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Caroline and Ellie Dolby at the Red Sox game on Patriot's Day. — courtesy Linley Dolby

Linley-DolbyWell you all definitely made the most of your April breaks: from bowling to BoSox to Bippity Boppity Boo, you really did it all. My nieces, Ellie and Caroline Dolby, attended their first Red Sox game on Marathon Monday, where they ate everything in sight, including cotton candy, hot dogs, kettle corn, Italian ice, and lemonade while donning freshly purchased Sox duds — sparkly of course. Also visiting Fenway for the first time, Steve Aben took in a Sox/Yanks game this past weekend amid the hallowed green walls, before promptly returning to work at the Wharf the next day.

Dee and Jack Laird headed to St. John for some fun in the sun, where Jack mastered snorkeling. Mary Morano tagged along to work on her tan.

Miles and Christian Hayes visited their grandparents and great-grandparents in Western Massachusetts and Middlesex County. Along the way, they checked out a bee apiary and a butterfly apiary. Lindsay Medeiros and sons Ben, Wyatt, and Dunovan Belisle took a three-day whirlwind excursion to New London and Storrs, Conn., Amherst, and Northampton to check out colleges for Dunovan. They enjoyed great food, bowling, a little shopping in Northampton, and finished up the trip with Chinese food on the boat ride home. The Nicholson family came to visit for some Vineyard fun, including a couple of turns on the Flying Horses, where Darby got the brass ring.

For the Townes girls, Camden, 8, and Ava, 5, it was sunny Florida, where they made the requisite pilgrimage to Disney World and stayed in the Lion King Suites. Meanwhile, Allison Savva, Julia Smith, Greer Thornton, and Nonnie Garvin kept it closer to home, with their combined seven kids in tow, taking the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in Falmouth by storm, where Anina, Brynn, Asher, Mya, Hailey, Wyatt, and Penelop, got in some pool time, bowling, and arcade and beach fun.

Sheylah Callen took sons Finlee and Hugo to Newport, R.I., where they visited the Narragansett Bay exploration center and aquarium. Finlee, 5, got to pet dogfish sharks, while little bro Hugo, 18 months, played in the tanks as well.

It’s time for the 12th annual Rainbow Place Rainbow Run, this Saturday, May 3, at 9 am. Preschoolers run from the parking lot at the end of Main Street up to the Old Whaling Church to raise money for the school. It is always quite a sight to behold.

While we’re on the topic of running (ish), allow me to introduce the Amity Island Running Club — a group of runners taking part in a 200-mile relay race from Hull to Provincetown. Team members include Edgartown residents, as well as several teachers from the Edgartown School: Megan McDonald, Nedine Cunningham (who also just ran the Boston Marathon), Darren Belisle, Adam Darack, Amanda Hollyfield, and Kara Shemeth. They will team up with another six from upstate New York and begin Friday morning, May 9, in Hull and finish in P-Town mid-day Saturday. Pati and Chad Nelson are hard at work on van decorations for the Jaws-inspired theme. For more about the race, check out ragnarrelay.com/race/capecod.

Teresa Yuan is excited to announce an exhibition of her art at the Island Art Gallery/Kennedy Studios, Vineyard Haven. A reception will be held Sunday, May 4, from 2 to 4 pm. The collections of her paintings in the show are from 2013 to 2014. Over 20 of them were made this year. Ms. Yuan is a native of Taiwan who came to the U.S. when she was 19, then pursued an art degree from Pratt Institute. She is a longtime member of Old Sculpin Gallery. You can catch the show Monday through Saturday, from 10 to 5 pm.

Belated birthday wishes go out to Sandy Fisher, who celebrated his 98th birthday on April 14. Sandy enjoyed cake and ice cream with three of his children, eight grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

Birthday wishes go out this week to Dave Alton, who celebrates May 1; to Matt Boyle, May 2; to Paige Anderson, May 3; and to Kara Shemeth and a certain anonymous shed-dweller, May 4. Also, a very happy anniversary goes out to my parents, Pam and Mike Dolby, who celebrate May 6. Everyone have fun!

