Posted March 30, 2006

By Jacqueline Sexton - 508-645-2895 -

In this postscript-to-winter season, it's daunting to walk outside in the warm, beaming sun and see all the work to be done that probably should have been done months ago. Trimming this, uprooting that, and generally laying waste to all the brush. It's a busy time of year.

It's also the time of year when storyteller Lillian Kellman is in her element celebrating for all of us not only the birthday of her favorite storyteller, Hans Christian Andersen, (his 201st), but also International Children's Book Day, both on April 2. Ms. Kellman has arranged a birthday party to take place tomorrow, March 31, at 1:30 pm in the foyer of the school when she will read some of the Andersen tales. Everyone is welcome. "It's magical," she says, "how the Danish writer can make you believe in the love between a one-legged tin solider and a paper ballerina." To round out the party, Dee Geiger will serve little Danish pastries, and Becky Tinus will play Danish tunes for strings. Some of the many beautifully illustrated editions of Andersen's work will be on display as well.

We received an announcement from Jim and Debbie Athearn of the birth of their granddaughter. Here it is. Daniel Athearn and his wife Meeghan Knapp are the happy parents of Clara Ann Athearn, born at 12:39 am on March 23. Clara was born at home at 25 Homeward Way on the same home site as her ancestor Josiah Mayhew once lived. She is the 12th generation of Athearns on Martha's Vineyard. Meeghan was attended at the birth by her husband Daniel, midwife Sybille Anderson of Nantucket, and close friends Tracy Meyers and Angela Mulligan. Clara was 21 inches long and weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces at birth. She is the first grandchild of James and Deborah Athearn of Edgartown and Gregory and Patricia Knapp of Edgartown and Osprey, Fla.

Michael Colaneri will show photographs he took in Vietnam in the 1960s at the library starting Saturday, April 1. While he was in the Army, Mr. Colaneri roamed the countryside in his free time, photographing people in their daily activities. The photos are beautiful and also important as glimpses of history.

Novelist and poet Peggy Freydberg will read from her latest book of poems at the library on Wednesday, April 5 at 5 pm.

Kindergarten registration will be held at the school on Wednesday, April 5 at 6:30 pm. As always, this is for parents only. Orientation for the children will come later.

Tara Larsen called to report a benefit dinner party for Sharon Rzemien, this Saturday, April 1 at 6:30 pm at the Portuguese-American Club, Vineyard Avenue, Oak Bluffs. Sharon is a young woman who suffered a stroke last year and has outrun her benefits. She is not yet able to return to her job as animal control officer in Oak Bluffs, so her friends from all over the Island are raising money to see her through a difficult time. The party is a potluck with live music by Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish, Tristan Israel, Maynard Silva and others. Trip Barnes will emcee a live auction, and there will also be a silent auction. Tickets are $25 and are available at Good Dog Goods on Circuit Avenue in Oak Bluffs. All of the proceeds will go to Sharon.