Tisbury: Our summer friends

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Heard on Main Street: Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

Tisbury is mourning the loss of one of our own. Fred Thifault died Thursday. He served in two different branches of the military and in two different wars. He was active in the American Legion, and the last surviving member of the Legion Pumper. Our sympathies go to his wife Priscilla, his 10 children, and his many grandchildren. A memorial Mass will be celebrated in St. Augustine’s Church on Tuesday, May 21, at 11 am. Donations in his memory may be made to the American Legion, P.O. Box 257; M.V. Cancer Support Group, P.O. Box 2214; or to the Good Shepherd Parish, P.O. Box 1058, all in Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.

I had a lovely surprise last week. A friend called with the news that it was Tulip Tuesday and arrived with a lovely bunch of beautiful tulips. I enjoyed the visit very much, and the tulips have been reminding me all week how nice it is to have a friend like that. And a thank you to Morrice Florist for Tulip Tuesdays.

Next Monday, May 20, from 1 to 3 pm is Part Three of “Researching Your Family History.” This time the topic is Using the Census for Genealogical Research, and it will be at the Vineyard Haven library. I can assure you this instructor knows what he is talking about. Dr. David Martin of the Cape Cod Genealogical Society has been doing research for years, and can help you learn how to do it properly. This course is free to you, thanks to the Martha’s Vineyard Library Association. Registration is required; you can check with our library.

The showing of Oscar-nominated films continues at the library on Tuesday, May 21, with “Vice.” This darkly comic look behind the scenes of American politics tells how Washington insider Dick Cheney quietly became the most powerful man in the world. Popcorn will be served.

An exhibit of art quilts from Haiti is on display on the lower level of the library, through the end of May. PeaceQuilts is nonprofit and supports independent, self-managed sewing cooperatives in Haiti. The women produce one-of-a-kind art quilts, as well as a collection of other products reflecting Haiti’s rich artistic heritage. This is an opportunity for Haitian women to build their own businesses and earn a living wage. For more, see haitipeacequilts.org.

It is so good to see our summer friends arriving back on the Island. They cannot know how much we miss them while they are wintering in the sun. Well, we miss the sun, too. This year we would have been happy to welcome both our friends and the sunshine a little earlier.

My daughter called on Mother’s Day to talk about all the snow that was falling in Colorado. Fortunately for her, this time of year the sun comes out and warms the world up to 70°. I remember my first visit to Colorado, when it snowed just enough to cover everything in sight. She told me not to scrape the snow off the car, just drive a block, and, as she said, it all blew off. That powdery snow was like nothing I had ever seen before.

Next Sunday, May 19, Phil Wallis will be at the Federated Church parish hall after the service. At 10:30 he will tell you more about the activities of the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. Coffee and such will be provided.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Jill Walsh today. On Sunday, our son Craig celebrates his birthday, probably with a cake made by his youngest daughter, who is quite an accomplished cake maker. Next Monday, happy birthday greetings go to Mary Cressy and Maura Ziemian. Wish the best to Elaine Ciancio on Wednesday.

Heard on Main Street: Perhaps it should not be called May, but May-be.