Looking for a little color and pizzazz to get you through the last gray days of early spring? Well, tonight kicks off the start of Martha’s Vineyard Fashion Week, an event organized by Richard Skidmore and Melissa Breese. The opening party is tonight at Melissa’s gallery, Shephard Fine Art Space (formerly the NYE Gallery) at 8 Uncas Ave. in Oak Bluffs. The doors open at 8 pm and the show starts at 9 pm. Along with fashions by Chrysal Parrot and Michael Hunter, there will be music and dancing, a photo booth, appetizers and drinks. Tickets are $25 at the door, and you are encouraged to dress to impress (that means no Merrills or fleece).

Town elections are coming up, and nominations were due yesterday. The Annual Town Meeting will be held Tuesday, May 10 at 7 pm in the Old Town Hall and elections will be held the following day, May 11, from 12 noon to 7 pm in the Town Offices Building. So don’t forget to vote. The Annual Town Meeting Warrant will be posted on May 3, 2011, at the Town Offices Building and the outside bulletin board at the library. The Special Town Meeting Warrant will be posted on April 26, 2011, at the same locations.

Next week, April 10 to 16, is fine amnesty week at the library. Dig up all the old library material you have around your house and bring it back free of charge.

The library and everyone in the town gave a great send-off to Natalie Francis, whose last day at the library was March 31. About 70 people showed up throughout the open house and the library was packed for the presentation of a plaque from Cathy and the town thanking Natalie for her 16 years of service. There were also gifts from the Friends of the Aquinnah Public Library. Natalie thanked everyone for their support and then graciously posed for pictures. There were great nibbles and a beautiful cake made by Juli and the crowd was a mix of kids and grown ups.

Jo-Ann Eccher and Derrill Bazzy are looking for volunteers for their ten-year-old son’s home-based autism program in Aquinnah. They home-school Jacob, and they recently spent their winter break at the Autism Treatment Center of America, a.k.a. The Place of Miracles. Their son, Jacob did so well at the intensive program they attended they would like to step up their home-based program and are seeking volunteers to assist them. No experience is needed, and training will be provided. You can call 508-645-3245 or email Jo-Ann at To learn more about the program, visit

I talked with Berta Welch who recently returned from exploring the coast of Florida with her husband, Vern. Berta and her sister Carla will open their store at the cliffs on weekends, starting April 16.

The word on the street is that the Aquinnah Shop will be open by Easter, and Faith told me that Faith’s Seafood Shack will open in May.

Irina and Lang Gerhard and their daughter, Sasha, returned from a month in Hawaii two weeks ago. Irina said it was the best vacation they’ve had. The day after they got back here it snowed.

The Chilmark Preschool Spring Fling will be this Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm at the Chilmark Community Center. Come on by for pony rides, games, and food — all benefiting the Chilmark Preschool.

I met Joel Glickman and Jennifer Larusso, who will be running the Chilmark Store this season, and they will be opening at the beginning of May.

And, although it seems like a long way off, I received an email saying that the Chilmark Flea Market will start up on June 29. I’m sure it will be here before you know it.