Daffodils and forsythia brighten swathes of bright green grass along our roads, in our gardens and unexpected turns on walks. If you’re a dog walker, take note: Great Rock Bight is now closed to dogs until mid-June. Beaches are still open, but please be mindful of restricted bird-nesting areas with your four-footed friends.
There has been a great deal of personal loss for many families and cherished Islanders, tragedy and hardship; let’s try to be there for one another just because we can. If you need a laugh, and missed our president addressing the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday night, you can watch it here. Besides Downton Abbey, can’t say I ever watch, but catching Obama live after I returned from the closing-evening celebration of Pathways Projects was a cap to a perfect evening. Most surprising was finding out I was a recipient of a Visual Arts Honorarium for 2015, a challenge grant to create finished work with footage I shot swimming daily in warm weather at Long Point, wearing a GoPro, over a couple of years, and other related water imagery. The performances by our exceptionally talented Island artists flowed one after another between awards presentations, ending in toasts to the staff and Pathways Projects founder Marianne Goldberg.
One of the most fun things I’ve been doing the past few weeks is attending Dance Free at Howes House on Tuesdays from 3 to 4 pm. Yes, it’s free, and you can bring music to share: CDs or tapes welcome.
This is the last week the Food Truck will be operating, so head over to the Chilmark Store parking lot between 10 and 2 pm through Saturday, if you are craving their offerings. Thanks to Chilmark Store owners Jennifer LoRusso and Joel Glickman for letting the Food Truck serve our community through the winter; it’s been a beacon through these long months. We look forward to seeing what Josh Aronie does when he takes over the Beach Plum Inn in May.
Molly Glasgow of Grey Barn and Farm is having an exhibit of her photographs, “Presence of Absence,” for the month of May at the Chilmark library. Please come and join her at the opening on Saturday, May 2, from 3 to 5 pm. You can check out her work at mollyglasgow.com. I hear there will be really good cheese at the opening!
Sunday, May 3 is the last Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank Commission Ecologist Guided Walk at Tiasquam Valley Reservation in Chilmark, beginning at 1 pm and lasting one to two hours. The walk is rain or shine, so dress appropriately. Call 508-627-7141 to reserve your place for this free activity.
The Chilmark library is offering free e-book help on Monday mornings from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm beginning Monday, May 4. In addition to the 17,000 electronic titles available through the CLAMS network, patrons have access to 175,000 titles in the commonwealth e-book collection. Learn how to download these free e-books and e-audios. Make an appointment with tech librarian Allyson Malik by calling the circulation desk at 508-645-3360.
If you would like to serve on a town committee, please write the Board of Selectmen. If your appointment to a committee is expiring this year, please write the Selectmen’s Office with a request to be re-appointed a.s.a.p. The Board of Selectmen will be making committee appointments May 5 for the coming year.
Perhaps you read about the new Martha’s Vineyard license plate, but in case you missed it, and are interested in having a Martha’s Vineyard plate on your automobile, designed by Gwyn McAllister, you can find all the information you need at mvlicenseplate.com, or email email@example.com, or pick up the phone and call Mary Korba of the Martha’s Vineyard License Plate Committee at 508-693-7900, ext. 222. And if you like Gwyn’s writing, you might check out her blog, PickYourPoison.net, Poems for Poetry Haters — or Haters in General.