Town Column

West Tisbury

By Hermine Hull
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Posted August 30, 2007

The parking lot at the Ag Hall looked like it had during Fair Week as West Tisbury did what we do best, turn out in support of our own. I think everyone in town attended the Jenkinson family brunch on Sunday. The hall was filled with people, many sporting purple tee-shirts or pins bearing the number 33, Wendy's lucky number.

For anyone who doesn't yet know, Wendy Weisman Jenkinson has been undergoing treatment for a cancer that appeared suddenly at the beginning of July. Wendy owns Periwinkle Catering and her fellow Island caterers and chefs cooked up a brunch for everyone who came in support and friendship for Wendy, Patrick, Marguerite, and Wyatt. The guest of honor looked her beautiful self, elegant and determined. I think everyone was surprised at the turnout; people filled the hall and the line continued out quite a way into the field. I hope love can cure cancer and we will be the laboratory that proves it so.

I saw Joanie Jenkinson as she arrived, wearing a bright yellow dress and carrying a bouquet of sunflowers. She looked like a painting.

Tom Knight celebrated his 70th birthday last Saturday, August 25. "My house is rocking," said Suellen, as guests came from as far away as London. Suellen and Nereus were worn out by grandchildren, but Tom was looking quite spruce. Happy birthday, Tom.

Welcome back to town and to the neighborhood. Joanne Scott has just moved into Judy Drake's former home off of Edgartown Road. She has had her daughter, Tabor Stafford, son, Ben Stafford, with his wife, Katy, and their young son, Benjamin, here helping her get settled in. Ben has been putting in hardwood floors, and everyone has helped clean, paint, and unpack boxes. It has been fun to see young Benjamin, who reminds us so much of his father at the same age.

Beth Toomey has been entertaining her sister and family, who were here from Bethel, Conn. It was the first time their visit coincided with the fair, which everyone loved. Carolyn and Bob Manfreda returned home, leaving the girls, six-year-old Kristin and eight-year-old Samantha for an extended stay with their aunt. Beth and the girls took in all the special Island sights: Felix Neck, the Flying Horses, and the West Tisbury Library (they are both big readers). The highlight of the visit, however, was the loss of Kristin's tooth, an event that had been long-coming. After much wiggling and worrying, Kristin was excited that it finally happened, telling all she met the details of the occasion. "I lost my first tooth in the back of Auntie Chief Beth's cruiser." I am certain this was a first for the Department, too.

Helping Krishana Collins last week at her Farmer's Market stand has been a dear friend, Blair Stephenson, from Pensacola, Fla. Blair looked like she has been making artistic bouquets forever, and the bright coral shirt she was wearing matched the brilliantly summer-colored flowers. Painter Carrie Smith has been working with Krishana all summer, as well as showing her paintings at Mary Etherington's gallery in Vineyard Haven. Blair has since returned to Pensacola, and Carrie will be heading back to Pennsylvania where she will continue her studies at the Academy of Art.

It's always sad this time of year when my summer friends begin to leave the Island to return to their "other lives." I will return to my winter life soon as well, but the transition is always to be noted.

I did have an opportunity to reconnect with someone I had hardly seen all summer. Kathy Logue and I went together to see Hillary Clinton speak at the Tabernacle on Saturday evening. Mike minded the gallery for me, so Kathy and I could leave at 3:30 pm to drop Megan and Olivia DeGeofroy off at The Farm Institute, and get to Oak Bluffs and park the car in time to get to the Campground by 4:30 pm. It was packed, but very well organized. Kathy and I had lots of time to catch up, which was nice.

Phil DaRosa, our friend Blue's nephew and Candy and Denny's son, performed with his band as we all arrived. Kathy and I were both more impressed by Senator Clinton than we expected to be. She was very engaging and down-to-earth, dressed like the rest of us, setting forth an agenda that sounded reasonable and hopeful. Everyone I spoke with afterwards felt the same way, that they were more impressed than they expected to be, so I was disappointed to read the Boston Sunday Globe article, which said that people were more energized by the former President's speech than by Senator Clinton's.

Kathy and I both wished we could have attended all of the candidates' receptions taking place around the Island, to compare their demeanors and platforms. It really is different to see them in person.

I saw Evelyn Dengler at Fiddlehead Farm Saturday morning. She was looking pretty tired, as she and Danny Bryant had brought home a new chocolate lab puppy on Friday and they were up on and off all night with Sophie. Evelyn did say she was enjoying the training and having the puppy in the house, and they both LOVE their puppy. I can't wait to see her.

Perry Garfinkel has been touring the country to promote the paperback edition of his last book, "Buddha or Bust." He expects to be back on the Island full-time in September, once again living in the Milton Mazer house off Music Street.

Susan Phelps of Great Plains Road is still looking for her Burmese cat, Quincy, who has been missing since July 25. Her number is 508-693-5928.

A reminder from the MSPCA and Second Chance Rescue, to please be on the lookout for pets who may have been left behind at the end of the summer.

The MSPCA is sponsoring its First Annual Walk For Animals on Sunday, September 9, at the Edgartown School. Walkers are encouraged to sign up sponsors. You may pick up a registration form at the MSPCA. Call Jen Morgan at 508-627-8662.

This has been quite a summer for Molly and David Finkelstein and their family. I wrote about a grandson born earlier and now have the pleasure of announcing the birth of a granddaughter, Emma Prehn Finkelstein, born July 19 to Amy and Alex Finkelstein of Wellesley. Emma was born at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital. She weighed 6 pounds, 9 ounces. Welcome to the world, Emma.

School will be starting next week. Kathy Logue told me she had reminded Megan it was her last week of vacation and

wouldn't she like to have at least one quiet day where she could stay in her pajamas and hang around the house, reading on the sofa, playing with Nicolai, relaxing. We both laughed as we said to each other, "How come nobody is making that offer to us?"