal to restore the local cod fishery using aquaculture and fish behavior studies. They will show a short film on the cod fishery decline and talk about regulatory issues and the impact of commercial fishers. Both events are sponsored by the Friends of the Library and are open to the public. Admission is free.