Town Column : West Tisbury
Pollen season has arrived, coating everything and everyone with a film of yellow dust. Vehicles, windowsills, furniture, leaves, hair (animal and human) - nothing is spared. Mike showed me photographs of pollen; it looks like a medieval mace with protuberances all around. No wonder it is so irritating and tenacious.
Still, it's a pretty spring. Our first poppies have opened, orange punctuation marks soon to become a colorful mass beside equally bold purple iris. The variety of birds in our yard is notable. I can only hope they will eat the worms that soon will emerge from their egg cases. So far, the newly leafed out trees give a quietness and sheltering cover overhead. It is sad to see how many have been lost from the worm infestations of the past few years.
We have two friends who will be walking in fundraisers for cancer support. Blue Cullen will walk here on the Island this weekend. Cheryl Holenko will walk in Millis on June 13. Donations for Cheryl may be left at The Plane View at the Martha's Vineyard airport. Art Hughes at the West Tisbury Cottle's is also collecting donations. Please give them, or any participant you know, any donation you can. It helps more than you know.
Ellen Weiss is back for the summer at her home on Old County Road. She has resumed her seat on Alley's porch and at fashionable dinner parties around town.
Margaret Logue has as a houseguest for the summer, her grandson, James Logue, from West Hartford, Conn. James is working at Larsen's.
Another new resident is Buster, Sue and Jim Mullin's three-month-old border terrier. He is busy guarding the Mullin's James Pond home, playing with his favorite toy, and looking unbelievably cute.
"Watch Out for Wolfgang" is the new book illustrated by Paul Carrick. Copies are available at the Red Barn.
Gregory Drake has moved off-Island to Colorado Springs after a leisurely trip across the country. He sounds quite enthusiastic about his new home, "the most dramatic landscape," and recommends that people see the area.
George and Mary Lu Hough had guests over the holiday. Their grandson, Neil Greene, with his wife, Amy, from Brighton, and their granddaughter, Lydia Harmer, from Cherry Point, N.C., visited their grandparents on Indian Hill Road. All three of them ran in the 16th Annual Oak Bluffs Memorial Day 5K Road Race. Neil was awarded a trophy for second place in his age division. Lydia's husband, Lance Corporal Patrick Harmer, is a U.S. Marine serving in Afghanistan.
Finn Hall spent the holiday weekend here with his dad, Ron Hall. Finn joined his former Tisbury School classmates in the March to the Sea and at the Tisbury Town Picnic. He and Ron did some fishing and took several beach walks together.