West Tisbury: Easter egg hunts


It’s been another week of weather, from warm sunny spring to a gently falling snow. I am so grateful to live in New England; it’s never boring.

Easter morning couldn’t have been more beautiful. The predicted rain never came, although some Easter egg hunts were moved inside as a prudent measure, and by the afternoon it was all sunshine and perfection.

I started my morning off at Candy and Dennis daRosa’s, where they had decorated and laid out an egg hunt for their granddaughter, Iyla Bohan. We were welcomed on the back porch by a huge flowerpot that held a tree branch hung with eggs decorated in all colors, surrounded by blooming pansies and bulbs. The egg hunt was laid out in the living room and dining room, where Iyla got the idea pretty quickly, although we all offered a few hints. Iyla is, after all, only 19 months old. Her eggs were filled with packages of seeds to plant, some tiny toys, and lots of barrettes. Highlighting the morning was Candy’s gift to Iyla of the doll carriage that had been Stephanie’s, totally repainted and refurbished, with a new doll in residence. The assembled doting adults included Iyla’s parents, Stephanie daRosa and James Bohan, and Aunt Blue Cullen and Uncle Kurt Freund.

Everyone bundled up for a walk, while I left to get to the West Tisbury Fire Station No. 1 for our annual egg hunt. I was late, but there were still some families around. It is fun to see the children growing bigger every year, learning about their developing interests, realizing that the newest ones are children of parents who were children themselves not so long ago. I got to meet Steve and Emily Serusa’s 9-month old, Hazel, who was inspecting a fire truck in her father’s arms, both her grandmothers in attendance. Our across-the-street neighbors were there, Doreen Rezendes with grandson Nate, who is an avid fire equipment enthusiast. My husband gave Nate a lift up into the truck for inspection. Nate’s parents, Dana and Laurie, were there with Laurie’s mom. Baby Megan was home with grandpa.

Then on to the Ag Hall, where the after-church egg hunt was past, too. I guess I can’t get to everything, but I try.

My reporting duties over, I went for a walk with Mike and our golden, Nanuk. It’s odd that my memory of the day was so sunny and pleasant, but as I’m writing this, I remember commenting to Mike that I was glad to have had gloves and a hat stuck in my pocket. We also shortened our walk to keep Nan out of the water.

Still, it was beautiful, a landscape I love and have painted many times. Trees shaped by the wind, large areas of color one against the other, brushy shrubbery and waving grasses, spits of sand either washed over completely or appearing in changing curves as the tide lowers. I had seen that same place in a painting hanging in the daRosas’ kitchen, one I had painted years ago on a green summer afternoon. I seem to have reached that age when everything has memories.

A happy memory of poet and former library staffer Jennifer Tseng, walking with her daughter, Xing, when they lived in town. Jennifer, Maceo Senna, Xing, and Maceo’s mom, Fanny Howe, are all excitedly planning to move back to the Island after their past few years in Brookline. They are looking for a place to live. Here are their requirements: West Tisbury is preferred, but other towns also considered; two bedrooms, cat-friendly, ideally year-round, and available Sept. 1.

A reminder that our annual town meeting will be held at the West Tisbury School next Tuesday, April 10. There will be free childcare available in the school’s music room, beginning at 6:45 pm. Crafts, snacks, books, “and fun,” stressed library director Beth Kramer. Teachers from the West Tisbury School and the Charter School, and West Tisbury sixth- to eighth-grade honor students will be on hand. They will be available on Wednesday night, too, in case the meeting is carried over for a second night. Principal Donna Lowell-Bettencourt and the West Tisbury Library Foundation came up with the idea, and are sponsoring the service.

The Spring Egg Hunt at the West Tisbury library on Saturday morning was well-attended, over 100 children, according to library director Beth Kramer. She said it took the staff over an hour to hide all the eggs, and less than 10 minutes for them all to be collected. Lots of fun and excitement.

At the library this week:

Thursday, April 5, 4 pm, Emily LaPierre will lead a program, “Gentle Yoga and Discussion for Traumatic Brain Injury Survivors and Caregivers.” Sign-up required at library. 508 693-3366.

Friday, April 6, 6:30 pm, Emily LaPierre will lead “Glow Yoga For Tweens,” ages 9-12. Sign-up required.

Saturday, April 7, 10:30 am-12:30 pm, Lego Club for all age groups. From 4-5, a reception for photographer Lanny McDowell, April’s Artist of the Month.

Sunday, April 8, 1 pm, Melissa Clay and Jennie Isbel Shinn will lead a “DIY Wellness Workshop.” Learn strategies for relieving lower back pain. At 3:30 pm, come to the last Second Sunday Jazz Concert of the season, with Jeremy Berlin, Eric Johnson, and Rose Guerin.

Monday, April 9, Kanta Lipsky’s Balance Workshop at 11:30 am. At 7 pm, the monthly Writers Read will meet. Please call 508-693-4307 for a time slot. Listeners welcome, too.

Tuesday, April 10, 9:30 am, the Howes House Discussion Group will present a screening and discussion of the film “One Big Home,” with director Thomas Bena, in the program room at the library.

Thursday, April 12, 5 pm, Dan Cabot will read from his new book of poems and essays, “Stuff My Grampa Wrote.” He wanted his grandchildren to know what he has written over his years as a writer and teacher. The book is not a collection of stories for children.

A project will begin soon to remove and replace six sickly Norway maple trees, an invasive species, between the library/Howes House and the Field Gallery. With guidance and collaboration from Polly Hill Arboretum, they will be replaced with a grove of New England maples, ‘Accolade’ cherry trees, and a tulip tree, underplanted with rhododendrons and other shrubs to provide screening. I just looked up the ‘Accolade’ cherry online; it will be covered with pink blossoms every spring. All the trees will provide fall color and shade. The project will take about a month to complete. It has been completely funded by private donations and grants.

Carolyn Eddy wants to invite the public to “Meditations of Peace” at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital Chapel this Saturday, April 7, at 4 pm. Sponsored by the Interfaith Community of Martha’s Vineyard, the program will include music, prayer, poetry, a Hindu kirtan, and a healing journey. For more information, call 508-696-1839.

Snow is still falling. It’s supposed to stop early afternoon, but I could be happy watching it for the rest of the day. In our sunroom window is a blooming amaryllis with large coral-pink flowers. It’s spectacular, especially framed by white-painted window trim, subtle grays of winter woods in the background, and snowflakes collecting on the lawn and flat branches. Nelson, our orange cat, just jumped up on the table and settled into an artful pose beside the amaryllis. A painting arranged by serendipity, just like that.