West Tisbury: That season


Spring has always been my favorite season. I love the subtle changes of color, of trees and shrubbery slowly greening, of daily walks finding what new things have appeared, of pinkletinks and bird song. I love finding plants I have forgotten about, the particular magic of spring bulbs that spread far and wide from where they were planted in ever-thickening clumps.

I am terribly sad to report the passing of Ted Morgan. He was one of the people I met early on after my move to the Vineyard, someone it was always a pleasure to see over these many years. I often ran into Ted at the Plane View, sitting at a table with a group of Edgartown friends, but my enduring image of Ted is of him walking along Main Street, Edgartown, holding the hand of his then young grandson, Dylan, almost 40 years ago. My condolences to his dear family and to so many who will miss him.

Thinking of Ted is thinking of politics. It’s “that season” on the Vineyard, with town meetings and elections in every town. If you are reading this before 8 pm on Thursday, don’t forget to go to the Public Safety Building and vote.

There will be a Palm Sunday service at the Congregational Church of West Tisbury on Sunday morning at 10 am. Next week, as we approach Easter, there will be a special Tenebrae service on Thursday evening, April 18, at 7:30 pm.

Hard to believe it’s already almost Easter. Easter and Passover coincide this year, falling on the same weekend. The first seder will be Friday evening, also Good Friday.

Besides the holidays, the other true sign of spring is the opening of the garden centers around town. All are full of new plants, with signs on the road inviting plant- and dirt-starved gardeners in to see what’s new. I still have snowdrops in my planter on the porch, but should start thinking about replacing them with pansies pretty soon. What color will I choose this year?

It’s also school vacation week. The library will be closed on Monday for Patriot’s Day, but Tuesday through Friday, there will be a soup and bread lunch at the library from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm. Movies for families and teens will begin at 1 pm. Craft materials will be set out every day in the Children’s Room.

Other library events:

Thursday, April 11, 5:30 pm, Martha’s Vineyard Youth Task Force will present a program by Dr. Martha Straus, who will advise parents how to be less reactive and more compassionate toward their teenagers.

Saturday, April 13, 3:30 pm, a MVCMS Spring Concert will feature Boston-based cello quartet Holes in the Floor.

Sunday, April 14, 3:30 pm, the last Second Sunday Jazz Concert of the season, with Jeremy Berlin, Eric Johnson, and Shelagh Hackett.

Tuesday, April 16, 10:30 am, Laura Jordan’s Little Bird music class.

Wednesday, April 17, 4 pm, Lynn Thorp’s sign-language learning and practice circle. At 4:30 pm, Andrea Rogers will present her new book, “My Granma’s Pearl-Handled Dagger.”

I am waking to the sounds of bird songs and the wind chimes on our porch. The windows are open, letting soft air into the house that has been more closed up all winter. I have started looking into the closet for my linen shirts, ironed and ready for warming spring days.