Tisbury: Missing Trina Kingsbury


Heard on Main Street: Life may not be fair, but it’s still good.

Have you noticed the lights up on the hill? As you come into town over the drawbridge in the evening, the bright lights of the future home of the Martha’s Vineyard Museum shine like a beacon. I was told the wiring is not yet completed, so interior lights need to be on at night in case of a problem. That ends when the work is done, when an emergency responder could simply flip a switch. Until the wiring is complete, the inside lights must be on. The museum workers should be in soon. The new museum will be open to the public on Dec. 15.

I will miss Trina Kingsbury. I first met her years ago when she was The MV Times town columnist for Gay Head. Together we went through a variety of editors. Trina never hesitated to begin to train the new editor, especially the one who wanted to change everything. In those days we’d meet occasionally as a group in the newspaper office. She was never late, just managed to arrive at the very last minute, and always livened up the meeting. Trina and I spent much of our time together on the phone. She would call for no reason and talk about whatever, which was always a delight. She became a good friend. I miss her and continue to treasure the few pieces I have of her art.

Don’t forget the 5K Run/Walk to the Chop and Fun Run to benefit the Vineyard Haven library on Sunday, Sept. 16. Run or walk out to the lighthouse and back, starting at 10 am, Fun Run for kids at 9:45 am. Registration begins at 8:30 am. Registration forms are at the library or online.

The V.H. Library Book Club meets at 1:30 pm on Thursday, Sept. 20, to discuss “Oryx and Crake” by Margaret Atwood. Anyone can join in.

I hope I remember to go to this: Dr. Andrew Budson will speak about “Managing Your Memory” at the Vineyard Haven library next Thursday, Sept. 20, at 7 pm. He will explain how individuals can distinguish changes in memory due to Alzheimer’s versus normal aging. Also he will discuss how vitamins, diets, and exercise regimes can help, and suggest strategies and memory aids to use, in seven simple steps. Copies of Dr. Budson’s book, “Seven Steps to Managing Your Memory: What’s Normal, What’s Not, and What to Do About It,” will be available at the talk. Maybe the library should get a copy.

A delightful exhibit is on display downstairs at our library through September. Jack Ryan’s pen and ink drawings are all NYC landmarks, but there is not a straight line in any. His technique consists of building up series of points into an image. Born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., Ryan studied at the High School of Art & Design in Manhattan and the Pratt Institute. His day job is at the West Tisbury Post Office. (His wife Lauren works at the Oak Bluffs P.O.) I think these drawings are wonderful. You should go out of your way to see these.

Remember, Prof. Phil Weinstein’s six-part workshop on Proust begins at the Cornell Theater on Sept. 26. Sign up at the library or online at vhlibrary.org.

Bow Van Riper, research librarian at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, has used photos from their collection to show and tell the history of Edgartown from the time of whaling in 1820 to the filming of “Jaws” in 1975. Learn more about his new book, “Edgartown,” on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 5:30 pm at the Oak Bluffs library.

The museum will need volunteers and docents in its new home in our town. Learn more at the Morgan Center next Thursday, Sept. 20, and sign up from 10 to 11 am or 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Or call Theresa at 508-627-4441, ext. 117. The Morgan Center is at 110 Main Street, a.k.a. the old DAR museum.

Did you know prostate cancer is on the rise? A free program and screening is offered for any man over 20 at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. This is also sponsored by the AdMeTech Foundation and the MV NAACP, on Saturday, Sept. 15. Meet in the hospital lobby at 1 pm.

Congratulations to Doris and Jerome Clark on Monday. Happy anniversary on Wednesday to Louisa Gould and J.B. Lamont.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Clara Rabbitt today. Wish the best tomorrow to Joyce Stiles Tucker. Happy birthday to a great son-in-law, Kevin Olson, on Saturday. Best wishes on Sunday go to Stephen Hammond and Donald Mayhew. To avoid a possible fire, I promise not to put all 87 candles on Donald’s cake. Monday belongs to Samantha Valley. Hilda Illingworth will party on Tuesday. Barbara Maciel celebrates on Wednesday.

Heard on Main Street: He who laughs last just didn’t get it.