Town Column

West Tisbury

By Hermine Hull
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Posted July 26, 2007

The big story this week is the opening of the Great Pond, which happened last Thursday or Friday. Heavy equipment was sighted cutting through the opening; then everybody waited. Beach that customarily appears within a few hours was still under water the next day, however. What happened to the great rush of water we all expect?

I called my nature expert and friend, Nelson Bryant, who gave forth the following explanation. Nelson has noticed the build-up of vast shoals and sand bars inside the pond, thus there is less water rushing to get out. He has observed fluctuations over the years, but doesn't remember anything as notable as this recent opening.

I have to assume that the tides were taken into account. By Sunday afternoon, Alice Early reported sighting beach from her vantage point at Quansoo. "The beach was back."

Henry Bassett, grandson of Susan and Bob Wasserman, has arrived in time for his favorite summer activity - helping with the Friends of the Library's Annual Book Sale. I ran into Henry with his mother at the Farmer's Market last Saturday. Henry was full of enthusiasm for his appointed task, as well as his customary blueberry pancakes for Sunday breakfast at the airport. I also can count on Henry to bake his famous molasses cookies for the Friends Annual meeting, which will take place this year at the library on August 3 at 4 pm.

The Friends have agreed to join up with library trustees for a double event this year. For many years, the trustees hosted a "thank you" tea for our volunteers. We have been eager to resume the event and at our last trustees' meeting Susan Wasserman, President of the Friends, suggested the idea of sharing the date. Everyone is invited and we hope you will learn about both the Friends and the library, what we each do, and hopefully be interested in becoming a volunteer for one or both organizations.

Also at the library, Susan Collins will lead a workshop, "Making Summertime Cards," at 4:30 this afternoon, July 26. Susan's workshops have been very popular. There will be another one on August 2, "Paper Bag Scrapbooks." I saw an example at Linda Hearn's (Susan's mother) last week; it's a really clever idea. Please sign up for workshops at the circulation desk.

Travel writer and former MV Times editor Perry Garfinkel will discuss his book, "Buddha or Bust," at the library Monday, July 30, at 8 pm. Also on Monday night, the movie, "Muppets Take Manhattan," will be shown at 7 pm at the Howes House.

P.S. The library needs bags. If you have extra grocery bags, please drop them off at the library.

Happy birthday wishes this week to Jean Francis and her grandson, Luke Cassidy. Luke and his mother Karin are here with Ken and Jean to celebrate the shared birthday on July 24. It is also my husband Mike's birthday and Stephanie DaRosa's. Happy Birthday to you all.

Anna Belle Brothers has discovered an entrancing summertime passion - riding the Camp Jabberwocky bus. Anna Belle has kept her mother Stephanie and friend Chloe Maley fully occupied with requests to ride the bus as often as she is allowed. She gave me quite an animated description of her travels in a recent evening conversation on Alley's front porch.

Paul Karasik will be the featured author at The Bunch of Grapes on Friday, August 3, at 7:30 pm. His new book is "I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets; The Comics of Fletcher Hanks."

"Mazel tov" to David and Molly Finkelstein, grandparents of a new grandson, Henry Lewis Wise. Henry was born in New York City to Ellie (Finkelstein) and Steve Wise and is the younger brother of Anna Wise.

The Polly Hill Arboretum will honor the life of founder Polly Hill at a memorial service on July 28. Please park at the Ag Hall and take a shuttle to the Arboretum, The following day, an exhibition of art done at or inspired by the Arboretum's landscape will open at Featherstone. A reception will be held from 4-6 pm. Arboretum Director Tim Boland will speak on Tuesday, July 31, 7:30 pm at Featherstone. He will discuss some of the landscapes and plantings depicted in the artwork.

The daylilies are at their peak, making a different garden every day. The quiet act of deadheading them every morning provides a peaceful respite from the otherwise non-stop activities of summer.