It feels like spring. The few remaining patches of snow don’t matter. It’s the air that feels soft, warm, moist. It’s supposed to be in the 40s and 50s all week, good to be outdoors, good for walks and chores, good for anticipating longer, lighter days. Patches of snowdrops in our lawn surprised me this morning. So did the sound of surf in the distance. I can begin to imagine colors changing from the dark plums and faded ochres of winter into the new greens, lavenders, and pinks of spring.
A caveat: ticks are out with the warmer weather. Check yourself and your animals after being outside.
Here are the weekly schedules for community suppers and Hospitality Homes, temporary emergency shelter in Island churches.
Sunday 12:30 pm at Federated Church, Edgartown
Monday 5:30 pm at St. Andrew’s Church, Edgartown
Tuesday 5:30 pm at the Chilmark Community Church
Wednesday 5:30 pm at the West Tisbury Church
Thursday 5:00 pm at St. Augustine’s Church, Vineyard Haven
Friday 5:00 pm at Grace Church, Vineyard Haven
Saturday 5:30 pm at Trinity Parish House, Oak Bluffs
Overnight shelters are open every night from 7 pm to 7 am. Dinner, bed, and breakfast are provided at the Federated Church in Edgartown on Monday and Thursday nights, and at St. Andrew’s Church in Edgartown on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. All are welcome, and it’s free.
I ran into Linda Chapman at Cronig’s and signed her nomination papers for library trustee, my first of the town political season. There will be lots more, especially if you attended the Groundhog Day party at the Cleaveland House. Expect to see candidates around town carrying clipboards, pens, and papers, and looking for signatures. If you are interested in running for a town board, stop into Town Hall to get nomination papers from Tara Whiting, Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 1:30.
Holly Bellebuono of Vineyard Herbs, Teas, & Apothecary has a new kitten named Little Chaos. What a perfect name and description for a tiny kitten who can totally disrupt any household. Holly has written an article, “Darkness and the Divine Feminine: Caving, the Pineal Gland, and the Great Mother,” that appears in the latest edition of Parabola magazine. She has also planned a two-week Herb School for June 14-24. For more information: 508-687-9600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACE MV is offering a course for landscapers about dealing with ticks and mosquitoes. Email email@example.com.
Paul Karasik has been teaching a master class in comics in Angouleme, France, and attending events at the International Comics Festival that happens at the same time. He’s also had time for a little sightseeing and enjoying the art and cuisine of the area. He’s sent back pictures of gorgeous paintings and architecture in the most charming villages of western France.
Vineyard Montessori invites everyone to the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center this Sunday afternoon, Feb. 6, at 4 pm, for a viewing of “Most Likely to Succeed,” a documentary about education in the 21st century. $12 general admission; $9 members; $7 children 14 and under.
“Planning for Aging” with Abe Seiman is a free program at the Howes House on Monday, Feb. 8, at 2 pm. There will be a presentation and discussion about goals and practical considerations as we look to our aging futures. Everyone is welcome. Pre-register at 508-693-2896.
The West Tisbury Library has planned a series of jazz concerts every Sunday afternoon in February. This Sunday, come to hear Jeremy Berlin, Eric Johnson, and Tauras Biskis. Upcoming Sundays feature John Alaimo and Mike Tinus. Concerts begin at 4 pm and are free.
Also at the library this week, the following three programs:
MV Teens Write for Radio will meet this Sunday afternoon, 2 to 4 pm. Participants write a short story they will record for MVY.
Writers Read will meet on Monday, Feb. 8, at 7 pm. Community members are invited to read their original prose in eight-minute segments. Sign up for your eight minutes at 508-693-4307.
Tony Nevin will read from and discuss his new book, “Behavioral Momentum Theory,” on Thursday, Feb. 11, 5 to 6 pm. Copies will be available for signing and for sale.
Mike and I had lunch with Wally LaBell and his sister, Christine Clifford, last week. The big topic of conversation was Lyme disease. Wally had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s several years ago, but it turned out to be Lyme and three other tick-borne infections. He asked me to mention this in the column, as it’s so easy for these infections to mimic other diseases, and a good diagnosis is critical for effective treatment. Wally is immersing himself in learning all he can about Lyme, and in getting himself well. I have mentioned the active Lyme group on the Island to Wally, and am passing the information along to all of you. The Lyme Support Group meets the first Wednesday of every month, 6:30 pm, at the Howes House. Brian Morris has taken over for Dr. Enid Haller, who started the center. Take a look at their excellent website: mvlymecenter.org. Phone is 508-693-1846.
Don’t forget the Mardi Gras Pancake Supper at the West Tisbury Church this Sunday evening, Feb. 7, 5 to 7 pm. Pancakes, sausages, and real maple syrup. Music and dancing, too. You can go to the Library’s jazz concert before supper, then rush home after for the Super Bowl. Dinner is $5 per person or $15 per family. And you can be draped in Mardi Gras beads.