Martha’s Vineyard Figure Skating Club shows its stuff

Front, from left, Ally Barlett and Emelia Capelli. Rear: Sarah Thomas, Amanda Bernard, Taylor Jackson, Shannon O'Connor, Chloe Hoyt, and Ashley Wood. — Photo by Meg Higgins

The Martha’s Vineyard Figure Skating Club (MVFSC) presented its annual Ice Show, now 23 years old, at the Arena on April 9 and 10. “Chiller: A Jackson Musical Montage” showcased the progress of skaters in all four categories — Snowplow Sam, Learn to Skate, Bridge Program, and Freestyle. Freestyle skaters practice up to five days each week from July to April, before or after school. Snowplow Sam is for beginners who learn how to march across the ice, fall down, and get up again.

This year’s guest skater was Alex Aiken, 20, who won a bronze medal in the Junior Men’s Division of the U. S. National Championships in January.

Several MVFSC alumni skaters took to the ice for an always popular number that honors the late Nancy Blankenship, a founding member of MVFSC whose daughter Beth O’Connor now coaches with the club.