Does anyone else feel like they have been climbing a mudslide these past two weeks? As usually happens this time of year, everything happens and all major deadlines fall in the two weeks before Memorial Day. Every time I finish one thing on the to-do list at least five more things pop up to the top, and they are all important and all need to be done, NOW. My apologies to anyone I have not called back, or followed up with: it will probably not happen until September. Here we go.

Dreamcatcher at the Cliffs is opening for the season tomorrow at 11:30 am. Now everything is open at the Cliffs. Chilmark Tavern opened this week, they will be open Thursday-Monday until the last week in June when they will be open seven days a week. The Home Port opens tonight, chef Matt Safranek will be cooking all season. The Beach Plum Inn has been open for a couple of weeks. Chef Chris Fischer completely redid the dining room and the menu and I have been hearing good things from many people who have gone for dinner.

Both Joan LeLacheur and Lisa Vanderhoop have work in Featherstone’s “Art of Flowers” show happening now through May 29. The gallery is open daily from 12 noon to 4 pm. The Friends of Family Planning Art Show is happening this weekend at the Ag Hall. The gala opening is tonight. I’m sure there will be many up-Island artists represented there.

The M.V. Garden Club’s annual plant sale is happening this weekend. It will be at the Old Mill, on Saturday and Sunday, from 9 am to 2 pm. It features annuals and perennials, native and not, mostly flowers, some veggies, all raised by members in the Garden Club’s greenhouse. There will also be rain barrels available for sale.

On Monday at 10 pm the National Geographic Channel will show, “American Heroes Fishing Challenge.” A one-hour special about the American Heroes Saltwater Challenge founded by Jack Nixon that happens on Island annually during the Derby. You will recognize all of the fisherman featured in the show, including Buddy Vanderhoop who attended the very fancy Washington, D.C., premiere of the special this week. The special is narrated by Lenny Clarke and features original music by John Mayer.

There was a lovely gathering at the Aquinnah Library this past Saturday for outgoing library trustee Martha Vanderhoop and incoming library trustee Heidi Vanderhoop. Martha has served for about ten years, she was not sure of the exact number. She is not abandoning public service with her retirement from the trustees; she is now on the Lighthouse Preservation Committee and felt that she could not do both groups. The trustees presented her with a copy of Thomas Dresser’s new book about Vineyard women as a token of their appreciation. Heidi seems excited to come aboard the trustees, and she is a welcome addition.

Lisa Sherman has almost all of the Library’s summer programs set up. She is waiting for confirmation from a few people and then will announce the schedule to the public.

Dr. Curtis Langer recently returned from Atlanta where he attended the Fourteenth Annual Soto USA Symposium and Research Conference, an event that he helped to organize. While there he lectured on several topics relating to Sacral Occipital Technique chiropractic.