For me, baseball is the sound of summer. I can still hear the radio in my parents' drug store, listening to the games from April through October, or the car radio if we were driving somewhere on a Sunday afternoon. Best of all, I can feel my father's arms around me as I would lie on his chest in his big armchair in our living room watching the night games on TV. Listening to the games on the radio in my studio when I paint at night, the voices of Jerry Trupiano and Joe Castiglione with the excitement of their narrative evoking pictures in my mind, the warm night air drifting in through the windows, all embody the best that is baseball to me.
The Palm Sunday greenhouse openings were lovely this year. The weather was perfect, sunny, and mild. Sue Hruby and I went off together to buy pansies and early herbs, to look at all the new shrubs and perennials, and to chat with fellow gardening enthusiasts. Margaret Logue was chauffer for her granddaughter, Megan Mendenhall, and Megan's friends, Truda Silberstein and Caitlyn Serpa. We saw John and Judy Bryant from place to place, and Paula Bolash with her daughter Ella. My peas are in the ground and the first sowing of mesclun greens, the beds neatly surrounded by lavender pansies and chives, tarragon, and rosemary. Now that it is raining, I know everything will grow.
Linda McGuire was at the library last week with two of her grandchildren, Faith and Sita McGuire, who are here visiting from Rockport, Illinois. They and April, their "Emperor Dog" (which sounds even grander than Shih Tzu) are staying with Linda while their parents are house-hunting, planning to relocate to Plymouth, Massachusetts. Won't it be fun for them to be closer to Linda and the Vineyard? Their plans include a very special birthday party for April, who was born in April, lots of visits to the library, and plenty of beach walks.
Saturday afternoon brought out a full Island color guard of firemen, EMTs, and police to welcome Matt Bradley home from Iraq. The two airport trucks parked face to face and shot off an impressive crossed water cannon display. I am sure that Danny and Fran are relieved and happy to have Matt at home. We are all very proud and thankful as well.
Speaking of the airport, The Plane View Restaurant will be closed this week, Monday through Friday. They are having the place painted and new carpeting installed. Fortunately, they will reopen on Saturday morning, spiffed up and ready to welcome us all back for omelettes and blueberry pancakes.
When Jonathan Revere sent me an e-mail last week that, pursuant to the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law Statute, he planned to start filming our library trustee meetings, I admit to feeling a panic of stage fright. I'm not all that comfortable in front of a camera or a crowd and not an easy extemporaneous speaker, so thought this was going to be the worst thing that ever happened to me in particular, our staff and board all around. We are rather an informal group. However, after watching us all on MVTV, I must say I was impressed at how competent and articulate we are. It turned out to be an example of not knowing how you really look or sound until you see yourself on camera or hear your voice on the answering machine tape. Kudos to all of us, and thanks to Jonathan for giving us a boost.
Bill Francis was here from Rehoboth with his three children, Andrew, Ben, and Jean, to spend the weekend with parents/grandparents Ken and Jean Francis. They had a full agenda planned, including climbing on Waskosim's Rock, riding Bill Kingsbury's tractor, visiting with Andrew Woodruff, and eating blueberry pancakes at The Plane View.
Don't forget the Annual Rabies and Micro-chipping Clinic this Saturday, April 7, from 10 am to 1 pm. It will be held at the MSPCA house next to the Vineyard Veterinary Clinic in Edgartown. Our West Tisbury Animal Control Officer, Joannie Jenkinson, will be there to issue dog licenses for any unlicensed West Tisbury dogs. The rabies vaccination fee is $10 per animal. Certificates are for one year unless you have proof that your animal has had a rabies shot in the past 9 to 12 months. The fee for a micro-chip is $30 per animal. All dogs must be leashed and cats and ferrets must be in a closed carrier. Call Joannie at 508-645-9450 or Jen Morgan at the MSPCA at 508-627-8662 if you have any questions.
If you are interested in becoming a trained plant conservation volunteer, a member of the New England Wildflower Society will be at the Polly Hill Arboretum this Saturday, April 7. You may call Aileen Kane at 508-877-7630, ext. 3204 or Karin Stanley at the Arboretum for more details.
We will be decorating eggs at the library from 10:30 am to 4 pm this Saturday. The Monday Night Movie is "Rebecca," one of my all-time favorites. It will be shown at 7 pm.
If you attended last week's League of Women Voters Candidates Night, you have already gotten a copy of this year's Town Report. If not, they are available at Town Hall or the Library. This year's cover is a wonderful Sidney Riggs linoleum cut of a boy shearing a sheep. I'm sure someone knows who the boy is; I would love to know for next week's column. Meanwhile, do get your copy, read it, and get ready for our Annual Town Meeting and election next week.