Tisbury News: Heard on Main Street, “The groundhog was right”


Obviously, Mother Nature does not listen to me. I was through with snow. I needed no more. I declared we should have no more of the nasty white stuff. And then we got dumped on. And the forecast is for even more of that white stuff.

To show how much Mother Nature ignores my wants and needs, there soon appeared a troop of scraggly turkeys daintily picking their way through the snow, dodging clumps of white stuff as it fell off the trees. The snow clumps missed them. Of course.

The Vineyard Conservation Society announces two programs on Saturday from 1 to 4 pm to help burnish your scouting skills — too bad you can’t do both. At Sassafras Earth Education in Aquinnah, you can learn the Art of Tracking in snow or sand: $25 per person, RSVP 508-645-2008. Or, head to Felix Neck for the Skull and Bones workshop, which is exactly what it sounds like. $30 ($25 for members), registration required 508-627-4850.

The snowbirds miss us, so they say, but not our weather. They do complain of having to wear shorts all the time and getting sand between their toes.

At least we have the Olympics to keep us entertained. Have you noticed how terribly young the athletes look this year? Or perhaps it is my advanced age. Many of them seem hardly old enough to drive, never mind to ride a skeleton sled at 80 mph with their faces only inches from the ice. The snowboarders are either too young to be afraid or too brave to contemplate. Even the normally placid ice skaters seemed to be death-defying instead of simply gliding across the shimmering ice.

And do you believe the weather in Sochi is even warmer than the summer Olympics in London? They could have had the games here. We do have the cold temperatures they are missing, though Peaked Hill is a little low.

Our hearts ached for the very talented Russian skater who had to quit even as we were astonished at the American who tossed his partner what seemed like much too far. It isn’t hard to cheer for the youngster skiing for Switzerland or competing for countries we can’t find on our outdated globe. Wonder if we will get to see the U.S. in a final hockey game against Russia?

Clothes-to-Go is the ultimate in recycling. Open Wednesday afternoons from 2 to 4 pm and Saturday mornings from 9 to 11 am. Free gently worn clothing is at the Methodist Church (stone church). Re-use beats recycling any day. For more, call 508-693-4424.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The Memory Café at Windemere is free and open to Islanders with memory loss and their caregivers. This is an opportunity to socialize and enjoy light entertainment and refreshments. No RSVP required. Call Mary Holmes, 1-508-862-1933.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Tom Robinson and Benjamin Davey. On Sunday wish the best to Anne Sylvester and Wendy Brophy. Tuesday is my special day, shared happily with Judy Cronig and Robin Mathiesen.

Heard on Main Street: The groundhog was right.