Today was the 100th day of school. It is always a very exciting day, particularly in kindergarten where they have a 100th day museum. The students all bring in 100 of something of their choice, such as Matchbox Cars, Legos, pennies, pieces of pasta, etc. Every year, the creativity seems to get even better. My favorites this year were a wearable robot costume with 100 dots or stickers on it and a beautifully drawn picture with 100 pennies added in as part of the artwork. And I have to say, the one with the golf balls cut in half was amazing. Who knew that the insides of golf balls make them look like Everlasting Gobstoppers.
“West Side Story” takes the stage at the PAC Thursday night, Feb. 15, and runs through Feb. 18. Evening shows are at 7 pm through Saturday and Sunday serves up a 2 pm matinee. There are lots of hard-working, dedicated and talented high school kids involved, along with the staff and orchestra volunteers. Let’s go cheer them on. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Tickets will be available at the door and can also be purchased ahead of time at ticketsmv.com. You can record the Olympics for one night.
The Caregivers Support Group meets this Thursday, Feb. 15, from 10:30 am until 12 pm and is a support group for caregivers caring for a loved one with a physical illness or dementia. The group provides a forum for caregivers to meet and connect with others in similar circumstances. Group support and discussions include topics such as wellness, meditation, challenges and joys of caregiving, reducing stress and increasing knowledge on caregiving issues and needs. The group meets twice a month on the first and third Thursday of the month at in Conference Room 1 in Building C on the MVCS campus. Respite care support can be provided to attend the group. For more information and confirmation of time and place, contact Allison McKinley at 508-693-7900 ext, 217.
Happy birthday wishes go out to Kristen Jenkinson, who celebrated on Feb. 12, and Erik Bruguiere on Feb. 16.
Mark your calendars for the most amazing fundraiser of the year, the annual Edgartown School 8th Grade Auction. This year’s silent and live auction event will be at the Loft on March 23 from 6 pm until 10 pm. Music will be supplied by Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish. Get your dancing shoes on, open up that wallet, have a good time, and support a great cause.
The Martha’s Vineyard 20 Miler and Amity Island Relay is happening this Saturday so be on the lookout for runners. The event starts at the Steamship Authority at 11 am and the official end time is 3 pm. February can be tough for runners, with temperature changes and who knows what precipitation. If you can, get out there and cheer some of those crazy runners on to their goal. Beep your horn. Clap. Yell encouragement. Keep them running.
I booked a whirlwind trip to New Mexico yesterday for my boy and me to go check out the University of New Mexico. He’s gotten accepted to his five schools so far so it’s getting down to decision time. He already visited UC Boulder in the fall. Now it’s time to tour UNM. I don’t think that I have ever gone on a one-on-one trip with Riley in 17 years. I do it with Amelia all the time for dance competitions but this is a first for us. I can’t wait.
I love the idea of him wanting to venture away from New England. But I hate the idea of him wanting to venture away from New England. Ha! He’s ready. I’m not. But then again, I don’t think I’ll ever be ready. I learned how to love my kids from the best and so I’m just like my father. He’d be happiest if all of his kids, and probably grandkids, lived under his roof. We’d drive him nuts. But he’d be happy. And I feel the same way about my cherubs. But they grow up and do their own things. And it will be a pleasure to watch that too.
Have a wonderful week.