Sad to say February vacation is drawing to a close, but the good news is we've made it to March, and before you know it, we'll all be on the beach again perhaps looking forward to the quiet days of winter. And the cycle will continue. Ah, the yin and yang of Vineyard life.
The Vineyard count continued to rise this week down at Disney World. Last I heard, there were Dolbys, Darosas, Bettencourts, Condlins, Medeiroses, Custers, Kureljas...what a list! Hope Mickey wasn't overwhelmed by all his fans from the North converging on him. Main Street, USA must bear a close resemblance to Main Street, Edgartown right now.
Congratulations go out to Kia Minor. A sophomore forward on the Framingham State University women's basketball team, Kia has been selected to the All-MASCAC Second Team in voting conducted by the conference's seven coaches. Kia earns all-conference accolades, averaging just shy of a double double on the year. Kia led the Rams averaging 8.9 rebounds per game and was second in scoring coming in at 10.6 points per game. The 5'7" forward collected seven double doubles during the season and ranks fourth in the conference in rebounding, eighth in scoring, and thirteenth in field goal percentage. The 2010-11 Rams finished the season 12-14 overall and sixth in the conference with a 4-8 record. Great work!
The Edgartown Library book group has chosen "The Fiddler in the Subway," a collection of essays by the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Gene Weingarten, for discussion at its next meeting on Tuesday, March 29. At 4 o'clock that afternoon in the increasingly sunny reference room, discuss the book hailed by Kirkus Reviews as "a sparkling collection," in which Mr. Weingarten's "storytelling, keen observation and deft reporting startle and amaze." Copies are available at the Circulation desk.
Also at the library, the March film series, "Small Wonder: Highlights Great Child Performances," kicks off Tuesday, March 1, at 7 pm with a wonderful 2003 drama from director Jim Sheridan, about an Irish family starting life anew in the New York City of the 1980s. Starring are Paddy Considine, Samantha Morton, and Emma and Sarah Bolger. Films are free on the big screen downstairs, and refreshments will be served.
So many birthdays! First off, a belated shout-out to Pete "Hoss" "Rico" Robb, who observed his birthday February 28, though as a leap-year baby, Rico only truly ages every four years. Next year, he turns 12 and, as he likes to say, he will continue to act his age as well as his shoe size.
Happy birthday to Kathie Case, who celebrates today, March 3. If it weren't for Kathie's coaching in the early days of this column, thanks to her experience as Edgartown columnist for that other newspaper (ha, ha), I don't know where I'd be. A toss of confetti to Lizzie Wallo, March 4; to Gail Avakian, March 6, who will be gussied up in New Orleans for fancy brunch at Galatoire's; and to one of my oldest friends, Simon Athearn, who celebrates March 7. Hope you all have a good one!