I've had radio silence from my usual reporters lately, which leads me to believe everyone is off having fun in places afar and no one is telling me about it! Soon I will have to write fictionalized accounts of all your goings-on, and believe me — no one wants that. I have quite a vivid imagination. So open your favorite email program, type in firstname.lastname@example.org, and tell me what's up. Where are you? What are you doing? And how are the kids and the grandparents? I'm not above begging.
Brendan Long and Kesia Oliveira are off to Brazil for three weeks. Though they met with a couple of hiccups in the travel down, it should be worthwhile now that they have reached the warm weather. We'll see you back here soon, tan and relaxed.
Felix Neck continues their Sustainable Book Club, Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 5:30 pm, with a discussion of "The Unsettling of America" by Wendell Berry. If you're not the literary type, head over there Thursday, Feb. 17, for a Moonrise Meander from 4:30 to 6 pm and see Felix Neck shine under the moonlight. The guided walk will culminate with the sight of the full moon rising over Sengekontacket Pond. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight.
On February 12, the Federated Church in Edgartown will host A Family Affair Valentine Tea at the Parish House (corner of Cooke and South Summer Street) at 1:30 pm. They will offer tea sandwiches, finger desserts, tea of course, and lots of fun. Karen and Gary from the Vineyard Ghost Tours will be on hand for storytelling, and Barbara Peckham will read from her newly published book of poems "Summer in a Jar." For additional information, call 508-627-3878.
The Edgartown Library Foundation will host An Evening in Tuscany Friday, Feb. 4, at Lattanzi's Restaurant from 5 to 8 pm. Fine wines and cheeses from Italy will be the highlight of this reprise of an ELF event that sold out last year. Tickets are $25 and available now at Lattanzi's, Edgartown National Bank, and the library's front desk.
In case you've missed prior opportunities, the Island's health departments in conjunction with the Vineyard Nursing Association and the Martha's Vineyard Public Schools will offer one more chance to get the kids vaccinated. They will hold a free child flu vaccination clinic, Saturday, Feb. 5, from 9 to 11 am at the MVRHS cafeteria. (For children nine years of age or younger who are getting their very first flu vaccination, a second dose will be required no sooner than four weeks later.)
Vaccine administration record forms and related information are available at school.
Melanie and Nick Prescott are finally off for their long-awaited honeymoon. Though the two got hitched back in June, that old Vineyard summer season and the extra work hours it entails delayed any tropical celebration. Lucky for me, they have invited Dave and me to tag along. As you read this, we will be on a beach in St. John, toasting the not-quite-so-newlyweds.
I will write all about St. John's Edgartown contingent in next week's column. After that, it's up to you guys to give me something. Otherwise, it's back to Dad's birds, and let me tell you, there is not much action on the feeders this time of year.