Town Column : West Tisbury
Saturday's first Winter Farmers Market was a great success. Many vendors sold out in the first hour, replenished their displays, and carried on. Late bouquets to grace a table, big bunches of kale for soup, bread, jam, elegant orchids, and pumpkin fudge - all were eagerly examined and choices were made. I can hardly wait for the next one in December.
The weather has been so mild lately. With the drizzle it can feel like being in a steam bath. Leslie Baker and I went over to Linda Hearn's Sunday afternoon for a walk down around Town Cove. It was so beautiful in the mist, just the softest colors against the gray sky. Talley and Murphy romped and went in for a swim, while Linda, Leslie, and I watched young riders across the cove at Pond View Farm.
Everybody I talk to is cleaning, shopping, and getting ready for Thanksgiving, here or away. There will be an early deadline for next week's paper. Please let me know about your plans, your travels off-Island, or guests who are coming to you.
Congratulations to Karen Ogden, dog trainer extraordinaire. She held an open house Saturday afternoon for all to see her new Positive Rewards Dog Training Center in the Woodland Center in Vineyard Haven, behind Humphreys and Karpet Kare. Karen will offer classes in obedience, canine good citizenship, rally, agility, and puppy class, as well as private training sessions. She also plans a monthly series of free lectures. The first, on December 2, will be Adopting the Rescue Dog. Call Karen at 508-693-3708 for more information.
Beth Kramer and Nelia Decker went off-Island on Saturday to attend the 8th Annual Crime Bake in Dedham. Sponsored by Sisters in Crime and the New England Mystery Writers, Crime Bake is a weekend-long conference for mystery writers and readers. Sue Grafton was the kick-off speaker. Cynthia Riggs was scheduled to speak on Sunday.
Our library has been awarded a Readers' Advisory Grant for Genre Studies; mystery was the first area chosen (hence the trip to Crime Bake). The grant will provide training for our staff to become familiar with mystery writers and their work, so they are better able to recommend different authors to patrons. Shelly Quezeda, a consultant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, is coming November 17 to begin staff training. Ask at the library if you are interested in joining a mystery readers group. There will also be programs by mystery writers. Cynthia Riggs will be a featured speaker and Archer Mayor will be coming this spring. All this is very exciting news for mystery readers.
The J.C. Trio will perform their monthly concert at the library this Friday afternoon, Nov. 20, at 4 o'clock. Enjoy a respite from your busy week with an hour of good jazz.
Saturday, Nov. 21, the MVRHS Minnesingers Annual Auction and Mini-Concert will be held at the Portuguese-American Club on Vineyard Avenue in Oak Bluffs. A silent auction and preview begins at 5 pm. At 6:45, there will be a concert, followed by the auction at 7 o'clock. Trip Barnes will be the auctioneer. Tickets are $15 at the door and include the auction, concert, and gourmet hors d'oeuvres. A cash bar will be available. The event is to raise money for the group's spring trip to Prague. For more information, call 508-693-5074 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Driving past Whiting's the other afternoon, the double row of pear trees lining the road into the cemetery was hit by a raking sunlight. Their leaves are red now, their fall color. It made me think about how lovely those trees are in every season. Bare winter branches, twiggy and thick, will soon define the view.