Town Column : West Tisbury
Abigail Higgins' April 23 garden column was titled "March, March, March, June," an apt description of last week's weather. Early cold rain gave way to sunshine and a preview of hot humid days to come. Convertibles with their tops down were in evidence. Town seems to have greened overnight. Lawns, flowers, trees - color everywhere. I can't wait to go outside in the morning, indeed several times during the day, to see what's new to discover. A couple of good-sized garter snakes startled me yesterday as they raced across the back path into the rhododendron hedge.
And what a weekend for baseball as the Red Sox swept the Yankees at Fenway Park in three of the most exciting ballgames ever.
West Tisbury firemen spent part of Sunday afternoon providing mutual aid to Edgartown at a brush fire in Bold Meadow. Fortunately, it was extinguished in a few hours.
Four indigo buntings, a scarlet tanager, and a rose breasted grosbeak were spotted at Peter and Pat Hawkes' bird feeder in Vineyard Meadow Farms. We had a rose breasted grosbeak here, too. A pair of tufted titmice are building their nest in a corner of our porch, a less than ideal spot, but I am happy to encourage these memorable creatures so prevalent in my Connecticut childhood and newly arrived here.
Welcome back to Spencer Booker behind the counter at Alley's once again.
A long-awaited new grandson has come for Cristina and Rick Reinhardsen. Their daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia and Frank Marullo of Jackson, N.J., are the parents of Frank Salvatore Marullo III. Frankie was born on April 10 at Monmouth Hospital. We'll all get to see him this summer when he and his big sister, Gracia, come to visit. Welcome, Frankie.
Jo and Chet Kosack and their daughter, Lee Hammet, spent this lovely weekend here as guests of Florence and Ben Paul (Jo and Fudge are sisters). Everyone enjoyed the time together. Diane and Howard Wall got to show off their beautiful garden to their relatives.
Sarah Wasserman was at the library Saturday. In her arms was her four-month old son, Hugh Bassett. Sarah and Hugh came to spend the weekend here with Suzi while Brian and Henry had a "guy's weekend" in Washington, D.C.
Congratulations to Fanny Howe, this year's winner of the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. Fanny was at the library Saturday and seemed surprised at all the attention; she hadn't seen the article in Friday's Gazette. Unfortunately, she was not at Sunday's poetry reading when Poet Laureate Fan Ogilvie read several poems in her honor.
Fanny has just returned from San Francisco where she visited her son, Maceo Senna, his wife, Jennifer Tseng, and their daughter, Xing. The young Senna family moved to San Francisco from West Tisbury last year. We all miss them terribly and were happy to hear they will be here visiting Fanny this summer.