Town Column : Tisbury
Congratulations to the cast and production crew for "Annie" at the Tisbury School. Everyone is talking. It was a great show and a very good job by all of you.
The Mansion House swim team competed for distance last weekend and will continue this weekend in individual events. They compete at the New England Masters swim meet held in Boston. Swimmers come from all over, especially from all of our neighboring states, to test themselves against the best.
The face of our downtown is changing and also coming back to what we expect. The progress on the Bunch of Grapes Bookstore and Cafe Moxie is apparent. We will all profit by having Trader Fred in town. Someone suggested that the cupcake shop selection should include cupcake tops with lots of frosting. Nice location, right across from the popular gym at the Mansion House. There is a buzz in town about all the changes.
Another potential change is beer and wine. Yes, that's what I said. At the town meeting you will have a chance to vote on it yet again. There is a new twist added, an option for a 24-hour permit for special events. If the item passes at the town meeting, the selectmen will request permission again from the state legislature. Then it will appear on the ballot. Those of you who stayed home last year because you were so sure this would, or would not, become law in our town should pay attention. All the rest of us came out evenly split, so your votes will make the decision one way or another. It is always a good thing to know that your vote counts. Town meetings are at 7 pm on April 7 and 14 at the school.
Spring is promising. But it sure is a cold one. Just as we get a glimpse of sunshine, the Canadian cold front slaps us with another dose of winter weather. Can you believe next Wednesday is April?
April is poetry month. Do you write poetry? Submit to the library a poem with your name on a separate piece of paper. The staff will select different poems for display throughout the month, changing often.
One of my favorite springtime treats is the hot cross bun. Stop & Shop does make good ones. Fortunately they are not available all year-round. But can you imagine my trying to explain them to a young sales clerk. I expect my answer didn't help when she asked, "What are hot cross buns?"
You probably have to be a participant to know what Master Disc Golf is all about. There was a tournament on-Island this weekend. You know, they use those plastic discs copied from the famous Frisbee pie plate. Contenders gathered from all over. There were targets and goals and a lot of fun, even with the blustery wind interfering with the games.
On Sunday the documentary "Rescuing Emmanuel" was shown at the library. Local filmmakers Len and Georgia Morris tell one child's story in Nairobi, Kenya, only one among many starving children. Did you know there are 100 million children living on the streets in our world?
For your supper tonight you can have a handful of rice to be eaten sitting on the floor or maybe you will be lucky enough to have rice and beans. The OxFam Hunger Banquet is tonight at 6 pm at the high school. Your place in the "world" will be decided when you enter. A lucky few will enjoy a catered meal at a well-set table. Everyone will get a better understanding of world hunger. Starving is free as is this meal. For more information, call 508-693-7846.
More food issues were raised last night at the library when Jan Buhrman discussed groceries and shopping as well as the real price of conventional foods. Those gathered learned about the indirect costs of food production such as cleanup of polluted water, replacement of eroded soils, and health care for farm workers.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out tomorrow to Sue Mitchell. Birthday greetings to Hank and Linda Unczur and Dale McClure, who celebrate on Saturday. Sunday belongs to Kaleena Searle. Monday is a big day for Larry Sylvia and for Marco Daniels.
Heard on Main Street: If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.