Town Column


By Kay Mayhew
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Posted August 9, 2007

You would not believe the number of Islanders and visitors who are working hard at working out at the Health Club and on the sidewalks early every day. Morning strolls along Main Street offer a variety of scenarios. A preview of lovely Japanese lanterns lights the windows at Leslie's Drugs. There are photographic scenes from the Island of half a century ago on wooden boards featured at The Beach House. As the weather warms up, the tourists seem to be baring more. Some is tastefully done. It helps to be a pretty little 13-year-old. The Baptist church proclaims, "It is cool to be in church on Sunday." That is true. They have air conditioning.

A baby is dozing in the stroller, rocked by daddy's foot as he sips a coffee at Mocha Mott's. The festive striped umbrellas at Bob's Pizza seem to be just waiting for the heat of the day. One couple sits at breakfast on the patio behind the bank of colorful flowers at Zephrus. It might be a romantic interlude, except that he is very engrossed in his cell phone conversation and she is looking ready to bolt.

Many Tisbury artists were on display at the Tabernacle last Monday. The All Island Art Show is one of our special summer treats. But it also marks the fact that summer is half over.

Denys Wortman is not only a town selectman, he is also a man who is proud of his father's artistic skills. His father, better known in his day as a cartoonist, was also quite an accomplished painter. This month some of these beautiful works are on display at the Louisa Gould Gallery. A number of selected cartoon drawings - some set on the Vineyard - will also be exhibited. But now, for the first time, these paintings are available for sale. The opening reception is this Sunday from 5 to 7 pm at the gallery at 54 Main Street.

You still have a chance to enjoy the MV Chamber Music Society summer concert. Elaine Eugster says you can choose between the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown next Monday or to the Chilmark Community Center on Tuesday to hear Songs from an English Garden and Music from London's Concert Halls. You won't be disappointed. Tickets are $25 for the programs that begin at 8 pm.

Preschoolers are invited to our library for music for instruments with Joyce Maxner on Tuesday morning. Children under 2 meet at 10 am and ages 3 to 5 are welcome at 11. Wednesday afternoon at 1 pm is a musical movie with popcorn for ages 4 and up. At 3:15 pm is the teen movie (they get popcorn, too).

If you are not running in the Chilmark Road Race on Saturday and need a flea market fix, the Oak Bluffs Council on Aging will host one from 9 to 2 at the Dennis Alley Community Park (formerly Waban Park).

Happy anniversary to Skip and Carol Bailey on Saturday. Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Ray Frazio and Braden Robert Kuehne on Sunday.

Heard on Main Street: If at first you don't succeed, don't try skydiving.