Snow at last. When I awoke during a night last week and looked out the window, everything glowed beneath a white covering – lawn, roofs, and trucks. I went downstairs to fill the woodstove and watch the snowflakes come down in silence. Rain the next day glazed it with ice and the warm weekend made it disappear completely. It's cold again and snow is predicted for tonight (Monday), four to six inches.
It was fun to see and hear children sledding downhill, screaming with laughter and feigned fear. I hope this week of temperatures in the low 20s will make the ponds solid for skating.
I also hope it will give the Fire Department Ice Rescue team a chance to practice their skills. A drill had been scheduled for Sunday morning after radio check. Mike and I wondered what the drill would be, as we stood outside in thin jackets. It was almost 50 degrees. They were unlikely to find ice anywhere on the Island. Mike came home later saying they had practiced with the equipment and rescue sleds at Seth's Pond. Maybe they will try again this coming Sunday if we have a good freeze.
After many years and patron requests, the West Tisbury Library has become a member of CLAMS. We all have to get new library cards that give us access to the collections in the CLAMS network.
Jennifer Tseng, librarian and poet, is offering a free poetry workshop for intermediate and advanced writers. The focus will be primarily on critique with occasional writing prompts. The workshop will meet on Friday afternoons, 3:30 to 5 pm, throughout February. It is limited to five participants. Pre-register at the library, by phone at 508 693-3366, or online at firstname.lastname@example.org. The location is still to be announced.
If you look on the West Tisbury Library's Facebook page, you will see pictures of the demolition of the interior of the library. It's exciting to see the progress.
West Tisbury selectmen are hosting an informational forum about the Mill Pond at the Howes House next Wednesday, January 30, at 5 pm. They plan to answer questions and listen to your comments regarding the following options: dredging, stream restoration, or leave it alone.
Paul Karasik has a full-page cartoon in the New Yorker's special edition Best Cartoons of the Year 2012. His cartoons are becoming a regular sight in weekly New Yorkers. Check out last week's edition.
A group of junior high school attendees at the Boy's and Girl's Club have organized themselves into a group called the Torch Club. Abigail Leighton is their adult supervisor. Their first project is a food drive for a Pet Food Pantry. Donations can be dropped off at the Boy's and Girl's Club, the Second-Hand Store in Edgartown, the Animal Shelter (behind the Vineyard Veterinary Clinic), or the Edgartown School now through March 15. They prefer Blue Seal brand, but will accept any brand of food. It must be unopened, undamaged, within the sell-by date. These are hard times for animals, too. Anyone who has had a pet knows that you feed your pet first and you go hungry, so this is a great project to help out. I hope it will have lots of support.
Featherstone Center for the Arts is reaching out to Island artists as they schedule their up-coming first show of the 2013 season. It will open on Sunday, February 10, with a reception from 4 to 6 pm, and will be in honor of Valentine's Day. Work in any medium, a maximum of two pieces per artist, is the request. Call Ann Smith for more information or to let her know that you will participate. Phone is 508 693-1850; email is email@example.com.
If you would like to hear Ann, she will be the guest speaker at the Martha's Vineyard Center for Living cultural luncheon this Saturday, January 26, at The Grill in Edgartown. For reservations, please call Leslie Clapp at 508 939-9440. Tickets are $25/person.
On my sunroom shelf, I have a consecutively planted row of Amaryllis bulbs. They range from colored buds, tight buds, to just a few new leaves. I anticipate the surprise of finding out what they will look like (they were all Christmas presents) and to painting them as they bloom.
As I write this, I am watching the pageantry of our president's and vice-president's inaugurations. James Taylor just sang America the Beautiful. Now Chief Justice Roberts is swearing in President Obama. It really is a miracle, especially as we watch the turmoil in nations around the world, that America has peacefully handed over our presidency for over two hundred years.