West Tisbury


Sadness and joy marked the past week. The passings of Sally Nevin and Basil Welch diminished our community. There was also a memorial service for Ted Farrow on Saturday at his beloved Abel’s Hill. As I get older, I realize that coming together to grieve and remember is a ritual that has endured for a reason. I hope it brought comfort this past weekend.

I received a long-awaited email from Marjory Potts, so will let her tell in her own words the “joy” referred to above, the arrival of Lemi Moses Marshall, son of Phoebe Potts and Jeffrey Marshall. Lemi was born June 17, 2010 in Ziway Lake, Ethiopia. He arrived in his new home, Gloucester, Massachusetts, on September 11, 2011, in the arms of his parents. According to his doting grandmother, “He’s an absolute honey of a child, affectionate, happy and healthy, and fascinated by this new world all around him. We are so lucky to have him.” In between caring for Lemi, Phoebe is working on a new graphic novel, a sequel to “Good Eggs.”

Cynthia Riggs has a new book, “Victoria Trumbull’s Martha’s Vineyard.” It includes tours of places in her mystery novels, photographs by Lynn Christoffers, maps by Step Wesley, and poems by Cynthia’s mother, Dionis Coffin Riggs, on whom the character of Victoria is modeled. Call, write, or email Cynthia: 508-693-9352, P.O. Box 723, West Tisbury 02575, or criggs@vineyard.net.

Paul Karasik sent a funny email announcing one of his cartoons in this week’s New Yorker. Congratulations, Paul.

Congratulations, too, to Dan Waters, who was chosen to receive the 2011 Creative Living Award by The Permanent Endowment for Martha’s Vineyard. Dan has served as West Tisbury’s first Poet Laureate, as a tireless member of the Board of Library Trustees and supporter of our library, a member of the Arts Council, and is an artist, poet, husband, friend in his spare time. He will be honored at an awards ceremony at the Grange Hall on Tuesday, October 18.

Angie Waldron is offering to help members of her MVRHS Class of 1964 who are struggling with the maze of Medicare options. The open enrollment period for plans or adding a drug benefit is October 1 through December 7. Contact Angie at 508 955-9045 or waldronangela@yahoo.com.

This Saturday, October 8, come celebrate fall and help our library at a fundraiser, Applefest, to be held at the Grange Hall from 3 to 6 pm. The Magnuson family of Tiasquin Orchard will be pressing cider. There will be pony rides, face-painting, scarecrow-making, a pie walk, bake sale, arts and crafts projects, a movie, and slices of savory pies for sale.

Make a day of it by attending Vineyard Gardens’ 22nd Annual Harvest Festival between 11 am and 3 pm. Enjoy displays of fall plants, nature crafts for kids and grownups, and food.

Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard is preparing for their “Handmade from the Heart” sale by asking crafters, bakers, and artists to donate unique handmade items. The sale is during Christmas in Edgartown weekend, December 10. Call Terre Young at 508-693-0189.

One of the benefits of having company is spending some time seeing the Island and doing things we never do. Mike and I enjoyed the opportunities presented by my visiting cousin, Wendy Savino, and her husband, Rob. It was especially nice that the weather cooperated.

Mike was working in Menemsha and Rob, a fisherman and charter boat captain out of Boston Harbor, was eager to see everything and talk with everyone. We had lobster rolls and ice cream cones at The Galley, walks around the harbor and into all the shops, being barefoot in the sand, dinners out two nights in a row.

The best part was unexpectedly finding Craig Colorusso and his sun boxes, speakers powered by solar panels, set up on Menemsha Beach. Each box made a guitar note sound, all different, magical. Pat Waring was there with Wendy Harriman. Ann Howes and Chuck Hodgkinson stopped by to listen. Listen yourself at www.sun-boxes.com.