West Tisbury: Warmer every week


After a beautiful, warmer-every-day week, it ended in heavy rain and back to turtlenecks and sweaters. Still, everywhere I look the landscape appears greener. There are some leaves already, on autumn olives and the wild rose bushes twining through the shrubbery around Mill Pond. I realized that my daffodils usually bloom the first week in April; this year it was the last week, but they are finally full of flowers, enough for big bouquets all around our house, and lots I have given away. There are still plenty, and I look forward to the Sir Winston Churchill, a late bloomer with fragrant double flowers. They are budded up and showing color, ready to open this week if we get a sunny, warm day or two.

There was a group of friends who used to take a daffodil tour of the island every spring. I wonder if they still do? Anne Luedeman died a couple of years ago. Gail Stiller was one of the group. Not sure who else was, but I will ask Gail next time I see her. Funny how that tour just came to mind.

Tom Thatcher’s on South Road, just before the town line into Chilmark, had one of the stellar patches in town. Don’t know who lives in that house now, but the daffodils remain, and are still lovely and very visible when I’m driving by.

Marian Irving has spectacular daffodils along the Old County Road in front of her house. They are an unusual variety, with creamy petals and warm orange cups, smallish and delicate. The other places I think of every year are Cathy Stevenson’s hillside, covered in every variety one can imagine, and Leslie Baker’s bright yellow daffodils in front of the long stone wall that borders her meadow. They are usually the earliest, because of the warmth from that wall. Margaret Logue has a whole field for all to see if you look to the right of the cemetery fence. Ruth Kirchmeier has a varied planting in a bed that borders the east side of her lawn. After the daffodils are gone, that garden is filled with daylilies, Russian sage, asters, and late chrysanthemums that don’t bloom until October. Ruth said she just started that bed to do something with thinnings from her much more structured perennial garden, but it looks pretty and well-planned.

I apologize to the Banfield and Branch family. I misspelled Keiley Banfield’s name in last week’s column. I am so sorry.

Soo Whiting has set a date for a memorial get-together for her husband, Flip Harrington. It will be on June 16 at 11 am, down at their Quenames farmhouse. Start planning ahead — it will be a potluck. I’ll remind everyone closer to the date.

Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden are heading to California. Their book, “How to Read Nancy,” has been nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Comics-Related Book at the 2018 Comic-Con International award ceremony in San Diego. Fingers crossed. Paul also has a cartoon in the latest issue of Martha’s Vineyard Magazine.

Saturday, May 12, is the date for the annual MV Mini Maker Faire. The organizers are still looking for anyone who makes something interesting that they would be willing to show and tell the rest of us about. There was a wonderful article in The MV Times about Anna-Marie D’Addarie’s t shirt weavings on Hula-Hoops. Michael Craughwell will be there demonstrating his Kartoffelkrieg game, and Sam Bryant will exhibit his Fire Tower game that I wrote about in The Times. Learn flint kmvmakerfaire.comnapping, and how to make kombucha. I was interested to read that makers faires are a worldwide network that began in 2006 in the San Francisco Bay area. Take a look at the website for more information about who will be exhibiting and application forms: mvmakerfaire.com.

Two events, both free and open to the public, are scheduled for next Tuesday, May 8. Saskia Vanderhoop of Sassafras Earth Education will speak at the Howes House UICOA at 2 pm. Her topic, “Introduction to Study of Bird Language,” will include a guided “bird sit” in the garden following the program. At 7 pm, the Dukes County Soil Conservation District has invited two experts from UMass to speak about the impact of climate change on the interaction between invasive species and native communities. The program will be held at the Ag Hall. Co-sponsors are the Agricultural Society, Polly Hill Arboretum, and Island Grown Initiative.

At the West Tisbury Library:

Thursday, May 3, 11 am to 1 pm, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners will hold their May meeting at our library. All are welcome to attend.

Friday, May 4, 10:30 am, the first of four sessions on Fridays through May, “Herbs for Wellness,” by Jennie Isbell Shinn. Sign-up is required, as is a commitment to attend all four sessions.

Saturday, May 5, 3:30 to 5 pm, an artist’s reception for Genevieve Jacobs. “Spring Is for the Birds,” her collection of collages and paintings, will be on exhibit through May.

Monday, May 7, 11:30 am, Kanta Lipsky’s Balance Workshop will meet. At 6 pm, Kyleen Keenan of Not Your Sugar Mamas will talk about the benefits of a plant-based diet, both for our health and the health of our planet. At 7:30 pm, Writers Read will meet, featuring short original fiction or nonfiction prose presented in eight-minute segments. Call 508-693-4307 to sign up for an appointed time, or just come along on Monday evening. Writers and listeners are welcome.

Wednesday, May 9, 11 am, Ed Merck and Ty Romjin will hold the first session of “Unity Consciousness Series.” Practice meditation, tai chi, yoga, and chi kung. Participants must sign up and commit to all sessions, Wednesdays through June 20.

Marsha Winsryg has devoted herself to helping women and children in Africa become independent, educated, and healthy, and to bring their crafts to our attention and appreciation. Her latest project is Zambezi Dolls. Twelve women began the cooperative in 2010. They now own and operate their own business. Take a look at the website: aacdpafrica.org to see samples of the dolls, boys and girls, sewn, embroidered, and dressed in wonderful costumes.