West Tisbury: welcoming summer


Be sure to say “hello” to Douglas and Linda and all of the other vendors at the West Tisbury Farmers’ Market this Saturday. Now we know summer is beginning.

I was able to attend the memorial for E. Judy and Daniel Mayhew on Saturday at the Abel’s Hill Cemetery in Chilmark. The staff of the West Tisbury library misses E. Judy so much. We send our condolences to their family.

From the service, I continued up-Island to see the lighthouse getting ready to be settled into its new location. What an impressive sight. Congratulations to all who made the move possible and saved this historic monument.

This past weekend was full of musical offerings at the library. On Friday evening, Lisa Weiss, Stephanie Barnes, Martha Hudson, and Jesse Keller all contributed to a beautiful program honoring the Rev. Alden Besse. Sunday afternoon featured Diane Katzenberg Braun, Amy Advocat, Daniel Koo, and Rainer Crosett playing a program of Beethoven, Bartok, and others. This is the first concert in the musical series “Remembering the Rosenthals.” This annual concert is generously sponsored by Sara Rosenthal and Julie Prazich. Great thanks to all of these talented artists and generous sponsors, and thank you to David Stanwood, who keeps our Steinway in tiptop shape.

Tim Boland, director of the Polly Hill Arboretum, held his talk on “Plants of the West Tisbury Library Landscape” on Saturday, May 30. He shared insights on how to choose plants for our area, and how to keep them growing strong. He also explained the importance of the library’s bioswales and permeable-paver parking lot in keeping hydrocarbons and other pollutants from entering our watershed. Tim led the group on a tour of the library’s gardens, and has promised another tour later in the year, once the native habitat and children’s butterfly gardens have been planted.

Jennifer Tseng is back from her book release party in New York. Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness, published by Europa, is now available at your local library and at Bunch of Grapes Bookstore. We will be celebrating Jennifer and her first work of fiction on Saturday, June 27, at 6 pm at the library.

This month brings the work of two talented artists to the library. Sheila Fane’s work will be on display in the library’s Community Room throughout the month of June. The library will host a reception in her honor on Saturday, June 13, at 5 pm. Refreshments will be served. On Friday, June 12, from 5 pm to 7 pm, the library will host a reception to celebrate the release of Jane Dreeben’ s new book, The Urge to Create: Vineyard Portraits. Photographic portraits that accompany the written profiles of local artists will be on display for the month of June.

Please remember that the League of Women Voters invites you to listen to a panel of experts discuss legislation proposing the reduction of greenhouse gases by putting a price on carbon. This panel discussion will be held at the West Tisbury library this Saturday, June 6th at 10:30 am.

At 3 pm that afternoon, the library will host author Paul Magid, who will be discussing his new book The Gray Fox: George Crook and the Indian (University of Oklahoma Press, 2015). George Crook was one of the most prominent military figures of the late 19th century Indian Wars. Yet today his name is largely unrecognized, despite the important role he played in such pivotal events in Western history as Custer’s fight at Little Big Horn, the death of Crazy Horse, and the Geronimo campaigns.

Speaking of beautiful music (well, I was a few paragraphs ago), the Vineyard Sinfonietta will be playing music ranging from Mozart to Scott Joplin in a concert on Saturday, June 13, at 3 pm at the library.

As you probably have heard by now, David McCullough will speak on July 14 at 7 pm at the Grange Hall to benefit the West Tisbury Library Foundation. Call 508-696-9539 to reserve tickets. (Please do not call the library for tickets — thank you!)

On Monday, June 15, at 6 pm, members of the public are invited to attend an outreach and planning session at Vineyard Haven library to learn how they can participate in the “Mass. Memories Road Show.” This will be a onetime event that will be coming to Martha’s Vineyard on Oct. 25, 2015. The planning meeting is open to all, and refreshments will be served.

The Mass. Memories Road Show is being planned and sponsored by the Martha’s Vineyard Library Association (MVLA) with funding from local libraries, Friends of Libraries, and a grant from the Martha’s Vineyard Cultural Council.

I will be covering Hermine’s column for the next few weeks, so please feel free to send any news my way at bkramer@clamsnet.org.