Town Column


By Jacqueline Sexton
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Posted August 23, 2007

Steve Meinelt, grandson of Ted and Polly Meinelt, has done it again - won the Chilmark Road Race. I don't know if it's a first, but it makes the fourth consecutive year he has won it. Congratulations!

Ted Meinelt, meanwhile, won two third-place ribbons for flower arrangement entries at the fair. Taking the theme of the fair - "In The Pink" - and Jackie Mendez-Diez's fair poster with the pig looking over a fence as inspiration, he included an oriental pig in his fair theme arrangement. "In China, this is The Year of the Pig," he explained. For the miniature category, he filled a tiny bronze basket with ivy and little geraniums. Ted has quite a collection of agricultural fair ribbons for his entries over the course of many years.

Mr. Meinelt reports that his son and daughter-in-law Terry and Kathy Meinelt and their daughter Sarah returned earlier this week from a visit to Lyons in France. They were visiting Kathy's brother and his wife.

Gloria Burkin will show recent oil paintings in a show "Vineyard Landscapes," at the Sovereign Bank branch with an opening reception tomorrow, Friday, August 24, from 5 to 7 pm. Everyone is welcome. Gloria and her daughters, Lisa and Jennifer, have had a booth at the flea market this summer. While Gloria sells her paintings, Lisa, who calls her enterprise Island Girl Designs, sells necklaces that star real roses and orchids. And, yes, the flowers are treated, so they last. Jennifer offers black-and-white retro fabric bags.

Winners of the library's Brickner poetry contest read their poems at the library at a ceremony Monday afternoon. They were Julie Reiter of Vineyard Haven, first place in the high school category; Marina Sharkovitz of West Tisbury, second place. Winners in the junior high category were first place, Anna Hughes of West Tisbury, and second place Nathaniel Horwitz of Vineyard Haven. First place winners received $200; second place, $100. The judges were poets John Maloney and Donald Nitchie and children's author Sarah Lamstein. Congratulations from us all.

The wild pace of activities Island-wide is beginning to slow down. School days are practically upon us, even though it seems like a few days ago it was all just beginning.

The last lecture at the community center's summer program, scheduled for tonight, Thursday, August 23, at 8 pm, is a book talk by Claire Messud, author of three nationally acclaimed novels and a book of novellas. She will discuss her latest book "The Emperor's Children," which contains memorable images of contemporary New York and New Yorkers that have been compared to Edith Wharton's. Ms. Messud is the recipient of the Addison Metcalf Award and the Strauss Living Award.

The Martha's Vineyard Independent Film Festival will hold its closing program next Wednesday, August 29. Please check for time and details.

The walking women will meet in Aquinnah next Thursday at 9:30 am to walk the Gay Head Moraine, off Lobsterville Road. Please call Julie Coleman at 508-645-2261 or Judy Maynes at 508-645-3460 for more information. Everyone is welcome.