Town Column : West Tisbury
I've always wondered what it would be like to have a birthday on Feb. 29. Would you really only celebrate every four years? Would you choose Feb. 28 or March 1 for your in-betweens? I don't know anyone who has this birthday, but I am curious. As far as birthdays go, no one celebrates like my friend Blue Cullen. A group of us met last Saturday afternoon, the Saturday closest to her Feb. 25 birthday, to split up into teams for her Third Annual Blue's Cruise, a theme-based scavenger hunt. This year's theme was "Vineyard history." Each team had two and a half hours to find the answers to a dozen questions. We had to take pictures of ourselves at each site to prove we had been there. It was great fun and everyone learned a lot about Vineyard history. Did you know that Bowl and Board in Vineyard Haven is on the sight of Norton's Livery? Or that the Kelley House is the oldest hotel on the Island? Or that there is a Seaman's Bethel cemetery in Vineyard Haven?
Candy and Dennis DaRosa's team knew everything and were the big winners, earning a first prize ribbon and 2008 Blue's Cruise tee-shirts for their team members. We all had a potluck dinner together, a delicious birthday cake, and lots of good wishes for a dearest friend. Happy Birthday, Blue.
Morgan Emily Caruso will turn one on March 3. Her parents, Laura and Paul, will host a family birthday party at their home in Billerica. Grandparents Glenn and Linda Hearn will be there, as well as aunts and uncles Tim and Susan Collins and Mark and Renee Hearn, and all the cousins. I can't wait to see the pictures.
On Thursday, March 6, the Chilmark Library will host a party to celebrate the 100th birthday of Peggy Freydberg. Beginning at 5 pm, punch, birthday cake, and poetry will be served up for all the guests. Everyone is invited; no gifts please, just good wishes.
Congratulations to Robyn Hanover, who won First Place in an eventing competition in Ocala Park, Florida, this past weekend. You may view the whole thing on Robyn's website: hanovereventing.org.
Robyn Gurney, the Title 1 Parent Coordinator for the Vineyard's public schools, will be leading two workshops in the coming months. The first is "MCAS: What is it and why is it important?" It will be held on Monday, March 10, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, at the Oak Bluffs School Community Room. Parents may pre-register by calling 693-4489 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beginning in March, the West Tisbury library will host a "Winter Reading Series." All programs will be at the library on Wednesday evenings at 5:30 pm. The library is collaborating with the Fine Arts Work Center of Provincetown on this series, which will feature a FAWC Fiction Fellow and a FAWC Poetry Fellow. The programs are free and there will be time for questions from the audience and refreshments to follow.
The FAWC is the leading long-term residency program in the country for emerging artists and writers. To quote Colleen Morris, who has organized the series, "This winter, literary Islanders won't have to go far to hear award-winning writers from all over the country and in some cases, all over the world." Former FAWC Fellows have included Pulitzer Prize winners and winners of every major national award in their respective fields.
The Hull family enjoyed a visit from off-Island cousins this past week. Stephanie Haviland and her children, Alexander and Claire, were here from Brooklyn, N.Y., where the family is living since Mike Haviland retired from the Navy. They were joined by Stephanie's older brother, Dan Hull, and his daughter, Sunday, who came from Somerville. They all stayed at their family house on Edgartown Road. Mike and I had the whole family over for dinner Friday night so everyone was able to be together. The weather allowed lots of beach walks and Claire and Sunday spent a lot of time here playing with our dogs. It felt like the time went by too quickly, but now that Stephanie is living so much closer, we hope she and her family will be able to spend more time here on the Vineyard.
The following email appeared on my computer, and since it is self-explanatory, I am reprinting the whole thing.
"I was dismayed to read in your West Tisbury column today that I am "running for Land Bank representative, also against Glenn Hearn."
I am NOT running for this office. If you had taken the time to check with Prudy Whiting, West Tisbury Town Clerk, you might have learned that the deadline for returning completed nomination papers for elected town offices was today, at 4:30, and that she had yet to receive any such nomination papers from me. You owe your readers accurate information along with the cozy domestic and social items with which you swell your columns week after week. Please print a correction in your next column, along with an apology to your readers, if not to me as well."
To my readers, including Mr. Revere, I apologize for what turned out to be misinformation.