West Tisbury


New flannel sheets from L.L. Bean have arrived just in time for the cooler nights. Blue and white stripes. They were washed immediately and went right on our bed.

I can’t remember being ready for flannel sheets in September. Usually I’m still wearing shorts and flip-flops. Technically, it isn’t even fall yet. I guess I don’t remember such cool temperatures so early, but this year fall seems to have started, making sweaters and flannel sheets, dinners in the oven, and starting the wood stove all imminent and appealing.

Mike spent some of Sunday afternoon cleaning our chimney, getting the wood stove ready. He’s been eyeing the woodpile. A good bit of it is split and stacked, but there is still plenty left to do. Next, the splitter will be taken out of the shed and gassed up for use, the Sunday afternoon sound of a fall and winter chore.

Congratulations to Kathy Logue and Ernie Mendenhall, and Rocinante. They won this year’s Moffett Race. They and their crew should be very proud.

If you have any no-longer-used electronics to get rid of, please take note: Electronics Disposal Day will be a week from Saturday, October 1, at Martha’s Vineyard Community Services. Hours are from 9 am to 2 pm. Fees from $1 to $30 will be charged. It’s always a good time to clean out clutter, and this makes it more affordable.

As always, there is lots going on at the West Tisbury Library. The Annual Fall Reading Series has begun and will continue next Thursday, September 29, at 5:30 pm, and Thursdays through October. The programs feature writers-in-residence from the Martha’s Vineyard Writers Residency.

Tonight, Thursday, September 22, The Howes House Writers will read from their latest works, beginning at 5 pm at the library.

The Monday Night Movie still begins at 7 pm. This coming Monday, September 26, you can enjoy The Manchurian Candidate, with good company and free popcorn.

Poets Fan Ogilvie and Leslie Prosterman will present a program next Tuesday, September 27, at 5 pm, at the library. All programs are free and everyone is welcome. Refreshments are served, too.

Other ongoing library programs include Monday nights’ In Stitches knitting group (don’t forget to buy your raffle ticket to win their handmade Afghan, just in time for chilly nights). Mother Goose on the Loose is a program of music and language for infants. It happens every Monday and Friday morning at 10:30 am. Thursday mornings at 10:30 am children’s librarian Nelia Decker hosts a Storytime for older toddlers and pre-schoolers. The craft table is set up for projects every Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm. Just drop in.

Watching the changes at Whiting’s Pond has been interesting. It has become a marsh with an ever-narrowing channel. Despite the spring clean-up by Tara Whiting and Prudy Burt, the marsh grasses grew and flourished over the summer. The changes haven’t diminished the beauty of the site. It’s just different. The light at the end of the day still rakes the slope and plantings, and now the yellow-green reeds as well. The water color still reflects the sky. There are always paintings there. It is always one of my favorite spots.