Sunday, September 27, 2020

West Tisbury

West Tisbury: It’s always a thrill to see Santa arrive

Santa Claus is coming to West Tisbury this Sunday afternoon. Every year, the West Tisbury Fire Department invites Santa to visit our town, to meet the children, to listen to their requests, to make...

West Tisbury: I don’t know what I expected

Thanksgiving 1985. That Thursday was the 28th, the same as this year, and I remember it as the most special Thanksgiving ever. My niece, Charlotte, was 2 days old, born at the Vineyard Hospital...

West Tisbury: The beginning of a brand-new year.

I looked outside one night last week, and saw wet clumps of snow blowing across my windows. It didn’t last long, just enough time for me to yell to Mike, “It’s snowing!” Hard to...

West Tisbury: A nice memory

Have you looked at the moon the past few nights? It’s full now, huge, close to the Earth. The Algonquins called it the Beaver Moon, partly because they were busy setting traps before the...

West Tisbury: It was a lovely day

Last Friday was my 70th birthday. I don’t know what I expected. For most of my life, 70 seemed old and far away. Now that it’s here, it just feels like a day. Not...

West Tisbury: Ghosts and goblins, witches and warlocks

Our woods are looking more open, airier. The storms of the past weeks have blown down a lot of leaves, so the structure of tree trunks and bare branches, of sky in all its...

West Tisbury: Checking out local art

This has certainly been a couple of weeks of weather. Last week’s storm sent microbursts through town that toppled trees, broke off limbs, and cut off power. Some homes were out for a couple...

West Tisbury: Anti-Semitism

I was driving toward Vineyard Haven last Wednesday morning to attend Yom Kippur services at the Hebrew Center, when I heard about a shooting outside a synagogue in Halle, Germany. It had happened earlier...

West Tisbury: Wedding bells

Sept. 28 was a perfect late summer afternoon, perfect for the wedding of Hilary Wall and Brian Cox. They were married at the Chilmark Community Center, decorated inside and out by their friends with...

West Tisbury: She and Mike were a perfect match.

We lost our dog last Thursday, our much-loved Nanuk. You have all read about her for the past 10 years or so, and many of you knew her from her travels around town in...

West Tisbury: The 11th hour

West Tisbury seems draped in autumn clematis. Its hardy foliage and delicate white flowers cover trees, bushes, hedgerows, fences, stone walls, and signposts, obscuring any definition, turning everything into softened mounds like clouds or...

West Tisbury: We were very lucky

Hurricane Dorian came and went with barely a notice. We had a lot of wind and rain Friday night when Mike took Nanuk out. Saturday morning was breezy, but there wasn’t even a twig...

West Tisbury: The height of hurricane season

What a gorgeous holiday weekend we are having. While Hurricane Dorian is wreaking havoc on the Bahamas and heading toward the Southern U.S., we are blessed with benevolent sunshine and comfortable temperatures. It looks...

West Tisbury: Days are notably shorter

The days are notably shorter already. I notice that I have to turn the lights on in the kitchen when I come down in the morning to make coffee and feed the animals. At...

West Tisbury: It feels like a blur

The busiest week of the summer is past. Illumination Night, the fair, fireworks, plus the regular busyness of lectures, music, art exhibitions, work, guests, gardens, life, traffic, everything happening at once. It feels like...

West Tisbury: The booths are going up

It’s always exciting to drive past the Ag Hall in August and watch preparations for the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Fair. The booths are going up, and rides and bleachers are set throughout the fairgrounds....

West Tisbury: I don’t know what to think anymore

It’s hard to think about what to write after the horrific shootings in El Paso and Dayton this past weekend, following a mass shooting in California the weekend before. We are so lucky to...

West Tisbury: A drenching downpour

August 1. The sign for the Ag Fair is already up. The fire department crew has started getting the hamburger booth ready to put up at the fairgrounds. Everyone seems to be planning what...

West Tisbury: The best potato salad ever

Wanting something cold for dinner tonight, Mike mentioned a pasta salad of some kind. It would be easy, one of those things you could just take dinners out of for days. And it would...

West Tisbury: Midsummer at its best

I guess this is what one expects of summer weather, the hot, humid days and nights that seem never-ending. There was only one day it rained all last week, although what a rain it...