Snow. Sleet. Rain. Ice. Wind. Storm. Warning. Advisory. Blizzard. Plow. Slush. Candle. Fuel. Fire. Wood. Battery. Flashlight. Water. Peanut butter. Bread. Milk. Fort. Hat. Mitten. Sled. Neighbor. Shovel. Scrape. Chip. Soup. Book. Game. News. Weather. Icicle.
Just a few words off the top of my head to sum up the last few days — before, during and after Blizzard Nemo. I find the name Nemo synonymous with a cute little orange-and-white striped fish, certainly not a big, angry blizzard; nevertheless, that is what 2013 will likely be marked for here in New England. Messy and difficult always bring a community together. Plowing out neighbors, lending a hand shoveling, sledding and cocoa with a bunch of rosy-cheeked children can all give a thanks to the weather.
The stormy week led to lots of postponements including the Chilmark School PTO/Outing Program fundraiser that was supposed to be held on Saturday February 9. Rather than simply "Rockin' away those winter blues with Johnny Hoy & the Bluefish," we will also be rollin' in the spring too. Yes folks, we have rescheduled the event for Saturday, April 6. All the details will remain the same: 7 to 11:30pm at the CCC with both live and silent auctions, a dessert bar, music, dancing, and more. If you purchased tickets they are certainly good for the sixth. Mark your calendar now. There is plenty of time to get all of your ducks in a row.
Wednesday, February 20, at 5 pm, local herbalist and women's holistic coach Holly Bellebuono will host a book talk at the Library about her recent publication, The Authentic Herbal Healer: The Complete Guidebook to Herbal Formulary & Plant-Inspired Medicine for Every Body System. Just a little aside for those of you who may not have laid eyes on the book yet, Holly and her daughter, Madia, look beautiful on the cover, and son Gabe marks the back. Madia is a fifth-grade student at the Chilmark School, and Gabe, a graduate of Chilmark, has moved on to West Tisbury.
"Roman Holiday" with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck is the 1956 Oscar-winning film that will be shown tomorrow night at 7 pm at the library's Free Friday Night Movies. If you didn't get out with your honey last night for Valentine's Day, this romantic comedy is the perfect pit stop for a couple of hours. Indulge in the free popcorn and drinks, too.
Ava Stearns has been a real show-stopper at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida. WEF, for short, is the longest running and largest horse show in the world. Ava has been riding multiple ponies since her arrival in Wellington about a month ago. She kicked off the season with a champion ribbon in the small green ponies division. No folks, not literally green, but green as in inexperienced. In addition, Ava has won the Children's Jumper Classic, championed in the Medium Green Pony Hunter division more than once, and has accomplished so much more in such a short time.
The Chilmark School fifth-graders had an exciting week on their Sugarloaf ski trip even if it was cut a tad short. Rather than spending their last night in the far north reaches of Maine with a blizzard bearing down, the chaperones of Madia, Owen, Dash, Kieran, Thea, Adan, Ben, and Cary opted to travel south and spend the final night of their adventure a little closer to home. The Falmouth Inn, with a whole lot of splashing in the pool, provided some good quality bonding time for the kids and a bit of assurance for all of the parents. Their children would be home prior to the fall of the first flake.
It's budget season. That means long nights for the town's finance committee, selectmen, and more as the budgets are gone through line by line. Many thanks to the Town of Chilmark's Finance Committee — Marshall Carroll, Robert Chidsey, Bruce Golden, Alan Porter, Sarah Shipway, Richard Williams, and Frank Yeomans — for their time, dedication and advice. I realize it is a thankless task, so I thank you all.
On this Valentine's Day I will leave you with a few simple words by Antoine De Saint-Exupery, "True love begins when nothing is looked for in return."