The weather of late has certainly been too much with us. But a little fly-by-night snow last Saturday has done nothing to deter garden planners and others trying to rush into the planting season. Ag Fair planners are sending e-mails reminding everyone to start their seedlings and think about their blue ribbons. Deadlines loom. The fair's poster contest deadline is this Sunday, April 1. Send your entry to P.O. Box 73, West Tisbury, MA 02575, Attn: Eleanor Neubert.
And the deadline to place orders for the preschool's fundraiser sale of heirloom tomato seedlings is also April 1. The seedlings are grown organically and can be ordered in 6-packs ($10) or individual three-inch pots ($3). All proceeds will go to the preschool, except sales from Peace Vine Cherry, which goes to a children's foundation. Brochures and order forms are available at all three up-Island libraries, at the school/preschool, and at Cronig's, both up- and down-Island. Orders must be placed by April 1; pickup will be June 2 at the school.
There will be no Palm Sunday services at the Chilmark Community Church on April 1. There will be a cantata at the Christ United Church in Vineyard Haven at 11 am.
Two of Chilmark poet John Maloney's poems are included in a Notre Dame Press publication, "Irish American Poets from the 18th century to the present," which came out earlier this year. The poems are "Lace Stone Walls from The Town of Chilmark" and "Serious Dreamers."
Lillian Kellman will give her annual party to celebrate the birthday of her favorite storyteller, Hans Christian Andersen, at the library this Monday, April 2 at 1 pm.
Ms. Kellman waxes eloquent on the subject of the fabled Danish writer: "His tales of the ordinary and the fabulous continue to give us insights into ourselves and everyone around us. Vain emperors, tin soldiers, swashbuckling soldiers, and snobbish darning needles - they are as relevant today as ever." Ms. Kellman will tell as many tales as time allows while Susan McGhee on the violin and Ray Kellman on the recorder provide music. Specially baked pastries by Beth Kramer will complete the festivities. Don't miss it. It's always a lively scene.
Happy birthday to Marshall Carroll whose birthday was March 19 and to Alistair Morgan who turned 11 on March 21. Many happy returns to both of you.
We wish Roland Shea recovery from a stroke he suffered recently. His wife, Gert, is with him in Ludlow, where he will receive rehabilitation care.
Ray and Lillian Kellman are back from a quick trip to Anguilla, a British colony, where they relaxed and read, walked the beach and did some swimming.
The Friends of the Library are having another free movie night, complete with popcorn and drinks, Wednesday, April 4, at 7 pm. The movie is "The Pursuit of Happyness" (PG-13), about a down-and-out father hoping to improve his lot in life.
On Thursdays during April Nan Doty is leading a movement group, Introduction to Qigong from 5:30 to 6:30 pm in the meeting room at the library. Qigong is a set of gentle, low-impact movements designed to build up and balance energy levels. The movements are used to energize the body and calm the mind and can be practiced standing, sitting, or lying down. The movements are based on the book "The Healing Promise of Qi" by Roger Jahnke, which is available at the library.
The Chilmark Times, the school newspaper, is out and is, as usual, a fine reflection of the variety of interests among the school population. The paper contains profiles, reviews of books and CDs, and vocabulary exercises, as well as entertainment puzzles, and, new this issue, a couple of holiday recipes, including one for eggnog. Library staffers, specifically Kimberley Schlesinger, will rejoice at the cover story recommendation for winter activities that included a visit to the library's crafts class on Wednesdays. "They have done some pretty cool crafts, like marshmallow snowmen." There is a profile on Elizabeth Gude, the paper's person of the month, by Brigida Larsen and Andrew Ruimerman who chose her, they wrote, because "she has a Chestnut tree" that's 30 years old.
The students all seem to strike a nice balance between closeness to the Chilmark community and a savvy awareness of the world off-Island.