One of the several reasons I look forward to principal Diane Gandy's monthly school newsletter, The Bell Tower, is her upbeat take on almost everything - the kids, the weather, and the state of the curriculum. She also often starts off with a list of national and global observances to look out for during the month. February, for example, is of course National Chocolate Month, but there are others less obvious: Library Lover's Month; (Does this have something to do with Valentine's Day?); African American Month; Children's Dental Hygiene Month (all those chocolates!); and International Self-Esteem Month. One wonders who selects these occasions and what purpose they serve. At the school, it's also 100 Days Month, the 100th day of school for the year when students, according to long-standing tradition, figure everything in terms of the number 100.
A reminder that Easter looms. It's not until April 18, but there are a number of lead-ups, including Shrove Tuesday on Feb. 20, when the Chilmark Community Church will serve a pancake supper at 6 pm, followed by a talent show. These are always lively events; everyone is welcome.
Hooray and congratulations to Dan Cabot and Skip Petersen for their stellar crossword puzzle performances last Saturday in the library's meeting room. It was also fun to see in the photo of the winners that appeared in The Times. A glimpse of the art show now on display by Kathleen Cameron's students at the school looked pretty good.
The Howes House Writers will read selections from present and future issues of their publication, Martha's Vineyard Writing, tomorrow, Feb. 16, at the Bunch of Grapes bookstore in Vineyard Haven starting at 7:30 pm. The event is free, and everyone is welcome.