Town Column : Tisbury
The house is very quiet now. At ages two and four, the children filled the house with laughter and constant motion. Our wonderful little granddaughters came for a few days of sand and sun and playgrounds. We all napped well, besides.
We met several families with youngsters playing on the beach at Owen Park. Boating families were very pleased with the showers and commended the town for being so hospitable. Local families had many nice things to say about the beach, too.
The four-year-old scared us with a head over heels somersault down the steep wooden stairs. We heard a shriek and saw her legs kicking up in the air. Then her mother and I shrieked as well, dashing to her. She's fine. Perhaps she is a little more agreeable to encouragement to be careful on the stairs. And we are very thankful that our fortunate little girl seems to have made a remarkable recovery. Maybe even faster than the parents and grandparents.
Welcome to David Nathans, the new executive director of the Martha's Vineyard Museum who has just moved to town. He spent the weekend unpacking boxes and then checking out down town, stopping in the shops and having a good conversation with David Donald at the visitors' center.
I saw David Donald and had a chance to hear about our visiting tourists at a marvelous porch party hosted by Jim Kaplan and Brooks Robards. They gathered together their friends from activities such as golf, deep-water aerobics, and bridge. We all had a wonderful time, catching up with those who have disappeared from our lives all summer.
Of course, you are enjoying the Film Festival. The Louisa Gould Gallery will host the only party for directors on Saturday, from 4 to 5:30 pm. Meet the directors and enjoy light refreshments as you discuss the films you enjoyed.
Linda Voluckas called to invite anyone interested to come to the Legion Hall for the installation of officers of the American Legion Auxiliary on Tuesday at 7 pm. The new officers are Ann Call, president; Honey Campos, vice president; Priscilla Thifault, secretary; Darlene Pachico, treasurer, Linda Voluckas, historian; Hilda Backus, sergeant at arms, and Anita Cimeno, chaplain. New members are especially welcome. Call Linda at 508-693-3687 for more information.
Have you registered for the race on Sunday morning? It's a fun flat race that starts at the library, turns at the West Chop light, and ends back at the library about 25 minutes later. Register at the Vineyard Haven Library or call 508-693-0833.
Children are flocking back to the library for all the children's programs. Check online or call the library for more on the Chess Club, Wii games for teens and tweens, and story times. The Friends will have their next mini book sale at the library on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 1 to 3 pm. Mark your calendar. They even offer reviews on many of the books they are selling. Monthly sales are now planned to continue all year.
Congratulations to Chuck and Anne Downing who celebrate a decade of happiness together tomorrow.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out tomorrow to Susan Rice. Wish the best to Joyce Stiles Tucker on Monday. Tuesday belongs to Kevin Olson. Wednesday is party day at my house when my husband counts up 78 years.
Heard on Main Street: Did you notice? The Island floated a foot higher when all those tourists left. u