West Tisbury: Subtle spring


Swans and mist on the Mill Pond, the sound of pinkletinks singing. Plowed fields ready for planting or still green with winter rye. Daffodils everywhere. The pear trees in the cemetery and early magnolias are ready to burst. Although we are accustomed to a slow warmup, and people joke about us having no spring, to me it is the most beautiful because of its subtlety. We are New Englanders, after all, quiet and steady, like our Island spring.

My heart is full of sadness as I announce the passing of Angie Waldron Madison, who died Saturday night. Angie was a West Tisbury girl, raised in the red Cape across from Alley’s, riding at Pond View with a group of friends who became lifelong. She was a wife and ex-wife, a mom, a grandmother, a daughter, a sister, a sparkling thread in the tapestry that is our town and our Island, much loved.

On the bright side, Mike and I have finished our taxes for another year. The new tax laws and forms were a little confusing, mostly because of them being different from what we were accustomed to. I urge everyone to do their own taxes to learn how our laws really work and affect us. It is something to watch your gross income be whittled down as you take one standard deduction after another. I grew up in the generation that believed in civic responsibility, and remember feeling such pride when I finally earned enough to pay taxes. Not always pleasant to write the check over these many years, nice to find we owed nothing some years or even got refunds, rare as that was. Mike is not as sanguine as I about taxes. I do wish we had more say about how our tax money is spent. Well, it’s done.

I also have to thank Tony Cordray for the delicious eggs I had for breakfast. Out on my porch. It’s finally warm enough to feel pleasant having breakfast outside. We are heading into Easter weekend. There will be a special service tonight, Thursday, if you are reading this column in time. The Tenebrae service will be held at the church and will begin at 7:30 pm. The two services Easter morning are a traditional service at the church that will begin at 9 am. At 11 am, there will be a family service at the Ag Hall, with an egg hunt to follow.

The end of school vacation week is nearing, but there are still special events at the library to be enjoyed. A family craft is set out in the children’s room during the day, with a tween/teen craft set out in the young adult room. Lunch at the library is served from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm in the program room. At 1 pm, the program room is darkened for a family movie, and another movie will be shown in the young adult room. Popcorn is free, as are crafts, lunch, and movies. Enjoy. Other events at the library: Saturday, April 20, the annual Spring Egg Hunt will begin at 10 am sharp, rain or shine. Bring your own basket. After the hunt, there will be a tissue-paper egg craft set out in the children’s room. An artist’s reception for Donna Straw will be held from 3:30 to 5 pm. Come to meet her and see her new paintings in the program room. The library will be closed on Easter Sunday. Monday, April 22, 11:30 am, Kanta Lipsky’s Balance Class. At 4:30 pm, “End Game,” a documentary film about life and death, will be shown, with a panel discussion to follow. Panelists will be Heather Massey, Jill De La Hunt, Chantal Patterson, Dr. Lisa Viera, and Paddy Moore. WMVY’s Dave Kish will show a jazz film and lead a discussion at 7 pm. Tuesday, April 23, two events at 10:30 am: The Adult Dance Class with the Yard will meet in the program room. Laura Jordan’s Little Bird Music Class will meet in the children’s room.

In a nod to the Gazette’s garden columnist, Lynne Irons, I am ending this column with a political comment. I have been watching South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and am so impressed with him. He is smart, sensible, well-spoken. He doesn’t want to blow everything up. He has practical policy ideas, and a thoughtful demeanor. Having observed and listened to the millenials in my life, I think they are an amazing group, and I feel optimistic to give them their chance to lead our country. Listen to this young man and decide what you think.