West Tisbury: On the bright side

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If you haven’t been up to Alley’s Store lately, you are in for a surprise. It looks totally different. The long checkout counter stretches elegantly between the front doors. Coffee and ice cream have been moved out to the main section of the store. There’s room to stand and visit and to admire the structure of the old building. It looks beautiful.

March seems to have blown in like the proverbial lion. It’s been cold, windy, with days of snow/sleet/rain, gray skies interspersed with moments of sunshine. Blue Cullen stopped by earlier and commented that this whole winter has been endlessly long and dreary. On the bright side, I could swear I heard birds twittering outside this afternoon, but it could have been wishful thinking.

Blue had come by for tea and presents to belatedly celebrate her February birthday, and to indulge in what has become one of our favorite pastimes — sharing stories about the remarkably wondrous Iyla, Blue’s great-niece, whom I get to share. She is a sparkling presence for all who know her, and she certainly keeps us on our toes.

The League of Women Voters of Martha’s Vineyard will host the West Tisbury Candidates Forum at the West Tisbury library next Wednesday, March 20, at 7 pm. Besides listening to the three candidates in the one contested race for two positions on the finance committee, it is an opportunity to meet our town officers and board members, to learn about our town government, and to ask any questions you might have. The event will be recorded and televised on MVTV, Channel 13.

Other library programs this coming week:

Thursday, March 14, 10:30 am, Jill Lane will sign as Nelia Decker reads for a Sign Language Storytime.

Friday, March 15, 3:30 pm, Emily LaPierre will lead Glow Yoga for tweens and teens, ages 9 to 17. Sign-up is required.

Saturday, March 16, 10:30 am, Laura Jordan will lead a Little Bird Music Class in the Children’s Room. At 2 pm, there will be a Death Cafe, hosted by Cape Cod Death Cafe co-founder Heather Massey. At 3:45 pm, naturalist and inventor Jim Rassman will speak about a new approach to returning cremated remains to nature.

Sunday, March 17, 3:30 pm, “Recycling Demystified,” a panel discussion by the First Congregational Church of West Tisbury Green Team, Vineyard Conservation Society, and the West Tisbury Free Public Library.

Monday, March 18, 11:30 am, Kanta Lipsky’s Balance Workshop will meet. At 7 pm, WMVY’s Dave Kish will present a jazz documentary with a discussion to follow.

Tuesday, March 19, 10:30 am, the Adult Community Dance Class with the Yard will meet.

Wednesday, March 20, 10:30 am, David Behnke will lead “Classical Music Is for You.” The West Tisbury Candidates Forum will begin at 7 pm.

A little extra information about “Recycling Demystified” on Sunday afternoon: The West Tisbury Church community is giving up single-use plastic for Lent, and hopes to spread the word and encourage others to do so, as well. The church’s newsletter, Picket Fence, has detailed information and suggestions for alternatives to the ubiquitous throwaway plastic stuff we have all become accustomed to and reliant upon. I expect the panel at the library will discuss all of this, and be available to answer questions.

Don’t forget to get your daffodils this weekend. The M.V. Cancer Support Group will be selling them in the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital lobby Friday, March 15, between 11 am and 2 pm, and on Saturday, March 16, at Cronig’s in Vineyard Haven, Reliable Market in Oak Bluffs, and Stop & Shop in Edgartown, from 9 am to 4 pm.

This Sunday is St. Patrick’s Day, a day that most of us celebrate with a delicious boiled dinner of corned beef and vegetables and Irish soda bread. Soda bread is so easy to make, and I love it, so I wonder why I only make it this once a year. My recipe is from Craig Claiborne, and my copy is stained and flour-powdery with several loosened pages, obviously well-used.

The next date to mark is a week from today, the first day of spring, the vernal equinox. If you haven’t yet noticed the daily lightening of the sky and lengthening days, it will quickly become apparent. Our days will soon stretch toward 8 o’clock, warming, and drawing us all outside. The groundhog’s prediction will be forgotten for another year.