Chilmark ... and the rest of the world ... is already halfway through April. We are still waiting for the wind to stop blowing and the air to warm up a little, but we all seem to be out and about and getting things done. I have a few dates to remind you of before we get too busy and miss these events.

The League of Women Voters of Martha’s Vineyard will present a Candidate Forum in Chilmark at the library on April 22 at 7 p.m. The public is invited and there will be presentations by the candidates and questions.

Town meeting is April 27 at the Community Center at 7:30 p.m. and all voters are urged to come and take part in the affairs of the town. The town report is published and available at no charge to all. You can pick up a copy at the town hall, library or gas station in Menemsha.

Politics is not the only subject of conversation around town these days. There are three new restaurants preparing to open soon. The ex-Menemsha Deli will be opening as the Menemsha Café and the sign posted on Wednesday says Opening Soon! Josh Aronie is the new owner and promises to begin with breakfast, which will please a lot of people.

Down the road at the Home Port there are signs of pending activities as the new chef, Ed Walsh, for the new owners, the Nixons, is hoping to open before Memorial Day. Ed comes here from Babylon, N.Y., where he had a restaurant.

Of course, the Galley and the Bite and the fish markets will all open in Menemsha soon too.

On the other side of town, or over south as some of us would say, Frank and Janet LoRusso are busy refurbishing their restaurant in the old tavern building. Frank is very proud to tell us that chef Paul O’Connell will be in charge of what will be called the Chilmark Tavern. He has operated Che Henri of Cambridge for some ten years and is an acclaimed chef. He will be offering American cuisine at affordable prices. They hope to open by Memorial Day. Cheers to all!

The Vineyard Conservation Society has scheduled April 18 as the annual Earth Day beach cleanup. There will be supervised pickups at many Island beaches, both up-Island and down, so there is a need for volunteers. Please call Kaysea Hart at 508-693-9588 for details and times.

The Women’s Symposium will convene on Saturday, May 2, at the community center. The subject of the spring meeting is Coping. Refreshments are served and the group meets from 9 a.m. to noon.

Bill and Zee Gamson are proud to tell us that their son, Josh Gamson, has been awarded a coveted Guggenheim Fellowship. He is a professor of sociology at the University of San Francisco.

We send happy birthday wishes to Basil Welch who celebrated a big one this week past. Cheers from us all!

Doctor Howard Harrison and his wife, Doctor Elizabeth Burns, are here from Florida for a family reunion at the Harrison house in Menemsha. Ann Harrison Dunk and her husband, Kevin, and their children, Patrick, Jack and Molly, are visiting this week.

John Jacobs of Littleton, Colo., is spending some springtime at his Menemsha home.

Barney and Chris Hodges and their children, Sophie, Sam and Melia, will come from Cornwall, Vt., this week. They will stay with Chris’s mother, Marianne Neill, and enjoy visiting Chris’s twin sister, Jennie Christy, and her family.

Flip Harrington and Soo Whiting are back from a trip to Costa Rica where they spent some time on the Caribbean side at a biological research station and then a few days with friends on the Pacific side on the Nicoya Peninsula.

I saw the first sunbather of the season stretched out on Squibnocket beach on Easter Sunday. He or she had plenty of room for stretching and scratching and was doing both. It was a smallish and fearless seal, enjoying a little sunshine and drying out time!

I found a free publication at Cronig’s market the other day and I would like to share it with you. It is called Edible Vineyard and it is an interesting, informative and pretty magazine.

Did you think you had heard the last of daffodils from me? Wrong! Did you know that the earliest known reference to daffodils is found in the 6th century writings of the Prophet Mohammed? The flowers were extensively cultivated by the ancient Greeks and Romans who thought they had medicinal benefits. I hope you can get out and around town and enjoy this year’s blooms!