By Jacqueline Sexton - May 11, 2006

We seem to be in a holding pattern, waiting for endless stretches of warm days, the fishermen waiting for ponds to open, summer residents waiting to come and open their houses for the season, instead of just on weekends, and waiting to see how much higher gasoline prices will go.

Menemsha is ready, and waiting, too. Jane Slater's "Over South" is open, Larsens is open and was featuring yellowtail flounder last weekend. But only a couple of grandparents and a four-year-old were on the beach. No birds. No boats. No fishermen. Lots of parking spaces.

An e-mail from Judy Mayhew reports a plant sale to benefit Hospice of Martha's Vineyard this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 13 and 14, at the Cleaveland House, home of Cynthia Riggs, on the West Tisbury- Edgartown Road at the corner of New Lane in West Tisbury. If you have spare plants, you can drop them off, or call Ms. Mayhew at 508-645-3328.

A lot of behind-the-scenes sponsoring went on so Chilmark students can enjoy a performance tomorrow, Friday, May 12, at the Vineyard Playhouse of a folk tale from Southeast Asia. The play, "Raja Mataj and the Tortoise," is put on by the Fabulists and has a moral: It is important to listen. The library applied for a grant through the Performing Arts for Students Series (PASS), part of the Martha's Vineyard Cultural Council, which is a local agency of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. The school's PTO will make up the difference.

The Fabulists will repeat the program for the general public next Saturday, May 18, at 11 am at the playhouse. It is presented by the Martha's Vineyard Library Association and the Vineyard Playhouse. Tickets are $8.

The school needs two banking volunteers for Wednesdays for the next school year. Please call Constance Messmer if you can help.

Happy birthday to Chilmark's favorite storyteller, Lillian Kellman, last Monday, May 8.