Town Column : Tisbury
Did you see the glorious fireworks on New Year's Eve? Everyone is remarking about the spectacular show. Now we are all talking about how grateful we are to Ernie Boch Jr. It was a grand display.
Some things are really worth celebrating. It's a party, not a fundraiser. The Martha's Vineyard Cancer Support Group is having a potluck party to celebrate survival and support on Sunday at the P.A. Club in Oak Bluffs from 5 to 7 pm. Everyone is welcome to come and share your story (or not), enjoy a delicious meal and celebrate the group's wonderful and happy history of support and survival. Call 508-693-8296 or 508-696-9849 for more information.
Enjoy "The Great World of Sound" on Saturday night at 7:30 at the Katharine Cornell Theatre. The movie focuses on the American Dream, turned nightmare, according to Roger Ebert. The story follows Martin, who answers an ad from a company training prospective music producers. He travels to small towns to find undiscovered musical talent, signing new artists and giving them a chance to record - for a small fee.
Little ones are invited to the Vineyard Haven library to meet Corduroy. He is a sweet bear who wears overalls and has many adventures. He belongs to a little girl. Corduroy will visit with preschoolers at 10 and 11 am on Tuesday, Jan. 29, for stories and songs.
The display window in the library features books and CDs that will illustrate Jim Norton's ongoing study on Muslim women, as well as a bread bag, clothing, and other items. Call 508-696-4211 or ask at the desk for the schedule of lectures.
A week from Sunday, Jan. 20, the Friends of the Library will present Louis Larsen talking about, of course, "Fish, Fish, Fish." Who else gets up early to catch the fish you want for supper? Who could speak with more eloquence or experience? Louis Larsen is the owner of The Net Result, now in its 23rd year. This is the place to get fresh fish, chowder base, smoked dips, and delicious take-out. There is something else you should know, however. The time of this free event has been changed to 2 pm on Sunday afternoon. Refreshments will be served.
Our old friend Perry Garfinkel published an article in The New York Times last month called "Drawn to an Island Life, and Seeing the Cost in Every Price Tag." He noted some of those costs by estimating "that the costs of products on islands can run...as much as 60 percent higher.... And island services are often more expensive and sometimes exasperatingly slower in delivery than new islanders expect." And further, "That's not all: salaries are generally lower, and then throw in the expense of taking a ferry or plane back to the rest of the world." But Perry goes on to note the wonders of getting away from the traffic and the stress, from all the pressures of the world. He says, "Once on the ferry, they leave all that behind."
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to David Burt. Saturday belongs to Gay Nelson. The parties on Sunday are for Bob Reinhart, Allan Davey, and Donna Paulson. Or Donna may be celebrating with her husband Tyler Paulson on Monday. Happy birthday on Monday to Harry B. Jones.
Heard on Main Street: Birds of a feather, like turkeys, gather in the trees over my car. Then they do what birds do.