Now I know we all missed that extra hour of sleep last Saturday night, but how awesome was it Sunday evening, still light out at 7:30? We had our first al fresco dinner of the season. I'm sure we have a ways to go before that becomes the nightly routine, but I gotta say, I've had a little taste of that spring fever.
Big news from over at Felix Neck: the resident barn owl has laid her first egg of the year. Be sure to check out the "owl cam" in the nature center if you're there. You'll miss that first egg, but there will be many more to follow.
Visit the Anchors Wednesday, March 13th at 5 pm to hear Barbara Courtney and friends talk about her 500 mile walk in northern Spain. Says Barbara, "Although my life focuses mainly around family and business, I like to think of myself as a bit of a nomad. In celebration of my fiftieth birthday, I embarked on a 500 mile trek across Spain. Although The Way has been walked for more than a thousand years, it is a unique journey for each pilgrim. Come and share my story of what brought me to a village in France to set out on the walk, what my daily life as a "peregrino" was like and what lessons of the Camino I know to be true." Soup, bread, and dessert will be provided. Call 508-627-4368 to reserve your space.
It's nothing but excitement at the MVRHS as the boys basketball team racks up their wins. As I type, the boys are lined up to represent the Vineyard in the Final Four. I hope that when you read this, the victories have continued to mount.
High School successes certainly aren't "nothing but net" these days, as students are excelling in various outlets, including the art world. In March, Featherstone celebrates high school artists, with several shows lined up to celebrate these young talents. On display until Friday, March 15, you have a couple more days to catch the ceramics and sculpture of Amy Fligor, Lauren Dostal, Joe Turney, Michael Morris, Emerson Hazell, David DaSilva, Julio Britto, Taymon Brown, and Jake Hart. Saturday, March 16 to Friday, March 22, check out paintings and drawings by Forrest D'Olympia and Hannah Moore. Saturday, March 23 to Friday, March 29, will feature paintings and drawings by Aoefe Estes and Samantha Valley, and finally, Saturday, March 30 to Friday, April 5 will feature paintings and drawings by Ella Mahoney and Victoria Sadowsky. Each show will be kicked off with a reception on its respective opening Saturday, from 4 to 6 pm. For further info, call 508-693-1850.
The Island Autism Group is hosting a Future Financial Planning Seminar for families of children with special needs on Saturday, March 16, in the Edgartown School library from 1 to 3 pm. A New York Life financial advisor and a couple colleagues including Attorney Fred Misilo (who helped produce the PBS documentary "Autism: Coming of Age") will be leading the seminar. For further information, contact Marcy Bettencourt at 508-693-2106.
Back by popular demand, last year's crowd-pleasing Comedy Night is returning to Harbor View Hotel this month, featuring three nationally known New England comedians: James Goff, Mike McDonald and Jim Lauletta. The 90-minute show will take place March 22 at 9 pm in the Water Street restaurant. The comedians, all members of Dick Doherty's Beantown Comedy, have enjoyed success with a range of national appearances, including Comedy Central's "Open Mic Fight" and HBO's U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. For tickets and info, call 508-627-7000.
Tuesday, March 19, is the American Cancer Society's Daffodil Day. Bouquets will be delivered to those who preordered bunches, but you can still support the American Cancer Society by stopping by the Edgartown Stop and Shop on Tuesday afternoon, or Vineyard Haven Cronigs or the M.V. Hospital on Wednesday morning, to make a donation to this worthy cause. You will receive a bunch of budded daffodils—ready to blossom and welcome spring. All donations collected go directly to fund cancer cure research and programs that help individuals battling this disease. For information, contact Judy Baynes at 508-627-5468.
It's a happy birthday weekend for Maureen and Dennis Gazaille, with Dennis's birthday March 14, followed by Maureen's on the 15th. I'm told it's a big one, but no one will say which, so let's just go with 25. Hope it's a lot of fun.
Additional birthday wishes go out to Robbie Robertson, who celebrates March 14; for the dueling Townes birthday boys, Zach and Dan, who celebrate March 19th and 20th, respectively; to Michael Snowden, who celebrates March 19; and to Dave Berwind who celebrates March 20. To this group of birthday boys, I really don't have to say "Hope you have fun," because there's no doubt you will, so how about, stay out of trouble? Wink, wink.