March already! Even in the stillness of winter, time marches on. It is the quietest week of the year, with so many families on vacation, more stores and restaurants closed, and light lingering longer daily. Witch hazel is in bloom, and signs of spring peek out at us from high and low. Pinkletinks in the air. It is one of my favorite times of the year.
Our local farms are abundant with eggs and meat, so plan on visiting Allen Farm, Grey Barn and Farm, Mermaid Farm, and North Tabor Farm. The Food Truck can be found weekdays from 10 am to 2 pm parked at the Home Port, offering breakfast and lunch; call 508-560-5883 to place your order. If you’re in the mood for fish, you can order from Menemsha Fish Market at 508-645-2282.
The Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival is looking for volunteers to work in exchange for tickets, March 16 to 19; email email@example.com.
Pathways is on vacation through Sunday, March 5. On Tuesday, March 7, enjoy Music and Poetry with Justen Ahren and Dana Edelman, Rob Lytle, and Jim Orr. Doors open at 6:30, followed by programs and performances from 7 to 9 pm. Monday Knitting Circle meets from 1:15 to 3 pm for an instructive session of knitting and spinning. No experience necessary, materials provided. All ages welcome. For more info, call 508-645-9098. Closed Wednesdays and Sundays; otherwise open from 11 am to 5 pm.
The Chilmark library school-break activities continue Friday, March 3, with all-day Drop-In Crafts, and on Saturday, March 4, catch a 2 pm movie matinee about pets and their secret lives. For more information, call 508-645-3360. Sign up for photographer Kim McCarthy’s four-week “Beyond Selfies: A Mobile Photography Workshop,” from Wednesday, March 8, through Wednesday, March 29. This free workshop will teach you the basics of composition, dynamic motion, exposure and light, and editing. Each session will include presentation, discussion and hands-on practice. Preteens through adults welcome; register by calling 508-645-3360.
Learn to Prune Your Fruit Trees at a Polly Hill workshop on Saturday, March 4, from 10 am to 2 pm. $30 members, $40 nonmembers. Call 508-693-9426 to register.
Try one of the Ag Society’s “Before the Meatball” workshops on Saturday, March 4: “One Chicken, Many Meals” with Robert Booz at 11 am; “Lamb Cutting” with Brian Athearn at 1 pm; “Woodfire Cooking” with Tim Laursen of Local Smoke at 2 pm; and “Pâte Primer” with Chris Kajsas at 4 pm. Each workshop, $15. Space is limited. Call 508-693-9549 to register. Dinner from 6:30 to 8 pm. Dancing with music by the Space Invaders until 10 pm.
Stop by the West Tisbury library between 4 and 5 pm on Saturday, March 4, to celebrate the opening of Valentine Estabrook’s “Spacewalk” exhibition of paintings.
On Sunday, March 5, at 5 pm head to the Newes in Edgartown and join local musicians Mary Wolverton on fiddle, Myles Thurlow on low whistle, Tauras Biskis on bodhran and guitar, Avi Lev on whistle, and others, who will play a traditional Irish session in solidarity with musicians across the country in support of civil rights and the ACLU.
If you want to learn more about the Chilmark School, join a tour any Wednesday morning at 8:10 am. Just show up, or call 508-645-2562 for more information.
Community Suppers, free and open to all, are on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 to 7 pm at the Chilmark Community Church.
Have a good week, and for everyone on vacation — we hope you’re having a good time.