May is only days away. It brings us leaves on the trees and grass that needs mowing. It is the month that boats go in the water in preparation for fishing and picnics in far away places like Tarpaulin Cove. Friends return from their winter travels to warmer places. Short sleeve shirts become the norm and caps to keep the sun off our faces become a wise choice.

The Chilmark School invites us all to their annual May Pole Dance celebration this Friday, April 30, at 8:45 am. The fourth and fifth grade has been working hard with Lee Fierro, and look forward to sharing their performance with all of us.

Matthew Day is back at his home on South Road after a wonderfully crazy visit with his mom, Emily, to Walt Disney World.

Finnegan MacLeod celebrated his third birthday on April 23, with a lawn mower-themed celebration. Finn, who almost always has a smile on his face, had a memorable day surrounded by friends and family.

The Ambulos Family enjoyed the Boston Duck Boat tour, a Blue Man Group performance, and they unraveled the mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle in a simulator at the Museum of Science.

Roz and Bill Glazer are back at their Menemsha home after wintering over on Key West.

Susan Larsen spent last weekend at the National Breast Cancer Coalition conference in Boston. At this comprehensive workshop on the science of breast cancer, she met women from all over New England and New York. While in Boston she continued to train, taking early two-hour morning walks around Beacon Hill, Back Bay, and Charleston, and her evening walks around Boylston and Newbury Streets all the way to Fenway. I continue to be dedicated to my loyal donors and the cause because we are “in it to end it!”

Johnny Graham participated in the Earth Day clean up by diving with an underwater clean up group in Oak Bluffs Harbor. The day’s haul included bicycles, cell phones, bottles, hoses, a bar stool, bulkhead carpets, boat trim, a trash can, tires, a chair, a stroller, baby binkies, a grill, and a shopping cart.

Bill Buckley’s art show titled “Vineyard Views” will be on display at the Chilmark library beginning with a reception on Saturday May 1 between 3 and 5 pm to which the public is invited. The show will run for three weeks and will be on view during regular library hours.

Benny Syslo has been nominated to attend the Stone Soup Leadership Institute, which will host its Youth Summit for Sustainable Development from June 26 through July 2. The goal is to help prepare a new generation of Vineyard leaders.

The Oliver’s girls have arrived. The Eglu chicken coop is set up in the yard and is now home to their six egg laying hens. The kids love them but especially Solon has quickly developed a special bond with the girls and the whole backyard farming thing.

Grandfather Doug Seward took Kevin, Barrett and Solon to the boys’ first Red Sox game this past weekend leaving Delilah and baby Hollis to tend the flock. I wonder if Barrett got the Coke he so desperately wanted to try.

The Taylor family has returned from their vacation at the Disney Resort in Hilton Head. While there, they dined at Chef Robert Irvine’s restaurant. Some of you may have seen him on his show Dinner Impossible that airs on the Food Network. The timing was right for the Taylors as Chef Robert visited their table and chatted it up with Ben and Imogen. Budding chef Ben had his cookbooks signed and has promised Chef Robert he would keep in touch regarding all of his culinary creations.

Captain Skip Harris made a pit stop in Menemsha on his way to downeast Maine. You may remember Skip visited a year and a half ago with the seventy-seven foot Emerald on his way to Honduras. This visit afforded him Sunday dinner at great grandma Bette’s table where she served swordfish.

The Shipway family traveled to Boston to enjoy the Big Apple Circus. I am sure Tyler had a grand adventure.

Jan Buhrman has teamed up with renowned chef Robert Lionette to expand on Jan’s ideas regarding the way people experience food. Celebrate Martha’s Vineyard Culinary and Agricultural Experiences with classes and workshops offered through Jan’s catering business Kitchen Porch. She has a Mother’s Day Weekend event coming up. Contact her at 508-645-5000 for more information.

Saturday, May 1, Alex the Jester will appear at the Vineyard Playhouse at 11:00 am for ages 4 and up and again at 2:00 pm for teens, adults and ages 9 and up. Tickets are $5.00 for this event that is sponsored by the Martha’s Vineyard Library Association in conjunction with the Vineyard Playhouse. Please direct your questions to the Chilmark Library at 508-645-3360.

There will be a memorial service to celebrate the life of Dan Aronie on May 8 at 2 pm on Menemsha Beach. All are welcome to attend and listen to words of remembrance.