By Kay Mayhew - April 6, 2006

You know how it is, when you are doing something you don't want to do, and you go do something else just to put off doing what you were supposed to do. Well, I was cleaning out my closet and decided to clean my sneakers. They are white leather... well, they are supposed to be white. Somewhere I read that you can clean them with toothpaste and an old toothbrush. It works, really really well. And now I have to go back to cleaning out my closet.

Liza Coogan's original watercolors of Vineyard scenes are now available in notecards. "Martha's Vineyard in a Box" is available only at The Beach House on Main Street. The cards are printed by The Conservatree.

Everyone is talking about how nice it is to have spring weather this year. The fishermen will tell you that the surrounding sea water never got as cold this winter as usual, allowing us to enjoy these spring days.

Certainly, it must be spring. Stop & Shop is selling pansies. Crocuses are up all over town. The tom turkeys are blue in the face and all puffed up, thrumming their feathers so hard that some of them fall out.

A fascinating series of programs will be presented by the Wampanoag Tribe at the Vineyard Haven Library starting next Tuesday evening at 6:30 pm. The topic will be tribal traditions on April 11. Tobias Vanderhoop will perform in traditional drumming, singing, and chanting on April 18. He will also talk about the oral tradition. Work on the history of the Martha's Vineyard tribe from the 1600s will be the topic on Thursday, April 27. On Tuesday, May 2, the tribal genealogist, June Manning, will explain who can belong to the tribe. Also Berta Welch will talk about the Vanderhoop homestead and show some of her wampum work. At the final program on Tuesday, May 9, you will meet tribal president Donald Widdis and hear more about the cultural center at Aquinnah. His mother, Gladys Widdis, who is the potter of the tribe, will also share some of her work and some of her memories.

These programs are funded by the generous bequest of Ruth Redding. She would be so pleased with this attention to the history of the Wampanoags on our Island. Ruth had an extensive collection of Island arrowheads, many of which she donated to the Martha's Vineyard Historical Society.

Also at the library: On Wednesdays, April 12 and 19, children ages three and up can enjoy a movie and popcorn at 2 pm. Family games has been moved back to the third Thursday evening at 6 pm.

Don't miss it: A rare performance of "The Pirates of Penzance" will be held at the Tisbury School tomorrow evening. The students will repeat the performance on Saturday night for those who missed it on Friday. Curtain goes up at 7:30 pm.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Janet Holladay. Jerry Tilton celebrates next Wednesday. Happy anniversary to Donna and Ed Herczeg.

Heard on Main Street: "The snow birds are back. That should mean the shoveling is over."