Linley-DolbyHere’s the scene: Beach Road, Saturday evening as the sun sets over Sengekontacket. I sit in the passenger seat of a friend’s Jeep, her five-pound squirrel dog hopping frantically about. We review our shopping list, sing along to the radio, everything is as expected. And then I see it. Clear as day, atop the State Beach dunes, still and proud as a statue. Though the warmer weather has rendered its face in darker hues, there is no mistaking the majestic — and sometime mythical — snowy white owl. And I FREAKED RIGHT OUT. My poor friend behind the wheel thought someone was dying as I pointed over her shoulder, unable to form intelligible words, finally managing, “I SAW IT! I SAW IT! I SAW IT!” Then explaining among expletives of pure astonishment, “THE SNOWY WHITE OWL!”

It is a journey we all have partaken of together. My phone never stops ringing, my email lighting up with your sightings. In the time since I imposed a moratorium on owl announcements, I have had reported sightings from Doug Dexter, Bruce Farland, Ashley Spinney, Shelly O’Neil, Renee Vieira (whose son’s picture of the owl, incidentally, made it onto the NECN morning news), and several others. We really were in this one together. And I’m thrilled that I have closure. Now my poor dad is another subject altogether, as the owl continues to be a sworn nemesis, haunting his dreams. Luckily, he’s an osprey man, so hopefully he can find distraction in the observance in the sudden arrival of a different bird of prey. Anyway, thank you all for your support and encouragement. I can now move on with my life without the sorrow of what could have been. (Cue the tiny violins.)

I had word from Hilary Granis about the third annual Daf-Faux-Dil weekend on Nantucket, which she attended along with buddies Katie Doll, Cheri Mason, Bill Jacob, and Sully. The tradition began three years ago when the group headed over to the other island for Daffodil Weekend, only to discover the event was not slated until the next week. So for the last two years, the team heads over to ACK the week before, hence the name: Daf-Faux-Dil weekend. Who needs all those crowds anyway?

I want to give a quick shout-out to our Police Department, many of whom spent Patriots’ Day working alongside the Boston Police Department to provide security at the 118th Boston Marathon. Officers traveled to Boston for specialized training earlier in the month, then worked directly with the Boston Police Department Bicycle Unit along the marathon route. Pretty proud of these guys.

The 3rd annual Pink & Green Weekend, a celebration of Spring and Mother’s Day, is coming up May 9–11, with events for all ages. Kick off the weekend with the whole family at Donaroma’s Cirque du Pink and Green event, Friday, May 9, 4–6 pm. Then throughout the weekend, enjoy sales, promotions, the 2nd Annual Bartender’s Drink Contest, Mothers’ Day brunches, and of course the Pink & Green Ball, complete with music from the Sultans of Swing. For a full schedule as well as ticket info, visit edgartownboardoftrade.com.

Calling all you aspiring Hasselhoffs: the Mansion House Health Club will offer American Red Cross Life Saving certification. Aquatics Director Jennifer Fragosa supervises and teaches through videos, group discussion and hands-on practice, participants learn teamwork, rescue and surveillance skills. The American Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguarding course teaches participants the knowledge and skills to recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies, preventing drowning and injuries. Register now to get trained to be a certified lifeguard for Waterfront locations. For info or to reserve your spot, call 508-693-2200 or email infor@mvmansionhouse.com.

This week in birthdays, we have Stacey Ickes, who celebrates April 24; Sara Graves and Cassie Bradley, April 25; Lisa BenDavid and Coo Cavallo, April 27; Paulo DeOliveira and Donna Cavallo, April 28; Lark Bakkensen, April 29; and Brian Ditchfield, Matt Cutter, and Richelle O’Neil, April 30.

In addition, a Very Special birthday wish goes out to Doug Dexter who celebrates a milestone birthday April 30. I can’t tell you how many years, because I don’t have candle fire insurance on this column, but definitely tell him happy birthday when you see him, because that Wharf paddle is really going to smart on this one.

Linley-DolbyWhat a weekend for outdoor time — sunshine and barbeques and numerous flip-flop sightings. I’ve been driving around with my windows down and enjoying every second of this spring. Even the 4 am wakeup calls with my dogs have been enjoyable, with Mars huge in the sky and the pinkletinks still reeling from a late night of partying.

Speaking of the new and exciting, the Avakian family has welcomed a baby girl. Lillian Marie made her debut April 12, weighing in at 8 pounds, 1 ounce, to proud parents Brooke and Derek and big brother Cooper. This girl will never want for pink, frilly things, and has in fact already donned her first hair accessory. Congrats all around, and welcome, little one.

