Town Column : West Tisbury
"Buon Appetito," read a painted banner across the back wall of the Grange last Friday night, décor for Italian Night. Tables stretched from front to back, filled with diners enjoying their meals, served and bussed by fifth-graders professionally garbed in black and white. Our group of five (Mike and me, Blue Cullen and Kurt Freund, and surprise visitor/former West Tisbury-ite Wendy Brophy) joined Karen Overtoom and Louie DeGeofroy as planned. The dinner and raffle raised money for a trip on the Shenandoah planned for this summer. Thanks for a fun evening, kids, you did a terrific job.
Several kids we expected to see were missing, competing in The Great East Band Festival in West Springfield. The All-Island A-band won a Platinum Award for their performance of "Bolero," "Bohemian Rhapsody," and a traditional "Irish Air and Dance." I hope I have all the musicians from West Tisbury correctly: Olivia DeGeofroy, Megan Mendenhall, Cooper Chapman, Harrison Rodrigues, Jacob Lawrence, Katy Smith, Carter D'Angelo, Galen Mayhew, Liam Craffey, Jessica Campbell, Claudia Taylor, Samantha Bunker, Lily Neville, Lucy Norris, Kyle Joba-Woodruff, Lucy Benedetto, Stuart Hersh, Sarah Alexander, Katherine Dorr, Mikey Schroeder, Samantha Maltais, Aaron Lowe, Ben Gordon, and Zack Bernard. Congratulations to you all and your music instructor.
Dan Waters traveled to Marco Island, Florida, to visit his parents and attend his Class of 1973 high school reunion. Actually, Dan attended school in Brazil, where he grew up, but so many of his classmates are now living in the U.S. they decided to meet in Delray Beach.
The Manters have also been in Florida, having just returned from a family trip to Disney World. Their party was made up of Janice, Skipper, Melissa, and her friend, Mike Nania, Kim and Ken Cottrill from here, meeting up with Jenny and Glen Outcalt, their children Alexa and Nathan, and several members of Glen's family, 18 in all. They stayed in adjacent apartments and did their best to coordinate activities. Janice said the weather was perfect, sunny and comfortably in the 80s every day. Skipper was an excellent tour guide, being familiar with the place after several trips on his own. They saw everything. Highlights were a day at Sea World and going to a "Character Breakfast" where all the Disney characters were on hand to greet the guests. Everyone seems to have had a grand time, and they were pleasantly surprised to find forsythia and shadbush blooming upon their return.
Sue Hruby spent part of last week in New York City visiting friends and partaking of all the big city has to offer. She left Thursday to arrive in time to attend the opening of Wolf Kahn's exhibition of new landscapes, "Toward the Larger View: A Painter's Process," at Ameringer & Yohe Fine Art. I could hardly wait for Sue's return with the promised catalogue from the show. It is amazing. Anyone who is interested in contemporary painting, especially artists who are curious about artists' ways of developing ideas, will find Mr. Kahn's generous descriptions and the paintings themselves a true gift. Beginning with small pastel sketches, he discusses the progression towards oil paintings of five or six feet, with all the accommodations required and desired. I can't stop looking at it and dream of seeing those paintings myself, examining the brush marks, being engulfed in the color combinations he is so admired for. Go if you have a chance.