Town Column : Tisbury
Congratulations to Alfred Hopp and his family, who are celebrating the birth of a new grandchild. Oliver Edward Marcotte was born at Providence, R.I., on April 9. His parents are Brett and Sarah Hopp Marcotte of Seekonk. This big boy weighed in at 6 pounds, 9 ounces. Grandma Mary Follas lives in Edgartown. His other grandparents are Sandra and Edward Marcotte of Seekonk.
Last weekend's hot temperatures changed the local scene from umbrellas, hats, and jackets. Instead, shorts and swimsuits and convertibles and flip-flops sprouted like dandelions. The weekend of summer was welcomed by everyone. Even the Red Sox came into their own against the Yankees. Did you notice how the sun brought out a lot of smiles as well?
All that rain followed by lovely warm sunshine produced lots of blossoms and bumblebees. Be sure to admire the Bradford pear trees as well as all the glorious cherry trees blooming around town. The early lavender azaleas are popping out everywhere. They are trying to tell us that spring has arrived. But you still might want to keep your sweater handy.
Coming up is a big weekend. Were you wondering what ever happened to the mural along the side of the Stop & Shop building? A team of Island art students, both current and graduates, along with several known Island artists, have brought this scene to life. You can meet them all this weekend while you admire the new addition to our town. See the mural unveiled on Saturday at 11 am or Sunday, if it rains.
You can celebrate afterwards with tea at the First Baptist Church parish house on William Street. The annual spring tea and sale will be offered from 2 to 4 pm.
Tisbury girls Amy Sertl and Sarah Felder and their classmates Nicole Mercier and Danielle Fogg are honored to have been chosen for a showing of photography at Featherstone this weekend. These high school seniors invite you to view their work on Saturday between 4 and 6 pm or on Sunday from 11 am to 1 pm.
Many of us get one of the assorted health letters available from various hospitals and medical centers. Someone commented that there is another value to these health news bulletins. You know you are getting old when there is something in every edition of a health letter that applies to you.
I was really looking forward to this year's running of the Kentucky Derby because a horse named Vineyard Haven was qualified and supposed to be in the running. Unfortunately, he will not be there on race day. Those in the know are counting on I Want Revenge. Two other contenders often named are Pioneer of the Nile and Chocolate Candy. My sweet tooth highly recommends Chocolate Candy for this year's winner with maybe a show bet on Square Eddie.
You have to know that the local skunks are out and about. Not only are they digging up grubs (and bulbs), but they are also perfuming the air. For four years Luanne Johnson, a wildlife biologist, has been studying our skunks. Her studies are focused on the beaches, though I am sure she can make suggestions to help you cope with your smelly neighbor. She will share some of what she has learned on Tuesday at the library at 7 pm. She promises not to bring a live one with her.
Get well wishes go out to Gerry Gallagher. He's home and improving after receiving a new hip.
Congratulations to Craig and Laura Mayhew who celebrate their anniversary on Cinco de Mayhew (in their words).
Birthday congratulations for a very special lady go to Evelyn Thomas. She is celebrating her 92d birthday on Tuesday. She is still at home and would love to see visitors. So call or drop in to see her.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Doug Hewson. He and his wife have just opened the new Mediterranean, unfortunately now located in another town. Two bunches of birthday wishes are sent to twins: Andrew Williamson, who celebrates today, and Ellie Williamson, who parties on May 1st. Wish the best on Monday to Anne Duarte.
Heard on Main Street: Spring has sprung. Enjoy.