And so we find ourselves in that stretch of winter in which every other conversation seems to be about the tropical paradise from whence one has just come, or that to which one has just set sail.

Richard Prieto is off for his annual trip to Costa Rica, and he’s already begun teasing me with regular photos from the beach. Cinnamon White joined Richard for the first week of his month of sun and sea. Meanwhile, a bit farther east, sisters Melanie Rankow Prescott and Jen Klein were off to hang out with Mom, Margaret Rankow, in St. John for a week. Again, with the jealous-making photos of frozen drinks and aqua waters. For Jen and Tom O’Hanlon, the destination is Turks and Caicos, where baby Grace will enjoy getting her little tootsies wet, I have no doubt. Can’t wait to see everyone come back all tan and relaxed.

What are everyone’s plans for school vacation? Let me know where you’re planning to have your fun.

Hey voters! The Edgartown Town Democratic Committee will hold a caucus on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 11 am at the Edgartown Library to review the proposed 2013 State Platform and get ready for the special Senate election. All are welcome.

Summer Camp sign-up time is here, and Vineyard Montessori School will be the home of Camp Super Kid. Debbie Jernegan is now accepting enrollment for Camp Super Kid, for ages 2.9 to 7, a weekly theme-based camp full of creativity and fun. Children who participate in Camp Super Kid will journey into a magical world immersed within an adventurous book. Activities including movement and music, visual and theatre arts, scientific exploration, water play, cooking, field trips, and walks to the beach. For more information, contact Debbie at the Vineyard Montessori School, 508-693-4090, or email director@vineyardmontessori.com.

To fill the gap in the week where no free community meal is offered, The Federated Church will offer free lasagna luncheons from 1 to 3 pm on Sundays, starting Feb. 10, through Sunday, March 24. Any and all are welcome.

Felix Neck has its docket full with the usual interesting and educational nature fare throughout the winter. Some upcoming events include a Winter Walk Thursday, Feb. 7, from 10 to 11 am during which you’ll discover what’s happening in nature on the Island in the off season. Warm up after with a hot beverage in the Discovery Room. Next up is a program entitled “Where do They Go in the Winter?,” which takes place February 14 at 10:30 am at the Tisbury Senior Center, where you can learn who migrates and who sticks around all winter. Finally, the Full Moon Owl Prowl will take place Friday, Feb. 22, from 6 to 7:30 pm. Find out Hoo’s out there, as owls silently fly through our Island woods and fields. Look, listen, and learn about these nocturnal birds. For further info on these and other events, call 508-627-4850.

The Edgartown Police and Edgartown School will host a presentation this Tuesday on the role of the school resource officer. All Island residents are invited. The program begins at 7pm in the cafeteria and will include a question and answer session.

Birthday wishes go out to Camden Townes, who celebrates her day on February 8. Hope you have a lovely time. Also, special birthday wishes go out to Nicki Miller, who is just back in time from her trip to sunny Florida to freeze her way through her February 12 birthday. Make those cats snuggle up with you and get Jim to fill up the pellet stove, and just maybe you’ll forget it’s not 80 degrees outside.

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