Edgartown: doors are opening, crocuses crowing

Linley-DolbyI love seeing doors slowly begin to open all along Main Street. We have new places to meet up, new menu items to try, and the men in brown delivering box after box to our local purveyors of goods for our window-shopping delight and eventual consumption. All set to the backdrop of pinkles tinking and crocuses crowing and jonquils jauntily jutting through the leaves.

So far, we’ve hit up the Atlantic for a much-needed change of scenery. Also moving toward the opening gates, Chesca’s throws open the doors today Thursday, April 10, and Détente will begin their season on April 18 — make your ressies now for Easter Brunch and/or Easter Dinner. There is a lot of anticipation for the new Italian place by the owners of Rocco’s that is slated for Lattanzi’s old space. And I’m excited to see what will transpire at 11 North Water as well — the construction crew seems to be keeping busy out front there. It’s all coming back to life!

The Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living is holding its first fundraiser for 2014 at the MV Film Society Center located at 79 Beach Road in the Tisbury Market Place on Sunday, April 13, from 4 to 7 pm.  The event will include wine, hors d’oeuvres, dessert, and music by Michael Haydn, followed by a showing of the film “Away From Her,” which will begin at 5 pm, in which a marital relationship is strained when the wife is sent to an Alzheimer’s facility, where she falls in love with another patient in plain view of her husband and family. Following the movie, there will be a Q&A with Facilitator and MVC4L Board President Karen Achille, MVC4L Executive Director Leslie Clapp, Supportive Day Program Administrator Eileen Murphy, and Senior Staff Member of Windemere Mary Holmes. For reservations and further info, please call Leslie Clapp at 508-939-9440.

I’ve had a message from Tony Lombardi about a monthly Elder Tech Fair Program that brings elders and teens together for one-on-one appointments to tackle elders’ questions about their tech devices. Elders are often mystified by their smartphone, tablet, or laptop and benefit from spending some quality time with a teen volunteer who may be able to help clear the mist away. Elder Tech is sponsored by Alex’s Place at the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard as part of its HumaniTeen Service efforts and also Digital Connectors, the Digital Literacy Training Program which is sponsored by Comcast. There is no cost to seniors (55+) to attend. An appointment is needed. Call 508-693-1676 to schedule an appointment.

Attention seniors: On Monday, April 14, at 1:30 pm, the Tisbury Senior Center will host a forum on Emergency Preparedness in the event of a winter storm or hurricane. Chuck Cotnoir will speak on the importance of having a go-bag filled with emergency supplies. Beth Toomey will share her experiences working in the Falmouth shelters during Hurricane Sandy and speak about the difficulties of shelters. Jim Klingensmith will talk about what is done to accommodate pets, and Chris Cini will answer Tisbury emergency-management questions.  The center is located at 34 Pine Tree Rd. in Vineyard Haven. Call 508-696-4205 for further info and to sign up.

Relay For Life, an event to raise money for the American Cancer Society (ACS), is set for May 31-June 1, at the MVRHS track, and they are still looking for people to sign up as teams, volunteers, and survivors. Please visit RelayForLife.org or the Relay For Life Martha’s Vineyard Facebook page for more information on getting a group together and who to contact to do so. The theme for this year’s event is celebrations, i.e. birthdays, holidays, or anything you’d like to celebrate.

Last week was a Very Special Episode of the Edgartown column, so I’d like to give a belated Happy Birthday shout-out to some folks we missed: James Dropick and Sean Hegarty celebrated April 4; Hadley Antik, April 5; Patty Gazaille, April 6; Dylan Morgan, April 7; Alison Smith, April 8; and Amy Heil and Nancy Morris, April 9. Hope it was a good one!

This week, we have Jennifer Neville celebrating on April 10; Caroline Dolby, April 11; Pam Cassidy, April 12; Paula Smith, April 13; and last but certainly never least, Mikey Harmon, April 14. Have a blast, folks!

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