West Tisbury: Library exhibit, piano concert, photography book, and ‘Pinkletink the Froggie’

—MV Times

Another gray, rainy weekend, the third in a row. It still feels heavy and sticky outside, thankfully not as hot, but where are the crispy fall days we expect in October? Fallen leaves litter our lawn, the beginning of a colorful patchwork quilt, that will continue to thicken. Yellow and red and a faded green appear in our surrounding woods.

A couple of news items in town. The select board has formed an Improving Governance Task Force to boost confidence in our town government. Without knowing much more than I read in the paper, really? I didn’t realize we had such concerns about how our town is run. Proposed by Susan Silk, who was appointed to the task force, along with Cindy Mitchell and John Christensen, they will advertise for two additional members. I suppose I should be embarrassed that as someone who lives in and writes about West Tisbury, I had no idea that we had a crisis of confidence. I’ll investigate and let you know.

The other thing on my mind is a thank-you to the Historic District Commission for keeping the cemetery fence pickets in good, old-fashioned wood.

I was in the library and stepped into the Community Room to see the new art exhibition, “Sisters at Work — Wool, Silk, Paper, and Paint.” They are indeed sisters, who have produced a beautifully arranged exhibition of watercolors by Lynn Hoeft and fiber art pieces by Kris McDermet. They will be at the library this Saturday, Oct. 7, from 12:30 to 2:30 pm, for an artists’ reception. It will be interesting to hear them talk about their work.

Other events at the library include “Moving Storytime” at 10:30 am on Thursday, Oct. 5. The program by Clare Page will have dancing, reading, imagining, and creating a dance together. At 4:30 pm, there will be a piano concert by Julian Loida. Friday at 3:30 pm, all are invited to a salsa dance class. On Saturday, beside the artists’ reception, photographer and human rights activist Jonathan Moller will speak about his new book, “Young Cuba,” at 3:30 pm.

The library will be closed on Monday, Oct. 10, for Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Kanta Lipsky has written and illustrated a children’s book called “Pinkletink the Froggie.” She will celebrate at a launch party this Saturday, Oct. 7, 4 to 6 pm. It will be held at Tending Joy, Ingrid Maidoff’s store in North Tisbury.

I stopped at Howes House last week, looking for my husband. His truck was parked outside. When I went in, I saw Jennie and Susan, but not Mike. “Where’s Mike?” I asked. Jennie’s reply: “We locked him in the closet.” I laughed at the idea, but quickly realized they weren’t kidding. Around the corner was my husband, wielding tape measure, planning out some new shelves, directed by Bethany. Since he was there …

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