"Veni, vidi, vici."
I was sitting in the bleachers last night, watching the Fire Department/Police Department softball game and composing the beginning of this week's column, as the firemen had a commanding 6-2 lead in the fourth inning. As any Red Sox fan should have known better, the commanding lead became a commanding loss. The police "Enforcers" triumphed in both games, with unprintably high scores. The star of both games was a police officer from Chilmark named Matt Gebo, who hit successive home runs over the fence within feet of the same spot in every at bat (except for one double and one where he was intentionally walked in a strategic move that backfired, as it usually does). Skipper Manter scoring the gazillionth run with his slide into home plate comes to mind.
The real star of the night was West Tisbury officer Dave Savage; after pitching his team to consecutive victories, he pitched a game for the attending children, from Sarah Hartenstine, age 2, on up. Lily Haynes, age 2½ months, was there, attending her first ball game, held aloft in her grandfather's arms. Pacheco, Estrella, and Maciel children and grandchildren participated in the children's game after watching their dads play. Greg Pacheco brought hamburgers and set up the grill and a good time was had by all.
Mike and I didn't stay for hamburgers. We came home (walked across the street) and made dinner for our friends Dorothy Barthelmes and Bob Henry, who had arrived from Bethesda, Md., for their annual August into September stay at the Slocum House. They had enjoyed watching the games with us. I learned that Bob's father had been a professional umpire and Bob had also performed that duty throughout his graduate school years at the University of Chicago. He did seem to exhibit a keen eye for foul balls.
We have had quite a social weekend, attending a party Saturday night at Jack and Betsey Mayhew's. Their eldest daughter, Caroline, leaves Wednesday for California, where she will begin her studies at UCLA Law School. As all Mayhew parties are, there was good company, good food, and good music; Jack, Caroline, Tom Hodgson, Michael Gorin, and Nancy Jephcote played an assortment of fiddles and guitars for foot-tapping guests. Jack will drive across the country with Caroline, a much-anticipated father-daughter trip. Once again, we are all so proud of you and your accomplishments, Caroline, and wish you well.
Among the assembled guests were Selina Trieff and Robert Henry's daughter Sarah, with her husband, Michael Gorin, and their daughters, Molly and Emma. They had just returned from Provincetown, where they attended their parents' show at the Berta Walker Gallery and the opening of a retrospective exhibition of Selina Trieff's paintings at the Provincetown Art Association Museum. For many years, Selina Trieff/Robert Henry gallery shows at "On The Vineyard" were a high point for Vineyard art lovers. Sarah, Michael, and their family are here for their summer stay at the family home.
Sarah Mayhew was also at the party. She drove cross-country with a friend, Stephani Shone, a tiring but enjoyable eight-day jaunt. Sarah plans to spend the whole next year here in West Tisbury.
Susan Phelps of Great Plains Road asked me to alert readers that her Burmese cat, Quincy, disappeared from her home sometime last Wednesday. She speculated that he might have been frightened by the noise of helicopters overhead or hopped unnoticed into the UPS truck. If you should spot him, please call Susan at 508-693-5928.
Nancy Cramer joined the ranks of artists exhibiting their own work with the opening Friday evening for her tapestry weaving at her Shaw Cramer Gallery. Fellow West Tisbury artist Laurene Krasny Brown is the other artist in the two-person show.
Featherstone's opening Sunday evening of art made at or inspired by the Polly Hill Arboretum was filled with admirers and patrons. It is always an interesting concept for an exhibition - various artists working at a particular place and the infinite variety of their observations.
When I saw Jessica Estrella yesterday, she told me that this year's Book Sale was the most successful ever, out-grossing last year's total within the first two days. Jessica is the treasurer of the Friends of the West Tisbury Library. Congratulations and thank you to all the supporters who plan their vacations to be the first in attendance, and to the Friends for the amazing effort you put in all year to make the sale so successful. I know you have already started working and planning for next year's sale.
Don't forget to attend the Friends Annual Meeting Friday afternoon, August 3, at 4 pm, at the library. Following the meeting, the friends, staff, and trustees will host a tea, honoring everyone who volunteers in either (or both) organization. We hope anyone interested in learning more about the Friends and the Library will attend.
Bonnie Kogos of New York City was the guest of Sue Hruby last weekend. Bonnie had been a long-time West Tisbury visitor and friend of Patricia Zipprodt, formerly of God's Pocket. Her comment that she was, "Finding the Vineyard very rich - rich in foliage, rich in summer - the tilt of summer," struck me as a very poetic description of the place she found on her return. I'm glad she had a good time and hope she will return often, as Mike and I really enjoyed her company. Bonnie is an author, traveler, and newspaper columnist.
Claire Chalfoun will be the guest artist at the Library for the month of August. Her oil landscapes and floral still life paintings feel like a series of windows on the gallery wall.
Every morning when I sweep off the brick patio in front of my gallery, I think of my father. He swept the sidewalk in front of our pharmacy faithfully every morning and I feel his spirit as I perform that simple task. It's interesting to note how the lessons of our childhood become the rituals of our adult lives. My dad was a wonderful teacher and I miss him, although he is with me always.