A free learn-to-skate clinic at Martha’s Vineyard Arena

John Fiorito helps Dylan Wallace find his balance point. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

One of the best ways to fight off the winter blahs, whether anticipated of actual, is exercise. And what better way to exercise in winter than a winter sport — like skiing. But of course we’re short of slopes and snow here on the Island. Skating, however, is right at our toe-tips, right in the center of the Island, at the Martha’s Vineyard Arena.

Only thing is, you have to learn to skate. To that end, Beth O’Connor organized two free learn-to-skate sessions at the rink recently. A grant from the Rock Springs Foundation provided funds to rent the rink, along with skates and helmets. For instruction, Ms. O’Connor enlisted the help of four volunteers, all great skaters — John Fiorito, Max Sherman, Jane Taylor, and Mick Vukota.

The expressions on the faces of the beginners, at least when they weren’t grimacing after a hard landing, told the story: skating is fun

Any time at all, from now through mid-April, Islanders can lace ’em up and take a spin on perfect ice at the Arena, across from the high school on the Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road.