Brrrr! That groundhog may have predicted an early spring, but right now I am chilled to the bone. I remember my dad joking "Can't wait 'til February" on particularly gorgeous summer days when I was a kid. I didn't get the joke then, and I must admit, I still don't. But we carry on, knowing warm days are ahead, and hey, at least it's still light out at five o'clock. That's something.
Trader Fred Mascolo has been making the rounds on both the silver and small screen recently, with cameos in Jim Belushi's new show "The Defenders" as well as the Farrelly Brothers' "Hall Pass." You have one more chance to catch him on "The Defenders," which airs Friday at 8 pm on CBS. Fred's work on "Jumping the Broom," a film set on the Vineyard, earned him recognition from the governor as TV and Movie Liaison for Martha's Vineyard, when Sony Colombia TriStar wrote a letter of praise on Fred's behalf. Way to go, Fred.
A belated happy birthday goes out to Francine James from your friends in the Anchors day group. Francine celebrated her day January 29, and though her friends let me know well in advance, their message was misplaced somewhere out there in the cell phone ether, only to appear two days ago. So my apologies. I look forward to the day we all throw our cell phones in the harbor and go back to writing letters. Then the fish can be well-connected and we can have some peace. Anyway, hope you had a lovely day, Ms. James.
Another belated happy birthday goes out to Maisie Sherman, who turned six on February 1. Kate Sherman reports that Maisie's grandparents from Wisconsin made the trip east for the festivities, and fun was had by all.
Coo Cavallo wishes a happy anniversary to his honey, Donna. The two celebrated 25 years on Valentine's Day. How sweet.
I was excited to see a sign outside the Dock Street Coffee Shop announcing that late-night service has made a comeback. Eggs and bacon, hash and pancakes, all available from 8 pm to 1 am Wednesday to Saturday. Call Dock Street for more info, 508-627-5232.
Texas met Edgartown last week as new neighbors Scott and Danielle Pendergraft hosted two back-to-back Texas-themed parties for nearly 100 friends old and new. After enjoying the Island seasonally for many years, the Pendergrafts, including children Jake (10), Marjorie (7), and Madison (2), recently relocated from the Lone Star State. Danielle manages a public relations and event-planning firm and Scott works in the financial industry.
The Adult and Community Education Program (ACE MV), which offers classes on subjects as diverse as Telling Your Digital Story (with MVTV), Solar Greenhouse Design (with The FARM Institute), Printmaking (with Featherstone Center for the Arts), Portuguese, Social Dancing, Photo Editing, and Birding 101 announces its new session of 38 courses and seminars for the spring beginning March 8 to April 10 with professional development classes ending in June. Enrichment classes meet on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Registration begins now online, and early registration is strongly advised. There is one day only for walk-in registration on Monday, March 7 from 4:30 to 6 pm at MVRHS. Registration, catalogs, gift certificates, and information about free events are online at acemv.org. For more information call 508-693-1033 ext. 240, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming this week, birthday wishes go out to Cinnamon White, who celebrates Tuesday, Feb. 22; to Justine DeOliveira, Wednesday, Feb. 23; and to Robb Moriarty, Wednesday, Feb. 23. I hope you get everything you wish for when you blow out those candles.