West Tisbury: A drenching downpour


August 1. The sign for the Ag Fair is already up. The fire department crew has started getting the hamburger booth ready to put up at the fairgrounds. Everyone seems to be planning what to enter in the fair. Brownies, flower arrangements, perfect zucchinis and tomatoes, art projects, quilts and sweaters. There are so many categories to choose from. Kids will be coming home, many with their own children now, to Come to the Fair.

I am missing the regular rains we had in the early part of the summer. The storm we had last Tuesday was most welcome, especially since the predicted tornado never happened on the Island. There were branches down along Lambert’s Cove Road; that appeared to be the part of town most affected.

I had been out gardening when the rain began, and was thinking how pleasant it was, working in this light, cooling rain. That didn’t last very long. It became intense, a drenching downpour, and I prudently decided it was time to put my tools away and head inside.

Leslie Baker is one of six featured artists at an exhibition called “Conversations in Art” that opened Sunday afternoon at Featherstone. Her new work series is called “Boundaries,” a concept she has explored in oil paintings, collages, and assemblages. It is paired with paintings by Anne Besse-Shepherd, whose landscapes make an interesting contrast in color, concept, and style with Baker’s work. The other pairs of artists are painter Michael Rottman with photographer Gavin Smith and photographers Justen Ahren with Mila Lowe.

“Coming Apart/Falling Together” is the title of Rob Hauck’s exhibition at the Edgartown library. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, August 3, from 4 to 6 pm.

Anna Finnerty will be exhibiting her pastels at the Old Sculpin Gallery. The opening reception is Sunday, August 4, from 5 to 7 pm.

At the West Tisbury library this week:

Thursday, August 1, 10:30 am, preschool story hour with special guest reader Taco Dragon. At 3:30 pm, Polly Hill Arboretum educator Elliott Bennett will lead a tour of the library gardens for children to learn about pollinators and make a bee box to take home.

Friday, August 2, 10 am to noon, Mac pro Paul Levy will be on hand to answer questions and help with Mac-related problems. IGI Free Community Lunch will be served from noon to 1 pm. At 3 pm, a program at the Chilmark library presented by the M.V. Book Festival and the Martha’s Vineyard Library Association; former American Library Association president Maureen Sullivan will moderate a discussion with Eric Klinenberg, author of “Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life.”

Saturday, August 3, 3:30 to 5 pm, an opening reception for photographer Anna-Maria Stomberg, whose work will be on display through August.

Monday, August, 5, 11:30 am, Kanta Lipsky’s Balance Workshop. At 6:30 pm, free movies and popcorn for families and teens.

Tuesday, August 6, 10 am to noon, Mac pro Paul Levy will be at the library for consultation. At 10:30 am, Ryan Ofsthun of Felix Neck will teach kids and families about reptiles on the Island. IGI Community Lunch will be served from noon to 1 pm. At 5 pm, the first annual Dionis Coffin Riggs Day of Poetry will present a reading of Riggs’ poetry by Cleaveland House poets.

Wednesday, August 7, 4:30 pm, David Rhoderick will perform a piano concert, “Bach to Brahms to Brubeck.” Miciah Bay Gault will give a book talk about “Goodnight Strangers” at 7 pm.

Thursday, August 8, 10:30 am, Elliott Bennett will lead a flower workshop for all ages to learn about types of flowers, how to press them, and the secret language of flowers and bouquets. Flowers will be supplied, but participants are welcome to bring extras to share. At 3 pm, Dena Porter will lead a book talk about “In a Different Voice” by Carol Gilligan.

I had a lovely surprise running into Sara Carter at Cronig’s last week. I was chatting with Debbie Magnuson when her daughter appeared, saying “Surprise!” Many of us have missed Sara since she and her husband, Paul, moved to Riverside, Fla. She looks tanned and very, very happy. She and Paul are loving Florida, but she was glad to be visiting her parents, Debbie and Eric Magnuson, and spending some time in West Tisbury. I send you home with enough hugs and love to last till your next visit, dear Sara.