Vinny and Frankie Paciello were psyched to attend their first Bruins game this weekend, and what a good weekend it was for those Bs, having just earned a playoff spot and clinched the best record in the NHL. These kids will never know what it was like to live the heartache of Boston sports in the days of yore. Good for them. And Go Bs!

I ran into Jade Bennett the other day and was thrilled to congratulate her on all the exciting goings-on in her world. She and husband, Joe Rock, tied the knot this past February at Windemere, to ensure that Jade’s grandmother could witness the nuptials. The happy couple has since returned from their honeymoon cruise, in time to put the finishing touches on their new home, which their daughters, Grace and Madison, will surely enjoy. Best wishes for a happy future to you two and your family.

The 22nd annual VCS Earth Day Beach Clean-up will take place on Saturday, April 19, from 10 am to noon. So make your way to Fuller Street, Lighthouse, South (Left & Right Fork), or State Beach (Bend in the Road) and enjoy a morning of fun and environmental service and kick off spring with a renewed appreciation for the natural beauty of our Island. There’s no need to register or call ahead — just come out to your favorite beach where volunteers will be waiting with everything you need. This year’s after party returns to the Harbor View Hotel. From 12 noon to 2 pm, you can compare your treasure hunting stories while enjoying treats from the Harbor View and Scottish Bakehouse. There will also be a free raffle for gift certificates to Bunch of Grapes for the kids, and a garden basket from S.B.S. for the adults.

I’ve had email from T. Batts and  Lauren Ricks, two self-proclaimed wash-ashores who landed on the rock about five years ago who spend their summers working at the Seafood Shanty, and now their free time honing a children’s comedic brand, “Broccolihead and Carrottop.” These veggie characters are coming alive in an interactive book to be released at the beginning of the summer season. In order to get the word out this summer, servers at the Seafood Shanty will be wearing shirts on Fridays inspired by the brand. Check out broccoliheadandcarrottop.com to learn more about T. and Lauren and their new venture.

Birthday wishes go out this week to Megan Shai Brown, who celebrates April 17; to Ron Green, April 20; and to Jason Dyer, April 23. Hope you all have a great time. And to the rest of you, Happy Easter, Happy Passover, and Happy Spring!

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Linley-DolbyI love seeing doors slowly begin to open all along Main Street. We have new places to meet up, new menu items to try, and the men in brown delivering box after box to our local purveyors of goods for our window-shopping delight and eventual consumption. All set to the backdrop of pinkles tinking and crocuses crowing and jonquils jauntily jutting through the leaves.

So far, we’ve hit up the Atlantic for a much-needed change of scenery. Also moving toward the opening gates, Chesca’s throws open the doors today Thursday, April 10, and Détente will begin their season on April 18 — make your ressies now for Easter Brunch and/or Easter Dinner. There is a lot of anticipation for the new Italian place by the owners of Rocco’s that is slated for Lattanzi’s old space. And I’m excited to see what will transpire at 11 North Water as well — the construction crew seems to be keeping busy out front there. It’s all coming back to life!

The Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living is holding its first fundraiser for 2014 at the MV Film Society Center located at 79 Beach Road in the Tisbury Market Place on Sunday, April 13, from 4 to 7 pm.  The event will include wine, hors d’oeuvres, dessert, and music by Michael Haydn, followed by a showing of the film “Away From Her,” which will begin at 5 pm, in which a marital relationship is strained when the wife is sent to an Alzheimer’s facility, where she falls in love with another patient in plain view of her husband and family. Following the movie, there will be a Q&A with Facilitator and MVC4L Board President Karen Achille, MVC4L Executive Director Leslie Clapp, Supportive Day Program Administrator Eileen Murphy, and Senior Staff Member of Windemere Mary Holmes. For reservations and further info, please call Leslie Clapp at 508-939-9440.

I’ve had a message from Tony Lombardi about a monthly Elder Tech Fair Program that brings elders and teens together for one-on-one appointments to tackle elders’ questions about their tech devices. Elders are often mystified by their smartphone, tablet, or laptop and benefit from spending some quality time with a teen volunteer who may be able to help clear the mist away. Elder Tech is sponsored by Alex’s Place at the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard as part of its HumaniTeen Service efforts and also Digital Connectors, the Digital Literacy Training Program which is sponsored by Comcast. There is no cost to seniors (55+) to attend. An appointment is needed. Call 508-693-1676 to schedule an appointment.

