Town Column : Tisbury
There are times when I wish I were a talented artist or photographer, simply to capture a lovely scene to enjoy again. This morning our neighbor's snowy white cat sat pensively looking into the water of their pool. She was perched regally at the edge of the pool. In my view she was against a backdrop of a bushy green plant with small bright flowers. She was a picture to behold.
Three cheers for the beautiful three-year-old filly and Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra. She beat the boys again, this time by six lengths on a sloppy track. The runner up was Belmont winner Summer Bird in the $1.25 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on Sunday. This was Rachel Alexandra's eighth consecutive victory. Many spectators wore pink ties and baseball caps as they cheered her on because part of her winnings go to research on breast cancer. She has now established herself as one of the greatest fillies in thoroughbred racing and is also being compared to great horses such as Secretariat.
The gremlins were messing up cell phone reception last weekend, all over town and across the Island. I don't know if the problems were limited to the Island. Cell phones are marvelous - when they work.
A federal Equal Access grant is funding some special events at the Vineyard Haven Library. A delightful evening in a series of movies aimed for older adults will be held next Tuesday at 7 pm. This is a 1994 comedy-drama starring Paul Newman, Jessica Tandy, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith, and Philip Seymore Hoffman. It was Jessica Tandy's last film and often considered one of Newman's best. Of course, I think any film with Newman in it was one of the best.
Next Thursday, at 7 pm, Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot will speak. She is the author of the new book "The Third Chapter: Risk, Passion, and Adventure in the 25 Years After 50." The book will be available at the reception following her lecture. The library will close at 6 pm for this lecture in the main room.
Did you get to build Lego robots with Bruce Riseborough at the library last Saturday? I can imagine the fun. I am sorry I missed it.
You'll be glad to hear that Helen Burt is doing well and invites you to the barbeque pulled pork dinner on Saturday, serving from 5 to 7 pm. It's all you can eat for $12 to benefit the building fund.
This Saturday the new film by Taylor Toole called "Mow Crew" will be shown at 7 and 9:15 pm at the Capawock. Some of you may remember last summer when Taylor and team were shooting at locations around the Island. The film score was composed by Islander Brian Hughes and Rod Welles provided technical advice. The spring shows here were sold out. Tickets are now available in advance at ticketsmv.com.
Some of the neighbors you will recognize in the film are Paul Munafo, Rob Myers, Taffy McCarthy, James Burrows, Matt Tobin, Sean George, Aaron Duclos, Eric Hawkes, Denise Catoni, Heather Capece, Brooke Hardman, Jill Macy, Evelyn Vertefeuille, Tristan Israel, and Vinnie Padalino. You will also see Zebee Voss, Dan Broderick, Whit Lasker, Xavier Powers, Bob Lee, Katharine Pilcher, May Oskan, Elza Minor, Cliff Earle, Victoria Campbell, and Sean O'Brien.
Did you know about this? I had never even heard of the group called Martha's Vineyard Helping Homeless Animals. This is a no-cage, no-kill organization that provides food, heat, and medical treatment for animals. Learn more at the bake sale on Saturday at Cronig's Market. Donate baked goods, individually wrapped, between 9 and 11 am. Or call Verna Carr at 696-8305.
The Federated Church house tour will be next Tuesday from 2 to 4:30 pm. See three beautiful homes on Cooke Street and then enjoy tea and cookies under the tent in back of the historic Captain Mellen house on Main Street. Tickets are $35. For more call 508-627-4421.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Mary Goss, Jesse James Little, and Dr. Peter Laursen. Happy birthday tomorrow to young John Edmond Coogan. Wish the best on Saturday to Bobbie Donovan. Monday belongs to Benjamin Koster.
Heard on Main Street: Summer's half over, and I haven't done it all yet.