Town Column : Tisbury
Seth and Jacqueline Campbell of Wellington, New Zealand, happily announced the birth of their son, Silas McLeod Campbell, on December 28, 2008. Silas weighed in at 8 pounds, 2 ounces. Congratulations to Martha's Vineyard grandparents, Dolly and Bruce Campbell. Thanks to Sandy Pratt for sharing this happy news.
Any child can tell you that clouds form interesting shapes. In the window at Kennedy Studios there is a photograph of a lovely cloud - shaped just like our Island.
Tisbury School is closed for children tomorrow. The school children are invited for a movie and popcorn at the library at 1 pm. The story is about the adventures of a big brown dog. No Wii games for ages 8 to 11 until next Friday.
Friday night's movie at the Cornell Theatre is too complicated for me to explain. "Kebab Connection" is called one of the best German comedies, filmed in German and Turkish, with English subtitles. The movie is at 7:30 pm, $8 for non-members of the Martha's Vineyard Film Society.
Sandy Whitworth welcomes young and old to the Tisbury Senior Center on Tuesday to watch the 2009 Presidential Inauguration, live on the big screen. You can also share your memories of inaugurations past. Tea and coffee will be available. Bring snacks for a potluck table if you like.
On Tuesday, Barack Obama will become the 44th President of the United States. The ceremony begins at 11:30 am with Senator Dianne Feinstein. Betty Burton says the theme for Inauguration Day is A New Birth of Freedom, in honor of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. The library will open the program room at 11:30 am for you to watch Inauguration Day events there.
President-elect Obama will be sworn in at 12 noon. The program calls for an invocation by Dr. Rick Warren and a song by Aretha Franklin. Vice president-elect Joe Biden will be sworn in followed by music performed by Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Gabriela Montero, and Anthony McGill.
We are all expecting many good things to be set in motion by this new president. He is faced with nearly overwhelming problems, but he has strong support from almost everyone. There is a sense that if anyone can lead us well in these troubled times, he is the one who has the best chance to be successful. For all our sakes, wish him well on Tuesday.
Economic issues bring to mind a little local history. In 1945, towards the end of the war, Cronig's store on Main Street had a very rare treat. Bananas were offered for sale. There were very few customers at the time who thought they could afford to pay the exorbitant price of 13 cents a pound.
Enjoy an evening of jazz on Wednesday at 7 pm at the library with Jeremy Berlin on piano and Eric Johnson on guitar and acoustic bass. These Island residents have been making music together for eight years. The music includes jazz standards, some original compositions, and some modern mainstream jazz. I can tell you that I was very impressed when I first heard them perform last year.
Today marks the birth of Martin Luther King, Jr. He was known for his ability to make people think about their actions. He said, "Life's most urgent question is, what are you doing for others?"
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out on Saturday to Chuck Downing. Wish the best on Sunday to Steve Soriano. Monday belongs to Allen Mayhew, Ellen Downing, Patricia Neal, and Mev Good. Happy birthday on Tuesday to Cathy Deese of Cathy's Coiffures and also to Anne Downing, who will probably be found at her shop, Off Main Street.
Heard on Main Street: Advice from a snowman: stay cool, avoid meltdowns, live well, life is short.