West Tisbury


A seashell pink sky this morning and a tracery of ice crystals across our windows. As I wait for the coffee pot to fill, I wait, too, for snow expected later today.

After a week of 20-degree days and single-digit nights, I got my wish from last week. I came home late Friday afternoon past cars parked along State Road and skaters on Parsonage Pond. We will have another couple of freezing days before the temperatures warm mid-week to almost 50, then fall again for, hopefully, good skating ice by the weekend.

Expect cars parked along the Edgartown-West Tisbury Road this Saturday night for Cynthia Riggs’s annual Groundhog Day party. There is also parking in her field off of New Lane. The festivities begin at 5 pm. Bring a favorite hors d’oeuvre or a bottle of wine to share. Definitely bring your most considered opinions, as the conversation usually centers on the most rarified, or not, aspects of town politics. Clipboards of nomination papers will surely be passed. Come prepared to enjoy yourselves among your neighbors in one of the prettiest parlors in town.

If you are interested in running for town office yourself, you may pick up nomination papers at Town Hall. Town Clerk Tara Whiting has the forms and all the particulars you need to know.

Tara has sent out envelopes containing annual census forms, dog licenses, and a Planning Board survey. Don’t forget to fill them out. The census form also contains your voter information, so is especially important if you want to remain on the town’s voting list.

Last week’s Boston Globe contained a brief review of Vinegar Tom, a play directed by Mac Young, at the Boston Center for the Arts. Globe Correspondent Jeffrey Gantz wrote the following: “Caryl Churchill’s 1976 witch-hunt play is a dark look at misogyny and hypocrisy in the 17th century – and the 20th. Directed by Mac Young, this powerful realization is almost too dark, with villains and victims clearly delineated and a graphic hanging scene. It’s not for the fainthearted, but Churchill’s chilling message does get delivered.” Mac’s parents, Scott and Terre Young, were headed up to Boston last weekend to see the play and their son. Mac is part of the theater troupe Whistler in the Dark.

Another creative former West Tisbury-ite, Paul Carrick, has a blog where we can see his newest acrylic paintings. Take a look at blog.nightserpent.com/2013/01/23/two-new-ones.aspx. Paul is the son of Carol Carrick and the late Donald Carrick.

Jennifer Tseng has quickly filled the poetry workshop she will be teaching this February at the West Tisbury Library. There is already a waiting list of candidates for a future one.

Don’t forget that the library is open on Sundays in their new quarters. Sunday hours are from 1 to 5 pm.

Sadly, the library has had to eliminate the Monday and Friday storytimes that had been held at the old library on Music Street. Mother Goose on the Loose is still out there Tuesdays at Martha’s Vineyard Community Services and Thursdays at either the Oak Bluffs or Vineyard Haven Libraries. They begin at 10:30 am. Check the schedule at the library, 508-693-3366, or on their website: www.westtisburylibrary.org.

The West Tisbury School is participating in a program sponsored by Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival Education Programs. Fourth-graders are “learning to use camera and sound equipment to create comic short films that celebrate their chosen animals.” Sounds like fun. I hope we will all be invited to the premiere.

Happy Birthday wishes to Bob Salop and mother/daughter duo, Betty and Janice Haynes, all on February 1.

I loved Nelson Bryant’s article about fishing for white perch in last Thursday’s Martha’s Vineyard Times. It is always a treat to read Nelson’s elegant prose, and knowing him and Ruth I have vivid images in my mind of them out on Town Cove or in their kitchen preparing a feast. Plus I always learn something. I hope Nelson will continue writing and the paper will continue giving his stories full-page coverage.

The early-morning sky has settled into a dull gray by 9 o’clock, the color of the snowflakes that will soon begin to fall. I guess it’s time to bring in extra firewood and get ready for whatever will come. The first of my amaryllis is in full bloom. It is a strong pink called “Violetta,” striking against the dull landscape outside my window.