West Tisbury: Whether the storm


After ominous weather reports and a day spent in preparation, Saturday’s nor’easter turned out to be not much of a storm. There was wind and rain, we lost our power for momentary blips, but certainly nothing like what was predicted. I haven’t been out yet to look at the beach. Maybe there was significant erosion. But here in my woods, all appears to be as it was.

I will admit to enjoying a good storm. I like getting ready for whatever might come along, for having easy-to-reheat food, water in the bathtub and in our biggest pots, plenty of candles and firewood. Our house is naturally bright during the day, and I had a thick book to read. Surprisingly, I had Saturday’s New York Times, too. I didn’t expect papers to be delivered.

With no loss of electricity, I was able to catch news on TV, the horrible news about a gunman killing and injuring worshipers and responding police at a synagogue in Pennsylvania. Updates about the Florida man who was arrested the day before for sending bombs to former presidents and government officials. Someone shooting people in a grocery store. It feels like our whole world is going crazy, much worse than a bit of a breeze and rain. Later in the day there was an email from Rabbi Broitman that there will be a special service at the Hebrew Center this Friday evening to discuss the Pennsylvania shooting.

By the end of the day, I had finished my book and was ready for dinner and baseball. Haven’t the World Series games been fantastic? Neither Mike nor I made it through the whole 18 innings on Friday night and well into Saturday morning, but Saturday night’s game was won by the Red Sox in a quick nine innings, and we got to bed at a reasonable hour.

The after-storm sky was beautiful when I went out Sunday afternoon. Above the treeline by Whiting’s fields and the cemetery, clouds were stacked like pancakes, thickly puffed, blue-gray and white. Bits of bright sky edged and peeked through.

Various Charter School scarecrows lined the State Road from Alley’s to Cronig’s. I will have to go out to look carefully at all of them again tomorrow. Hope the weather will be good for trick-or-treating Wednesday evening, for the library’s party and hayrides, for the town’s party later at the Ag Hall.

The other thing I noticed were all the political signs along the State Road. Along Old County and the Edgartown–West Tisbury Road, too. A reminder to remember to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at the Public Safety Building. Polls will be open from 7 am to 8 pm.

The sign for the annual Barn Raisers Ball is up, too, an invitation to dance and party this Saturday evening, Nov. 3, at the Ag Hall from 7:30 to 10 pm. Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish will provide the dance music, and everyone attending is asked to bring their dancing shoes and a dessert to share.

Joanne Scott just returned from Dorchester, where she attended the first birthday party for her grandson, Cameron Bent. He is a big, smiling boy, well-hugged and kissed by his big sister, Olivia, and his adoring “Gram.” Ask to see pictures if you run into Joanne.

Eileen Maley has written a book, “No Fixed Address,” that tells the story of her decision to leave Canada in 1971 and sail to Australia. She met Tim Maley on that boat. Her book tells the story of their travels through the South Pacific, Southeast Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean, eventually landing in West Tisbury, where she and Tim have lived ever since. Eileen will be telling her tale at the West Tisbury library on Nov. 8 at 4:30 pm.

There are two training sessions scheduled for interested volunteers to staff Houses of Grace/Island Homeless Shelter this winter. The first is Monday, Nov. 5, 7 pm, at Saint Andrew’s Church in Edgartown. The second will be Wednesday, Dec. 5, 7 pm, at Good Shepherd Parish in Oak Bluffs.

The monthly Neighborhood Convention meeting is Tuesday, Nov. 6, 11 am, at the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center. Rabbi Brian Walt, who grew up in South Africa, will speak about “Racism in South Africa and the United States.” Attendees are asked to respect kosher dietary laws and bring a vegetarian lunch. No meat or shellfish, please.

At the West Tisbury library this week:

Thursday, Nov. 1, 3:30 pm, UMass Rural Scholars will present “Advance Care Planning on Martha’s Vineyard,” a report and recommendations from a two-week study on the island.

Friday, Nov. 2, 3:30 pm, the monthly meeting of Dumbledore’s Army.

Saturday, Nov. 3, 3:30 to 5 pm, a reception for artists Valentine Estabrook and Anne-Marie Eddy.

Monday, Nov. 5, 11:30 am, Kanta Lipsky’s Balance workshop. At 4 pm, “Science Is Everywhere” kickoff with speakers from Felix Neck and the Polly Hill Arboretum. At 7 pm, “Avian Improv,” a collaboration between photographer Lanny McDowell and pianist David Stanwood.

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 10:30 am, Adult Community Dance Class with the Yard. At 3:30 pm, an environmental film, “Divide in Concord,” with discussion by Moira Silva and Annemarie Ralph.

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 10:30 am, “Memoir Writing Workshop,” the first of four sessions. Sign-up required for all four. At 5 pm, beginner guitar lessons for teens and adults.

The library is planning a Community Photography Show for the month of December. Professional and amateur photographers are welcome. If you are interested in participating, please submit your photographs by Nov. 15.

By the time I have finished writing, the Red Sox have won the World Series, beating the Dodgers 5-1 in Game 5. I had hoped for two more games in Boston, but can’t really complain about a great series and a great win. Now, till spring training and April.

Don’t forget to turn back your clock Saturday night.