I’m watching the Super Bowl as I sit down to start my column, and I have to say that it has not, as yet, been a very exciting game. It’s currently tied 3 to 3, with a little over a minute to go in the third quarter. Maybe things will liven up a bit in the final quarter.
I also found the halftime show boring, and based on Facebook posts, I’m not alone in that opinion. I realize that I’m going to sound like a stereotype of an aging adult, but I just don’t think the musical talent these days is as strong as it used to be. I took the opportunity to look into the history of the halftime shows. It used to be a lot of marching bands and drill teams, with a handful of musical guests here and there. Michael Jackson performed in 1993, which raised viewership so much that the NFL began seeking big-name performers to draw in big audiences. I guess I’m just nostalgic for acts like Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen. Not a lot of “show” with lights and smoke and mirrors. They came out and played good rock ’n’ roll music and left. But I guess it’s not really about the halftime show, is it?
At the Edgartown library, join Felix Neck’s naturalist Liz Dengenis for Nursery School Naturalists on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 to look for signs of winter. Watch the season unfold at the library, and experience the quieter months of the Island through its winter creatures, stories, crafts, live animal presentations, and more! The current dates for these fun sessions are Feb. 6 and 20, and March 6 and 20.
Felix Neck is also running a program during February vacation week for kids in kindergarten through fifth grade. Kids will search for tracks and signs of Vineyard creatures, and learn how different animals survive the season. This program runs Tuesday, Feb. 26, through Friday, March 1, from 9 am until 3 pm. Tuesday is Bird Bonanza, Wednesday is Water Worlds, Thursday is Track-Tastic and Friday is Mammal-Rama. The cost is $65 per day for members, $75 for nonmembers, and you can sign up for one day or all four. Registration required.
Be sure to go by the Edgartown School gym on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 8 and 9, between 10 am and 4 pm for an Indoor Sidewalk Sale, featuring Nell, the Green Room, Charleston Shoe Co., Rainy Day, and Sole. This is a fundraiser for the eighth grade trip to Washington, D.C. and you can shop some big blowout sales. Be sure to bring cash!
Happy birthday wishes go out to Nonnie Garvin on Feb. 2, Lisa Gazzaniga on Feb. 3, Jennifer Bennett and Paul Santopietro on Feb. 4, Deb Grant, Jon Ryan, and Kevin Donovan on Feb. 5, Keith Chatinover on Feb. 6, and Rebecca Mayhew and my dear cousin, Kathy King, who is probably the nicest person I know, on Feb. 9.
As I wrap this up tonight, we just won the Super Bowl. I wish it had been a more exciting game, but a win is a win, and I’m very happy for the team. They get scoffed at so much from the rest of the country, and it’s crazy how they have to prove themselves over and over. Will this quiet the naysayers down? Probably not. Wouldn’t it be great to round it out with Celtics and Bruins championships too?
Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring. It can start anytime now. Happy Truck Day on Feb. 4. Pitchers and catchers show up next week. Have a great week.