Town Column : Tisbury
Bob Lewis sent me an email about a lost sailing vessel. While cruising on his boat out by Hedge Fence last weekend, he almost ran over a tiny little three-foot sail boat named "Meadow Muffin" with the home port of Vineyard Haven. Is this yours? Call him at 617-875-2200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The police have been looking into some messy writing of odd words and designs in blue and yellow paint on various walls around town. If you've seen children with spray cans of paint lurking where they don't belong, this would be a good time to keep an eye on them.
On Saturday, learn more about abstract art from artist and teacher Roberta Gross. From 5 to 6 pm she will talk and answer your questions at the Louisa Gould Gallery. Refreshments will be served. Next Thursday at 7:30 pm Louisa will host local poets in an event called Island Voices. This is a part of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival.
The Habitat for Humanity Decorator Show House in Edgartown has closed. All summer we enjoyed the visual treats that our local designers created. My personal favorite room was done by Mary Rentschler, a small room with a delightful touch. You will have a last chance for a few hours midday on Saturday and Sunday of Columbus Day weekend. The designers' leftovers will be for sale, as a final donation to Habitat.
You have a grand selection of special sales this weekend. Jack Street will be selling colorful homemade birdhouses at the Unitarian Church on Main Street. He has a wonderful variety, from miniature houses for your garden to apartment houses for social birds. The proceeds support the church. The sale is at 12 noon on Sunday at the church.
The library will be closed on Monday for the Columbus Day holiday. Next Wednesday at 1:30 pm, the book group will discuss Charles J. Shields's "Mockingbird." He calls the book "A Portrait of Nelle Harper Lee," though he never got an interview with the author. The book is controversial. Read it yourself or join the book group on Wednesday. All are welcome.
Tween Time at the library for ages eight and up from 3 to 5 pm on Fridays continues through October 16. Starting October 21, tweens will meet time to Wednesdays.
The Friends of the Library will have their next mini book sale on October 17 from 1 to 3 pm. This book sale will continue on Sunday, Oct. 18, the first winter Sunday at the library. The library will be open from noon to 4 pm on Sundays. On the 18th there will be light refreshments provided by the Friends, who will be selling books from 1 to 3.
Cycle Martha's Vineyard takes riders on a scenic bike ride around the Island on Saturday, Oct. 17. Riders choose a 100K or 50K route to benefit Rotary Club charities. The 100K route travels along the Atlantic Ocean, Nantucket Sound, rolling farmland, and the State Forest. The 50K route also offers breathtaking views of Nantucket Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. Registration is $100. The fee entitles riders to assistance along the course, tee-shirts, and post-ride barbecue. For more information, visit cyclemarthasvineyard.org.
I am still complaining about the turkeys that overrun our yard and damage our deck, not to mention our roof. But this time I owe them an apology. They did not tip over all the Christmas cactus plants under the tree in the front yard. I caught the crows doing it. They were seeking water that had gathered under some of the plants after the torrential storm we had. But I still don't like the turkeys.
Welcome to Curry Jones. It's nice to see you back on the Island.
Congratulations to Donald and Hildy Mitchell. They are celebrating 57 years of married bliss today. Laura and Bob Barbera of Nicky's Italian Cafe also mark their anniversary today.
Belated birthday greetings go out to Barbara Bennett. She partied last weekend.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out Monday to Ryan David Dunbar, also to Lee Lowe and Chris Lowe. Best wishes go out on Tuesday to Heather Chapman and David Finkelstein. Wish the best on Wednesday to Phil Reynolds and Christine Gaskill.
Heard on Main Street: Life is like a game. Only those who do not take it too seriously are good players.