Attention seniors: On Monday, April 14, at 1:30 pm, the Tisbury Senior Center will host a forum on Emergency Preparedness in the event of a winter storm or hurricane. Chuck Cotnoir will speak on the importance of having a go-bag filled with emergency supplies. Beth Toomey will share her experiences working in the Falmouth shelters during Hurricane Sandy and speak about the difficulties of shelters. Jim Klingensmith will talk about what is done to accommodate pets, and Chris Cini will answer Tisbury emergency-management questions.  The center is located at 34 Pine Tree Rd. in Vineyard Haven. Call 508-696-4205 for further info and to sign up.

Relay For Life, an event to raise money for the American Cancer Society (ACS), is set for May 31-June 1, at the MVRHS track, and they are still looking for people to sign up as teams, volunteers, and survivors. Please visit RelayForLife.org or the Relay For Life Martha’s Vineyard Facebook page for more information on getting a group together and who to contact to do so. The theme for this year’s event is celebrations, i.e. birthdays, holidays, or anything you’d like to celebrate.

Last week was a Very Special Episode of the Edgartown column, so I’d like to give a belated Happy Birthday shout-out to some folks we missed: James Dropick and Sean Hegarty celebrated April 4; Hadley Antik, April 5; Patty Gazaille, April 6; Dylan Morgan, April 7; Alison Smith, April 8; and Amy Heil and Nancy Morris, April 9. Hope it was a good one!

This week, we have Jennifer Neville celebrating on April 10; Caroline Dolby, April 11; Pam Cassidy, April 12; Paula Smith, April 13; and last but certainly never least, Mikey Harmon, April 14. Have a blast, folks!

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If the writer's column were put in a time capsule, readers a century from now would understand what Edgartown was like on the cusp of spring, 2014. — Photo by Alison Shaw

Linley-DolbyAbout once a year, a group email goes around among the editors at the Times and the town columnists to get everyone back on track with exactly what the town column should be — what’s allowed, what’s frowned upon, and the requisite reminder not to exceed 800 words. This year’s email conversation had me thinking about my goals for the column, why I do what I do, and who I look to serve in my role as town columnist.

Well, I’ve broken column writing down into five rules that I adhere to religiously (and for which I have a bevy of creative writing professors to thank).

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1. Stick to the assignment. My assignment as I see it is to represent my town, my community, and this particular point in time. If someone were to find a batch of my columns in a time capsule 100 years from now, I would want them to know that the winter of 2013-14 was (really, really) cold and snowy, a lot of people were fascinated by owls, and the most popular fundraising method was through the sale of pancakes. Super important things. I also aim to be representative. We have a diverse population — young and old and socioeconomically vast — and inclusion is my goal. Sometimes I fail miserably at this goal, but…see Rule 3, and know that I really, really try.

2. Always have an audience in mind when you write anything — whether it be your wife, your third-grade teacher, or your dog. This clarifies whom you are speaking to, the voice you use, the words you choose to express yourself. My father established himself as this audience very early on in my column writing career. It helps that he appreciates my dorky sense of humor and my dry wit. He calls me each Thursday morning, newspaper so freshly pressed the ink could stain his fingers, and says, “Great column” or sometimes, “The column sucked this week.” Which is totally okay, because I firmly believe….

3. Every column can’t be an A+. Some weeks, you guys have so much fundraising and announcing going on that I don’t have a lot of space to pontificate (Dad’s voice in my head: “Good word!”). And honestly, some weeks I am so thankful for those press releases because I do have a real job and I don’t always have the mental space for those 800 words — oh my god 800 WORDS?! — and the best I can do is fill the page and send off the file in a puff of Internet smoke, then collapse from the effort.

4. Always be amazed. I’m amazed by the things I see, the words I choose to express them, and the distances those words reach. I like to mention goings-on of not only those currently residing, voting, and paying taxes here in the 02539, but also people who grew up here now far-flung across the globe, people who spent just summers here but hold this town so dear in their hearts, people who think of our little postage stamp town as home no matter how far their travels may take them. One time, a friend wrote from Afghanistan thanking me for a birthday shout-out. And every time my column is late to go live, I get angry emails from a couple of Texans who eagerly await their weekly dose of Dock Street gossip like two junkies who just can’t kick the Murdick’s Fudge.

