Posted March 23, 2006

By Jacqueline Sexton - 508-645-2895 -

Now that spring is officially here, hopeful patches of green are springing up in the dull brown lawn, and the daffodils are on their way up, as usual, right on schedule. We dare to hope we've seen the last of snow for the time being.

Huge crowds turned out last weekend for the Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival at the community center, and Chilmarkers were pleased to play host to people from all over the world. Film buffs came in droves from all over the Island too; they came early and stayed late, enjoying the discussions, the food and the congenial atmosphere. "There was a wonderful feeling of community," said one film-goer. The premises were beautifully and imaginatively decorated. The library has already acquired DVDs of two of the films, "The Edukaters" (stet), a German film; and "Mysterious Skin," and will have more soon.

An interview with Ethel Sherman - author of two books, "Against All Odds," about the years she and her husband, Ralph, ran SBS, and "West Tisbury Farmer's Market" - was aired last week on MVTV's channel 13. Mrs. Sherman takes celebrity lightly and is getting ready for this year's farmer's market, where she sells jams, jellies and Ralph's fresh vegetables.

Be sure to stop at the library to see the drawings by Jonn Brown. His drawings of trees, and in a tighter style, the masks, show great promise. It will be interesting to watch this young artist develop.

Happy birthday to Ann Hale and Heather Elliston on March 13, and to Heather's mother, Elise Elliston on March 21. And to Harwyn Tarkmeel this Saturday, March 25. Many happy returns to you all.

Remember the swing dance instruction program at the community center this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, March 25 and 26, 1 to 4 pm, co-sponsored by the Friends of the Library and The Yard. And the potluck dance, all free, at The Yard on Saturday night beginning at 7:30 pm. Call Joshua Gordon for more information at 508-645-9845.

The Martha's Vineyard Agricultural Society's all-Island annual potluck is next Saturday, April 1 at 6 pm at the Ag Hall. Bring a covered dish and a recipe.