West Tisbury

8th-grade graduates from the West Tisbury School. Bottom row, from left: Michael Dexter, Julia Neville, Anais Bermudes, Brianna Pate, Andrew Ruimerman, August Welles, Lena Demoe, Steven Perzanowski. Second row: Ryan Uva, Oliver Lane, Caila Drew-Morin, Tim Roberts, Lucy Hackney, Justin Cameron, Ben Poole, Dakota Fogg, Anne Ollen, Lee Faraca. Third row: Kari Cioffi (teacher), Marsha Curtis (teacher), Sophie Petkus, Ben Clay, Michael Mazza, Brandon Dwane, Erin Hickey, Bradley Fielder, Brigida Larsen, Galya Walt, Fran Finnigan (teacher), Suzanne St. Andre (assist. teacher). Top row:Robyn Wingate (teacher) , Phoebe Dandenau, Henry Gallagher, Andrew Wiley, Leila Gardner, Matthew Stone, Jack Slayton, Peter Ruimerman, Olivia Ogden, Valerie Becker (teacher). Missing: Charlie Parkhurst, Paul Henry Jeffers-Mayhew

People ask me all the time about how I write this column. Although I dream of throwing a confetti of words up in the air and having them snowfall into a carefully arranged composition, I usually sit down Sunday evening after dinner and just start. (FYI to anyone sending me information.) Laura Murphy told me her mother used to labor all week over her opening paragraph, but whatever is in my mind at the moment is where I begin.

This week, it was our dinner with the Lamonts last Saturday night. Many readers will remember Joan and Bill Lamont, summer residents of Charles Neck Way in the 1980s and ’90s. Blue Volvo (Kenny Belain has still kept it running), bicycles, baseball, Long Point, good humor, good friends. Mike and I were honored to be included in their Vineyard family reunion and 56th wedding anniversary celebration on June 18. Chaos, with three children and their spouses, seven grandchildren from eighteen to nine, some relatives and long-time friends thrown in. After dinner we enjoyed a performance by William and Leah, a video made by Lance, Joan and Bill’s presentation of blue reunion tee-shirts. Participants were: Laurel and Eric Gross, Leslie and Lance Luckett, Will and Jennifer Lamont; grandchildren Lamont and Foster Gross, Lyle and William Luckett, Grace, Simone, and Leah Lamont; Eric’s sister Stacy Dimino, her son Sean, Jane and Jim Levitt, and us. As it is with good friends, we picked up where we left off. Thank you all, for wonderful years and wonderful memories. Happy anniversary and many more.

Katherine Long “tagged along” with Mariko Kawaguchi to the World Association of Flower Arrangers 2011 World Flower Show in Boston. It sounded fabulous from Katherine’s descriptions of the 600 floral arrangements. The show’s theme was This Glorious Earth. Categories included sunset, minerals, seasons, and the globe (think hula hoops and flowers). Katherine said they were there for over six hours, didn’t see everything, and left exhilarated and exhausted, but ready to make plans to attend the next show, scheduled for Dublin in 2014.

Marie-Louise Rouff, Rose Abrahamson, and Heather Blume are the featured artists at Nancy Cramer’s Shaw Cramer Gallery opening this Friday evening at 6 pm.

The Martha’s Vineyard Center For Living will host their Second Annual Summer Welcome Dinner at the P-A Club in Oak Bluffs, also this Friday evening. The Italian dinner, silent auction, and dancing begins at 5:30. Admission is $15. Tickets may be purchased in advance from Leslie Clapp, 508-939-9440, or from any board member.

The West Tisbury Library will host an open house Saturday, June 25, for this year’s Summer Reading Program. The theme is One World, Many Stories. Come in and sign up.

After lemonade and cookies at the library, walk across the street to the Strawberry Festival at the church. Strawberry shortcakes or strawberries and ice cream will be served from noon to 4 pm.

Vineyard Gardens continues its Saturday Lecture Series at 11 am. This week’s subject is Deer-resistant Gardens.

There is something new at the library this summer. Kids’ Movie Night begins this Monday, June 27, at 7 pm. “Lady and the Tramp” will be shown. Popcorn is free. So is the movie.

Dr. Enid Haller will lead the discussion with question and answer time at Tuesday evening’s meeting of the Lyme Support Group at the Howes House. It begins at 6:30 pm.

Back to the Lamonts. It was interesting how much of the conversation was about Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. So many people and pets have had so many problems.