West Tisbury: The 11th hour

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West Tisbury seems draped in autumn clematis. Its hardy foliage and delicate white flowers cover trees, bushes, hedgerows, fences, stone walls, and signposts, obscuring any definition, turning everything into softened mounds like clouds or quilts. They are covered in fragrance, too, that perfumes the air. I admire its exuberant growth, often growing up somewhere all on its own, an unplanted and unexpected gift. Deer have nibbled on ours, but the plant seems undaunted, and just grows back heartier and more abundant.

Brooks Robards invited me to the preview of the “Downton Abbey” movie at the Film Center last week. It was wonderful, with all the Crawleys and their staff preparing for a royal visit from King George V and Queen Mary. The house was just as splendid, the preparations just as lavish and precise, the actors gorgeous in their period costumes, the intrigue and relationships as addictive as when it was a Sunday-night “Masterpiece” production. I am having the same withdrawal as at the end of each season’s episodes, and hoping for another movie soon. At least I can go see it again, as it will be on the Island for its regular run beginning Sept. 20.

The 74th Derby has begun. Fishing rods adorn trucks, and fishermen are planning their work schedules to allow as much time as possible to be out on the beaches or on boats. Good luck to you all.

I was pleased to see that Scott’s Grove, the affordable apartments across the street from us, won awards for affordable housing and multifamily housing at the 2019 Builder’s Choice and Custom Home Design Awards. Scott’s Grove was designed by LDa Architects, and opened in September 2018.

Expect to hear church bells ringing for 11 minutes at 11 am this Friday, Sept. 20. The West Tisbury Church will join with other Cape and Island churches in a Climate Strike Observance. The time represents the symbolic 11th hour, the last possible moment to take action and acknowledge the emergency of our climate crisis. Young people across the planet are asking all of us, all the citizens of the world, to stop their usual business and participate in this 2019 Global Climate Strike.

Martha’s Vineyard Democrats will hold their September meeting this Saturday, Sept. 21, 9:30 to 11 am, at Howes House. On the agenda are reports from delegates to the Massachusetts Democratic Convention, held last Saturday in Springfield. There will also be a discussion of topics and speakers as they prepare for annual town meetings and elections, and the 2020 presidential election.

At the library this week:

Friday, Sept. 20, 3:30 pm, One Love Yoga instructor Emily LaPierre will lead a glow yoga class for tweens and teens, ages 9 to 17. Signup is required.

Saturday, Sept. 21, 3 to 4:30 pm, there will be an artist’s reception for Dave Miller. His paintings will be on display in both the community room and other exhibition areas on the upper and lower floors of the library through the month.

Tuesday, Sept. 24, 10:30 am, Adult Community Dance Class by the Yard will begin meeting on Tuesdays from now through spring. Jesse Keller Jason will lead the class. Dancers of all skill levels are welcome to attend. There is no signup requirement.

Wednesday, Sept. 25, 3 pm, Abby Remer will lead a discussion of “Goodnight Stranger” by Micah Bay Gault.

Thursday, Sept. 26, 10:30 am, Laura Jordan will lead her Little Bird Music Class of seasonal songs and movement for kids of all ages and their families.

I happened to see somewhere that Sept. 21 is World Gratitude Day. What a lovely thought that everyone in the world might take a moment to be grateful for something in his or her life.