I just read a wonderful article by Lindsey Lee, oral history curator on Martha’s Vineyard, who, along with the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, is putting together a show based on Ted and Polly Meinelt and their annual Christmas displays.
Readers here will know how deeply Ted and Polly touched our lives, and we got to see a few of their holiday trimmings in person over the years. This article brings to life their unique creativity and cherished love of art and people and the Vineyard.
Clicking on the picture below, one of Ted’s famous holiday cards, will take you to the article on MVTimes web page.
A great big thank you to Lindsey for her dedication to telling Islander stories, and for putting a smile back in my heart on this, as Ted would call it…
How, on this first day of spring, I would love to be there again… a step or two behind on the path just out of earshot, though I suspect there were few words to overhear, and light years away from their memories… but there, at least, to offer a wing, and a grin, and to listen to these two old crones telling their tales to the sea.
Ted and Pete,
Against the odds, they both weathered this winter but neither is here today to welcome the spring.
Or, maybe I’m wrong about that. Think I’ll grab my hat and my stick and strut the old pegs and see what they have left along the trail to brighten my sad eyes.