Welcome back to everyone who was away over February break, and I really hope you all brought some warmth and sunshine home with you because the winter thing is getting a little old around here.

Although we are pretty lucky, because I just talked to my aunt in Vermont and she said they are getting more snow on top of the huge amount they already have — and it’s March. I also have noticed more springtime birds around. The other day when it was about 40 degrees or so, there were many robins in the tree outside my window, and that was very cheering.

The Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living will sponsor their third cultural luncheon on Saturday, March 12, from noon to 2 pm at The Grill on Main in Edgartown. Kerry Alley will be the keynote speaker on the influence and contributions of the Portuguese community on Martha’s Vineyard. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased by calling Director Leslie Clapp at 508-939-9440.

There will be a potluck brunch at the old Town Hall this Sunday, March 13, from 9 to 11:30 am. It is billed as a get-together with neighbors after a very long winter.

There is a very interesting exhibit up at the Chilmark branch of Bank of Martha’s Vineyard; it is the work of Vaclav Vytlacil who was a major precursor of American Modernism. A student of Hans Hoffman, Vyt was a central figure in a revolutionary group of talented painters who made great contributions to American art in the 20th century. With Arshile Gorky and William DeKooning, he established the American Abstract Artists. A highly prolific artist, Vyt was truly inspired by the island of Martha’s Vineyard. All works showing in this exhibition originate directly from his Chilmark studio, adjacent to his home of 50 years, overlooking Squibnocket. Thank you to Melissa Breese who hung the show and sent me the above art history lesson.

And yes, one more sign of spring; daffodils. Daffodils will be sold at Cronig’s (down Island) and outside the Martha’s Vineyard High School cafeteria on Wednesday, March 16, starting at 10 am. The daffodils will be sold in bunches of ten for $10 and the proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.