Tisbury

Welcome home to Hugh Knipmeyer. He is convalescing from his recent surgery. I know your phone calls and cards will hasten his recovery.

On a day when the temperature here may have reached 40 degrees, we got a call from a snowbird who reported that Miami was 79 and sunny. His visitors had expected to fly from Boston just as the snowstorms hit. After all flights were cancelled, they chose to ride the train down to Florida.

Sandy Whitworth wondered if anyone else had noticed the amazing snow under the lamplight at the corner of Main and Union Streets during the holidays? She says it was absolutely magical and beautiful. I thought all of Main Street appeared magical at that time.

Respite is here if you are tired of the snow, ice, and freezing rain. Or if you’re dreaming of your summer gardens and of digging your fingers into the moist spring soil to plant some new bulbs or seeds. Or if you’d like to pick up some new varieties of your favorite plants or other garden items.

The Tisbury Travel Club has a charter bus trip to the Boston Flower Show on Thursday, March 17. The cost is $40. Leave on the 8:15 am boat and return on the 5 pm. Seating is limited so you must register now. Call the Tisbury Council on Aging at 508-696-4205. Cost of $40 includes bus fare, driver gratuity, and admission to the show.

Cathy Minkiewicz, president of the Garden Club, has two suggestions for getting over the winter blahs — the flower show in Boston and a three-day tour of the gardens of the Delaware Valley scheduled for mid-May. To save your seat, call Karin by March at the Polly Hill Arboretum, 508-693-9426.

As I write this, I look out my window into the neighbor’s yard and count 43 turkeys. At least three males are strutting and thrumming, trying to interest the hens, who stroll around pecking at the ground and ignoring the adolescent antics of the males. Maybe we should have Turkey Day instead of Ground Hog Day. These fellows think spring is now.

February 3 was the first day of the Chinese new year, beginning the Year of the Rabbit. Did you know that the Chinese calendar has been in continuous use for centuries? It predates the International Calendar (based on the Gregorian Calendar) that we all use, which goes back only about 430 years.

You can celebrate with your neighbors at the free Grace Church soup supper on Friday at 5 pm. I understand this is often quite an interesting and colorful celebration.

The singer at the Super Bowl even exceeded the normal destruction of our national anthem. Not happy with “turning single words into entire paragraphs” as one reporter said, she also left out a line and changed the words. We won’t mention her complete avoidance of the tune.

In preparation for the Academy Awards at the end of the month, the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society will run short film programs on consecutive weekends beginning this Saturday so you can see all ten nominated short films before Oscar night.

Some of the best short films produced in 2010 from around the world will be shown this Saturday at 7:30 pm at the Cornell Theatre. See these stories: A 9-year old English boy is worried about making his first confession at church and decides he needs something to confess. An 8-year-old Irish schoolboy challenges his teacher’s boyfriend to a duel to the death. An American boy discovers a bizarre looking creature while collecting bottle tops at the beach. A visual travel journal shows Madagascar customs. From Germany comes a magical tale of a mouse who takes a walk through the woods in search of a nut. Admission is $8. For more see www.mvfilmsociety.com.

Did you see the picture of Doug Dorchester on the front page of last Monday’s Cape Cod Times? He and Jan moved off-Island a few years ago and now live in Yarmouth.

Big bunches of birthday balloons go out today to James O’Donnell and Jainaba Burton-Sundman. Tomorrow belongs to Judy Pachico. Celebrations on Saturday honor Eli Hanschka, Nat Benjamin, and Abe Lincoln, who would be 202 this year.

Sunday marks the fourth birthday for Fiona Mayhew, and she is excited beyond belief. Unfortunately, she was born in an ice storm and often celebrates in another bad storm. Special Valentines are sent to Chris Morse and Gayle Stiller. Greetings go out on Tuesday to Rita Goulart, Grace Burton-Sundman, and Trina Kingsbury. Happy birthday to Mary Gillette on Wednesday.

Heard on Main Street: It’s okay to get angry with God. He can take it.