I have to tell you all, I believe right now is about the anniversary of my first column, and I'm a little nervous that I will begin repeating myself. I'm sure none of you will be too shy to point it out when I inevitably do, and a free butterscotch dip to you should you dare. (Fine print: I'm not serious about the free ice cream, OK?) But it has been fun so far, so let's continue, shall we?
I've been enjoying the nice, warm days sandwiched between rainy, yucky ones. It's nice to grab a coffee and walk around town and see what everyone's up to while the town comes alive with the crocuses. I ran into Ben Hall in town last week, and he invited me in to see the work that is going on in the old Edgartown Hardware location on Main Street. The insides are stripped to the studs, and digging underneath all that linoleum yielded original wood floors. I could almost see the history in the walls as Ben pointed out smoke stains from the bakery that originally inhabited the building, then caught fire.
Amelia Ball and Cinnamon White were back in town for a quick visit this weekend. The two spent the winter in Canajoharie, New York, opening the Elephant Bistro, which they oversaw through construction to present rave-reviewed eatery. My mouth watered just hearing about the homemade quiche and the "grown-up grilled cheese" — cheddar, pepperjack, and brie panini. Amelia will be back sometime in June for the summer season, while Cinnamon will be back and forth. Congrats, ladies.
Don't forget we have our annual Town Meeting coming up on Tuesday, April 12, with voting to follow on Thursday, April 14. Come on out and be heard. Or just listen. The important part is that you're there.
Bob Avakian, Julie Lively, and Deanna Ahearn Laird, three new candidates for the Edgartown board of library trustees, are hosting an informal presentation of the new library plan at the Wharf Pub tonight from 5 to 7 pm.
The MVCenter4Living is holding its fourth cultural luncheon on Saturday, April 9, from 12 to 2 pm at The Grill on Main. The April luncheon will honor the Jewish community and will offer a closer look at the influence of the Jewish people and culture on the Vineyard. Speaking on this month's theme are Vineyard-born residents Ruth Cronig Stiller and her daughter, Gayle. The menu will include matzoh ball soup and kugel. Interludes of klezmer music will be performed, under the direction of Mark Hahn, throughout the luncheon. For information and tickets, call MVCenter4Living Director Leslie Clapp at 508-939-9440 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bravo to 11-year-old daughter Alexandra Habekost, a sixth-grader at the Edgartown school who grew her hair for two years so that she could donate it to Locks Of Love (www.locksoflove.org), an organization that provides hairpieces to children suffering medical hair loss. Alex donated ten inches of hair last Thursday. Her ponytail is on its way to Florida to be made into a wig for another child.
Mark your calendars: Friends of Kevin Searle, who is currently undergoing cancer treatment, will hold a benefit Saturday, May 7, beginning at 6 pm, at the P-A Club. There will be a silent and live auction, music, food, cash bar, and music by our favorite zany DJs, the Love Doctors. For information, contact Bonnie Parent 508-627-8714.
Happy birthday to Dylan Morgan, who celebrates today, to Mabel Jeanne DeRoche who will be celebrating her 1st birthday on April 9, and to Caroline Dolby, my Fancy-Nancy Niece, who will blow out five candles April 11. Hope you all have a good one!