Everything is finally waking up! Easter weekend brought a surprising number of visitors to the Island, which we discovered while attempting to pick up a friend at the boat early Friday evening. I got the sense of the impending season while witnessing the familiar scene of drivers, pedestrians, and bikers alike with the clear befuddlement on their faces of those who have little idea of where they are going and zero idea of how to arrive at said destination. A sample of what’s to come, for sure.

A friend and I hit the downtown streets on Saturday to enjoy the 70 percent mark-downs on last year’s merchandise and have a spy at some of this year’s goods, boxes of which are arriving in big brown trucks daily. Petunia’s, Katydid, 20 Main, and Island Outfitters all had their doors thrown open to “bahgain shoppahs” such as ourselves. Kate Walpole over at Katydid has a whole new line of funky colored nail polishes on the shelves well worth checking out.

It seems each day this month we’ll be seeing more Welcome signs in the windows, as the Atlantic is set to open April 3, followed by Chesca’s on April 11, where we like to grab the big round table in the corner and wait for the Town election results to pour in, SPEAKING OF WHICH…

Hey E-tonians! I know I need not remind y’all that our Annual Town Meeting will be held Tuesday, April 9, at 7 pm at the Old Whaling Church, and I can’t wait to see ALL your smiling faces there. I’m looking forward to seeing the new mural that Margot Datz has labored over all winter. Also, town elections will be held Thursday, April 11, so mark that on your calendars.

I’ve just received word from Donna Blackburn on behalf of the Scottish Society of Martha’s Vineyard that the group will be holding an Island-wide “Tartan Day” event, Saturday, April 6, 2–4 pm, at the Trinity Methodist Church parish house in the Campground in Oak Bluffs. The event will feature bagpipe music, craft activities for kids, and Scottish refreshments — including afternoon tea. So throw on your kilts, pack up the clan, and go have some fun. For questions, call Donna at 508-627-8747.

Deborah Mayhew would like all to know that there will be a Celebration of Life Memorial at the Ag Hall in West Tisbury on Saturday, April 6 for her life partner, Todd Follansbee, who died last September. A memorial service will start at 5 pm, followed by a potluck dinner (limited refrigeration, no warm up). There will be live music by local bands The Stragglers and The Bodes. This celebration will be similar to the 60th birthday bash Todd and Deborah hosted in 2011, which is what Todd would have wanted. All are welcome to come celebrate Todd’s life with the Mayhew and Follansbee families. Email Deborah at drdeb@vineyard.net if you have any questions.

Doriana Klumick has begun a new venture as a sales rep for Stella & Dot, a company that specializes in fun jewelry and accessories via home-based jewelry parties. It’s a great way to get the ladies together and ogle the shiny and sparkly things that our inner magpies so crave. If you would like to host a trunk show in your home, contact Doriana at dorianaklumick@gmail.com or 603-817-7863.
 Best of luck on this exciting new project!

Birthday wishes go out this week to James Dropick, who celebrates April 4; to Hadley Antik, who celebrates April 5; to Dylan Morgan, five of the five best rappers of all time, who celebrates April 7; and to Mabel Jeanne DeRoche, who celebrates April 9. Have fun!