I witnessed an amazing sight this weekend, which I actually heard before I saw, as a chatty flock of Canada geese so vast it covered the entirety of the Sweetened Water pastures flew over. The sight was frighteningly Hitchcockian, and I was glad to be safely inside my Jeep for fear of having my eyes pecked out. Seriously, it was ominous. And pretty cool.

My father reported seeing a snow goose in with a flock of Canadas last week. He assures me that this is news, and he’s the bird guy, so there you have it. Meanwhile, I was proud to identify a bluebird in my neighborhood the other day and remain confident in my assertion that it wasn’t just another robin to which I’d given too much credit.

We’ve just received some highlights from the road, as Michael and Carol Berwind pointed the GPS toward the West Coast and set their camper out on the highway, looking for adventure, as the old song goes. This week, the two will celebrate Michael’s birthday, that particular day on which he was officially born to be wild. Have fun!

Big news in the Werther household, as Violet Werther became a big sister January 7 with the arrival of Savannah Day Werther. Savannah was born at 10:12 am to proud parents Meghan Kill and Doug Werther, weighing in at 7.12 pounds. Congrats to all, and welcome, little one.

Calling all Democrats, the MV Dems will host a gala party Monday, January 21, from 7 to 10 pm at the Chilmark Community Center to which all Vineyard supporters of President Barack Obama and Senator Elizabeth Warren are invited. Dance to Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish and have your picture taken with a life-size cutout of our POTUS. Please bring finger foods for the buffet table and your desired beverage. Contact Paddy Moore (mooreii@aol.com) for further info.

The FARM Institute announces MLK Day of Service, Monday, January 21, from 9 am to noon. Flock to The FARM to help with morning chores and farm projects. Sign up at the new Volunteer Signup page http://volunteersignup.org/WD8C3, or just show up. This year, you’re invited to participate in a special task: Operation Liberate the Back 40! The “Back 40” on a farm is the place where all the good, recyclable, reusable pieces and parts go to await their next best use on a farm. Over time, the Back 40 can get a little crowded. Help sort the trash from the treasure and make space for that next great farm project. Who knows? You might walk away with just what you need.

The Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living will hold its first cultural luncheon of the year on Saturday, January 26, from 12 noon to 2 pm at The Grill on Main in Edgartown. This winter series of luncheons will focus on the arts and cultural community of the Vineyard. The theme for the series ties in with Arts Martha’s Vineyard, a collaboration of members of the Vineyard’s arts, culture, and business communities, to promote and support the arts on the Island. The featured speaker will be Ann Smith, Executive Director of The Featherstone Center for the Arts. Ann will discuss the arts and culture scene here on the Vineyard and talk about Featherstone and its calendar of classes and events on tap for the coming months. For reservations and further info, call MVC4L Director Leslie Clapp at 508-939-9440.

Belated birthday wishes go out to Amy Crawford, who celebrated January 10, with a lovely dinner at Atria, surrounded by family and friends.

Additional birthday wishes go out to Barbara Morgan, who celebrates January 19. Hope you get what you wish for when you blow out the candles, though Barb, I gotta say, the whole Derek Jeter marriage proposal thing is a little far-fetched. And happy day to Jade Deslauriers, who celebrates January 22. Hope Dan and Riley treat you right.

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