West Tisbury: RIP, Rockette


Hand set vintage type,

hand mixed oil inks,

hand printed on

19th ct. platen presses

in the barn by the garden

in West Tisbury

on Martha’s Vineyard Island

—Emma Young, letterpress printer

So Emma Young describes herself on her website. Emma designs and prints all sorts of visual gems, but none so special as her books of her own poetry. The latest is titled tomato skin DIAMOND: one dozen poems.

Ms. Young has just been named West Tisbury’s poet laureate. Her poems are as luscious as the manner of their presentation on thick paper that takes the inks and impressions of letters and art. Congratulations, Emma.

Island Poet Laureate Arnie Reisman will host a poetry reading at the West Tisbury library next Tuesday, April 21, at 4:30. After his reading, Island poets will be invited to read one of their poems at the open-mike event.

Next week is school vacation week, and the library has planned to set out a family craft every day between 11 and 4, and to show family movies every afternoon at 2. The schedule is:

Tuesday: Big Hero 6

Wednesday: Song of the Sea

Thursday: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Friday: The Boxtrolls

Movies are free, and so is the popcorn.

Saturday, April 18, there will be a performance by Vineyard Belly Dance & Revue at 1 o’clock at the library. The Lego Club will meet from 3 to 4:30.

Please note that the library will be closed on Sunday for spring cleaning and on Monday for Patriot’s Day.

A request from the Friends of the West Tisbury Library: Please hold on to your bags of books for the book sale until July 1, when they move from the sheds into the school gymnasium. The sheds are bursting full. This year’s Book Sale will take place July 31 to August 2.

The Vineyard Sinfonietta has planned a special concert next Friday evening, April 24, 6 to 7:30, at the Chilmark Church to honor flautist Edie Yoder, who is moving to an artists’ colony in Indiana to pursue her painting. The program will range from Mozart to Joplin. There will be time for a brief farewell to Edie and refreshments following the concert. The concert is free.

Valerie Sonnenthal will lead two workshops at the Howes House this Thursday, April 16, and April 30, 1 to 2:30. The first is Foot Fitness. The second is an Introduction to MELT Method. Cost is $25 each. Please call 508-693-2896 to reserve. You may also look at Valerie’s website, peakedhillstudio.com, for information about what she does and her private classes.

Sue Hruby, our representative to Cape Light Compact, wants to invite everyone to their upcoming Energy Efficiency Program. It will be held at the Edgartown Senior Center (the Anchors) on Tuesday, May 5, at 1 pm. Home energy assessments, rebates, and incentive programs will be discussed.

When I saw animal control officer Joannie Jenkinson the other day, my first question was about the condition of Rockette (the Mill Pond swan we formerly thought was Rocky). Rockette was hit by a car; she has had an accident-prone history. Last year she was seriously injured by a snapping turtle in the pond, and it was touch-and-go for quite awhile. All of our wildlife, farm animals, and pets are lucky to have Joannie looking out for them. Sadly,  Rockette died of her injuries. She died on the Island, where she lived her short life. Joannie tried her best to save her. May she rest in peace.

Don’t forget to vote today. The polls at the Public Safety Building are open till 8 pm.

Major League Baseball season opened last Monday, and I was pleased to see baseball players on the diamond across the street at the fire station, too. Pinkletinks are making a racket in the ponds at night. The first daffodils and myrtle flowers are blooming in my garden. I spent part of the weekend raking leaves and enjoying the sunshine. It’s lovely to have windows opened wide to the mild spring air.