Tisbury: Saving trees around the town


It seems like summer, with so much fun and music across the Island. There is more happening, so be sure so check our Calendar pages.

This afternoon, ages 5 and up will be decorating Gingerbread Houses at the Vineyard Haven library from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. New films now on DVD are free on Tuesday evenings at 7, popcorn included. Next Tuesday, Dec. 20, is “Florence Foster Jenkins,” the story of a New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite her terrible voice, starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant. The movie on Dec. 27 is “Southside with You,” which chronicles the afternoon when future President Barack Obama wooed Michelle on a first date on Chicago’s South Side, starring Tika Sumpter and Parker Sawyers.

The Tisbury Vision Council meets this evening, Thursday, Dec. 15, at 6:30 for the final Housing Production Plan at the Tisbury Senior Center.

Many who were part of the Friends of Tisbury are still involved in keeping our town looking nice. Why should one person destroy this? Twenty years ago, another of those friends helped her young daughter plant a Bradford pear tree on the lot leased by the Post Office. It was a good tree and healthy. But that tree was cut down when they put in the brick sidewalk. And no one noticed.

In 1970 a young Matt Tobin and Rod Backus and another man planted the row of beautiful Bradford pear trees on behalf of the Friends of Tisbury along Clough Lane. That was 46 years ago. Matt remembers planting these small trees when the friends had the foresight to plan this enhancement of our town. Don’t stand by and let this avenue of beauty be destroyed.

Save our trees. The board of selectmen should have our Bradford pear trees pruned, but not killed. The selectmen are being asked to approve cutting down two of these beautiful Bradford pear trees. The pretty row of blossoms in June are a special spot of beauty in our town. All summer their green leaves shade the whole street. In the fall they turn the most gorgeous colors, giving us more colorful weeks of pleasure.

There is a special book sale at the Vineyard Haven library on Saturday, Dec. 17. From 10 am to 2 pm, the books are free, including books for children, teens, and adults.

Also on Saturday, Dec. 17, there will be alpacas and cookies and elves on Main Street in Tisbury from 1 to 3 pm, with the Bell Choir performing from 2 to 3. The Vineyard Conservation Society will pass out reusable bags to educate shoppers about the bag ban, which begins in the new year.

The annual Christmas Tea is Saturday, Dec. 17, from 1 to 3 pm. Enjoy tea, coffee, sandwiches and cookies at the First Baptist Church parish house. Admission is free to check out the gift tables and baked goods for sale; tea is $8, $6 for children. There is another beautiful Bradford pear tree at the First Baptist Church.

Years ago we enjoyed “The Messiah” every year. Grace Church is now sponsoring a performance of “The Messiah” at 8 pm on Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Whaling Church.

Enjoy hayrides in Tisbury on Sunday, Dec. 18, from 11 am to 2 pm on Sunday, Dec. 18. “The Nutcracker” ballet opens at the Film Center at 1 pm, and the Holiday Hunt drawing will be at 2 pm at the Bunch of Grapes Bookstore.

The Christmas Concert is at 3 pm on Sunday, Dec. 18, at the First Congregational Church of West Tisbury.

The Unitarian-Universalist Society welcomes people of all religions. They also practice what they preach. The leader is a U.U.-ordained minister, the administrative assistant is an ordained rabbi, and the head of children’s religious education is a Muslim.

ACE MV offers Moroccan cooking, cake icing, and freelance journalism, with more than 25 courses this winter. There are classes to help manage your small business, earn certification, or learn a new skill. Visit acemv.org for more information or to enroll.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out tomorrow to Laura Beebe. On Saturday, wish the best to Lyrae Littlefield and Kate Malkie.

Heard on Main Street: Remember that Santa can appear in mysterious disguises, in the uniform of FedEx or UPS, or even the Post Office.