Each day, we gain two more minutes of sunlight, and I really do notice it staying brighter a bit later. The downside is watching the idyllic snow make its inevitable transition into mud. And I want to kick myself for not getting in some pond skating during the approximately 48 hours in which that was possible! Well, I suppose we’re not out of the woods yet, so maybe more winter sporting opportunities are yet to come. We’ll see what the groundhog has to say about that.

I’ve been notified of some upcoming goings-on at the Edgartown School. First off, there will be a fundraiser for the 5th grade’s Shenandoah trip tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 1, from 5 to 7:30 pm in the Edgartown School Cafeteria. Guess what’s for dinner. Pancakes! In February! My regular readers out there know just how much I love a good pancake. It’s not even pancake season yet! What a boon for all us year-round pancake lovers. And then the kids get to go sailing because we annihilated a short stack? Win, win, win.

Also, the Edgartown School Spelling Bee will take place February 14 at 8:45 am in the gym. So good luck to all you young spellers.

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum in collaboration with the Harbor View Hotel is hosting three PechaKucha (“chitchat”) nights on Friday evenings this winter. The first will take place on Friday, Feb. 1, beginning at 7:30 pm in the Chilmark Room. PechaKucha is a simple presentation format where a presenter shows 20 images or slides for 20 seconds each. It is now known as the art of concise presentations. A PechaKucha night is an informal, fun gathering where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts — just about anything in the 20×20 format. Anyone can present on any topic they choose.

Virginius Bray Thornton III, Professor of History at Massachusetts Bay Community College and founding member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), will speak at the League of Women Voters of Martha’s Vineyard Annual Black History Month Breakfast and Program on Saturday, Feb. 2. His talk is called “Women of Interest: Past, Present, and Future.” The event will be held at the Howes House in West Tisbury, with breakfast at 9:30 am followed by the program at 10 am. These will be preceded by a League membership meeting at 9 am. For more information, contact Diane Purvis at dihar60@yahoo.com or 508-627-4850.

Birthday wishes go out this week to Phoebe Barbini, who celebrates January 31; to Rebecca Brown, who celebrates February 1; to Nonnie Garvin, who celebrates February 2; and to Karen Jardin, who celebrates February 6. Hope you have fun.