Town Column : Tisbury
The rain did wonders for the roses and also for news coverage last week. The New York Times noted that there were only two rainstorms in New York last week; one lasted three days, the other lasted four days. The Boston Globe ran directions for building an ark on the front page. And The Cape Cod Times told about golf ball-sized hail pounding on roofs in Vineyard Haven.
Sandy Whitworth loves to point out how much the Friends of the Tisbury Council on Aging do for us. The flowers and plantings bursting with color at the Tisbury Senior Center are a gift from the Friends, who had the landscape design and planting done by Susan Jones.
Summer's here. The Post Office is towing cars that park there. The short-term parking on Main Street brings a windfall of parking tickets. If you can't decide where to leave your car, there is a bus from the Park 'n' ride.
Shaw Cramer Gallery is opening a show this weekend about a new book including Tisbury artist Jennifer McCurdy. "Vineyard Artists in the Kitchen" includes artwork of 13 Island artists and their recipes as well. Meet them tomorrow from 6 to 8 pm. The exhibit runs through the 23rd.
Watch a scrimshaw artist in action tomorrow night, also between 6 and 8, at the Louisa Gould Gallery. Brooke Olson grew up on the Vineyard and went to high school here. Brooke is on the Island for the summer, working to help pay for her college tuition in Santa Cruz, California. She does original and traditional work which will be available for sale.
You can also see paintings by Caryn King at the Gould Gallery. Caryn left us several years ago to move to Vermont. She is known for her animal paintings, one of which was chosen for a Fair poster in the past. Her work is on display through the end of next week.
Herb Ward invites you to contribute to the Island Food Pantry while you enjoy a chowder supper at the Edgartown Federated Church on Thursday evenings this summer from 6 to 7:15 pm.
Habitat for Humanity of Martha's Vineyard not only does wonderful things for people who need homes, it has also done a wondrous thing for the old Mellen house at 105 Main Street in Edgartown. To benefit Habitat, the house has been refurbished inside and out as a show place. You can visit, admire, and even purchase some of the furniture and paintings all through the summer and early fall.
Lucky ticket holders for Sunday's talk by David McCullough at the Library must plan for limited parking. If you have a ticket you can't use, return it so someone else may attend. There is a waiting list.
Children age four and up can visit with author Kate Feiffer next Thursday from 3 to 4 pm at the library and ask Mom to buy one of her books. A mini book sale will be held on the porch a week from Saturday, July 18, from 1 to 3 pm. Monthly book sales are planned for the third Saturday of the month in August and September. Also the Friends' 5K Race and Fun Run will be September 13. You can get your registration form from the library website or pick it up in the library.