5. When in doubt, return to Rule 1: the assignment. And why did I accept this assignment? Because I love my town — the buildings, the people, the history. And each column I write is a love letter to this town that my family and generations before me have called home. I tread on the same bricks as my great grandmother, Antoinette Maria Reading Walker Kelley Taylor, whose high heels clacked and giant earrings bobbed as she made her way around the corner from School Street for an ice cream soda each day, perhaps picking up a loaf of bread at National Grocer, which is now, a century later, a bar that I frequent with my friends. And my grandfather who returned from World War II to serve the town as selectman for decades. And my mother who learned about house charges shopping for bathing suits with her friends — and returning clothing upon Gram’s learning about house charges. And for myself, my readers, and our place in history, which is of equal importance to the passage of time in this place. We perhaps don’t live in the most dramatic time, but this time matters because it is ours. And when that time capsule is unearthed 100 years from now, our children will know I never saw that snowy owl, but on April 4, 2014, I came in at exactly 800 words.

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Linley-DolbyI’m on a plane now returning from a lovely, warm week in New Orleans, preparing to get dumped on by two feet of snow upon landing. What were you guys doing while I was gone, a full-on snow dance? I leave you all for one week and it’s wintertime all over again. When technically speaking, spring kicked off in my absence.

Well, it was all crabcakes and crawfish for me and my travel companions: my mom, Pam Dolby, and my gram and gramp, Ted and Floss Morgan. Our gracious hosts were the first-born of the Morgan tribe, Teddy, and his wife, Cindy. Grampy spent much of the trip at the WWII Museum, representing veterans who fought in the war and answering questions for museum visitors and tour groups. Meanwhile, Grammy and I managed to eat our way through town, devouring oyster po’boys, catfish, fried chicken, pralines, red beans, and everything else in sight.

Needless to say, I’m a bit out of the loop. What has everyone been up to—besides somehow drawing the wrath of Mother Nature once again? Aunt Allouise Morgan says the snowy owls are still around. She managed to spot two of them on Beach Road. I thought for sure the fellas would be gone by the time I got back from my trip, particularly since I hear the pinkletinks are back. What a confusing mess of a spring. The crocuses rear their heads, only to cower in fright. Is this the universe’s way of saying it truly is time to take my three-year-old snowshoes out of the box? Good grief.

The Dukes County and Friends of Sengekontacket Barrier Beach Task Force wants volunteers for a project aimed at improving the plant life at Joseph Sylvia State Beach. On Saturday, March 29 (rain date March 30), they will remove spotted knapweed, a persistent invasive species, and plant new beach grass. Volunteers are asked to meet at 10 am on the beach at the path closest to the Big Bridge on the Oak Bluffs side (Pathway 22). Bring work gloves, a trowel or garden spade, and sun protection. For additional information, contact Greg Palermo by email or at 908-403-0721.

The Trustees of Reservation will host a presentation and educational walk on Sunday, April 6, from 1 to 3 pm at Wasque, focusing on the history and science of the breach and the rapid erosion at the cliffs. Call 508-693-7662 for more info.

MV Community Services will hold its bi-annual Electronics Disposal Day, Saturday, April 12, from 9 am to 2 pm, on the campus of the MVCS at 111 Edgartown/Vineyard Haven Road (across from the high school). Bring your personal or business old and tired computers, monitors, televisions, printers, notebooks, copiers, scanners, air conditioners, stereo equipment, dehumidifiers, cell phones, microwaves, fax machines, all refrigerators, washers, dryers and ranges. Prices range from $2 to $30; 10% off for carloads. Mice and keyboards free of charge. Disposal is off-Island in an environmentally friendly way. For info, call Mary Korba at 508-693-7900, ext: 229 or email mkorba@mvcommunityservices.com.

In anticipation of the upcoming exhibit, Sea Change: Martha’s Vineyard in the 1960s, opening May 23, the Martha’s Vineyard Museum is hosting a photo collection day, Saturday, March 29, from 10 am to 1 pm, in the museum library, to gather images from the community. Museum curators are looking for photos taken on Martha’s Vineyard during any portion of the 1960s. They will be on hand in the museum library next Saturday to scan your photographs, collect any information known about the photographs, and add the scans to the museum’s growing digital collection. Scans of the photos may even be included in the upcoming exhibit. All images will be returned immediately. If you have 1960s photos, but cannot come to the Museum during this time, or if you have any questions, please contact assistant curator Anna Carringer at 508-627-4441 x114 or email acarringer@mvmuseum.org.

