West Tisbury: The end of solitude


I have a friend for whom March 1 is the happiest day of the year. He says that spring is coming, the days are longer and brighter, the air is warming up. We have never agreed on this assessment. On March 1, all I can see is the list of winter projects I still haven’t accomplished, taxes looming, the end of solitude and cool weather as summer approaches. How did it go so fast?

The wind and snow of the past week have been beautiful. Our yard is currently dusted with about an inch of snow. More is expected over the weekend, although it will probably change to rain by Monday morning. It’s supposed to be colder through the week. For now, all I can see is sunshine and the leaves of my rhododendron hedge relaxed from the tightly shriveled way they curl into themselves to conserve warmth and moisture. More patches of snowdrops have appeared, spreading every spring by magic to places they never were before. The branches of the weeping cherry tree look pink in the sun, although they will not bloom for weeks.

We change our clocks to daylight saving time this weekend. “Spring forward,” so the saying goes, losing us an hour of sleep next Sunday morning.

One nice thing about March is the M.V. Cancer Support Group’s daffodil sale. The buds are always tight, and the flowers last for well over a week. Nothing is more cheering than a bouquet of bright yellow daffodils. They are $10 for a bunch, and all the money goes to help Island families dealing with cancer. To preorder, call Sally Lodge at 617-947-1856. Or pick up your daffodils on Friday, March 15, in the M.V. Hospital lobby between 11 am and 2 pm; on Saturday they will be sold at Reliable Market in Oak Bluffs, the Vineyard Haven Cronig’s, and Edgartown Stop & Shop from 9 am to 4 pm.

Another way to help the Cancer Support Group is to dine out at the Ocean View on Thursday, March 21. Ten percent of the cost of your meal will be donated to the cause.

Martha’s Vineyard Democrats will meet this Saturday morning, March 9, at the Howes House from 9:30 to 11 am. On the agenda are four experts from South Shore and Cape Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby. They will discuss and take questions about carbon pricing legislation designed to help reduce carbon emissions in an equitable and efficient manner.

The first meeting in a series of seminars, “Exploring the End of Life Journey: Steps, Stages, Resources, Legacy, and Reflections,” will be Thursday, March 14, 5:30 pm, at Grace Church. Representatives from Community Services, Healthy Aging Task Force, Hospice, and other local resources will be on hand, as well as from the various religious organizations on the Island, who can give information about end-of-life and burial practices for their denominations. The seminars will continue through May 11.

Paul Karasik has spaces available for his Graphic Novel Workshop this August at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vt. Check his website for information and to sign up: paulkarasikcomics.com or call 508-693-4059.

I want to thank Prudy Burt for her devotion to our town and our environment throughout her 25 years on the conservation commission. She has been a stalwart protector of our resources and our views, knowledgeable, and willing to speak her mind. She has earned the respect of every one of us. Thank you, Prudy.

At the library this week:

Saturday, March 9, 10:30 am, Laura Jordan will lead Little Bird Music Class, music and movement for children and their families. All are invited to a Rock Concert for Kids with the Pinkletinks at 3 pm.

Sunday, March 10, 3:30 pm, is the Second Sunday Jazz Concert with the Jeremy Berlin Trio.

Monday, March 11, 11:30 am, Kanta Lipsky will lead her Balance Class. At 5 pm, Plastic Free M.V. will hold a forum about the plastic bottle ban coming up for a vote at town meeting. At 7 pm, Writers Read will meet. Sign-up at 508-693-4307, or just come along.

Tuesday, March 12, 10:30 am, the Adult Community Dance Class with The Yard will meet. Public health nurse Lila Fischer will speak about mindfulness and wellness at 12:30 pm. She will also check blood pressures for interested attendees.

Wednesday, March 13, 10:30 am, Phil Dietterich will be guest host for Classical Music Is for You. At 4 pm, Lynn Thorp will lead a Sign Language learning and practice circle.

There is nothing more beautiful than a snowfall. Watching snowflakes silently fall is mesmerizing. If I remember correctly, most of our snow and winter weather came in March last year. Maybe it will be the same this year, as it has felt like not much of a winter so far.