Town Column : Tisbury
Like all of you, I was delighted with Nelson Sigelman's story about the full moon over Ocean Park and the police chase. People are still talking about how much they enjoyed that article. Well done, Nelson.
Congratulations to Richard Paradise and all his volunteers. Lots of different views from different folks, but everybody loved the films. The town was buzzing with fans. Obviously this was a very successful film festival.
Kathy Stinson says that more than 348 youngsters at our library kept a summer log of books they read. They logged in more than 6,165 books. The children learned that not only is reading fun, but also that sometimes there are other rewards.
The school children from across Martha's Vineyard, their teams, and all kinds of nonprofits constantly ask the merchants in our town for prizes and support. This project was enthusiastically supported by Bob's Pizza, Bunch of Grapes Bookstore, Capawock Theatre, Educomp, Mocha Mott's, Murdick's Fudge, M.V. Bagel Authority, M.V. Heart Boutique, Riley's Reads, and Waterside Market. They donated a total of $1,785 worth of gift certificates for the children.
This Saturday from 1 to 3 pm is the monthly Mini Book Sale for all ages at the library, hosted by the Friends. The Friends also invite you to join them at 1 pm on Monday at their annual meeting. Everyone always needs more friends.
Jeanne Campbell will share her slides and talk about her family's visit to the Galapagos. The program is free at the library on Tuesday at 7 pm. Her pictures make you believe you were really there.
Next Wednesday the library offers another free film for older adults. Starting at 7 pm you can enjoy a comedy starring Helen Mirren. Based on a true story, the film is about a group of Yorkshire women who produce a nude calendar to raise money for cancer research. As Betty Burton says, "They dropped everything for a good cause."
This Sunday we welcome Ron and Joan Druett who have come all the way from New Zealand to visit our Island. Many of you know that Ron is an accomplished painter, selling work here and in many other places. Joan is an established author of both fiction and non-fiction. She has been doing research at libraries in London, Bonn, and at Yale. We will be very happy to see them. It always seems too long between visits.
Can Tisbury Waterways do something about these huge birds? At last someone seems to recognize that turkeys and geese are not pretty in these numbers. They are pests and hazards to all of us. Last year our Board of Health invited the state to send someone down to look at the problem of the hordes of turkeys. The person they sent only counted 12 turkeys. We average 20 to 30 every evening and have counted 70 in our yard. I wish he'd come here. I will even lend him my calculator.
The state's reaction is ho-hum, even after one turkey fell dead out of a tree into our yard. Did he die of avian flu? Maybe I should have called the state and said he was a pig. That's more fashionable. Then they might have listened.
We all look forward to the Fishing Derby. Even non-fishermen will enjoy reading David Kinney's "The Big One." Louisa Gould invites you to her gallery a week from Saturday for Mr. Kinney's book signing at the opening of the show featuring the Art of the Derby from, 5 to 7 pm. David is a Pulitzer Prize winner. The book is very readable, and I understand it will be made into a movie.
Best wishes for a rapid recovery go out to Ken Garde as he recuperates.
Happy anniversary to Doris and Jerome Clark today.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out tomorrow to Hilda Illingworth. We were pleased to see her dining out with friends last week and wish her a very happy birthday.
Our greetings to Barbara Maciel on Saturday. Sunday belongs to Jan Dorchester. Wish the best on Monday to Trip Barnes and Ken Ward. Happy birthday on Tuesday to Lori Dorsey. Arthur Railton parties next Wednesday and you still have time to give him a call or send him a card.
Heard on Main Street: Film festival, fishing derby: the season goes on.u