Town Column : Tisbury
Spring is here. I saw a tour bus coming through town last weekend. It was full of visitors who unfortunately were not dropped off on Main Street, only passing through. It does seem too cold to really be spring.
There was a veritable parade through town of our beautiful fire trucks on Sunday. With lights flashing but no sirens, they carefully made their way up Main Street in response to an automated fire alarm. We are so fortunate to have all these good people ready to drop everything to help us when we need them. Our thanks to all of them for being there.
I hope I get to see this one: Tomorrow night the Film Society will present a delightful animated family film from Ireland called "The Secret of Kells." The G-rated movie starts at 7:30 pm at the Cornell Theatre. Magic, fantasy and Celtic mythology come together in a riot of color. As the story opens, young Brendan is in a medieval outpost under siege from barbarian raiders. A master illuminator arrives from foreign lands carrying an ancient but unfinished book, brimming with secret wisdom and powers. To help complete the book, Brendan has to go on a dangerous quest that takes him into the enchanted forest where mythical creatures hide.
Note that the library will be closed this Sunday. They will be open again next week for the rest of April on Sunday afternoons, until May 2.
I hope to see you on Tuesday. The special town meeting starts at 7 pm. There are a number of issues, from the connector road to easements and zoning. There is also a question about allowing dogs in town buildings. Be there promptly so we can all go home early.
There is no chess club at the library on Tuesday. They are closing early to come to the town meeting. On Wednesday the library will show a movie with free popcorn for ages 8 and up. The movie begins at 3 pm.
Tisbury candidates will be presented on Thursday night at the Senior Center at 7 pm. The League of Women Voters will introduce those running for office and give you a chance to ask the questions on your mind. The election is April 27. Now is a good time to apply for an absentee ballot if you need one.
On Wednesday evening you are invited to a program of Music in Poetry at the library.
Naomi Arenberg, a local host for WCAI, and Stephanie Miele will sing selected poems that have been set to music. Poets Muriel Gould and Grant Willis will read each of the poems to be sung. Musicians will accompany the singers on keyboard, guitar, and concertina. The poems include "This Little Rose" by Emily Dickinson, "The Pasture" by Robert Frost, and "Evening of Roses" by Erev Shel Soshanim.
Congratulations again to the Martha's Vineyard Masters who competed, and even broke some records, at the New England regional swimming masters competition held in Cambridge last weekend. The team members wore specially designed bathing caps with the large letters M.V. in white and a discreet bunch of grapes on a dark background. Some of the team members were enjoying their first masters competition, but all enjoyed their successes at the events.
Have your kids outgrown last summer's clothes? The Edgartown School is collecting summer weight clothes, including shorts, shirts, shoes, and jackets - even sweaters - for the Sacre Coeur Hospital and an orphanage in Milot, Haiti. Remember that children come in all shapes and sizes and all need clothes. All the lightweight clothing will be collected in the box in the school's front entrance. A container will be shipped in April. The box will be at the school through April 16.
All the Island garden shops featured wonderful flowers and plants for all to enjoy last Sunday. People dressed for spring although they did need a warm jacket for the breezes. Blossoms of all colors decorated the displays. Even our post office got into the act with its showy daffodils.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out tomorrow to Tom Zinno. Wish the very best to Janet Holladay next Tuesday, her special day.
Heard on Main Street: Did you ever notice: there are no recipes for leftover chocolate?