Town Column : Tisbury
Don't forget to vote on Tuesday! You can still get an absentee ballot until noon on Monday.
Gretchen Jacobs and her family celebrated last weekend. Danielle Jacobs was joined by her brother Dylan and his friend Ranny De Oliveira for Christmas in January with their mother. Dylan and Ranny had spent the December holidays in Vitoria, Brazil, with Ranny's family.
Dr. Gretchen Jacobs marks her 40th anniversary of graduation from medical school at the State University of New York this year. She also wants to give thanks to all her kind and generous friends whose prayers and support have helped her through a very difficult time. So, it is appropriate that she is starting off the new year with a delightful if belated Christmas.
Knitters and quilters take note: Lynne Benson will hold her annual 20 percent off Super Bowl sale on Sunday. The Heath Hen Yarn and Quilt Shop will have everything but sewing machines on sale. Shop between 1 and 5 pm on Feb. 3. Remember, you need to stock up for two more months of winter.
Speaking of knitting, Anna Marie D'Addarie has begun a series of knitting classes at Island Alpaca Farm. Each week she will teach something different. This past Sunday, students learned to knit socks while watching the snowfall from inside the beautiful farm store. Upcoming classes include the Fair Isle technique, Alpaca mittens, and each month there will be a beginner's class. Visit islandalpaca.com for more information or call Anna Marie at 508-274-9696.
The Steamship Authority ships, our lifeline to America, have been having problems. If it isn't mechanical, the weather gets in the way. Before the wind and snow changed our plans, several of our friends planned to go off-Island last Monday to join Jan Dorchester for lunch. Today Jan is in the Cape Cod Hospital "for repairs." Your cards can be sent to her at 10 Shaker Drive, Bourne, MA 02532.
The Rev. Walter Rogero of the Vineyard Assembly of God is looking for volunteers to work on an affordable housing project. The church is building a parsonage at their site across from the Scottish Bakehouse. Carpenters and builders can take a tax deduction for services. Workers gather on Saturdays from 8 am to 5 pm, with lunch provided. For more information, call 508-696-7576.
The aqua aerobics class at The Mansion House health club has a substitute teacher tomorrow, and on Monday and Wednesday next week.
My mother always referred to the Tuesday before Lent as Pancake Day. She even sang a childhood chant that began "Pancake Day is a very happy day...." The ladies of the First Baptist Church are holding a Fat Tuesday Dinner on Feb. 5 from 5 to 7 pm. For $10 adults can order sausage, bacon, pancakes, fruit, muffins, and eggs. This delicious all-you-can-eat repast will be available at the parish house at 66 William Street.
But you should vote first. The polls will be open at the American Legion Hall from 7 am to 8 pm.
Some of the shops on Main Street would make you think that spring is just around the corner. The Beach House features pink tulips and valentines in one window and bright yellow tulips in the other. Others have signs that say "see you in the spring."
I wish I had a vote in the Oscars. Ellen Page in the movie "Juno" is a marvelous actress. The whole cast was exceptional. Who would have thought that the story of a teenage girl's pregnancy could be so poignant and realistic and at the same time very funny? I do recommend that you see this very good movie.
Happy anniversary to Aase and Harry Jones. They celebrate today.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Susie Thurber. Tomorrow belongs to Paul Watts. Nancy Tutko Hanschka will party between touchdowns on Sunday. Wish the best on Monday to Suzanne Crossland.
Congratulations and best wishes to Rosemary Brown. You'd never guess that she is 80 on Wednesday. She was born to George and Lucy Murphy in Fall River.
Heard on Main Street: "A penny saved is a government oversight."