There's nothing like getting a February phone call from my dear friend Bill Edison. Typically he chats me up during the summer months, so what a pleasure it was to hear from him out of the blue, and be reminded of warmer times by his poem:
"Waiting for Summer Softball"
At Flanders Field the ball players go.
It's winter now with falling snow.
Just five months more but I can't wait
to see the first batter at the plate.
To bide my time I give Katie a call
and all those jocks that play softball.
Get ready now it's coming soon
when all that ivy starts to bloom.
I'm off to Hawaii to get in shape.
Not to worry I won't be late.
One thing more I wish to say
come out and join the fray.
— Bill Edison
Five Chilmark School graduates were in the final round of the West Tisbury School Spelling Bee — Connor Downing, Gabe Ambulos, Olivia Knight, Jared Bardwell, and Coltrane Leport. Coltrane won the Bee when he correctly spelled manifestation. Gabe was runner-up with the word impenetrable. The all-Island Spelling Bee is February 23 at the MVRHS Performing Arts Center.
The Boy Scouts pinewood derby was held at the Community Center this past weekend.
Thirty-something Cub Scouts were in attendance with lovely little cars painted in an array of eye-catching colors. Chilmark Scouts took home some of the top honors. Elijah Dunn-Feiner won for Funniest Car. Solon Oliver took home the award for Most Patriotic, and Barrett Oliver won First Place Judges' Choice. The overall fastest car was built by a Tiger Scout, Jack Hayden. Kudos to our very own Kevin Oliver who is in his Scouting finery right along with all of the boys.
In honor of 100 years of Scouting, the Cub Scouts will be the recipients of funds raised at this weekend's dine-to-donate benefit at the ArtCliff Diner. In lieu of payment, the generous folks at the ArtCliff are asking for donations that will go directly to Martha's Vineyard Scouting. Proud Scout mom Elizabeth Oliver sums it up perfectly — a great restaurant supporting a great cause.
The Chilmark School fifth-graders spent this past week at Sugarloaf Mountain in the heart of Maine's Carrabassett Valley. Maine's second highest peak (4,237 feet) was the final destination for first-time skiers Kelly Klaren, Levi Moreis, Suzanne More-Straton and Liam McCarthy. According to Kelly, she liked the trip not only because it was her first time setting foot on skis but her dad, Jonathan, got to tag along with her and experience the adventure firsthand. Kelly also really enjoyed being with her classmates out of the school setting. They had ski lessons, classroom lessons and free time. We all know teaching and learning can become inherently spontaneous and student-centered when moved from the confines of the classroom into the world at large.
Irene from the Library shares that at last Wednesday's afterschool art program she made valentines along with the 14 school children in attendance. Moms, dads, and some special friends will be the lucky recipients of these masterpieces. A few are even signed "Your Secret Admirer."
Have you heard? Gossip is going on the high school this weekend. Students from the High School will perform in a short play written by theater director Kate Poole Murray. The performances are tonight through Saturday night at 7 pm. There is also a 4 pm show on Saturday. Chilmark students in the show are Thorpe Karabees and Bradley Carroll. Brigida Larsen is one of the techies who works keeping all the sound flowing smoothly. The students will take their 40-minute performance off Island and compete in the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild Festival. Their preliminary round is Saturday, March 3, in Attleboro along with Worcester Academy, Cohasset High School, Medford High School, Dartmouth High School, Wilbraham & Monson Academy, Algonquin Regional High School, and Attleboro High School.