West Tisbury: Dogwood days


The opening has finally been cut at Quansoo and into the Great Pond, so there is lovely beach to walk on with Nanuk in the morning. Everything is so green — beautiful to look at, although a lot of it is poison ivy. The ticks seem to have died down for now; Nan hasn’t picked up any lately. As a caveat, our cats seem to be bringing ticks in from the yard and woods around our house, so do continue to check yourself and your pets.

We are in a dry spell, and I will admit having been spoiled by the regular rain for the garden. We were talking last evening on Alley’s porch about the kousa dogwoods that are flowering in such abundance now. You can see the allée at Polly Hill’s from the road. We have several in our yard, all long-ago gifts from friends that have grown into substantial specimens, branches now encased in creamy waterfalls of flowers. They seem to reseed easily, so now I have lots of tiny seedlings to give away, as my friends did those many years ago. I think about moving some to plant along our driveway, a rather pedestrian interpretation of the Arboretum’s stately and elegant allée. It hasn’t happened yet, and the seedlings continue to grow where they have fallen. I should probably do something before they disappear when my husband is seized with a desire to neaten up the yard.

By the way, last week’s column certainly sparked stories and amusement. I think it was the first time anyone has commented online about one of my columns. I got emails, too, and plenty of face-to-face conversations around town. Thank you, one and all.

A notable thank-you should go to our West Tisbury firemen and first responders. There have been so many accidents and so many fire alarms lately. Mike seems to be running for the door constantly and at all hours. Thankfully, “cooking error” is the frequent description of those fire alarms, but the guys always have to respond when their pagers go off. From work during the day, from dinner or from bed at night.

I suspect that the Police Department has similar calls, so thanks to all of you, as well. It’s just that I live with a fireman, so know what they are doing.

An apology regarding last week’s column. I mentioned the free IGI lunches at the library on Tuesdays and Fridays. Friends who asked to remain nameless told me they went up last Friday for lunch, and found out that they start this week. So noted.

The library is so busy, always full of people, the heart and center of West Tisbury. Besides the biweekly lunches, there are Monday Night Movies, Kanta Lipsky’s Monday mornings year-round balance class, Mac help on Tuesdays and Fridays, story hours and crafts on Saturdays, books, movies, magazines, and newspapers.

Best news of all: New mysteries have been returned to their proper floor. They are upstairs once again.

This week’s programs at the library:

Thursday, July 11, 10:30 am, preschool story time with special guest reader Maggy Bruzelius and her new book, “Look at This Tree! What Do You see?” 11:30 am, Lisa Gross GST workshop. Bring your yoga mat. Signup is required. 4 pm, Timo Elliott will lead a podcast workshop. Learn how to start your own podcast on your smartphone.

Friday, July 12, 10 am to noon, Mac pro Paul Levy will be available to answer questions and help with problems on your Mac. 10:30 am, Robotics Workshop for kids 8 to 12. Signup required. Free IGI Community Lunch from noon to 1 pm. At 3:30 pm, Coding Workshop for kids 8 to 12. Signup required.

Saturday, July 13, 1 pm, book talk, “Salt in My Soul: An Unfinished Life, The Memoir of Mallory Smith.” 3:30 pm, Daniel Aaron presentation, “Spiritual Entrepreneurship: Contributing, Earning, Thriving.”

Sunday, July 14, 3 pm, “The World of Troubadours and Trobairitz IX,” a performance featuring 12th and 13th century poems read in English and sung in Occitan, their original medieval language.

Monday, July 15, 11:30 am, Kanta Lipsky’s Balance Class. 5 pm, a reception for “Self-Portrait,” a group show by Island artists. 6:30 pm, free movies for families and teens. Free popcorn. 7 pm, “Let Go Your Mind,” a program for kids 8 to 12 years old. Learn how to make a motorized top spinner with Legos. Signup required.

Tuesday, July 16, 10:30 am, “Learn About Birds,” a program for all ages led by Felix Neck’s Ryan Ofsthun. Look at field guides, specimens, and identify different species. 3 pm, Little Bird Music Class with Laura Jordan.

Wednesday, July 17, 4:30 pm, cardiologist Anne Riley, M.D., will speak about “Women’s Cardiac Health.”

Thursday, July 18, 4:30 pm, Janet Messineo will speak about her new book, “Casting Into the Light: Tales of a Fishing Life,” with Victoria Wilson, VP and senior editor at Alfred A. Knopf.

Carlo D’Antonio has opened a showroom for his beautifully crafted furniture. It’s at 1076 State Rd., next to Up-Island Automotive. Signature pieces are on display, and he does specially designed commissioned work. The showroom is open by appointment. Call 508-742-8695, or email carlo@carlodantonio.com. Take a look at his website.

Our cousin Hannah Beecher has just returned from Prior Lake, Minn., where she attended her granddaughter Hannah Bump’s high school graduation. There was a party, of course, and time with her sons, Rick and Chris. Best of all, Hannah said, was seeing five of her six grandchildren: Tyler, Connor, Hannah, Alex, and McKenna. Granddaughter Rachel was in San Diego, Calif., attending a soccer showcase. Now young Hannah is off to England, France, and Spain with a group of her former classmates.

Hannah’s other news was that there was a bomb scare this morning at the M.V. Airport. Mike had gone rushing out of the house before I got up, and hadn’t returned yet. He did come home while Hannah was still there. A bomb-sniffing dog was flown down from Boston to assist in the search. Thankfully, there was no bomb, but it shut the whole airport down for a few hours, and kept a bunch of firemen from their breakfasts and from work for most of the morning.

Thanks to Rick Reinhardsen of the Salvation Army for bringing coffee and doughnuts.

In home news, our three cats seem to be reaching some kind of rapprochement, at least for the past week. There is a noticeable lack of hissing, and they are walking past one another without all-out war. Katey has even begun coming downstairs. Should I be hopeful that it might continue? Yes, although I’m old enough to know that life can change in the blink of an eye.