Everyone was enjoying the glorious weather on Sunday. Even the VTA buses got into the act, flashing the message: Happy Mother’s Day.
My daughter in Colorado called to announce they had three inches of wet sloppy snow. But it should melt the next day. They had a couple of 80-degree days followed by hail the size of baseballs last week. All is supposed to clear in time for final exams.
For the first time in many years parents have organized an After Prom Party. The Dukes County Youth Task Force is acting as fiscal agent. The YMCA has donated their facility for Saturday night from 10 pm to 5 am. This is for all juniors and their dates. Juniors who do not attend Prom are welcome to a poolside DJ, bungee run, karaoke, games and music, climbing wall, movies, and great food. Juniors are encouraged to stay the night and have breakfast before a 5 am pick-up.
Get your vacation books at the monthly Mini Book Sale at the Vineyard Haven Library on Saturday from 2 to 4 pm. You get a special price for buying a whole bag of books. Just ask.
You are invited. The League of Women Voters annual meeting hosts a brief talk by school superintendent James Weiss and past superintendent Peter Palches on Sunday from 1 to 3 pm at the Howes House in West Tisbury. The question for discussion is whether regionalization would improve our elementary schools. Dr Weiss says, for example, that we waste a lot of money on five different payroll systems. Dr. Palches will suggest some alternative ways to manage our schools. For more information call 508-693-1430.
Some work on my 2011 Subaru Forester left me driving a 2014 Outback last week. I didn’t tell them I wouldn’t swap. I don’t like the reduced view out the rear window on the new one.
See a free showing of Freedom Summer at 4 pm Sunday at the MV Film Center. The treat is offered by the MV Film Society in collaboration with WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR station, and WGBH Boston. The film takes the audience back to the hot and deadly summer of 1964 when the nation was focused on Mississippi. More than 700 student volunteers joined African-Americans in the effort to shatter segregated Mississippi and register as many black voters as possible. The film highlights the efforts of outside activists and local citizens during the Civil Rights Movement.
You have another chance on Monday to discover the wonders of Island wildlife and nature when naturalist Susie Bowman will lead a nature walk, starting out from the Tisbury Senior Center at 12:30 pm. See what’s blooming after a short meeting before carpooling to the trail. Those on the first walk saw wintergreen with bright red berries, trailing arbutus with tiny white flowers, wood anemone, wild violets, sheep sorrel, and other early plants. They said that the bird calls in the still of the woods created a symphony of sound with woodpeckers keeping percussive beat. Blue birds, red-tailed hawks, and ospreys may be next. You’ll have to see for yourself. No charge for the walk, but call Sandy at 508-696-4205 to register.
You won’t know what you were missing until you attend the discussion of Services for Seniors and Caregivers at the Tisbury Senior Center on Monday from 4 to 5:30 pm. Staff from Vineyard Nursing, Veterans Services, and Elder Services will share information. The program is free, but you do need to register at 508-696-4205.
John Holladay’s paintings are on the lower level at the library through the month of May. He moved to town in 2001. He teaches Computer Graphics and Animation at Falmouth High School. On weekends and during the summer, he teaches at Featherstone. His work can also be seen at Louisa Gould Gallery.
Cleaning out your closet? Hours at Clothes to Go at the Methodist Church have changed to Monday and Wednesday afternoons, 2–4 pm, and Saturday mornings, 9–11 am.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go to Jill Walsh tomorrow and Glenna Moore on Saturday. Best wishes for a very happy birthday to Craig Mayhew on Monday. On Tuesday wish the best to Lillian Hammond, Mary Cressy, and Maura Ziemian.
Heard on Main Street: If you want the rainbow, you have to put up with the rain.