Birthday wishes go out this week to Amy Ellrodt, who celebrates March 27; to Janice Belisle, March 28; to Jona Dunphy, March 29; to Jennifer Smyth, March 31; and finally to the four-leaf clover rich and snowy owl poor, Michael Dolby, who celebrates March 31.

Happy birthday, Dad.

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Linley-DolbyAs I type this, I am on the boat to a weeklong vacation on which I will not be looking for snowy owls around every corner. And maybe by the time I get back, those little rascals will have vacated, taking all that majesty that I have yet to witness with them. Though I never did spot one, I really enjoyed the daily drives with the radio up and Island prettiness all around. So, rather than consider this an exercise in futility, I’m really thrilled that those guys got me out, driving around, enjoying the winter vistas.

This week, the hotspot according to the numerous phone calls of those who boasted more success than I’ve had was Beach Road, both on the Senge side and the ocean side. Shelly O’Neil was out there with her binoculars, the Gibsons had a peek during their walk, and the woman who drives the early VTA bus route has had three sightings. Meanwhile, my husband, who is sick to death of the topic, sent a picture of one right outside his hotel window in British Columbia. I have a feeling he is pulling my leg, but even so, well played.

Amelia Ball is back from a month’s vacation that included a stop in Florida before returning to her hometown of Whitehaven, England for the first time in 10 years. Highlights of the trip included fun times with family and old friends, karaoke, and lots of laughs. I would happily ride along in your suitcase next time, buddy. Another advancement in Amelia’s life is finally becoming licensed to drive a car. Just remember which side of the road you’re supposed to be on.

Hey, all you creative types, or those just looking for something fun and interesting to do this weekend: Paint Corner Art Bar will host a Painting Party at the Wharf Sunday, March 23, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. No experience is needed, all supplies will be provided, and you’ll be guided step-by-step in creating your own masterpiece while hanging out with your friends. Check out paintcornerartbar.com for info and tickets. And Sydney Mullen will be there, so it’s kind of a no brainer.

Alex and Ani in Nevin Square will host a “Charmed by Charity” event to benefit Connect to End Violence, on Tuesday, March 25, from 6 to 8 pm. Little bites and “energy punch” will be offered, and a percentage of all sales will be donated to the cause. Email jneary@communityservices.com for info.

Our state Senator Dan Wolf will hold a meet and greet on Wednesday, March 26, at the MV Chowder House in Oak Bluffs from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Go hear what’s happening in the state legislature, tell Dan what you think about the issues, and share your thoughts with friends. Lift a glass, relax after a good day’s work, and check it out.

Birthday wishes go out this week to Dave Berwind, who celebrates March 20; to Becky Bonds, March 22; to Uncle TM Araujo, March 23; to Auntie Marie Araujo, March 26; and a very special birthday smoocher goes out to my best friend, husband, and partner in crime, Dave Weagle, on March 25.

Linley-DolbyI need to express my sincere gratitude for you, my readers, for banding together to offer your support and encouragement in my search for the snowy white owl. I am sure many of you are sick of reading about my obsession with this particular critter, but you are the silent contingent, as the rest of you have my phone ringing off the hook with tips and pep talks. I assure you all, though my dad dropped out of the race (which I don’t actually believe for a second, natch), I can still be found each day driving at a snail’s pace down Atlantic Drive, scanning my surroundings for feathered friends.

Dennis Gazaille has had a couple of sightings on Great Pond, near the sluiceway. One of our buddies had been hanging out a while back, and had disappeared for a bit, but was back last week. Meanwhile, Jerry Grant reports that Cindy Grant and Richard Clark partook of two sightings last week on South Beach, just past the Trustees’ Norton Point shack. My hope of ever seeing these guys is fading fast as the temps rise, but honestly, I’ll take the warmer weather over the bird any day. I’m just glad so many people have had more luck than I have, and I thank you all for sharing and allowing me to espy vicariously through you.

