Well, it's April vacation week many people are again away, and once this week passes the race to Memorial Day begins. Just one month left to get your ducks in a row for the upcoming season. People say that this is going to be a long, hot summer due to the extremely mild winter and the lack of rain. I'm not really qualified to predict weather patterns, but that's never stopped me or any of my neighbors before, and I am in agreement with the majority that this is going to be a doozy of a summer, heat-wise. But this is New England and really anything can happen.
The 20th Annual Earth Day Beach Clean-up is this Saturday, April 21, from 10 am to 12 noon. The Vineyard Conservation Society will have volunteers with supplies at Lobsterville Beach, Philbin Beach and the tribe beaches starting at 10 am. There will be a pizza party at the Tisbury Wharf on Beach Road in Vineyard Haven following the Island-wide beach cleanups.
Also on Saturday at the Grill on Main in Edgartown the M.V. Center for Living will host a luncheon where you can learn about the history of the Martha's Vineyard Campmeeting Association from 12 noon to 2 pm.
Nicole Galland will be reading from and signing her book, "I, Iago" at the West Tisbury Library on Tuesday, April 24, at 5 pm.
On Sunday, April 29, a memorial gathering for Amanda Hutchinson will he held at the Chilmark Community Center, starting at 1 pm. Pictures and stories will he shared, and refreshments will be served.
The Tribe's annual Spring Social will be held on Sunday, April 29, from 11 to 4 pm. There will be a potluck luncheon, dancing, and drumming.
Eleanor Hebert will celebrate a major milestone on April 19. Mitzi Pratt will share the day with her on the 19th. Clovis Smith will celebrate his first birthday on April 22. Happy Birthday to all.
Hot on the tail of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic comes Tom Dresser's new book "Disaster off Martha's Vineyard." Twenty-eight years before the Titanic, in 1884, the steamship City of Columbus was en route from Boston to Savannah, Georgia. On a wintry night, the ship ran aground off Gay Head. Although the City of Columbus was fully equipped with life jackets and life boats, more than 100 passengers and crew drowned in the frigid waters. At the time, the City of Columbus was the most disastrous shipwreck off the New England coast. The book will be out in mid-May.
Sassafras summer camp is filling up, so if you want to sign your child up for some outdoor Aquinnah adventure this summer, contact Saskia Vanderhoop at 508-645-2008 or through the website at sassafrasmvy.org. The camp is for kids ages 6-13.
Congratulations to Ella Mahoney who was just offered a scholarship to the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio for three weeks this July. As part of the scholarship, she will also have her work displayed in a gallery in Ohio.