Edgartown: Charles Whitehead at the Old Whaling Church

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An interesting start to spring it has been, with another actual ground-covering of snow just as the crocuses had begun to shyly peek through the newly exposed sod. Sorry little friends, it appears it might still be a bit chilly for you up here above the ground. Bewildered thermometers everywhere are certainly getting their exercise.

I would like to offer somewhat of a retraction, or at least a correction to my recent statements regarding Bruce Farland’s joke telling. I was perhaps a bit hasty in assigning the word “terrible,” as Bruce’s mother was kind enough to point out with a phone call from Florida to her baby boy upon reading my assertions. I did a quick poll of Bruce’s frequent audience, and the overall assessment is, “often long-winded, but enjoyable.” So I stand corrected. And if you ever get a chance to ask him to tell you the one about the guy passed out in the movie theater, that one is my favorite — just ask for the short version, natch.

We started off the Weagle birthday week with a delicious meal at the Grill on Main last Saturday. TM Araujo, who was sorely missed at dinner, and my mother-in-law, Anne, led the pack with their March 23 birthdays, followed by my husband, Dave, on March 25, then Auntie Marie Araujo on March 26. That is a lot of Aries energy at one table, I tell you. It always makes for entertaining and raucous conversation. We had a lot of laughs.

The Edgartown eighth grade class invites you to their annual silent and live auction, Friday, March 27, beginning at 5:30 pm at the Harbor View Hotel. The event will benefit the eighth grade trip to Washington, D.C. Call 508-627-3316, ext. 253, for tickets.

The Martha’s Vineyard Community Services Daybreak Clubhouse will present a classical piano performance by Charles Whitehead at the Old Whaling Church on Saturday, March 28, at 4 pm. All proceeds from the performance will benefit Daybreak, a program that promotes recovery, full community integration, and improved quality of life for persons who have been diagnosed with any mental health condition that seriously impairs their ability to lead meaningful lives. Tickets are available by calling 508-696-7563.

Arts Martha’s Vineyard will be holding its annual meeting Monday, March 30, from 4:30 to 6 pm at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center. Guest panelists Cathy Edwards of the New England Foundation for the Arts and E. San San Wong of the Barr Foundation will be present, along with David White, artistic and executive director of The Yard, as moderator, with the theme of supporting today’s artists and making room for artistic risk-taking and innovation. RSVP to Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce at 508-693-0085 or info@mvy.com by March 26.

I’ve had word from Chip Seadale that St. Andrew’s Church has introduced a new and different worship service, in the parish hall, not the church, which began this past weekend with the help of two highly popular Island musicians: parishioner Joanne Cassidy on vocals and Wes Nagy on keyboards. The idea is a more casual, informal, emotive approach to worship, with some cool music. Joanne and Wes will be back on Sundays April 12, May 17, and June 14. Also, Joanne will be helping with a benefit dinner for St. Andrew’s music programs, and will sing at that dinner on Sunday, March 29, at 6:00 pm, with Nancy Rogers on piano, and Jessica Buckley and Christine White providing a gourmet dinner. For all that, tickets are only $50 per person, and are limited. Anyone interested should call 508-627-5330 to order them right away.

Birthday wishes go out this week to Amy Ellrodt, who celebrates March 27; to Janice Belisle, March 28; to Jona Dunphy, March 29; and to my dad, Mike Dolby, who celebrates March 31. Hope you have a good one!