The MV Poets’ Collective will be reading from their new publication at Pathways Institute at the Chilmark Tavern on Tuesday, March 18, from 7 to 9 pm. Edgartown Poet Laureate, Steve Ewing, will join them. Members include Ellie Bates, Tom Durawa, Liz Fauteux, Madeline Fisher, Jill Jupen, Don McLagan, Annette Sandrock, Andrea Quigley, and Ted Hoagland, Honorary Member. The Collective encourages community participation during the evening, so bring any original work to share.

Don’t forget to wear your green on Monday whether you are actually Irish, or just Irish for the day. And if you’d like to get a head start on the shenanigans, the Kelley House and the Newes From America Pub will present their Third Annual St. Patrick’s Celebration on Saturday, March 15. Meet at the bottom of Dock Street at 11 am to join in Edgartown’s shortest, leprechaun-sized Wee Little Parade, which will commence at 11:30 am, followed by family fun times, including dancing and live music. Leading the parade will be Grand Marshalls: the Kelley Family, John Murray, and his son Ryan. Blink and you’ll miss it.

The Edgartown Public Library will host a lecture entitled, “Horseshoe Crabs: A Story of Beach Trysts and Blue Bloods,” Wednesday, April 16 at 5:30 pm. Join Susie Bowman, Felix Neck teacher/naturalist and coordinator of the Island’s spawning horseshoe crab surveys, and Fred Hotchkiss, director of the Marine Paleobiological Research Institute, for a lecture and slide show about these ancient marine residents of Martha’s Vineyard. Often misunderstood by casual beachgoers and in high demand by the bait and biomedical industries, the horseshoe crab plays essential roles in both the natural world and world-wide modern medicine. Also, find out how you can help by becoming a citizen science volunteer to count spawning horseshoe crabs on lunar high tides in May and June. For further info, call 508-693-3122.

Birthday wishes go out this week to Robbie Robinson and Dennis Gazaille on March 14; to Keith Fullin and Maureen Gazaille, March 15; and to Michael Snowden, Helen Plummer, and Zach Townes, March 19.

This week in the search for the snowy owl — which from this moment forward, let us never speak of again — Dad and I drove all over tarnation looking for what has become our collective nemesis, when Dad finally proclaimed, we are done. I said we should just go back to finding four-leaf clovers, because we are much more successful at that, to which Dad said that the owl is definitely somewhere giving us the “middle winger.” This did not stop me from driving out to the breach later that afternoon in one last attempt. Not gonna happen.

Meanwhile, my Facebook feed was flooded this past week with ski goggles and mouse ears, as our neighbors returned from February breaks to the north and south. The Paciellos and the Dolbys took Orlando by storm, swimming and park-hopping, while in the Magic Kingdom, Anina Garvin dined with princesses.

Mike Harmon also took to the Sunshine State to surprise his little sis, Beth, for her birthday. While we were making snow angels up north, Mikey was making sand angels with niece and nephew, Emily and Liam, as well as attending his first ever Daytona 500. Sounds like a fun and action-packed week.

After long awaiting and multiple postponements, the Federated Church Cabaret finally has a date. Saturday, March 22, with curtains up at 7:30, under the direction of Peter Boak, Louise DuArt, the Federated Fellas, as well as the Sweet Fedolines, and many others, will present a variety of music, magic, and silly stuff. Ticket sales will benefit Peace Quilts for Haiti and The Federated Church Search and Call Committee. For info, email antispung@aol.com or elliebethmv@yahoo.com. So grab your friends, get on down, and cure those winter doldrums.

The 8th Grade Auction to raise money for the 8th grade trip to Washington will take place March 14 at the Harbor View. The event will include a cocktail hour and silent auction, followed by a sit-down dinner and live auction. Tickets can be purchased in advance through any 8th grade student or at the Edgartown School. Among the items up for bid are Patriots tickets, a signed Bruins jersey, and a “surprise piece of Edgartown history.” For further info, contact the school.

Seniors, you still have a few days left to sign up for the Anchors trip to Wegmans and surrounding stores, so get off the Island and get your shop on. The trip leaves Monday, March 24, on the 8:15 boat, and returns on the 5. If you’d rather keep things local, also on tap this month are a tour of the M.V. Museum, a visit from the High School leadership class, a guided walk at Felix Neck, and “Coffee with a Cop” at the Edgartown Police Station with Will Bishop. Call 508-627-4368 for more information or to sign up.

