Heard on Main Street: It’s called March Madness. All basketball all the time, or so it seems.
Pianist David Rhoderick and violinist Cesar Atzic Marquez will perform in concert at the West Tisbury Congregational Church next Sunday, March 24, at 3 pm. In the Spring Forward Concert, their music is chosen to celebrate the springtime afternoon light and lift the spirit. The duo have been working on the centerpiece of Brahms’ beautiful and soulful “First Violin Sonata,” Opus 78, throughout the winter. Also featured is Bach’s “A Minor violin concerto,” along with pieces by John Williams and Manuel María Ponce, a 20th century Mexican composer. Ticket are $15 at the door, with free admission for children. Proceeds will benefit the church. A reception follows.
Rhoderick, a Fellow of the Royal Schools of Music, graduated from Cambridge University. He was previously music director and organist at the West Tisbury church, and at Union Chapel. Atzic Marquez is a Mexican violinist who graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso and University of Southern California. He is a life member of the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, with almost five decades of violin studies in solo, chamber, and symphonic venues.
And it is time to garden: The last of the series on Regenerative Backyard Gardening is on Saturday, March 23, from 10:30 to noon at the Vineyard Haven library. Learn how to plan a garden that nourishes people and the planet. Grow edible plants, conserve water, and make compost in your own backyard. Meet Roxanne Kapitan of Oakleaf Landscape, an organic grower for Middletown Nursery. For more info, call Noli Taylor of IGI at 508-687-9062.
Next Tuesday, March 26, at 7 pm, the library invites you to hear Dr. Elliott Dacher on Self-Transcendence — Going Beyond. He will explore the role of the transcendent aspect of meditation.
On Tuesdays in April and May, our Vineyard Haven library will bring you the Oscar-Nominated Film Series. This begins at 7 pm on April 2 with “Green Book.”
You still have time to sign up at the library for the Great Decisions Discussion Group, which meets at 7 pm on Thursdays in April and May. The first meeting on April 4 covers the hot topic of Refugees and Global Migration.
Several years ago, my husband gave me a beautiful circle pin set with pearls. Then I found I’d somehow broken the pin. Professional jewelers on the Island said they could do nothing to repair it. Then I wisely asked a friend if she would look at it. Laura Artru finally said that she could not repair the pin, but she could make it into a pendant. I think it is beautiful and that she is wonderful. I cannot tell you how fortunate I feel. Laura designs and makes beautiful jewelry that you can purchase at Claudia’s.
There are only two Sundays left for you to enjoy the free lasagna luncheons at the Federated Church in Edgartown: March 24 and 31. Lunch is served from 12:30 to 2 pm. All are welcome to enjoy a salad, a serving of lasagna, garlic bread, beverage, and something for dessert. Get out of the house, have a hot meal, and maybe make some new friends.
The Feminist Book Group has chosen for April to discuss books about racism and how it impacts women in our culture. “So You Want to Talk About Race” is a brutally honest book presenting complicated situations in a way which makes them seem simple. Also up for discussion are “Waking Up White” and “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism.” You are welcome to the next meeting on Friday, April 5, at the West Tisbury library at 5:15 pm in the program room, entered off the porch on the back on the right of the building.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Barbara Dacey and Skip Bailey.
Heard on Main Street: “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” –Michael Jordan