Edgartown: on the seasonal cusp

Opening soon! –MVTimes File photo

What a difference a week will make. Last week, we had crocuses and pinkletinks, and our little world starting to stretch its legs and shake off the sleepy dust. Now we have peeks of sunshine, scattered moments of T-shirt and flip-flop temperatures, and most important, the Red Sox back at Fenway. I was so excited to see the team take the field this week, and the Opening Ceremony was awesome! Tom Brady pitching to Papi? I mean … wow. And how does this relate to Edgartown, you may ask? Because the hammocks go up, the Sox go on the radio, and the napping is nothing short of transcendental. It is a first sign of glorious things to come.

We’re still on a bit of a seasonal cusp, as was made clear while looking for a place to take an out-of-town guest for dinner this past Monday night. We started with Atlantic, which is still closed a couple nights a week, then Rockfish — closed Mondays — then the Harbor View, which was open but slammed for 2-for-1 burger night, and finally we found ourselves back at our old standby: the Wharf. Which, of course, was my original suggestion, ahem. Anyway, as of Thursday, we will have Chesca’s join the ever-growing list of weekend dinner options, and Among the Flowers will be opening its doors this weekend for breakfast and lunch. We also have Atria back, after an early spring respite. And soon everything will be open all the time! Yippee!

April is Poetry Month, and the Edgartown library is celebrating with a special free program on Wednesday evening, April 22: a reading by two Island favorites, poet laureate Steve Ewing, and Rachel Baird. The words — wise, witty, and beautiful — begin to flow at 6:30 pm; a reception will follow.

April is also a favorite of schoolchildren everywhere, as it boasts the eagerly anticipated April vacation. If you have plans to get off the rock for a bit, have fun, and don’t forget to report back your adventures. If you are sticking around, have no fear: Felix has you covered. They invite you to spring into nature with their April vacation programs, April 20–24, 2015, from 8:30 am to 3 pm. Explore different Island properties, learn about wildlife, grow food, make crafts, sing songs, listen to stories, and much more. Every day will offer a different field trip, with destinations including The FARM Institute, where you can help collect eggs, check on the lambs, cook, and prepare for the growing season; Sassafras, where you will learn about survival, play sneak-up games, and spend the day in the Aquinnah woods and be wild; Trustees of Reservations Chappy properties, where you can explore the shore, comb the beach, and check out Mytoi Garden and the Cape Poge Lighthouse; Felix Neck, where you’ll learn about nature’s transformation, explore sights and sounds, and welcome back birds and insects from their winter ways; and Island Grown Schools; where you’ll travel the path from seed to fork: digging in the dirt, planting seeds, and tasting your way through the garden with games and songs. For questions or more information, call Felix Neck at 508-627-4850.

The Pink Squid Yacht Club is making a comeback this year, after raising thousands in past years for college-bound high school scholars. An organizational meeting will take place Tuesday, April 21, at 6:30 pm at the Wharf Pub in Edgartown. Those at the helm strive to continue the great tradition of generosity set by the pioneers of this great club years ago. This meeting aims to discuss the club’s goals and brainstorm fundraising ideas. Contact Ryan Murtha with questions via the PSYC Facebook page.

It seems to be a slow week for birthdays, so that means you get the entire spotlight this week, Megan Shai Brown. Enjoy your April 17th birthday. May it be filled with friends and fun.