I love the angle of the light this time of year, particularly on the drive from Oak Bluffs to Edgartown along State Beach. The colors are just so stark and bright, like driving through a Hopper painting. And of course, we know the real purpose of these afternoon drives is to spot my snowy bird friend in the dunes. I have yet to spot the owl this year, not for lack of trying, but I won’t let the ongoing obsession hijack the column this year.
So happy for Dayce and Kurstin Moore, who are finally off on their honeymoon. These two tied the knot back in June, but the summer season allowed no rest for these busy bees — Dayce is a patrolman with the Edgartown PD, and Kurstin serves up the martoonies at Alchemy. The two will spend their well-earned break on Antigua. Enjoy!
I’ve had word from Linda Condlin that daughter Alicia Jean Nicholson, who fell last September and dislocated her knee and broke several ribs, is still working toward recovery and is currently awaiting surgery that will lay her up for three or four more months. Because medical expenses are difficult, and she has been forced to miss some work, her co-workers from the Lookout Tavern will hold a fundraiser on Jan 10 at 6:30 pm at the PA Club. Money Shot and Mike Benjamin will play, and there will be items for raffle. Best wishes to Alicia on the road to recovery.
Chilmark Writing Workshop will be offering a Write from the Heart winter workshop January 23 and 24 (Friday from 6 pm to 7:30 pm, and Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm). Yes, this takes place in Chilmark, not Edgartown, but having attended one of Nancy Aronie’s writing workshops back in September, I can’t recommend the experience enough, and for those of you who can’t get the free time during the busy summer months and/or can’t afford the usual tuition, it’s a great opportunity to get a kick-start on winter writing or try something new. Also, homemade soup and hot bread, so yum. This special winter session is offered for $199. Get it all out in two days — ongoing therapy is much more expensive. Call Nancy at 508-645-9085 to reserve your space. You might very well see me there.
The Martha’s Vineyard Film Center welcomes Island artists to enter their work for possible exhibit in the Feldman Family Artspace for the 2015 season. Island artists interested in exhibiting their work in the entry lobby of the Film Center should go to the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society web site (mvfilmsociety.com/art-at-the-feldman-family-artspace/) for an application and additional information. The deadline for entry is March 1.
The Federated Church will resume serving free lasagna dinners from 12:30 pm to 2 pm every Sunday starting Jan. 11 thru the final Sunday in March. All are welcome, Island-wide. For questions, or in the case of inclement weather, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seniors: The Martha’s Vineyard Museum welcomes you Monday, Jan. 12 at 1 pm for a free tour. Exhibits include “Nancy Luce — Madonna of the Hens,” and “Dogs vs. Cats” — see objects, photographs, and archival material that feature these loveable furry friends, and cast a vote for your favorite. Please call the Anchors to sign up, 508-627-4368.
This Sunday, Jan. 11, please join Vineyard Conservation Society for their third Winter Walk of the season: a visit to Katama Farm, home of the FARM Institute. The walk is expected to include the new interpretive hiking trail that opened last year, and may branch out to other areas of the farm as time allows. FARM Institute staff will add their knowledge of current farm operations and the surrounding area to discussion of the conservation history of the property. Although Katama Farm is now quite well-known (largely due to the popularity of the FARM Institute), many of its current visitors are likely unaware of the unusual history of this special place. The walk will start at 1 pm, and last approximately two hours. For more information, contact VCS at 508-693-9588.
Birthday wishes go out this week to Kristin Warriner, who celebrates Jan. 9; Peter Shemeth, Jan. 10; Becky Beeson, Jan. 11; Tad White, Jan. 12; and Jeff Smadbeck, Jan. 15.