A free learn-to-skate clinic at Martha’s Vineyard Arena

A free learn-to-skate clinic at Martha’s Vineyard Arena

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John Fiorito helps Dylan Wallace find his balance point.

One of the best ways to fight off the winter blahs, whether anticipated of actual, is exercise. And what better way to exercise in winter than a winter sport — like skiing. But of course we’re short of slopes and snow here on the Island. Skating, however, is right at our toe-tips, right in the center of the Island, at the Martha’s Vineyard Arena.

Only thing is, you have to learn to skate. To that end, Beth O’Connor organized two free learn-to-skate sessions at the rink recently. A grant from the Rock Springs Foundation provided funds to rent the rink, along with skates and helmets. For instruction, Ms. O’Connor enlisted the help of four volunteers, all great skaters — John Fiorito, Max Sherman, Jane Taylor, and Mick Vukota.

The expressions on the faces of the beginners, at least when they weren’t grimacing after a hard landing, told the story: skating is fun

Any time at all, from now through mid-April, Islanders can lace ‘em up and take a spin on perfect ice at the Arena, across from the high school on the Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road.