West Tisbury: A roaring month

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Parsonage, or Whiting’s, is a pond again, albeit with tuffets of grasses breaking through. Maybe it will get cold enough for skating, a sight long missed, and a memory from winters past. The Great Pond is higher than many can remember. It is supposed to be opened later in the week, unless our third nor’easter of the past two weeks postpones that plan. What a roaring lion this March has been so far.

Mike has been picking up extra firewood from neighbors and friends with downed trees in their yards. He spent part of Sunday afternoon with his big truck and his chainsaw. It’s very comforting to be looking at the start of next winter’s wood supply.

Jay and Celine Segel headed to Vermont last week to visit their new grandson and do a bit of free babysitting. While there, they were also planning to celebrate Vikki Howard’s March 6 birthday, and Jay’s on March 15.

In other birthday news, Isla Jane Solon turned 10 on March 11. Her friend and fourth grade classmate at the West Tisbury School, Natalie Larsen, turned 10 on Feb. 25.

“Happy Birthday” to my brother Andrew Graham, who turns older than 10 on March 19.

A reminder about the Martha’s Vineyard Cancer Support Group’s Daffodil Days this Friday and Saturday, March 16 and 17. Bouquets for$10 will be available at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital on Friday from 8 am to 3:30 pm. On Saturday, you can stop by the Edgartown Stop & Shop, Reliable Market in Oak Bluffs, or Cronig’s in Vineyard Haven between 9 am and 4:30 pm. You are advised to shop early, as they regularly sell out. Please help our fellow Island residents and their families dealing with cancer and the expenses their treatment incurs.

The last two Community Lasagna Lunches sponsored by the Federated Church in Edgartown are this Sunday, March 18, and next Sunday, the 25th. Lasagna, salad, garlic bread, and dessert are served in the Parish Hall from 12:30 to 2 pm. All are invited to attend. The meal is free, and friendship and conversation are included.

West Tisbury’s Community Suppers continue every Wednesday evening beginning at 5:30 pm at the First Congregational Church.

The Friends of the Library Book Sale Committee ask that anyone planning to donate books to please hold off till after April 5. Volunteers will be on vacation, so no one will be available to accept and process donations during that time.

At the West Tisbury library this week:

Friday, March 16, 10:30 am, violinist Cesar Atzic Marquez will lead an open chamber music rehearsal. Musicians are invited to bring their instruments and participate. Anyone wanting to sit and listen to some lovely music is welcome, too.

Saturday, March 17, 5 pm, meditation instructor Dr. Elliott Dacher will lead a discussion and a guided meditation. His topic is “The Essence of Evolved Meditation Practice.”

Sunday, March 18, 2 pm, Jennifer Knight will lead an afternoon of guided visualization, intuitive painting, and journaling inspired by Eve Ensler’s play “The Vagina Monologues.” Sign up at the library.

Monday, March 19, 11:30 am, Kanta Lipsky will lead her Balance Workshop.

Wednesday, March 21, 5 pm, filmmaker Ben Tumin will present a multimedia program that examines the impact of refugee resettlement in the United States. Information about the refugee crisis is mixed with interviews with five young Syrians living in Germany. The interviews were conducted by Scott Cooper, a retired Marine working in human rights advocacy. He argues in favor of welcoming refugees to the United States, assessing the benefit through the lens of national security.

Mike and Nanuk have just headed off for a walk. There will likely be no beach walks for the next couple of days, as snow and scouring winds blow onshore. After I finish the column, I’ll begin preparing, bringing in extra wood, getting the candles and flashlights and lamps out again, planning some easy-to-reheat or -cook dinners, making sure snow shovels are on the porch. Then I’ll take a long, wistful look at the snowdrops and purple crocuses making bright patterns through our lawn and gardens. They will likely be buried when we wake up Tuesday morning.