Now don't be alarmed, but there has been this bright yellow ball in the sky lately that has been making appearances more and more regularly, even creeping into the evening hours. Let's not draw too much attention to our new friend, lest we scare it away, because it's a shy one, that sun. And just to give a little extra prodding, we get to set the clocks forward this weekend. Hooray!
Blame it on the few places open these days, or on pure psychic connection, but CB and I cannot seem to escape each other these days. When I walk into an establishment, if he isn't sitting there already, he is not far behind. I told him I think we're practicing the buddy system. Or we are each other's shadow. Or, my personal favorite, he is my secret bodyguard because I am way more important than I even knew about. You know, government secrets and stuff. Oh, whatever it takes to get through the winter around here. You gotta keep things interesting somehow. Well, whatever the truth of it is, CB, we have very discerning tastes and we take our mealtimes seriously. Nuthin' wrong with that.
The old inbox is filled with events this week, and there seems to be something for everyone. On Saturday, March 9, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm, ACE MV and the Bunch of Grapes Bookstore will hold the first of two ACE Authors' Readings at the Bunch of Grapes in Vineyard Haven for free to the public. Two well-respected Vineyard writers and ACE MV instructors, Cynthia Riggs and Nancy Aronie, will showcase upcoming authors from their classes and workshops. Featured readers will include: Cynthia Riggs, Amy Reece, Lisa Belcastro, Catherine Finch, Taffy McCarthy, Kanta Lipsky, Anna Conathan, Joyce Wagner. Check the website for more details at www.acemv.org or call 774-310-1131.
The Edgartown Democrats, who were snowed out of the last scheduled meeting, will caucus on Saturday, March 16, at 11 am at the Edgartown Library, to elect delegates to the State Convention and discuss the state platform. All are welcome — and there will be cookies! Call Christina Brown for more information, 508-627-5534.
Spring is a time for new beginnings, and Felix Neck will offer a Spring Equinox Yoga: 108 Sun Salutations session to ring in the new, Wednesday, March 20, from 9 to 11 am. Join yogis around the world in this tradition to pull yourself out of the winter months and begin to energize for the coming spring. Find out the significance of this tradition in a collective practice to "spring clean" your mind, body, and spirit in a beautiful outdoor setting. Bring a mat or towel and water. Dress appropriately, as this is an outdoor event. Call 508-627-4850 for more info.
Pathways Institute and the MV Poets' Collective will host POETRY: An Evening of Light, Tuesday, March 12, from 7 to 9 pm at the Chilmark Tavern. Featured poets of the Collective include Ellie Bates, Tom Durawa, Madeline Fisher, Jill Jupen, Andrea Quigley, Annette Sandrock, and special guest, Edgartown Poet Laureate, Steve Ewing, will read. They invite everyone to share original or favorite poems and join in the camaraderie. Refreshments will be served.
The MV Center for Living will celebrate Spring with its third in a series of cultural luncheons focusing on the arts and cultural community of Martha's Vineyard. The luncheon will be held on Saturday, March 23, at the Grill on Main in Edgartown from 12 noon to 2 pm and will honor The Martha's Vineyard Museum. The featured speaker is museum chief curator Bonnie Stacy. For reservations, call MVC4L Director Leslie Clapp at 508-939-9440.
The Martha's Vineyard Women's Network will host a Breakfast Social on March 12th at Cafe Moxie from 8 to 9:30 am. All are welcome to come mingle and exchange ideas. Bring your business card. The MVWN Small Business Grant will be announced at this event. Grant applications will be available starting March 12th. Lite breakfast fare will be served. You do not need to be a member to attend. For info, visit mvwomensnetwork.org.
Birthday wishes go out to Simon Athearn, who celebrates March 7; to Paul In, who celebrates March 8; to Mike Benjamin, who celebrates March 10. Richard Prieto does not believe in birthdays, but give him a little wink anyway and wish him a happy 30th from me if you see him out and about.