West Tisbury: Tea time is over


Driving home from Joanne Scott’s last tea party of the season, I saw the first daffodils in front of the old police station. I had to drive back into town to see if there were any blooming at Howes House. There weren’t, but it reminded me of all the years there were always daffodils blooming in front of the Howes House on April 1. Of course they were plastic, George Manter’s April Fool’s joke to the town, “planted” during the dark of night. It makes me smile to think of Chief Manter and the way West Tisbury was all those years ago.

Joanne’s granddaughter, Bianca Stafford, was a co-hostess for her gram’s tea party. She was dressed in blue silk and pink tulle, a bright contrast to us staid, gray-and-black-dressed ladies. She brought her own tea set to show us. Joanne couldn’t decide which of two cake recipes to bake, so she made both — lemon pound cake and chocolate chip cake — two of her best recipes. It was a grand ending to our winter tea parties.

Don’t forget town meeting next Tuesday, April 9, and to vote on Thursday, April 11.

Among the topics of conversation was the upcoming potluck this Saturday evening for the Fischer family after the barn fire at Flat Point Farm. The potluck begins at 5:30 at the Ag Hall. Everyone is asked to bring their own place settings, as well as a main dish, salad, vegetable, or dessert to share. There will be a $25 per person entry donation at the door.

Nancy Cramer mentioned that she will be singing in the Island Community Chorus concert that night, April 6, at 7:30 pm. There will be two performances at the Old Whaling Church; the second will be Sunday afternoon, April 7, at 3 pm. The concerts will feature a premiere performance of “In Heaven, Hereafter,” written by Thomas LaVoy in honor of Nancy Luce. Molly Conole will be the soloist.

Kanta Lipsky has just returned from Ocala, Fla., where she stayed with seven friends from her high school years. They met at the airport in Tampa and drove together down to tour through horse country. They stayed at a farm owned by the daughter of one of the classmates, and Kanta said she learned more about horses and horse breeding than she ever imagined.

There will be a Health Fair this Saturday, April 6, at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital from 8 am to noon. Information, demonstrations, and screenings on a variety of subjects will be presented by Island health and human service providers.

A notice from the Island Women’s Symposium that their spring session is planned for April 27 at the Chilmark Community Center. The topic will be “Wildlife.”

At the West Tisbury library:

Friday, April 5, 3:30 pm, Emily LaPierre will lead a yoga class for tweens and teens, ages 9 to 17. Sign-up is required. At 5:15 pm, the Women’s Committee of We Stand Together/Estamo Todos Juntos feminist book club will meet. The current book is “So You Want to Talk About Race,” by Ijeoma Oluo.

Saturday, April 6, 11 am, Hugh Phear will lead a Chain Reaction Building Activity for kids ages 8 and up. At 2 pm, there will be a reception for Martha’s Vineyard poet laureate Jill Jupen.

Sunday, April 7, 3:30 pm, West Tisbury poet laureate Spencer Thurlow will host the Spring Community Poetry Reading. Bring a poem of your own to read, or bring one of your favorites by another poet. Or just come to listen.

Monday, April 8, 11:30 am, Kanta Lipsky will lead her Balance Workshop. At 7 pm, Writers Read will meet. Fiction or nonfiction writers are invited to read their work in eight-minute segments.

Tuesday, April 9, 10:30 am, the Adult Community Dance Class with the Yard will meet. Also at 10:30, Laura Jordan will lead a Little Bird music class for children. Public health nurse Lila Fischer will be at the library at 12:30 pm for a free Wellness Clinic.

Wednesday, April 10, 4 pm, Lynn Thorpe will lead a Sign Language learning and practice circle. At 4:30 pm, Felix Neck naturalist Liz Dengenis will speak about becoming a citizen science volunteer.

Our elderly golden, Nanuk, has taken to tottering across the Edgartown Road to the firehouse, searching for Mike or just looking for adventure. Naturally, this has been of great concern to us. All of our dogs since at least 20 years ago have had collars for an electric fence, but after awhile they tend to respect the fence even without the collar. All this is setting the stage for Mike heading out one afternoon last weekend to string orange plastic tape through a series of low posts around the boundary of the electric fence, a visual reminder for Nan, and a visual blight for anyone wanting to look out at her woods and see the untouched natural landscape. I get why it needs to be there, but can’t help feeling that our yard looks like a bomb site instead of the bucolic rural scene I love.