Predicting the weather is riskier than usual these days, but the next few days look like the ideal time for that group of intrepid stalwarts who take a refreshing dip in the ocean at Squibnocket only when temperatures are at or below freezing. They may be swimming, as we speak. Meanwhile, of course, some of us are trying Phil and Shirley Craig's hot soup recipes, the builders are focusing on interiors, the birds are dependent on the feeders, and ice skaters can perform out in the open on the ponds instead of going to the Ice Arena. In any case, it's certain that all those spring flowerings have been nipped in the bud. Maybe we'll see some migrating polar bears.
Merrily Fenner received a warm reception from members of Read MV who gathered at the Howes House last week to hear her talk about her children's book, "The Secret," and to enjoy her singing and guitar playing. The book comes with a CD and is recommended for parents to read to preschoolers and will interest children through the fourth grade.
Read MV is the name of the group of 14 tutors, Island-wide, who volunteer twice a week in Island elementary schools to help children learn to read. The late Molly Flender was active in the project; Carolyn Spengler of Tisbury is the leader today. Ethel Sherman and Ann Deitrich are the volunteers in Chilmark. "It's wonderful to interact with the kids, especially for people whose grandchildren live far away," Ms. Sherman says. The group gives programs once a month at the Howes House, featuring new school projects and programs to do with reading.
And if you are hibernating to catch up on your reading, remember we have a library full of books. And if you want to know the latest status of the health of our ponds, come to the talk, "Vineyard Ponds in Trouble," next Wednesday, Jan. 24, at 5:30 pm at the library. The speaker is Wendy Culbert of the Vineyard Conservation Society. The event, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, is free, and everyone is welcome.
The demo at the library recently by chef McDonough, who showed his audience of more than 40 how to pan-sear scallops, was, as usual, a happy and tasteful affair, and he added a tart to finish it off.
For the sports-mad among us, last Sunday was busier than Super Bowl Sunday what with the Australian Open sandwiched in between the two semi-final football games. Our sympathies to Patriots fans.