Town Column : Tisbury
Are you enjoying Daylight Saving Time? That extra hour in the early evening is a gift when the weather is nice. Have you noticed how often the word is written "savings" - as if it were a bank. It isn't though. It is a treat to be enjoyed fleetingly and only correctly written in the singular.
The League of Women Voters carefully collected data on the town elections and meetings across Martha's Vineyard. Then they compiled them all in one place, published last month in this paper. But something is wrong with the time. Last fall at town meeting our town changed the town meeting time to 7 pm, a half hour earlier than in the past. I'm sure you noticed that we have town meetings scheduled for Tuesday, April 7, and again on April 14.
For a brief period our little isle will have vestiges of the Emerald Isle. Bits of green and shamrocks will appear in the most unlikely places. The Irish are even taking over the First Baptist Church parish hall. At least it seems that way. They are offering a corned beef and cabbage dinner on Saturday evening from 5 to 7 pm. Take out or all you can eat. Be Irish for an evening.
I wouldn't be surprised if the community suppers at our other local churches include the same menu next week. Remember that all the churches welcome you, most asking only that you make a donation or bring a dish to share.
Next Wednesday is daffodil day at Cronig's Market. Dorothy Bangs will be there all morning to offer you the chance to bring a bunch of sunshine home and contribute to the search for a cure for cancer at the same time. You could also thank her for giving so much of her time and energy to this cause.
Amy Ryan asked me to remind you about the discount museum admission passes at our library. Passes for reduced admission are available through April 30 for the Museum of Fine Arts and the Children's Museum, and through June 30 for the New England Aquarium. Stop by and ask for details.
You don't even have to go out of town to enjoy good music. Our library is also into jazz. Boaz Kirschenbaum and Steve Tully will perform in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Miles Davis recording "Kind of Blue." Next Thursday evening at 7 pm, they will play a mix of acoustic instruments. Boaz will use fretted and fretless bass and guitar. Steve will play soprano, tenor, and baritone saxophones, flute, clarinet and bass clarinet.
At least one of our town residents has firsthand knowledge that the new stimulus package is working. He was offered a job as a direct consequence of the stimulus package. This opportunity gives us hope that the plan will work for an improved economy for all of us.
My wonderful friends have caused my birthday to continue for a couple of weeks. Beautiful flowers are all over my house amidst a pile of books and remarkable cards, including a very special hand-painted one of the East Chop light. I have been wined and dined and want to remind you how thoughtful and considerate our Islanders are.
Would you like to have some Red Sox tickets? Vineyard Vines stuff? Vera Bradley bags? These and more will be auctioned at the annual spaghetti dinner to benefit Grace Preschool on Saturday the 21st. This is no mom-made spaghetti. It is coming from Giordano's, a special winter treat just for Grace Preschool. The price is good, too. The time is 5:30 to 7 pm at the parish hall.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Mark Daniels and James Taylor. Do you wonder who sings to James? Tomorrow wish the best to Barbara Howell, Janet Sylvia, and Kevin Voyer. Carolyn Henderson, Jib Ellis, and Jay Segel celebrate on Sunday. Happy birthday to Austin Chandler and Doug Dorchester on Tuesday. Wednesday belongs to Matthew Barton and Ben Bartolini.
Heard on Main Street: Have you noticed that the less time you have to work with, the more things you get done?