Town Column : Tisbury
Our quiet Island streets will be even quieter next week with the children (and many parents) on school break. Many other adults are planning excursions off-Island at this time. Enjoy the calm before all of them return renewed, ready to face the last month of winter.
Remind any youngsters that they can enjoy the special Wednesday afternoon movie with popcorn at the library at 1:30 pm.
Because we are living in the tropics of New England, we have avoided a strange and unpleasant winter weather phenomenon. This is called "transport." If the weatherman is paying attention, he warns you about it. When the top layer of air is freezing and rain falls through that and then through a lower warmer layer, the rain can still freeze as it hits the ground, even if the air temperature is above freezing at ground level. This often results in large numbers of pedestrians slipping and falling, an impact noted more in emergency rooms than on the evening news.
Are you an aspiring writer? Perhaps you should see "Starting Out in the Evening" on Saturday at 7:30 pm at the Cornell Theatre. The film begins with an aging writer who feels as obsolete as the typewriter he is pounding on. He has been working on his fifth novel for a decade. A grad student plans to write her thesis on this man's work. She cajoles the reluctant man into helping her, and they begin a curious friendship.
Because this is also a story about the writing process, there are lively debates on art versus commerce and discussions on the creative process. The relationship gets a little messy and one of the characters even disappears from the story for a little bit towards the end, but when the credits roll, all of the loose ends are tied up nicely. This is another presentation of the M. V. Film Society.
The Tashmoo Spring Building Preservation Committee wants ideas for the possible future use of the building. Built in 1887 as a pumping station at the head of Lake Tashmoo, the renovations should be complete by June 2009, including a bathroom, conference room, office, and exhibit room. Should it have interactive marine science exhibits or house a summer theater or other nonprofit group? Discuss ideas at a meeting on Wednesday, March 5, 5 to 6:30 pm, at the Tisbury Senior Center, Pine Street. For more information call, 508-696-4202.
Happy anniversary to Elisha and Denise Smith on Feb. 28.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out tomorrow to Ted Kennedy and Melissa Rockman. Saturday belongs to Wendy Brophy. On Monday Judy Cronig and Robin Mathiesen join me in celebrating. Tuesday belongs to Jessica Beigbeder. Next week on Thursday wish the best to Susan Goldstein on the day that usually marks the end of February.
I hope you are doing something special to enjoy Leap Year Day on the 29th.
Start off in March with birthday greetings to Ed Larkosh and Katie Kennedy on the 2nd.
Shirley Adams and Polly McDowell will party on March 4. These celebrate one day after the other: beginning on Thursday, March 6, Laurel Chapman, Evan Kristal, Michelle O'Donnell, Connie Leonard, and Sue Merrill. Nan Carter shares March 11 with Dorothy Gould. Wish the best on March 12 to Mark Daniels and James Taylor.
Heard on Main Street: "You do have to feel sorry for all those convicts in New Hampshire stamping out license plates that say "live free or die."