Posted March 16, 2006

By Kay Mayhew - 508-693-2725 - kayanddonald@yahoo.com

I wanted to bottle up the lovely balmy sunny weather that we enjoyed last Saturday to treasure for a dreary rainy day. I still have not figured out how to do that.

I thought I was too old for birthdays, but this one has been going on and on. I think that belated birthday presents are best of all.

I received a new cell phone for my birthday. Fortunately, I did not give out the number except to my family. After two weeks, I asked for another number. Apparently the old number used to belong to Crystal. Most of her family calling from Georgia were reasonably polite, but her boyfriends were another story. After an obscene text message, I decided I had had enough. I was pleased that this change could be handled over the telephone.

Visitors to the Island are never sure what they will find here in March. Many shops are closed, but the best ones are open year-round. There are enough sales to keep shopping interesting in our town this time of year.

I am not sure whether I think that big sheets of blank paper are an improvement over empty windows. Then we have Daisy Kimberly, someone who cares about our Main Street appearance even when her shop is closed. She always has a fascinating window at Alley Cat, even now when the shop will not reopen until April. Stop by to enjoy the window. Make a point of thanking her after she returns this spring.
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Ray Ellis will be brightening up our Main Street on Friday night. He will be the speaker at the Bunch of Grapes Bookstore at 7:30 pm. Perhaps he will be discussing the benefits of using the color green in honor of the day.

Best wishes for a rapid recovery go to Capt. Donald Mitchell. He is now at home recuperating from surgery. I hear that he is doing well and enjoying brief visits from friends.

Winter is not over yet, even if spring is teasing us. Families who are running out of food will appreciate those of you who contribute non-perishable food through your local church. The Island Food Pantry still needs your help.

Spring is coming. The Martha's Vineyard Historical Society begins spring hours this week. Now the museum and research library are open Wednesday through Friday from 1 to 4 pm as well as Saturdays from 10 to 4.

Singing for fun is offered at the Unitarian Universalist Society on alternate Saturday afternoons. The program is led by Roberta Kirn, the music teacher at the Martha's Vineyard Charter School. The cost is $5 per session. For more information, call 508 693-6987 or 508 693-4327.

Don't forget to get your daffodils next week. Dorothy Bangs says that 2000 bunches of daffodils will arrive on Tuesday, March 21. Many bunches will be delivered to those who had pre-ordered them. Dorothy will be at Cronig's State Road Market from 9 am to sell the rest. The daffodil sales benefit the American Cancer Society.

Happy St. Patrick's Day. Celebrating on Friday will be Austin Chandler and Doug Dorchester. Sunday belongs to Lois Kavanagh, Susan Mone, Susan Weyl, and Sondra Gonsalves. Monday's parties are for Sheri Thomas and Phoenix Russell. Happy birthday on Tuesday to Barbara Dacey, Jon Nelson, and Skip Bailey.

Heard on Main Street: "Don't judge a book by its movie."