We toured Menemsha last Sunday under a bleak sky filled with squally-looking black clouds, one of which looked like a map of Martha's Vineyard, making me wonder if we were a target for something dire. Except for all the beautifully blooming daffodils and forsythia bushes, it could have been November.
But there were signs of the annual early stir, when shops get ready for the summer rush. Menemsha Blues was open and having a sale; you could buy teacups and other antiques at Jane Slater's and custom-made shirts and numerous other contemporary gifts at Roberta Morgan's. Larsen's Fish Market opens today, and Stanley Larsen's Menemsha Fish Market has been open all winter and is still open. And there were locals taking a stroll on the jetty - no fishing gear in sight.
There was activity outside on the church grounds where voluntary landscapers were raking and cleaning up the brush.
In the blink of an eye the whole panorama will be transformed into crowds of happy vacationers eating fried clams on their way to the beach.
Just because there was little evidence of fishing at Menemsha on Sunday doesn't mean there aren't fishermen rushing the season and hauling in respectable catches at various fishing spots across the Island, although I have heard no reports of keepers. By Thursday, though, when this column comes out, that may have changed. Expectations are high, last year's lackluster season a memory.
Jo Rice, an artist and poet, has opened a show at the library. Stop in during library hours and see what it's all about.
Chandra Coleman Ross and her husband Jeffrey Ross of Miami are the happy parents of Lucas Jason Lord Ross, who was born April 19 at 10:02 pm and weighed six pounds, six ounces. He arrived early but his grandmother, Julie Coleman, sped from her North Carolina residence to Miami in record time to help with the delivery. Chandra and Lucas will be at home in Chilmark for the summer in July. Grandfather Bill Coleman visited his grandson last weekend. Bill and Julie will both be in Miami on May 13 to celebrate Mother's Day.
Evelyn Kreyling enjoyed a week's visit from her son Kelly last month.
My computer seems to be on spring break, and I am not getting messages, even though all the gatekeepers at the bottom of the screen report that I have several. If so, they aren't showing up. Some e-mails I have sent have been received; others have not. So, apologies for any unanswered e-mails. I hope things will be cleared up by next week. Comcast denies any responsibility.