Tisbury: Vision Planning workshop starts Tuesday

Esther McCracken and her friend Margaret Tatjens of Seattle were guests of Clara Rabbitt this month. Esther’s brother Roger Sylva and his wife Gloria drove to Boston to pick up the guests. It had been 10 years since Esther and her friend had been on the Island. They all attended the wedding of cousin Carole Lee Sylva and Matt Flanders on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Farm Neck, where Esther met some family members. Other days she traveled around the Island visiting with her sisters and brothers and more cousins and their children.

Esther’s sister Donna Tomkins and husband Walter invited Clara and her visitors to their home for dinner several evenings with their children and grandchildren. Donna drove Clara, Esther, and Margaret to Gay Head and Menemsha on their last day here. They stopped for shakes and root beer floats at the Galley and visited cousin Pat Jenkinson on the way home. All had a great time, and the visitors left on the 16th.

The Tisbury Planning Board wants your input. They are creating a framework to guide town decisions in the future. They call it Vision Planning. They invite you to the first workshop, next Tuesday at 7 pm at the Tisbury Senior Center. Or you can go to the next workshop at the library a week from tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 3, at 10 am. It will be repeated at the new fire station on Saturday, Oct. 4, at 10 am. Should we focus on improving the harbor? Or parks? This is your turn to be heard before the plans are made. Then in early November the results of the workshop will be presented, and you can help determine what is most important to you for future planning decisions.

We are enjoying a striking number of visitors this fall from Australia. Most have come here for the first time. They like our weather and commented on the sights and sounds of so many American accents. A few busloads of people from our southern states are here as well.

Then more folks are here for the fishing Derby, and their friends and wives are shopping — so all of this activity is good for the Island. Some up-Islanders are only now venturing out to take advantage of the parking now available down-Island.

We have such interesting population shifts. Soon after the snowbirds come home in spring, shops, businesses, and restaurants start to open. Then the tour buses begin to arrive. Summer means the influx of the July summer people, who are soon followed by the much different August crowd. At the end of August we lose an abundance of college kids who quit their summer jobs and head back to school after a few days of summer fun.

Unfortunately, this year it seemed that all these kids, the summer persons who leave after the fair, and all the carnival workers were leaving just as the President and his family and hundreds of Secret Service and newsmen all boarded the ferries the same weekend. This major exodus lasted from that Thursday before the weekend through the following Tuesday.

But then the Island was ours — the beaches, the parking spaces, and all were just waiting for us to enjoy it. As the weather cools, fewer and fewer of us are at the beach, except for fishing, and our local activities get into gear as we end the month of September.

Thirty years ago the whole Island closed down by October 1. Now most shops and restaurants are open through Christmas. Perhaps that slowdown at the first of the year is what drives off the snowbirds who head south, leaving us with the real Island all to ourselves, and the snow and ice.

Tomorrow is the last day of summer lobster rolls at Grace Church.

Next Tuesday, Flatbread Pizza hosts a benefit for the West Tisbury library, starting with takeout at 2 pm. There will be a raffle and a silent auction for wondrous items from an exquisite handmade quilt to roundtrip Cape Air tickets to Boston or a tree from Polly Hill.

Still thinking about ACE MV? The Course Sampling Fair is next Wednesday, Oct. 1, from 5 pm to 6:30 pm at the regional high school. Meet the teachers, register for classes, and sample food prepared by the cooking instructors. You pay a $10 late fee if you sign up the day of the course. For more, call Diane Abbot at 508-693-9222. What do you want to learn?

Congratulations to Laurel Mayhew and Kevin Olson, who celebrate 15 years together tomorrow. Happy anniversary to Joe and Susan Canha, marking 45 years of bliss on Sunday.

Best wishes on Wednesday to Sandy and Sofya Nadelstein after 19 years of happiness.

Belated birthday greetings to Clara Rabbitt, who celebrated her birthday with friends and family on the 13th.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Jeanne Hilton today. On Saturday, wish the best to Ashleen Dorsey and Eric B. Davison. Wish a very happy birthday on Tuesday to Julie Immelt.

Best wishes go out to Deborah Suneson on Wednesday.

Heard on Main Street: One thing you can’t recycle is wasted time.