Edgartown: A good storm, and the feeling of a long ago harbor alehouse


As I sit here typing, the blizzard outside my window is beginning to pick up steam. The skylights are nearly covered, and the branches are laden in white. The milk and bread are put away in their respective places, and somewhere there are flashlights and the batteries with which to power them — I’ll have to remember to look for those. Tomorrow, the kids will be out on the sledding hill, and lawns will be adorned with new frosty family members. Me? I say Let It Snow.

It has been quite a stormy snap, with the rain and wind last Saturday making for a nice little afternoon, cozying up in a booth at the Newes. With the exposed beams and the fireplace, and Magoo behind the copper bar, it’s one of my favorite winter spots. It really gives you that feeling of a harbor alehouse in an older time. And man, I love those onion rings!

I caught up with Jim Mullen, who was in town for the annual Martha’s Vineyard Surfcasters’ awards banquet and meeting, which took place last Saturday at the Old Whaling Church. On hand were some great raffle prizes and silent auction donations, plus an outstanding buffet. For more info about M.V. Surfcasters, visit mvsurfcasters.org.

The Wharf will host a special bonus trivia night to benefit Relay for Life this Friday, Jan. 30, at 6 pm. Relay for Life is an annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. The event is $5 per person and limited to 12 tables, so when calling for a reservation, make sure you specify to the Wharf staff that you will be there for the event. Wings, chowder, and cupcakes will be provided, and a gift basket will be awarded to the winner. Call 508-627-9966 to reserve your table.

Attention seniors: The Anchors is planning a trip to Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts that will take place Wednesday, Feb. 18 (8:15 am boat off, 5 pm boat back). Among other exhibits that you can check out are these two interesting ones: “Gordon Parks, Back to Fort Scott,” displays groundbreaking photographs of Fort Scott, Kan., focusing on the realities of life under segregation during the 1940s, captured by one of the most celebrated African-American artists of his time. And “Court Ladies or Pin-Up Girls” shows images of women by Chinese artists from the 11th through 20th century. Please call the Anchors to sign up, 508-627-4368.

And Anchors visitors have been invited by the Martha’s Vineyard Supportive Day Program to join in on drumming workshops with Rick Bausman, Wednesdays at 1:30 pm through Feb. 18. Please call if you plan on attending, 508-627-4368. Bring your sense of rhythm, and yourself!

Mark your calendars for the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School 2015 Science and Engineering Fair, which takes place Saturday, Feb. 7, from 11:15 am to 12:15 pm at the high school. Learn about hands-on science from the next generation of scientists. The students ask great questions about interesting topics, and then work out methods to obtain data and test ideas. The culmination of their projects is to present their work to judges, parents, peers, and you and me. They do this with enthusiasm, poise, pride, and delight. The event is open to the public, so don’t miss it.

Birthday wishes go out this week to Rebecca Brown, who celebrates Feb. 1; to Ninon Garvin, Feb. 2; and to Ralf Pirozzi, Feb 4.