It’s such an odd time of year around here. We’re over the holidays, the gung-ho attitude toward New Year’s resolutions is beginning to ebb, those of you who pull the 16-hour days during the summer are just about caught up on Homeland and Breaking Bad, and others have just pulled the duffels out of the closet and are preparing for respites in lands afar.
Then there are the football fans. With so many ups and downs this season, it is particularly exciting to see the Pats in the playoffs this year. I stayed dry indoors for Saturday’s game, but Pam Dolby’s travel team, including Michael Snowden, Adam Darack, and Laura Alexander, donned their foul weather gear and braved the rain-soaked crowds at Foxboro, where rumor has it Pam had a snorkel, just in case. Our boys have a tough game this weekend, but we know they can do it. Go Pats!
The Edgartown School 7th graders need your help raising funds for their ski trip to Gunstock, New Hampshire. They will host a ham and bean supper Wednesday, January 22, from 5:30 to 7 pm, including board games in the Library. Call 508-627-3316 for information.
On eight Tuesdays at 7 pm, the Edgartown Library will present a series of films about musical artists — from comedies to dramas, all of them award-winners and all of them filled with music. The series began Jan. 14 with a mesmerizing portrait of the brilliant and reclusive pianist Glenn Gould, a film that breaks with biopic tradition and invites the audience to imagine what it was like to be this man. Call 508-627-4221 to see what film is up next. Please note: This film series is for adults. Refreshments will be served.
Community Suppers are back! The Methodist Church of Martha’s Vineyard will host the weekly Oak Bluffs Community suppers Saturdays at 6 pm in the Parish House in the Campground, and on Mondays at the Edgartown Whaling Church. Call 508-693-4424 for info.
Felix Neck has a cool program coming up in February, so mark your calendars for the “Skull and Bones Workshop,” on Saturday, February 22, 1–4 pm. Have you ever found a skull or bone while hiking and wondered what animal it came from? Skeletal remains represent some of the most prevalent and interesting evidence of the animals that share the environment with us. This workshop is designed for naturalists, teachers, trackers, and anyone interested in learning more about the natural world. Using instructor Richard Wolniewicz’s easy-to-follow book, “Field Guide to Skulls and Bones of Mammals of the Northeastern United States,” this comprehensive and interactive workshop will teach you what to look for when identifying animal bones. From the small bones found in owl pellets to the larger bones of animals such as fishers and deer, these remains can be easily identified by using the illustrated keys in the book. Bring in any bones you have found that you would like to finally identify. Register online at www.massaudubon.org or call 508-627-4850
Birthday wishes go out this week to Eric Klaussmann, January 17; to Barbara Morgan, January 19; and to Jade Deslauriers, January 22. Have fun!