West Tisbury

What a beautiful weekend. With no wind, it was a pleasure to be outside enjoying the sunshine.

Mike and I took Talley and Nanuk for a long walk at Lucy Vincent. The beach was almost deserted, a surprise on such a balmy day. The tide was low, far out, leaving rocks like strings of dark pearls uncovered in the surf. You could even go out past the fallen headland and walk quite a way down the beach. It was windless and sunny, blue water and blue sky endlessly on, just a stripe of sand in between.

We only saw one other dog, a little yellow one called Sandy, who seemed perfectly happy to give our girls a good run.

On the way home, we stopped at Chilmark Chocolates for a quarter pound of Tashmoo Truffles on their last day open for a while.

Bob Wasserman was at the airport for breakfast Sunday morning with his daughter, Sarah, and grandsons, Henry and Hugh Bassett. Bob and Suzi had celebrated their birthdays the day before, both on February 18. Sarah’s is coming up on February 27. Happy Birthday wishes to you all.

Happy Birthday, too, to Diane Wall on the 24th. Blue Cullen and Natalie Larsen both were born on February 25, not in the same year, though. Natalie turns four years old this year; Blue is just a little bit older.

The Chilmark Community Center had standing room only Saturday afternoon when fourth grade students from the West Tisbury School took to the stage for an imaginative and witty retelling of Aesop’s Fables. The production combined film and theater. It was a collaboration between the school, ArtFarm Enterprises, and the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival. Performed with actors dressed all in black on a bare stage, the performance had the flavor of the coffee house productions of my teenage years. It was a most engaging example of stagecraft. Brooke Hardman, Brian Ditchfield, Elle Lash, Hugh Phear, and Chris Roberts joined classroom teachers Rebecca Solway, Anita Smith, Mary Boyd, and Anne Kurth and their students. It was a totally enjoyable afternoon and I thank all the participants for their efforts.

David Murphy was in town Saturday, visiting his family and the West Tisbury Library from his home in Duxbury. David presented posters to the library promoting his slide show, “Celebrating the Art of Stan Murphy,” planned for a showing at the Grange Hall on April 1.

Alix Small emailed her winter hours at Vineyard Knitworks: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, from 10 am to 5 pm. The knitting group will continue to meet Tuesday evenings at 7.

Another thing to do might be volunteering with Habitat for Humanity. Look on their website: www.habitatmv.org or call 508-693-4646.

The final movie of the library’s Ingmar Bergman Film Series will be “Smiles of a Summer Night.” The movie begins at 7 pm Monday evening, February 27. Free popcorn will be provided.

The “In Stitches” knitting Group continues to meet weekly at the library Monday evenings at 7 pm. Bring your project and join in.

Children can make luminarias at the library’s Saturday Craft this week. Craft materials are set out all day for drop-in crafters and their families.

By the time this column comes out, many of you will have noticed the removal of the hollies and boxwoods from in front of the West Tisbury Church. Dinny Montrowl wants to assure everyone that this is part of the Capital Campaign and Church Restoration Project. A new landscaping plan will be voted on by Church members in the next few weeks and will be planted sometime this spring. If you are interested, the two plans are on display in the Church Hall, so go in and take a look. Thanks to Vincent Maciel of Maciel Land and Tree, who donated his services to the removal project. Sadly, the overgrown evergreens were damaging the siding of the building, and would be in the way of any construction. Dinny reports that the Church is also planning to reconstruct the historic fence along State Road.

Lavender crocuses have appeared under the Bessires’ hedge on Edgartown Road and Old County. They make a lovely display, opening wide in the sun of midday, with the snowdrops that began blooming almost two weeks ago. With no wind, it’s been perfect weather to be outside raking and pruning, looking for things coming up.