As February vacation comes to a close, I have mixed emotions. One side of me looks forward to the kids going back to school, giving us a more "normal" schedule again. But on the other hand, I've really enjoyed the time off with the kids, with no time tables, no rushing around, no juggling multiple activities each day. We didn't do much, but for a few days on the Cape in a hotel, swimming in the pool, but it was a nice and relaxing vacation for all of us. I particularly enjoyed the morning I woke up in Amelia's bed, all snuggled in with her when she turned to me, gave me a big hug and kiss and said "right now is the best right now ever." That is what I call living in the moment!
Fran Resendes had her second knee replacement last week in Falmouth. Daughter Irene tells me that she is doing very well and expects to be back home in less than two weeks. After a few days at Falmouth Hospital she was scheduled to be moved to JML Rehab on Saturday.
The Edgartown School is hosting a Family Math Night tonight from 6 to 7:30 pm for Edgartown students and their families. The night will be filled with lots of fun math games. At the end of the evening there will be a snack and every Edgartown student will go home with a prize. It promises to be a fun time for all so take advantage of a way to hone some math skills and have some fun with the family.
Edgartown resident and artist, Valerie Sonnenthal, shares news of her new photography exhibit "Not From Memory" at the Dance New Amsterdam Gallery Space located at 280 Broadway in New York. The exhibit consists of photographs taken by Valerie of choreographers Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer that are inspired by their new dance performance "Memory Bank" which premiers at DNA on March 8. Valerie, who has worked with dancers since 1979, has worked as a photo editor as well as curator of the gallery at Dance Theater Workshop. She has shown her artwork regularly throughout New York and the Tri-State area, as well as in Estonia and Russia and her work is in the permanent collection of Polaroid and various private collections in the United States and abroad.
On the local art front, Valerie is also involved with a new program at Featherstone from March 16 through March 25 called "Everyday Objects: A Community Project." The description of the project states that "each of us has objects of significance in our everyday lives. For some it may be a special cup used for coffee or tea in the morning, perhaps it is a photo of a family member that makes you feel better to look as you pass it framed on a table or tacked up on a mirror. We do not have to think much about the relevance of everyday objects in our lives, the things we choose to surround ourselves with, the things that give us comfort or a sense of ease in our days. Objects mingle with our personal habits and rituals. Are you someone who returns from a walk on the beach with a newly found treasure you must place in just the right spot in your own home? These highly personal objects exist for everyone. They reveal glimpses of ourselves to our friends and loved ones; they help form the privacy of individual lives." Valerie invites the public to go to Featherstone between 12 noon and 4 pm on the weekends and bring a group or any such object(s) to be photographed with or without you. Then the photographs will be exhibited in a growing mosaic throughout the gallery. Everyone who participates is welcome to go to the exhibit closing and may take the photograph of their objects home to keep. It sounds like a most interesting idea and I look forward to seeing the exhibit in person.
Kelly, Owen, and Warner Hess have returned from a wonderful week in Nashville, where they visited Kelly's sister and brother-in-law, Gretchen and Dan, and their children Liam, 6, and Amelia, 3. Kelly and the kids had a great week visiting the Nashville Zoo, the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Theater, and Titan Stadium, among other places. Kelly did her best to boost the economy, going on a shopping spree in what she referred to as "the best shopping in the world". Just what we need - Kelly and her kids looking better than they did when they left! They had beautiful weather, allowing for lots of outside activities. The only bad day was the day school was called early because of tornado warnings. Yes, those would be the same tornados that caused all the destruction you read about in the news last week. Kelly said that the people in Nashville are incredibly nice and polite and even her own kids took on new polite personas while there. As Kelly isn't really all that comfortable with that nice and polite stuff, she's happy to be back up here where she can be herself! Even the kids are back to their "normal" selves!
While the rest of the family was traveling, Mark Hess stayed home and did some much needed maintenance work on the family homestead. The house looks great, nice and fresh and clean with some new paint and modifications. May all the men in our lives take note of this for future reference.
That's it for this week. Thanks to everyone who sent in news. I look forward to hearing from more of you for next week's column.