West Tisbury


Sunday’s Super Bowl was exciting, but not as exciting for me as seeing baseball players tossing a ball around the diamond across the street. Jayne Beitman had commented earlier in the day that it felt like spring. She also reminded me that spring training will begin the end of this month. Oh, boy. On the other hand, I don’t like to rush the seasons, so I’ll just be happy there is no more ice underfoot.

I had run into Liz Gude at Conroy’s earlier in the week and admired the pair of YakTrax she was wearing. They were not her favorites; she had lost another pair she considered superior (I forgot the name of the brand). Returning to her car, she removed them from her shoes and set them atop the roof, forgot about them till she realized they had gone flying off into the woods along the driveway. A search yielded nothing. I assured Liz that, as my husband says, “Everything’s somewhere,” and proceeded to tell her the following story:

Our dogs have always worn L.L. Bean collars with their names embroidered on them. Sometime last fall, my yellow lab, Talley, came inside missing her collar. Mike and I searched the yard again and again. Nothing. Last Sunday, Mike appeared holding Talley’s long-lost collar. He was burning brush and found it in the middle of his brush pile, rescuing it before it was consumed by flames. I bet Liz’s ice grippers will appear unexpectedly just like that.

FYI for Comcast Internet users. I received an email, allegedly from Comcast, notifying me that they were upgrading their system, and everything on my computer would be deleted if I didn’t send them my user name, password, and date of birth. Of course, I didn’t, and headed right up to the Comcast office where Louise Searle verified it was a scam. Later, a gentleman named Marc Goodman called from Comcast, assuring me that they have all sorts of easy-to-use free software to prevent phishing and other online scams. You can go to comcast.net/security for help.

There will be a special story time at the West Tisbury Library this Friday, February 11, at 10:30 am when Corduroy the Bear will make an appearance. All are welcome.

Saturday, Feb. 12, the West Tisbury Democratic Caucus will meet at 10 am at the Howes House. All registered Democrats are invited. For information, call Rufus Peebles at 508-693-5100 or email at rufus@vineyard.net.

Featherstone begins the celebration of their 15th year as an arts center with an exhibition of art from their permanent collection. The first of a year-long series of 15 gallery shows, 15 special events (including the return of poet Billy Collins this summer,) and 15 new artists will open this Sunday afternoon, Feb. 13, with a reception from 4 to 6 pm.

Also at 4 o’clock Sunday afternoon, there will be a Valentine’s Day concert at the West Tisbury Church. “From the Heart” will feature concert pianist Lisa Weiss, with Jan Hyer, cellist, Matt Pelikan, alto recorder, and soloist Kevin Ryan. Refreshments will be served after the concert. The suggested donation of $15 will benefit the preservation of the historic church.

On Monday, Valentine’s Day, come to the library at 7 pm when the film “Dr. Strangelove” will be shown.

I had the good fortune to arrive at Cronig’s last Thursday just as they were cutting the cake in celebration of Marcelo Santil’s birthday. Everyone was singing “Happy Birthday” and I was delighted to be invited to share the occasion — and the cake. Many happy returns, Marcelo.