Tisbury: No place like home


Heard on Main Street: It’s always darkest before dawn. So if you’re going to steal your neighbor’s newspaper, that’s the time to do it.

Join other Islanders on Tuesday, Oct. 3, to welcome the newer Island clergy at the Neighborhood Convention. Meet at 11 am at the First Congregational Church in West Tisbury. The recent Island arrivals are the Reverends Eibner, Christian, Berube, and Wright. All are welcome; bring a sack lunch.

I left the Island early Monday last week, and got home Friday. My Friday reservation turned out to be on the third boat leaving Woods Hole. Boats were running late, but I am NOT complaining.

I went off for some important medical tests at Cape Cod Hospital. I’m sure the winds, etc., were just as bad here. Thursday’s five-hour test did not start until afternoon, when the necessary nuclear material was delivered, along with other critical medical material for the hospital. I wasn’t done until 5:30 pm, and the winds and rain were really ferocious at that time.

I was at my nephew’s in Waquoit, where he and his wife spoiled me with gourmet meals and provided loving care; it was nearly a relaxing vacation. Except, as Dorothy insisted, there is no place like home.

You are asked to sign up to help these important fall programs now:

Help is needed now for gleaning the Island’s fall harvest. Gleaners partner to collect and deliver this food to schools for children, to the elderly, and to the disabled. For more, see Island Grown Initiative: igimv.org.

Sign up now to walk six miles to end hunger, one step at a time. Join Crop Walk on Sunday, Oct. 15. It begins at 2 pm at St. Augustine’s Church, going to the Campground and returning.

It takes a lot of people to make this work: Orientation for Houses of Grace, the M.V. Winter Shelter Program, continues on Monday, Oct. 23, at the Federated Church at 7 pm. Volunteers are also needed to help set up and serve breakfast. Other sites are St. Andrew’s and St. Augustine’s Church. Call any of these churches for more.

Everyone enjoys the Minnesingers, so we can all appreciate the fact that their parents are holding a fundraiser. The Dance Party will be at Lola’s, with the Boogies and 1970s dance music on Thursday, Oct 5, at 7 pm. It does sound like fun. Tickets are $50 for fabulous food with a silent auction and cash bar. Tickets at 508-821-0266 or ticketsmv.com/boogies.

You may not know that there are some expenses for the Minnesingers not funded by the school. The kids need costumes, dance shoes, transportation, additional music, and music binders. The parents also raise funds for scholarships for graduating seniors and for those who may not be able to afford the costs. So now you can help while also enjoying an evening of dancing.

By Thursday our sunny weather may be over, but it certainly looked as if everyone was enjoying the beach as well as the good weather. Fall is certainly our time to enjoy the Island.

Usually I don’t get the date in time to tell you. But this week’s Tisbury Vision Forum has been postponed to Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 6 pm in the Cornell Theater. Many different issues of importance to our town will be discussed. It is in your best interest to know what ideas are being considered to change or improve our town.

Mark your calendar for the family Oktoberfest from noon to 3 pm on Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Baptist Church on Spring Street. Along with an oompah band, enjoy sausage, hot dogs, sauerkraut, root beer floats, and pretzels. Also choose from the bake table or white elephant display, games, and prizes. More info at 508-693-1539.

Happy anniversary today to Joe and Susan Canha, and to Sofya and Sandy Nadelstein. Congratulations to Jane and Chris Chandler on Monday.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Tristan Israel. Wish the best on Saturday to Julie Immelt Whelden. Monday belongs to Nore Clark. Mya Houston celebrates her birthday on Wednesday.

Heard on Main Street: Duct tape is just like the Force; it has a light side and a dark side, and it holds the universe together.