Town Column : Tisbury
I did not have much trouble with oh-seven, but somehow oh-eight sounds far into the future.
Looking back on the holiday season, one of the highlights was the beautiful and creative lighting that seemed especially good this year. Imaginative decorations were found on homes and businesses and put up by the various towns. The good folks at Grace Church brightened the lives of many by providing Christmas dinner. Several of your neighbors who may have been lonely otherwise enjoyed this festive feast because there were no Island restaurants open.
Why is it that people not heard from in years, and probably near forgotten, choose to send messages after Christmas? Some send the longest holiday letters full of the most boring events. Others happily tell of giving days and weeks to help those still recovering from the effects of Katrina. Those latter seasonal greetings give me assurance that all is right with our world.
Start acting on those resolutions for the New Year. Join the Island Sustainable Book Club. Newcomers are welcome. This group is reading and discussing books that examine our relationship with nature. It is sponsored by all the Island libraries as well as Felix Neck, Polly Hill, and Vineyard Conservation Society. The next meeting is in two weeks, on Thursday, Jan. 17, at 5:30 pm at the Vineyard Haven library. They are reading Shirley Mayhew's book "Seasons of a Vineyard Pond." Get your copy at our library now and start reading.
The Island Grown Initiative is hoping to get fresh food from the local farm onto the table for school lunches. The next Farm to School meeting is Tuesday night from 7 to 8:30 pm at the Co-Housing Common House in West Tisbury. It is open to the public. For directions or more information, call Randi Baird at 508-696-5335.
Now we need an active group to get our parking spaces back in Tisbury. The town parking lot is a disaster. It is awkward to use and causes a backup onto Water Street not usually seen in the "off season." There are not only fewer spaces, there is less space for those U turns drivers make to get into the only spot that opens up. I agree. It is an awful situation.
You keep telling me that shoppers can't park so they go to other towns. Our town should be concerned that this will force out the businesses that have kept our town open year-round. Don't call me. I can't fix it. Call your selectmen at home or leave messages for them at the town hall at 508-696-4200.
Someone suggested the parking configuration was a ruse to get you to use Park-n-Ride. While you are there, you might as well take a day, ride the ferry, and shop in America.
This is the time of year I want to hear your hopes, your dreams, and what you are doing to make them come to pass. Isn't that what the new year is all about?
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Romeo Bonelli tomorrow. Wish the best on Monday to Judy Belushi Pisano. Happy birthday to Allyson Wajda and Ned Orleans. They celebrate on Tuesday.
Heard on Main Street: Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once.