My daughter is back in college, delighted to be immersing herself in music. After several engineering degrees and a doctorate in physics, she is back playing with jazz. She has an all-girl jazz group, enjoying gigs at many different sites in Colorado. She would love to see one of our local musical opportunities. Local jazz artists are invited to jam with Geoffrey Hicks for a fundraising concert on Friday, March 20, in Aquinnah to benefit the Community Baptist Church. To join in, call 781-664-0736 by March 16.
If you are a teen and could be interested in Featherstone’s new Teen Art Cafe, it is open afternoons on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, evenings on Friday, and all day Saturday. Sounds good. See: teenartcafe.squarespace.com.
The Vintage Voices concert in February was snowed out, and is rescheduled to next week, Thursday, March 12, at 1:30 pm at the Tisbury Senior Center. The original Valentine program will be presented, and why not? Love is always appropriate. Your friends and neighbors are the Vintage Voices, joining together to sing and share their joy of music. The concert, “Love Songs, for Better or for Worse,” features the timely “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” as well as “Do You Love Me?” and “If We Only Have Love.” This set will be followed by the Dream Sequence with “Dream,” “I’ll See You in My Dreams,” and “Climb Every Mountain.” Singers include Sofia Anthony, Nancy Blank, Martha Child, Betsy Gately, Laura Gliga, Dorian Lopes, Carol Loud, Mary-Jean Miner, and Jim Norton, with Phil Dietterich as music director. Arrangements are by Phil and Dorian Lopes. Stay after the concert for treats, and see friends not seen since we were all snowed in.
The Tisbury Senior Center is your community center for fun, learning, exercise, travel, support, and service referrals. We thank them and the Vintage Voices for their willingness to try again.
I’ve had a fantastic birthday over the past 10 days. A planned luncheon with friends was snowed out, not all that unusual in February. As a child I was impressed because the school system gave me a week off for my birthday every year. And my English mother said that she thought that if the Queen could have an official birthday in June, so could I. She was always pleased to avoid snowy or muddy kids in the house. I enjoy celebrating whenever possible!
My son’s family came down for a party weekend, all the way from snowy Westborough. The 8-year-old prepared a lemon cake and the 9-year-old made some tangy lemon icing, so we partied in tasty style. The family were amazed at the ice while crossing the sound, and fascinated with the way the ferry crashed its way along. They also captured a photo of a sweet seal on an ice floe. But I still look forward to more partying in June.
Join Jamie Alley for Monday Night at the Movies at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse. This week, see Desk Set at 7:30 pm, with Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. This film is a battle of wits between a TV network’s research department being replaced by computers and a computer engineer. Tickets are $5, cash only, at the door.
Tuesday at 7 pm, the Oscar winner Whiplash (J.K. Simmons won for best supporting actor) will play at the Vineyard Haven library. This drama tells the story of a promising young drummer who enrolls at a cutthroat music conservatory, where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student’s potential. Refreshments; rated R.
Prepare to be late to church and lose an hour’s sleep this Saturday night. Spring forward, they say. They also say that spring is only 15 days away. We hope.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out tomorrow to Jonathon Scoggins. Evan Kristal parties on Saturday. Happy birthday to Kasarah Bruni and Michelle O’Donnell on Sunday. Many happy returns to Sue Merrill on Tuesday, and to Dorothy Gould, who was born at midnight on the 10th so she may party on Tuesday or Wednesday. Wish the best to Nan Carter and Whit Griswold on Wednesday. I miss both of you.
Heard on Main Street: Did you know that if you do not forward those bad jokes to your unsuspecting friends, your hard drive will kill your mouse?