Town Column : Tisbury
You only have a few days left to register to vote on November 4. The last day to register is next Wednesday.
Next Thursday the League of Women Voters will introduce the candidates seeking Eric Turkington's house seat. League member Joyce Rickson will moderate. The program is sponsored by The Cape Cod Times, which will host a reception beforehand at 6:30 pm with the Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce. The free program runs from 7 to 9 pm at the Whaling Church in Edgartown.
Judy Pearse invites friends to join in the celebration of the life of Rev. Monte Pearse this Saturday. He was familiar to the congregations at Grace Church and St. Andrews, as well as the First Congregational Church in West Tisbury. The remembrance will run from 2 to 4:30 pm in the parish hall of the Grace Episcopal Church.
If you were not at the town meeting last week, then you missed the birthday event for Selectman Tristan Israel. The town residents presented him, and the town, with some very generous votes. Tristan announced this birthday was "a big one." He looks much too young.
The fall colors are bright this year. The Bradford pear trees on Clough Lane are just starting to turn. They are a sight to behold each spring and fall.
Craig Hockmeyer says it is as "Easy as Riding a Bike." On Tuesday evening at 7 pm he will be at the Vineyard Haven Library to demonstrate essential bicycle maintenance and repair. He has been fascinated with bicycles and bike repair since he was a kid. He has been maintaining and repairing bikes on Martha's Vineyard since 1978, when he worked at Borg's Bike Rental. In 1989 he opened Bike Doctor, a bike house call service. And in 2000 he opened Craig's Cycles on State Road. Craig is a "green" activist, which further explains his interest in bikes as transportation. His real interest is in putting bikes back together. Craig will bring his own green machine, and there will be plenty of time for questions. Ample bike parking will be available.
The film "Talking Guitars" is an intimate portrait of the master guitar craftsman, Flip Scipio. The musicians who seek his expertise include Jackson Browne, David Lindley, Ben Taylor, Paul Simon, David Tronzo, Leni Stern, and Carly Simon. He says, "Music is like Esperanto," a universal language. The film will be shown at 7:30 pm tomorrow at the Katharine Cornell Theatre. The master himself will be a special guest for Q&A following the film.
The Friends of the Library want to help Islanders do their part in keeping our Earth a little greener. Beginning in October, the Vineyard Haven Library will offer reusable, recyclable polypropylene bags. This is to reduce the use of plastic bags by library patrons. The sturdy eco-friendly bags can be used to carry books and DVDs home from the library. They may also be used for groceries and other personal items. You will be asked to donate a dollar a bag. (That is slightly less than the cost paid by the Friends.)
The Friends will hold a Book and Bake Sale on Monday. Buy a couple of books and a warm muffin. The rain date is Sunday, Oct. 19. The sale runs from 10 am to 3 pm, outside the Library.
Also at the Library, children ages 5 and up will enjoy nature stories with Susie Bowman from Felix Neck next Thursday at 3 pm.
Even if you didn't get to the beach much this summer, you can swim all winter. The Mansion House has begun a new program for family swims in the pool on Sunday afternoons. Call for more information.
Happy birthday on Sunday to Dean Moon and Ryan David Dunbar, as well as to Lee Lowe and Chris Lowe. On Monday wish the best to Heather Chapman and David Finkelstein. Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out on Tuesday to Christine (Luce) Gaskill and Phil Reynolds. Christine will be 91 years old. That is an awful lot of candles, Christine.
Heard on Main Street: Save the Earth. It is the only planet with chocolate.