The sounds of baseball are the sounds of summer to me. As a child, it was listening to the games on the radio with my dad. Now I can hear the kids playing in the ball field across the street as I am working outside in the yard of an evening, or I can wander over to watch a few innings. The light always seems dreamy, the color of the grass around the field greener than anywhere else, the sound of the bat hitting the baseball sharper than any other.
I was off-Island last week, visiting Pat and Bill Ternes in Sherborn. Bill and I went into Boston to see the exhibition of David Hockney's portraits at the MFA. I had always admired Hockney's work, so it was a special treat to see room after room of his colorful paintings and incredibly sensitive line drawings. I bought the catalogue as a reminder, although the color wasn't as good as the originals and there is never a sense of the scale of these life-sized figures in a small reproduction. But the drawings are delicious to look at over and over again. The work spanned a period from his first self-portraits and portraits of his parents in 1954 to the present and provided a visual record of his friends, family, and pets over all those years. I thought of Simone DeSorcy and Bob Maciel, Sr., both devoted dachshund owners, as I looked at Hockney's portraits of his dachshund Stanley. The show only runs another two weeks, to May 14, if you have a chance to see it.
When I returned home, Norma Salop was here from Boston to greet me. She and Bob were working on house projects here, but she was able to take some time off for a visit with me, then to have lunch with my mother-in-law.
School vacation week was particularly busy for members of the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School Orchestra. They enjoyed a trip to Italy, where they toured historical sites and played music. Jonah Maidoff, of our local Charter School, set up a "gig" for them to perform at an art opening in Florence, at the Sachi Art School, owned by his father. They also set themselves up as street musicians, playing in plazas in Florence and Rome. Hilary and Tessa Wall, Emma Conley, Willoughby Smith, Lucy Mayhew, Thomas Lloyd Phillips, Bethany Pennington, Emma Lindsay, Ben Sweet, and Casey Decker were the West Tisbury students who traveled and performed together. Their chaperones were parents Patrick and Carol Ann Lindsay, Chris Decker, Teri Mello, and Mitch Pennington, along with orchestra leader Michael Tinus and his wife, Becky.
The West Tisbury School Spring Book Fair will take place this week, May 1 to 5, in the school library. Thursday night is Community Night, where books and ice cream sundaes will be the featured items to enjoy. Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, call Stephanie Dreyer at 696-7738, ext. 242.
Marilyn and Warren Hollinshead have recently returned from an Elder Hostel trip to Sicily. They were there during the Holy Week processions and celebrations of Easter Sunday. Also while they were there, Italian elections were held and a "Number 1 Mafioso" was captured, as Marilyn described it, "a very eventful time to be there." They visited historical sites, homes, and gardens. Marilyn said that everything was incredibly beautiful.
Don't forget that the West Tisbury Library Trustees will be holding interviews with the candidates for our new Library Director this Saturday, May 6, at 10:30 am at the Howes House. We hope lots of you will be interested to attend.
Life is decidedly busier for Mike and me as clients appear to open their houses and make plans for the summer. Projects need to be completed by deadlines that seemed so far off last October. I know we are not alone.