Tisbury: Vote on Tuesday


The scarecrows created by students at the Charter School are a delightful addition to Main Street. Literary figures from Sleeping Beauty at The Beach House to the White Queen at Rainy Day are decorating our town. Some years I find it difficult to determine the category the students have chosen, but when you see Lowly Worm in front of the Bunch of Grapes Bookstore, you have a pretty good idea. The kids are raising money for their school and giving us some wonderful renditions of old-time characters. They also add a touch of whimsy to our town.

Our Vineyard Haven Library is now open Sundays from 12 noon to 4 pm. Tomorrow the library will be open for treats from 4 to 8 pm. Cider and Halloween candy are provided by the Friends of the Library. The Library is trying to reschedule the Long Point Five concert that was to be held on November 5 because that conflicts with one of the town Vision Planning workshops that evening.

There’s a Halloween puppet parade after school on Main Street from 3 to 4 pm. Bring your puppets to the party, beginning at the Mansion House corner with musical puppet show, weather permitting.

Tom Dresser and Jerry Muskin will speak tomorrow morning at 10 at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center. They are promoting their new book Music on Martha’s Vineyard. This is the history of harmony on the Vineyard from sea chanteys to the Tivoli, from the Moon Cusser to the Hot Tin Roof. The book tells more about the background of the Flying Elbows, the Community Chorus, and the Minnesingers.

Kids can touch a truck on Saturday at Truckin’ MV, a fundraiser for Vineyard Montessori from 11 am to 1:30 pm at the MVRHS parking lot. Kids of all ages can touch, and explore dozens of cool big trucks and vehicles. Get behind the wheel of your favorite — fire truck, police cruiser, cherry picker, and excavator — and meet the folks who power them. Food and snacks will be available for purchase, also a raffle, and games. $10 per child (0-12) and $25 a family, no charge for children under age one. Proceeds benefit the Vineyard Montessori School. Parent supervision is required, and cameras are recommended.

Saturday at 3 pm Meditations of Peace will take place in the MV Hospital Chapel. There will be peaceful forms of music, prayers, movement, poems and meditation and contemplation. The service is sponsored by Island clergy, musicians, and the interfaith community of Martha’s Vineyard. All are welcome. More at 508-696-1839.

Saturday morning a group supporting gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley and led by Martha’s sister Jane Coakley will be at Five Corners. Jane asked that we remind you all to vote on Tuesday.

If you need an absentee ballot, you can get the application anytime up to 12 noon on Monday at the town hall. Then you can mark your ballot right there in the office. Voting is our privilege. Be sure you do your part.

Sunday at 2 am marks the end of Daylight Saving Time. Fall back and enjoy an extra hour’s sleep. You can tell who forgot because they show up extra early for church. Are they the same ones who are late when we change the clocks in the spring?

Some years ago we had a sweet dog named Freckles. He had serious trouble with his dinner being late and went out of his way to be sure that I remembered he was waiting. It was hard to tell which of us had the most difficulty adjusting. I always think of him when the clocks change.

Commercial Tisbury Taxpayers are holding a Tisbury Commercial Taxpayers Annual Cocktail Meeting in the Mansion House Lobby next Wednesday at 4:30 pm. Discussion will include the upcoming Board of Selectmen meeting that deals with the tax rate classification.

Happy anniversary to Bill and Marie Connelly who are partying today. Is it 49 years now?

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Sally Leslie-Mitchell. Saturday belongs to Ann Davey. Wish the best on Monday to Emma Wajda and Maura Valley. Happy birthday to Lena Hanschka on Tuesday.

Heard on Main Street: The goblins’ll get you if you don’t watch out.