The M.V. Chamber Music Society is collaborating with the New England Conservatory and the M.V. Regional High School in a concert performance at the Performing Arts Center on Friday morning, March 14, 11 am to 12 noon, which is open to the public and free. The performance will feature two fine singers from the New England Conservatory: soprano Bethany Worrell and tenor Sean Lair, who will be accompanied by collaborative pianist Diane Braun. The performance will be followed by a private master class led by the NEC singers with local music students. For more info, contact Diane Braun, trebledb@comcast.net or 781-249-0700.

A very special birthday wish goes out to Tom Hiller, who completes his 90th turn around the sun on March 14. Hope you have a wonderful day.

Additional birthday wishes go out to Gail Avakian, March 6; to Simon Athearn, March 7; and to Derek Gamble, Michael Benjamin, and Richard Prieto, March 10. What a list! Here you have my second mom, my first boyfriend, the man in the mirror, my wedding day troubadour, and my long-time hairdresser. You all better have a good one.

I’ve had another week in futility seeking out the snowy owl, but I appreciate the encouragement and tips I have received from you folks in my continued quest. This week, I followed David Nash’s suggestion to scout out the areas behind and around Katama Airfield and the FARM Institute, where David has seen the critters hanging out in the fields. Another couple of tips he shared include looking early or late in the day when there are fewer humans around, and look near clumps of grass or shrubs where they might roost to seek shelter from the wind.

My father has decided to “throw in the snowy towel” on the whole thing, but I persevere. This week, per Mr. Nash’s other suggestion, I will venture over sand toward the breach and check out the beachy areas. I was beginning to think I was running out of time with the warm weather we’ve been having, but this week’s Audubon newsletter assured me that there are still viewings to be had. So any of you still searching, be vigilant. We will find victory.

Celebrate Mardi Gras while supporting an Edgartown family on (Fat) Tuesday, March 4, at 6 pm at the Harbor View. The Guest family lives in Edgartown and has for many years. Both Denise and Jay work on the Island and had two children here, Jillian, 24, and Alex, 20. A MVRHS 2012 graduate, Alex now attends Nichols College as a sophomore. Jillian was born very premature and with that came a multitude of medical issues, including blindness and CP. She graduated from Perkins School for the Blind and has been in an independent living/care situation for about two years. Last spring, Jillian had an accident in her home and broke her femur. After months of care, rehab, and recovery, the Guests hope Jillian can find a family living situation either here on the Island or on the Cape through which she may continue a more independent life. The Guest family is working with an agency to achieve this goal. So pull out your purple, green, and gold, throw on some beads, and get down to the Harbor View. The event includes a silent auction, costume contest, light appetizers, and the musical stylings of Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish. Tickets are available at Coogan Law Office in Vineyard Haven, Your Market in Edgartown, and Jim’s Package Store in Oak Bluffs.

The Library has a fascinating fundraising project going on: noted Island muralist Margot Datz has created an installation of a moveable mural project composed of panels, neatly fitted into the entrance hall of the 1904 Carnegie library, that convey the impression of bookshelves filled with favorite books and mementos from around the world. You may notice that the book spines have no lettering. Soon, you will begin to see these books come alive with favorite book titles, commissioned by the community by making a gift of $100 or more to the library’s Above and Beyond Fund, which is administered by the library trustees. The Above and Beyond Fund was established to fund exciting “wow” items for the new Edgartown Library.

Collectively, we have the opportunity to raise $10,000 for the new library and simultaneously create a true community piece of art. Community members are invited to honor someone special by commissioning a favorite title. To learn more about this exciting project, contact library director, Jill Dugas Hughes; director@edgartownlibrary.org or 508-627-4221. Also, you will soon have more opportunity to check out this project and use the library —  beginning in March, the library will be open on Mondays.

Birthday wishes go out this week to Melanie Oliver and Linda Condlin, who celebrate February 27; to Kurtin Meehan, Jacqueline Millard, and John Henry O’Shaughnessy, February 28; to Ryan Barbini, March 2; to Kathie Case, March 3; and to Laura Bryan and Lizzie Wallo, March 4.

Extra special birthday wishes go out to Rico Robb, our Leap Day friend, who has much to celebrate this year, despite not having an actual February 29 on which to celebrate. Glad to have you back on your feet, Hoss. Elbow bumps all around.