West Tisbury: Library lobby to be dedicated to Pat Gregory


Hermine Hull is out this week; Beth Kramer is filling in.

Welcome home, everyone, from April vacation.

Amy Hoff and her daughters, Chloe and Hannah, travelled to New Jersey to visit Amy’s mom, Patricia Falvo. They also visited Madame Tussauds in New York, where they saw the Obamas, Taylor Swift, and Yao Ming (all in wax, of course).

Last Wednesday the Martha’s Vineyard Cultural Council held its annual Grant Recipients’ Celebration at the Playhouse. This event was hosted by MJ and Paul Munafo and emceed by Richard Skidmore (the coolest man in town). A dozen talented artists presented a few minutes of their work, including Molly Purves and Chris Roberts from the Playhouse production of Richard III (Shakespeare for the Masses), Rick Bausman and Anthony Esposito from the Drum Workshop, Jesse Keller from The Yard, Richard Limber, Sally Taylor, and Phil DaRosa. The next grant round will be this October. Please phone me at the library for more information.

Tuesday was a busy day, with the ribbon cutting at the town’s solar array and the second half of town meeting. Congratulations and thank you to all who help our town government run so well. West Tisbury would not be the great town it is without the generosity and dedication of our volunteers.

We have enjoyed the beautiful paintings of Gloria Burkin this past month. Richard Limber will be our artist beginning May 1st. We look forward to seeing what he is up to — he is always an interesting artist.

Speaking of art, please be sure to drop by the library to watch the amazing Linda Carnegie create a mural in honor of Cathy Brannen in the children’s room. Linda is painting characters from Beatrix Potter, A.A. Milne, and other British authors. Watch her work her magic!

The library will be hosting Gaming Night with Daniel Mayhew Thursday, April 30, at 6 pm.

Participants will be encouraged to play console video games with others in a competitive and cooperative manner. This drop-in event is free and open to the public.

Daniel Mayhew grew up in Southwest Philadelphia. He attended Simon’s Rock College in Great Barrington, where he met his wife, Caroline Mayhew, who grew up in West Tisbury. Daniel has spent many years playing video games and learning about how video games are made. He wants to help pass along a healthy interest in gaming as a modern recreational activity and art form.

At the library on Saturday, May 2, at 2 pm, Rex Jarrell will present an introduction to Ayurveda, “Ayurveda Meets You for Personal Wellness,” and facilitate a community dialogue. This event is free and open to the public.

Ayurveda, which literally means “the science of life,” is the traditional healing science of India. More than 5,000 years old, the time-honored traditional knowledge of Ayurveda has helped millions of individuals return to optimal health. Rex will introduce the topic and speak for about 40 minutes, entertain questions, and then pass samples of herbs, oils, etc. so that participants can enjoy a multi-sensory experience.

Rex Jarrell is a licensed massage therapist, registered yoga teacher, and Ayurvedic health educator who earned a bachelor’s of science in integrative health at UMass, Amherst. He is the father of two beautiful girls, co-creator of the Yoga Barn with Scarlet Jarrell, and has been a Vineyarder for 44 years.

On Sunday, May 3, at 3pm, the West Tisbury Library Trustees and the West Tisbury selectmen will dedicate the library lobby to the late Pat Gregory, in recognition of his important contributions to the town. The event is free and open to the public.

Pat Gregory was a beloved father, husband, teacher, leader, and business owner, perhaps best known for his role as town moderator. For 23 years Pat moderated town meetings with calm and candor. A friend and inspiration to many, he will always be remembered.