Town Column : Tisbury
Beer and wine? In Tisbury? You're kidding. Some people want it. Some prefer no change. Some like BYOB. Our former police chief was firm that this would not make a difference to our local police. There are very few other dry towns in Massachusetts, and most of those are on the Island. This will be another decision for you voters to make this year.
Businesses hope beer and wine in some of our restaurants will keep customers in town. Restaurant owners already have to watch those who BYOB and sometimes need to call the police to help. What do you think? Learn more at the meeting at 6 pm next Tuesday in the Cornell Theatre. Or call the town hall at 508-696-4203 for more information.
What are you reading this winter? The Library book club is reading "The Reindeer People" by Piers Vitebsky. They meet for discussion next Thursday at 1:30 pm. Newcomers are always welcome. This is the story of the interdependence of man and reindeer in the coldest inhabited place on earth. Winter temperatures fall to nearly 100 degrees below zero in Siberia. For centuries man has needed and used the reindeer to keep alive.
Naturalist Susie Bowman from Felix Neck will share stories and a project for children age 6 to 10 at the library next Thursday from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. Mark the calendar: A school vacation week movie with popcorn will be shown the following week at 1 pm on Feb. 27 for ages 4 and up.
Want to find out more about your senior center? The Friends of the Tisbury Council on Aging meet monthly at the senior center on the third Wednesday of the month. Join them next Wednesday at 1:30 pm. It's a good way to become an active part of your town. Eddie Parker's exercise class meets on Thursdays at 10. Anyone interested is welcome at the stretch/strengthening/Pilates class. Also, a substitute teacher is needed.
Celebrate Black History month: the Martha's Vineyard Chapter of the NAACP invites you to see "American Blackout." This film documents the patterns of voter disenfranchisement from Florida 2000 to Ohio 2004 while following the story of Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney. McKinney not only took an active role investigating these election debacles, but she also found herself under scrutiny after publicly questioning the Bush Administration about the 9/11 terrorist attacks. See the movie this Saturday at 7:30 pm at the Cornell Theatre.
Just in time for Valentine's Day: Suzan Bellincampi will describe "The Love Life of Animals" at 2 pm next Sunday at the library. Susan is sharing secrets gathered as director of Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary. The free slide program and refreshments come to you from the Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library.
Big bunches of birthday and valentine balloon wishes go out today to Chris Morse and Gayle Stiller. Tomorrow belongs to Rita Goulart, Grace Burton-Sundman, and Trina Kingsbury. On Saturday wish the best to Mary Gillette and Izzy Wajda. Birthday greetings go to Colin Kennedy on Sunday. Wish a very happy birthday on Monday to Carrie Tankard. Wednesday is party time for Tom Robinson and Benjamin Davey.
Heard on Main Street: Happy Valentine's Day. Abraham Lincoln said, "No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens."