Congratulations to the Mansion House. Sherm and Susie Goldstein received a grand tribute from Perry Garfinkel, former editor here, now writing in the New York Times. Perry selects a few special places in his article called "Martha's Vineyard B&B&D (Dinner)" and, of course, one place to stay is the Mansion House. He commends the chef at Zephrus, Melissa Martin, for such creative combinations as grilled lamb lollipops smothered in black currant and apple glaze, or Dover sole over apple-infused basmati rice topped with baby white asparagus and citrus beurre blanc.
Just in time for the fishing derby, Perry notes that Sherm Goldstein "earns island-credibility extra credit as an avid fisherman. You don't have to bend his arm to have him show you his handsomely encased rare collection of lures and hand-forged eel spears, alongside walls full of sepia-toned photographs of Vineyard Haven since the 1800s." A good writer knows what he is writing about.
Speaking of food: all summer it seemed that events conspired to keep me from dining at Mediterranean. Now I am assured they will be open until Columbus Day. One of the nicest times on our Island is the fall shoulder season. Remember when nearly every restaurant closed right after Labor Day?
The school children were welcomed back to school by several brightly colored trees in the schoolyard. These trees always seem to be the first to turn in the fall. The Bradley pear trees on Clough Lane are showing signs of suffering from the lack of rain. Many other trees are showing brown leaves instead of colors this year.
Speaking of colors, you have only one week to get that 12-inch completed quilt square to the Heath Hen Yarn & Quilt Shop. That square will be patched together with others on Sept. 21 to raise funds to fight cancer. Finished quilts will be sold online to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Have you picked out the films you want to see at this weekend's M.V. International Film Festival? You can only complain about too many good choices. The festival experience offers new adventures and thoughts from other places, other people and other cultures. Richard Paradise and Nevette Previd also encourage you to embrace the talent that this Island has to offer. Think Globally, Shot Locally is a contest for all levels of local filmmakers.
Mark your calendar now for the Nantucket Sound Wind Forum at the Katharine Cornell Theatre next Thursday, Sept. 20, at 7 pm. Judy Crawford from the League of Women Voters will be the moderator. Mark Rogers from Cape Wind and Audra Parker from Save Our Sound will be guest speakers. Get the facts so you can make your own decisions about the issue. This program is sponsored by the Vineyard Haven Public Library.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out tomorrow to Joyce Stiles Tucker, still keeping all those senior citizens in line. Last Monday she hosted a wonderful cookout at the senior center. Tristan Israel did a great job entertaining everyone while the hamburgers were cooking. Saturday is a special day for Kevin Olson.
Warm wishes for many happy returns go out to my husband Donald Mayhew and to Stephen Hammond on Sunday. Happy birthday to Samantha Valley and Doris Clark. They blow out the candles on Monday.
Hilda Illingworth parties on Tuesday, and Barbara Maciel will take a break from raising the drawbridge to mark her own special day on Wednesday.
Heard on Main Street: Islanders are reclaiming their own. Parking places, congenial smiles, and driver courtesy have suddenly reappeared.