Town Column : Tisbury
You have just experienced the biggest full moon of 2010. January's full moon is also called the wolf moon, according to Native American tradition. That associates this month's full moon with wolves howling in the cold midwinter. The 2010 wolf moon was 30 percent brighter and 14 percent larger than any other full moon this year, because our cosmic neighbor was actually closer to Earth than usual. You can find out more about this wolf moon on the National Geographic website.
If economy is on your mind, Super Bowl Sunday is your day. Start the day with a $6 breakfast, all you can eat, at the American Legion Hall. Everyone is welcome.
Then you can accept Lynne Benson's offer to come to the annual Super Bowl Sunday sale at the Heath Hen Quilt & Yarn Shop. She says things will be 20 percent off. Also for fans of Amy Butler's popular designs: her spring line love collection has arrived in two colorways. Pink has a mixture of paisley, dots, and florals in pink, orange, bright green, and turquoise. The blue colorway has lavender, royal, turquoise, and pink. Sale is Sunday from 12 noon to 4 pm.
I shouldn't have to tell you that The Times is my favorite newspaper. I just love a paper full of good news. Did you notice last week?
Police Chief Daniel Hanavan will remain in office at least until next October. I especially cheer that good news. I was also pleased to read that the howitzer is being cleaned and polished. Who wants a rusty howitzer in our town?
Happily the news also reported that Leonard Fogg now has two healthy and happy dogs. We noted that a white shark tagged off Cape Cod last summer is wintering in Florida. Maybe he'll stay there.
How about Dr. Jasny's article on the calming effect of "scruffing" the kitty? Then the MVC wants to know which new Lagoon bridge we want. I don't see a lot of difference. Both look good to me - let's go modern. Wait a minute. Is one of them a few million dollars cheaper?
The Tisbury Senior Center is offering all kinds of wondrous opportunities. The Valentine Jazz Fest on February 16 includes supper, so reservations are required. Travel opportunities abound: Visit the Boston Symphony or Museum of Fine Arts, see the musical "DreamGirls," or the Rhode Island Spring Flower and Garden Show. There is even a trip to the mall. Call 508-696-4205 to reserve your spot.
How about some music? It's a little different. It's called "Thank UU it's Friday." This series is presented by Unitarian-Universalist Society of Martha's Vineyard on the first Friday of the month. The gives local musicians an opportunity to play in the off-season and introduces some musicians you may not have heard. The suggested donation is $8.
The first program is this Friday from 7 to 9 pm: Barkin Daisy is a trio playing eclectic show tunes. Enjoy vocals by Christine Box with Ray Frazio on bass and Chris Seidel on drums.
On Sunday morning you are invited to the Unitarian-Universalist Society for Justice Sunday to focus on one human rights issue. Justice Sunday comes from the November 1967 sermon by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. This year the topic is economic justice against the backdrop of the global economic downturn. The Rev. Jeremy Nickel will speak at the 11 am service.
The American Legion Post 257 extends congratulations - and so do we - to the Boy Scouts of America. Monday marks their 100th anniversary.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Suzanne Crossland. Happy birthday to Rosemary Brown on Saturday. Her son Michael and wife Ellie are coming from Maryland for a birthday visit. Sunday belongs to Dan Harnen. On Tuesday wish the best to Joan McDonough. James O'Donnell and Jainaba Burton-Sundman will be blowing out candles on Wednesday.
Heard on Main Street: Duct tape is like The Force. It has a light side and a dark side, and it holds the universe together.