Posted February 9, 2006

By Jacqueline Sexton - 508-645-2895 -

We have been mulling over the groundhog's prediction for six more weeks of winter - what winter? - and wondering exactly what to call this season with its see-saw temperatures. On the Island the rhododendrons have been kept in a continual state of on-again, off-again attempts to bloom; rumor has it that the cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C., are about to, or have already, burst into bloom; and a Houston garden club is mulching azaleas with ice to delay their flowering until the garden club's annual azalea tour late next month. Who's in charge, anyway?

Meanwhile some bright days to look forward to on the February calendar are being provided by both the PTO and the Friends of the Library.

PTO chair Christina Soulagnet has e-mailed us about the PTO 's Italian dinner and raffle which will take place next Saturday, Feb. 11 from 5:30 until 7:30 pm at the community center. Both the home-cooked dinner and the raffle are extraordinary. The menu includes spaghetti, eggplant Parmesan, meatballs, vegetable lasagna, baked ziti, garlic bread, salad, and cake and Chilmark chocolates. Raffle ticket holders have a chance to win a color TV, his and hers Kenneth Cole sunglasses, a Truly Scrumptious dinner for six prepared by chef Perry Ambulos, a bird bath, a wicker picnic basket, a basket of "TY" beanies, a KatheKnuse doll, and "much, much more!" Tickets, available at the door, are $25 for a family, or $10 for one adult, and $5 for a child. Raffle tickets can be bought throughout the evening. The proceeds go to PTO projects and the Outing Program, including the Shenandoah trip, the 4/5 theater project, and teacher appreciation for the dedicated school staff. It sounds like a fantastic evening.

And next Wednesday, Feb. 15, the Friends of the Library have invited all Islanders to a Valentine's Day party, "Chocolat et Romance," at the library at 7 pm. The event, which will feature dessert and a movie, is free. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call the library at 508-645-3360.

Congratulations to Johanna and John David Cage on the birth of their son, Ian, in Worcester on Dec. 27. Grandparents are Jacque Cage and Elisabeth and Robin Hyde. Ralph and Ethel Sherman are the great- grandparents.

Finally, best wishes for a fast recovery to the many people who have been sidelined by the current, very nasty, flu/cold/whatever. Here's a home remedy that might help: Heat water to boiling point, add juice of one lemon and honey to taste. The honey helps stop the coughing so don't skimp. Unless your doctor has forbidden it, a drop or two of bourbon helps you get some sleep. A vaporizer helps too.