Town Column : Chilmark
It may have been later than you think last weekend before we turned the clocks ahead. But it was also a time to marvel at nature's miracles and to wonder how crocus or any other shoots can thrive under a blanket of snow and emerge in perfect dazzling colors. The sun, while not enthusiastic, was shining off and on, giving us all a respite before the next snow.
Apologies to anyone whose news didn't show up last week because there was no Chilmark column. As one friend put it, "It doesn't matter so much in the summer because there's a lot to do, but in mid-winter we depend on the columns for entertainment." I don't know about entertainment, but the columnists need to hear from you if there is to be a column. Please?
It's hard to realize that the winter travel season is about over and that voyagers are returning home. But not everyone sought warmer climes and beaches.
Norman and Diana Freed are back from Indiana where they visited their son and daughter in-law, Andrew and Melissa, and their young grandsons. The whole family drove to Chicago for a look at the sights there, including the aquarium and the planetarium. "There's plenty to do. We easterners are not so aware of what Chicago has to offer," commented Mr. Freed.
And new grandma Sue Craver has returned from the icy slopes of Aspen, Colorado, where she spent two weeks getting to know her grandchild, Colette Grace Dampier, who was born January 20. Colette's parents are Susan and LeRoy Dampier, and the whole family will be on Martha's Vineyard the last two weeks of this month to see old friends and to show off Colette. "My first and only grandchild - what a thrill!" exulted Ms. Craver.
The church has a full roster of visiting clergy for the next several weeks. Next Sunday, the 15th, Lia Kahler, well-known in concert circles, will be the guest preacher. Services start at 9 am, and newcomers are welcome. Tuesday night soup suppers continue from 5 to 6 pm and are a great place to see old friends.
For those who wish to improve their skills or further their study, the spring season for the adult continuing education program is upon us.
Wendy Weldon is showing paintings old and new at the library through April 14. Represented are paintings from the Bed and Lamp series, the Shine series, and "Personal Memoirs." The retrospective covers the years from the early 1990s to the present.
Paddy Moore tell us the Democratic Council wants everyone - independents as well as democrats - to know there is a meeting Saturday, the 14th, at the Howes House to suggest ideas for change and what to do about issues. The business meeting is from 9 to 9:45 am and the Platform Hearing from 10 am to 12 noon.