Town Column : Tisbury
Welcome home to Barb and Dan Harnen. They topped their Florida sojourn with a relaxing cruise.
How nice it is to see snowdrops in our yard instead of snowflakes. The long awaited sunshine and blue skies raised everyone's spirits last weekend bringing smiles and happy visitors as well. Isn't it amazing what a little promise of spring can do?
It is still pretty quiet downtown. Sometimes you can even find a parking place on Main Street or even at the town lot on Water Street.
Next month we'll be delighting in daffodils and forsythia in bloom along our byways. This reminds us of good memories. An elderly aunt was losing her eyesight and some of her vocabulary. Every spring she would ask if we would drive her around the Island to "see the yellow." What a treat that was for all of us. We think of her whenever we see the Island adorned in springtime yellows.
Your sewing gifts are still needed for Haiti: any fabrics and notions, rulers, mats, rotary blades, and embroidery floss. These will be taken to Haiti by Jeanne Staples. Drop your donation at the Heath Hen through Saturday this week.
You will be happy to hear that the very popular Sunday hours at the library have been extended through May 2. Amy Ryan, the library director, says that the library will be open from noon to 4 pm every Sunday this spring, except for April 4.
The library does have something for all ages. Today at 6 pm all sixth-graders and up are invited to the teen book club and movie at the library. They have been reading "Born Free" by Joy Adamson. Then on Tuesday morning the little ones will enjoy Mother Goose on the Loose with Colleen.
Wednesday is a short day at the Tisbury School, which means that children age five and up will get free popcorn with their movie at 1 pm on Wednesday. (I'm told that the princess meets her green match in this film.) The adult book group meets next Thursday at 1 pm though I am not sure what book they are reading. This is open to anyone interested. Another free movie, a basketball documentary, will be shown next Thursday evening at 6 pm for ages 10 and up.
Next Tuesday at 5:30 pm reference librarian Cecily Greenaway will introduce you to the library's Ancestry.com subscription database and help you find your family members on a historical record. This is an introductory session. Bring full names and birth or death information and your laptop if you have one.
Then you should check out www.vhlibrary.org for the dates of the Audrey Hepburn film festival at the library this month and next. Some films are shown on Sunday afternoons and some on Tuesday night.
If you are an artist, you need to mark your calendar for the art show at the library from June 7 to 19. This will be hosted by the Friends of the Vineyard Haven Public Library. The plan is to feature emerging Vineyard artists in the exhibition. Interested artists should call 508-696-4210 ext. 11 or visit the website. Deadline for submissions is May 1.
Some think the highlight of the month of March is St. Patrick's Day. All you would-be Irish -- and real ones as well - are invited for corned beef and cabbage this weekend. You don't even have to wear green to enjoy the dinner on Saturday at the First Baptist Church parish hall on William Street. All you can eat will be served from 5 to 7 pm. The cost is $12 for adults, $6 for children.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Nan Carter and Dorothy Gould. Tomorrow belongs to Mark Daniels and James Taylor. Wish the best on Saturday to Barbara Howell, Janet Sylvia, and Kevin Voyer. Monday belongs to Carolyn Henderson, Jib Ellis, and Jay Segel. Happy birthday to Austin Chandler and Doug Dorchester on Wednesday.
Heard on Main Street: Spring forward: we lose an hour's sleep this weekend.