West Tisbury: A polling place


This is the last weekend in February, extended by a day to the 29th on Saturday, as it’s a leap year. Sunday will be March 1. Will it come in like a lion or a lamb?

Ginny Jones and her grandson, Everett Healy, had a beach picnic at Tississa on one of the sunny days last week. Lovely to take advantage of them when one can. 

Hannah Beecher and I went to a concert at the M.V. Hebrew Center last week. Judy Merion gave a virtuoso performance of Bach’s “Goldberg Variations,” one of my favorite pieces of music, and Chopin’s “Scherzo No. 2.” The room was filled, and Judy was given yellow tulips and a standing ovation at the end of the concert.

Feb. 18 was Suzi and Bob Wasserman’s birthday. Their daughter, Sarah, came from Boston with her husband, Brian Bassett, and their sons, Henry and Hugh. Sarah’s birthday is the 27th, another happy occasion for the family to get together.

Bob Knight celebrated his 93rd birthday on Feb. 19. His daughter, Minor, gathered friends and family at Lambert’s Cove for her dad’s birthday party.

Don’t forget to gas up your vehicles at Up-Island this week. The station will be closed during the month of March for major renovations.

I am sad to report that Sam Stevenson died, so hard for the family after losing Cathy not too long ago. My condolences to you all.

There will be a memorial gathering at the Howes House this Saturday, Feb. 29, 2 pm, in honor of Ann Howes. All are invited to attend.

At the West Tisbury library this week:

Thursday, Feb. 27, 10:30 am, “Classical Music Is For You” will meet at the West Tisbury Church this week. Phil Dietterich will discuss “Scales and Modes.” There will be drop-in crafts from 10:30 am to 4 pm in the Children’s and Young Adults’ Rooms, a soup and bread lunch from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm in the Program Room, and family and young adult movies at 1:30 pm.

Friday, Feb. 28, crafts, lunch, and movies as above.

Saturday, Feb. 29, 3 pm, Jill Jupen and Donald Nitchie will lead the Poetry Book Club discussion of “The Pleasures of the Damned: Poems 1951 – 1993” by Charles Bukowski. Copies of the book are available at the library.

Sunday, March 1, 1:30 pm, Death Cafe hosted by Heather Massey. At 2:30 pm, Green Burial board member Joan Pillsbury will give a presentation about green burials and how to champion for green cemeteries in your town.

Monday, March 2, 11:30 am, Kanta Lipsky will lead her Balance Workshop.

Tuesday, March 3, 10:30 am, Adult Community Dance Class with the Yard! At 4:30 pm, Vineyard Vision fellow April Knight will speak about her research last summer as an international psychologist in Cuba. Her residency focused on the influence of culture, context, and gender on moral reasoning.

Don’t forget that March 3 is Super Tuesday, our chance to vote in the presidential primary. Polls will be open between 7 am and 8 pm at the Public Safety Building. Don’t forget to vote.

I happened to be walking on North Water Street in Edgartown last Saturday. It was a beautiful day, and I was surprised to see purple Johnny-jump-ups already blooming in some of the cracks between the sidewalk and foundations in front of houses along the way. There were also a stray myrtle flower or two, and a bright yellow crocus.

I lived in Edgartown, right downtown, when I first moved to the Island. Walking my black Lab, Leo, was a several-times-a-day ritual, one I enjoyed tremendously. I loved the gardens, the old houses, running into folks along the way, as well as mostly solitary winter walks. Being in Edgartown always reminds me how beautiful it is and of my life there. 

Having grown up on Main Street in a small town, I still miss stepping out my door to walk and do errands around town. That said, I wouldn’t trade Mike and our woods for anything, so it’s time to get Abby out to the car and drive somewhere for our morning walk, just as beautiful, only different.