Town Column


By Kay Mayhew
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Posted October 18, 2007

Parking places are blooming all over town. Did everyone leave at once?

There are lots of activities for Islanders, in addition to watching baseball. The baseball is so good this time of year that everyone becomes a fan. The league championship games have been so good that the World Series should be wonderful.

Now what else do you want to do? You have a large selection to choose from. This morning the SSA meets to decide whether to raise fares next year. The meeting will be at the library in Oak Bluffs.

Cooking demonstrations are back at LeRoux. These were very popular last year. They are scheduled on Wednesdays through Nov. 14. Culinary techniques and samples are free from 11 am to 1 pm every Wednesday.

Sandy Whitworth wants to remind you that the class on 20th century music continues on Mondays at 1:30 pm. There is no fee for this enjoyable learning experience with Charles Blank at the Tisbury Senior Center.

Beginning a week from today is a five-week course on Floral Design with Helene Barr. Helene recently retired to the Vineyard after teaching and writing about floral design for the past 20 years. There will be a small fee for this class. Call Sandy at 508-696-4205 by Monday to sign up. The class will start at 1:30 pm.

A short film "Waging Peace in Zambia" will be shown at the Hebrew Center on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 6:30 pm., as part of an event showcasing African artists will run from 6 to 8 pm. View antique African ceremonial cloths, contemporary folk art and wall hangings in a silent auction. Zambian crafts will be on sale. For more information, e-mail Marsha Winsryg at or call 508-693 4059.

The Rev. Dr. Judy Campbell is running a mid-week writing workshop at an inn in New Hampshire the first week in November. There is another workshop in Derbyshire, England, in March.

The wish list for the Fish Farm for Haiti includes crayons and pencils and children's books in French. Margaret Penicaud also says any batteries and quilting supplies such as thread and needles and brightly colored fabric are needed. If you can help, call her at 508-693-0368 before Nov. 5.

I was embarrassed to present my book of tickets when I went off-Island last week. I had forgotten the tickets were in my pocket when I did the laundry. But not only was there no problem in presenting the ticket, I was the second one that day to offer up a well-laundered passenger ticket.

Did you know that Alden Besse brought the Crop Walk to the Island 17 years ago? Since then, it has raised more than $200,000 to ease poverty and hunger worldwide. One quarter of all the money raised this year will help here at home, as a donation to the Island Food Pantry. Registration is outside St. Augustine's Church this Sunday at 1:40 pm. The walkers start at 2 pm, rain or shine, on a route to Trinity Church at the Campground in Oak Bluffs and back.

Alden has persuaded supporters of the event to donate matching gifts. He hopes this will dramatically increase the total raised this year. If you cannot walk on Sunday, you can donate and you can cheer those who do.

Congratulations to Bill and Marie Connelly. They will probably be babysitting for grandchildren in honor of their anniversary on Oct. 30.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Barbara Donald. Happy Birthday to Jeff Serusa this Saturday. A week from Saturday is the special day for Jeff Kristal of the Crocker House Inn. On the Oct. 29, Kaylee Kuehne will celebrate. Sally Leslie-Mitchell parties on the day before Halloween.

Heard on Main Street: Beware of goblins and ghosties. They are planning their costumes right now.