Whiting, Horwitz featured in New York Times

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West Tisbury was in the news everywhere I looked last week. Thursday’s New York Times Home section had an article about a store in Los Angeles. The paintings in the accompanying photograph looked so familiar; they were by Allen Whiting. Then on Saturday, Tony Horwitz had an op-ed in the Times.

Chief Manny Estrella was featured in a Martha’s Vineyard Times article about the new brush truck at Station 1, with reminiscences about the history of the fire department. Both local papers had articles about Ruth Epstein’s show at Featherstone. I saw it Sunday and it’s impressive. So was the black and white photography show, also at Featherstone, curated by our own Sam Hiser.

A monotype by Leslie Baker adorns the cover of the new Arts & Ideas Magazine just out. Included within are articles by or about Leslie, Kib Bramhall, Alison Shaw, Perry Garfinkel, Kate Feiffer, Ward Just, Emma Young, Laurene Krasny Brown, David White, Laura Roosevelt, Jennifer Tseng, Eleanor Stanwood, and Laura Wainwright. Hope I didn’t miss anyone.

It’s been a perfect week of sunny days and cool nights. No humidity. A light breeze. None of the usual hot, hot, hot and drippingly humid summer weather I dread. We desperately need rain. Still, everything looks green and abundant. Roses are everywhere, their fragrance scenting the warm air as I sit out on our porch for my morning coffee.

Events at the Grange Hall are in full swing. The Farmers’ Market is on Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 am to 12 noon. The Antique Show is every Friday, 9 am to 3 pm. The Artisans’ Fair is on Thursdays and Sundays, 10 am to 3 pm.

I was glad to catch up with Cynthia Walsh this week. She had been in Italy for her granddaughter Bowen’s graduation from the International High School of Florence, and time with the family: Cynthia’s daughter Katherine Walsh, her husband Bruce Fernie, and their daughters Bowen and Avery. While there, Avery was baptized at her request in Saint James Episcopal Church in Florence. Avery loves being surrounded by people who speak both English and Italian. Saint James is an American church where services are in English. Although Italian was Avery’s first language, she is comfortably bi-lingual. Cynthia had a great time.

Now that she is home, she has a house full of guests. Her sister Diana Cotter is here, also “another Cynthia Walsh,” Cynthia’s niece, with her husband Mike Walsh, and their two sons, Ryan and James, all from San Diego. We ended our visit too quickly, as Cynthia was heading home to round everyone up to head for Vineyard Haven and a family dinner with sister Jaime Hamlin and her husband, Paul Lazes.

Monday Night Movies are returning to the West Tisbury Library beginning in July. There is something new this summer; movies for teens will be shown in the Teen Room downstairs, while the rest of the family watches upstairs in the Program Room.

Besides the movies, on-going library programs include Mother Goose on the Loose, a music and story time for infants to three-year olds every Monday at 10:30. Thursday morning’s storytime for pre-schoolers also begins at 10:30. Carolina Cooney’s Graphic Book Club meets on Mondays at 7 pm. Drop-in crafts are set out between 11 am and 3 pm on Saturdays for children and tweens/teens. This week: wind socks. And there’s a new drop-in service for patrons with Mac problems. Mondays beginning in July, “Mac Pro” Paul Levy will be on hand to help between 11 am and 1 pm.

The kick-off for the Summer Reading Program will be at the Ag Hall on July 5. The performer is Bill Ross. Doors open at 10:30 for the 11 am performance. Admission is $4. Babes in arms are free.

Library Friend and friend Hallie Mentzel visited last week from New York City. It was great to have her back in West Tisbury. The highlight of her visit was a tour of the new library, which she loved. Hallie had been on the library board for many years and the dream of a larger space has been of long-standing. Linda Hearn and I took her out for breakfast at the Plane View, another of her favorite places. We all hope she will be back again later in the summer.

Friends of Pat Brown are reminded that tomorrow, Friday, June 27, there will be a celebration of her life held at 11 am at St. Elizabeth’s Church in Edgartown, followed by a reception in the Baylies Room of the Whaling Church. Pat was a lifelong resident of Edgartown and nurse at all the Island schools. “She touched so many lives,” said her friend Judy Bruguiere, who has organized the event. Judy asks that people bring stories and photographs with them to share.

ACE MV and the Yoga Barn are extending the popular stretch and meditation class, “Relaxed Body, Open Mind, Deep Rest,” led by Martha Abbot. Classes meet on Wednesdays at 11 am. I am especially mentioning this, as it sounds like an hour’s delicious respite in a hectic summer week.

My husband, Mike, has been my travelling news-gatherer and reporter of late. Last weekend he went up to Aquinnah to see the hot rods and classic cars, returning home with descriptions of everything that caught his eye and all the guys he saw up there. This weekend it was his visit to see the Charles W. Morgan in Vineyard Haven harbor. Bill and Betty Haynes were there, too, and they took the tour together and had a great time. I plan to go as soon as I send in my column.