Tisbury: Lilac Girls and Sunflower Sisters

— Kyra Steck

Heard on Main Street: We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty, and some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.

I loved the article on the history of Tisbury in the Times. But there is one minor addition you may find interesting. It is true that the Victorian ladies living here in the 1870s found the name of Holmes Hole offensive. The word ‘hole’ was just not quite a ‘nice’ word, in their opinion. But the name of Vineyard Haven for the Post Office was one of the suggestions from the Postmaster. And that one won favor with the ladies in town.

The ladies may not have been able to vote yet, but they certainly did know how to get things done.

One big thing I’ve missed during COVID is the library book sales. The West Tisbury book sale begins next Monday, July 26, through Monday, August 2, in the West Tisbury School gym from 9 am to 2 pm. Customers may be limited. Most books will be sold by the grocery bag, not individually — $10 a bag ($20-$30 for larger bags). Bring your own grocery bag. Vineyard authors and some others must be purchased separately.

The Vineyard Haven library offers in-person story time with Emily, the children’s librarian, at 10:30 am on Tuesdays at the Family Center, followed by a free brown bag lunch provided by Island Grown Initiative at 11 am. The Family Center is at 35 Greenwood Ave., across the street from the library. To register, email mvfamilycenter@gmail.com or call 508-687-9182.

The library still offers many online groups and programs you can find at their webpage including the French conversation group, the Spice Club, and a summer of drawing with Elizabeth Whelan.

You’ll want to reserve your place early for this limited attendance event and reception following. On Thursday, August 5, at 5 pm, the Vineyard Haven Library Building Fund will host a fundraising event with author Martha Hall Kelly at the West Chop Club Casino. Martha will discuss “Sunflower Sisters,” her second prequel novel following “Lilac Girls.” Face masks will not be required for fully vaccinated attendees. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased online at  bit.ly/3ir0LQT.

A friend sent me a heartwarming story about a wild goose probably injured by a snapping turtle. The wonderful news was his mate kept calling at the glass door at the Cape Wildlife Center last week. So the veterinary staff kept the injured Canada goose near the door, making it possible for his mate to visit and observe as he was taken care of and while he healed.

Tom Dresser will launch his new tour for his book “Schlepping Around Martha’s Vineyard” next Wednesday, July 28, at 6:30 pm at the Edgartown library. (Rain date is July 30). All are welcome.

I will not complain about the rain. But I am seriously concerned about the massive mushrooms in my lawn. I remember a year ago watching a squirrel carefully pick a brown mushroom in his two paws. He held it by the stem and carefully nibbled his way around the edge, rather like an ice cream cone. I haven’t seen anything nibble at this year’s crop. Maybe he made a bad choice.

Congratulations today to Eric and Susan Lopes. They were married in 2000 at the Gay Head Lighthouse.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out Sunday to Thomas E. Colligan. Monday is a special day for my beautiful granddaughter Rory Mayhew. Also celebrating that day are Michael Bulkin and Pam Cassel. Happy birthday on Tuesday to Michael Cobban and Nancy Zamarro. Wednesday belongs to Micki Badnick.

Heard on Main Street: The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese in the trap.

If you have any Tisbury Town Column suggestions, email Kay Mayhew, tashmoorock@gmail.com.