Town Column : Chilmark
There were plenty of parking spaces last week, and the streets were eerily empty as what appeared to be half the population celebrated school vacation elsewhere. Everyone should be home by now and back in their Island routines. It's a time of beginnings and endings. The forsythia bush is bathed in a golden glow, and the grass looks as though it might turn green again. Songbirds, which were present off and on during cold spells, are absent these days for some reason. When I looked out the window at 7 am a few days ago, I was surprised to see a large, late-roaming skunk speeding towards the woods. It was followed after a minute or two by a hapless small tan dog who wasn't even close. I didn't know a skunk could run that fast. There was no aromatic aftermath, so I assume it reached its safe haven.
I can't think of a better way to usher out winter than to go to Jan Burhman's cooking demonstration at the library next Wednesday, March 12, at 5:30 pm. Her topic is Moroccan staples and spices, and she zeroes in on preserved lemons and tangines. (The word "tangine" refers both to the stew and the shallow clay pot in which it is cooked.) She will demonstrate how to preserve lemons and how to cook them in a stew with meat, fruit and vegetables. Jan, who was recently the subject of a New York Times feature story, has traveled extensively in the area, tasting and testing, and is the proprietor of Kitchen Porch Catering. The Friends of the library are the sponsors; admission is free.
Easter is early this year, and let's hope it warms up before the sunrise service. Let's also hope there will be sun. The Lenten Bible study group, which has seen us through the grey days of winter with Thursday morning meetings at 10:30, will disband after the March 13 meeting. And the popular soup suppers on Tuesdays from 5 to 6 will end on March 18. The soup, bread, and salads are all provided by volunteers, so if you would like to help, call Vicky Hanjian at 508-696-8225.
The theme of the health fair to be held at the hospital on Saturday, March 15, from 9 am to 12:15 pm, will be maintaining health and healing through nutrition. Focus will be on stress management, memory, mood, and mold. Call Carla Hoyt at 508-693-7900 ext. 275 for more information.
Those planning excursions into new ventures may be interested in attending a breakfast meeting of the M. V. Women's Network next Tuesday, March 11, from 7 to 9 am when Julie Roads will present a program, "Creating Your Online Presence," which will also deal with blogging and blog marketing. For more information, please call 508-696-6344 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org.