According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, that tried and true source for all things relating to weather, planting, tide, astronomical events, and more, spring begins with the vernal equinox at 7:02 am (EDT) on March 20, 2013, in the Northern Hemisphere. Yes, folks, that was yesterday. The Almanac’s prediction for March 20 to 28 in the Atlantic Corridor reflects we shall have a few showers and warm weather. I, for one, am thrilled, provided I still retain my quiet days to “get stuff done” before summer. I have been a good procrastinator this year.

Spring sports have started at MVRHS. With the extra afternoon daylight, the teens are hitting the fields and the track in full force. To name a few, Mariah and Jessica Campbell, Thorpe Karabees, and Andrew and Peter Ruimerman are getting their sprinting, jumping, and distance running legs back in working order. These first few days are tough on their bodies after a winter respite. Be sure to keep up on the sailing, track and field, lacrosse and baseball schedules. There will be plenty of our neighbors to cheer on.

Clara Athearn is having another birthday. Yes, another 365 have rapidly passed and she will be the ripe old age of seven on March 23.

It seems like just yesterday she was a bitty little thing riding in a rear-facing car seat with her parents Dan and Meg. Now, she’s the big kid, Zeb is the adorable middle child, and Miss Penny Lou has taken the spot as baby in the rear-facing car seat.

A slightly belated birthday shout to Quinlan Slavin who I missed last week. His sixth birthday was, whoops, overshadowed by his dad’s birthday. Goodness, I never should have let that happen. Quinlan had a weekend-long celebration which put lobster on his dinner table, a whole lot of Saint Patrick’s Day cheer, and a wee bit of the luck of the Irish.

Kristen Maloney at the Chilmark Library shares that the students of the Chilmark School will be displaying their art work at the Library from now through the month of April. Their art teacher, Kathleen Cameron, has done a beautiful job of hanging this special show. There will be an “Opening” with juice and cookies for everyone on Monday, March 25, from 2:45 to 3:45 pm.

Congratulations to West Tisbury sixth grader Kelly Klaren on her recent under-14 win on the PricewaterhouseCoopers tennis circuit #3 on Grand Cayman Island. Kelly managed to not only keep up with her schoolwork but clearly her game while visiting her grandparents. Nice work, Kelly.

Lukas Frank, son of Jennifer and Scott of L.A. and Chilmark, totally rocked it on the drums with his band, Kitten, at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas last week. SXSW 2013 offered some of the finest music, independent films and emerging technologies the 21st century has to offer. Kitten played three nights at various locations and managed an interview with Billboard Magazine. Google them. Their music and the interview are both available on line. You may not realize it, but most of you know Lukas from his summers manning the pumps at the Texaco just a few short years ago.

Feeling the need to get your mind, body, and spirit regrouped before the onset of a hectic summer? Wellness Weekend at the Hob Knob, April 5–7, may be right up your alley. Our North Road summertime neighbor and Certified Health Coach and owner of Whole Soul Wellness Deneen McQueen-Chippari along with local chef, author, and foodie Cathy Walthers will be leading the way and blazing the trails for your health, wellness, and both culinary education and indulgence. The weekend retreat is jam-packed with cool stuff just for you. Call the Hob Knob or check out the package summarized on their website.