Anne Ganz took a stroll last week along the north shore with a bourbon bottle in hand. Inside the bourbon bottle was a message in a bottle that she had composed. It was about 3:30 pm when she wandered around Cape Higgon, drew her arm back, and gave the bottle a nice strong toss into the waves. It splashed and rolled its way towards Naushon. The very next day, Anne received an email from a woman named Pam. Pam was out walking along Surf Drive in Woods Hole looking for a few scallops to tuck in her pockets for a nice tasty meal. The gulls were working the shoreline with such intensity that Pam didn’t stand a chance. Her consolation prize was the bourbon bottle and message tucked inside. Rather than open it standing right there alone on the beach, she thought it would be great fun to open it surrounded by her morning breakfast companions at Pie in the Sky. It, of course, prompted great breakfast conversation among the group and a good story for Anne to share with me.

The W. T. School’s Fourth Grade Theater Project is performing two community performances of their original production, “Shakespeare Strikes Back,” next weekend. Chilmark kids Matthew Karlinsky, Ingrid Moore, Barrett Oliver, and Graham Stearns, along with their classmates, will take the stage at the CCC and perform Friday, January 24, at 6 pm and Saturday, January 25 at 4:30 pm. Admission is free, but if you bring a food item for the Food Pantry it would be greatly appreciated.

There are a couple of fun things going on at the library this week. This week’s free Friday movie is “Notorious Landlady.” Fred Astaire, Jack Lemmon, and Kim Novak star in this 1962 film. Sorry, no Audrey Hepburn this week but Fred is ready to go. As always, the 7 pm show comes with free admission, popcorn, and juice.

Another Library fun event is geared towards small children. Story book character Biscuit will be trotting around on Saturday, January 25, at 10:30am. Join Kristin as she reads some of Biscuit’s books and sing for him, too.

Keep a sharp look out for Josh Aronie and his new foodie venture, The Food Truck. It appears that the powers at be have given him their blessing and lunch in the center of town, that’s not a brown bag from home, is an option. You should, in no time flat, find the truck parked alongside the Chilmark Store during lunchtime hours.

Stanley and Lanette Larsen at Menemsha Fish Market will continue to offer up hot chowders, bisques, fish cakes, and more. So we are lucky in Chilmark to have two grab and go options for a midday meal.

Don’t forget. The time is fast approaching for the Chilmark School PTO/Outing Program big fundraiser with Johnny Hoy & the Bluefish. Save that date — February 8, 7–11 pm, at the CCC. We are still looking for auction items so give me a shout if you have something you’d like to contribute to help ensure our town’s children continue to get the unique education we’ve all strived so hard to maintain. It is bound to be THE party of the year, so dust off your dancin’ shoes.

Patriots. Darn. What can I say? I guess our plans for a Super Bowl party are off.