Posted February 16, 2006

By Jacqueline Sexton - 508-645-2895 -

The sheer force of nature's assaults, like the storm unleashed last weekend, are always sobering. But at dawn on Monday morning, the sound and fury were gone and a benign sun shone from a clear blue sky on the velvety white expanse of pristine snow, undisturbed by footprints or tracks. Where were the squirrels, the deer, and the rest of them, along with the birds? All in hiding somewhere.

Our new generator stood ready, but we never lost power.

A fervent thank-you to our anonymous benefactor who zipped in and plowed out our driveway and was gone before we could see who it was. You're a truly good Samaritan, and I think I know who you are.

There are a number of gatherings scheduled in the wake of the Methodist church decision to form a "cooperative parish." We are all invited to bring a bag lunch on Saturday, Feb. 25, for a day-long workshop to exchange ideas about enlivening the Sunday service and to make it more relevant. The gathering will run from 10 am to 4 pm at the education building.

On Tuesday, Feb. 28, everyone is invited to dinner and a talent show starting at 6 pm to celebrate Mardi Gras. Lots of people dress in costume for this event.

The performing arts club for children at the church on Thursdays after school until 5 pm is continuing. The children will give monthly performances, the first of which will be next Sunday, Feb. 19, during the regular church service. The program has been opened up to include children from other parishes, as well as Chilmark students.

Young people or their parents are invited to call the pastor, Rev. Nancy Collins, at 508-645-3100, with ideas and suggestions if they are interested in forming a youth group. Anyone with ideas for greater use of the education building may also call the pastor.

Belated birthday greetings to Brigida Larsen who celebrated on Jan. 12, to Todd Mayhew on Jan. 26, and to Bette Carroll, whose birthday is Jan. 30.

At the school, students observed the 100th Day on Feb. 10 with a variety of activities associated with the number 100. A tradition at all Island schools, the 100th Day even has a web site.

Drama in all its variety has invaded the Chilmark School, making February a month of "creative enrichment." Phyllis Vecchia introducing the K/1 class to dance and movement with her theater workshop; the Spindrift Puppet Theatre performing a Portuguese folk tale, and the fourth and fifth graders planning their original play, the culmination of their eight-week theater workshop project at the Vineyard Playhouse.

A math and science review will be conducted for the two/three class with a Review Jeopardy to see how much they have learned so far this year. They are in touch with their third-grade pen pals at the Bel Aire School in Tiburon, Calif., following a virtual trip via video conference.

And here is what may be an "only at the Chilmark School" note: Two students from the K/one class are doing volunteer reading to students in the pre-school.