MARGARET KNIGHT

508-627-8894

(margaret02539@yahoo.com)

We’re a little behind in the springtime department here on Chappaquiddick; we like to take things slow. This time of year, Vineyard Haven always looks weeks ahead, but that’s because we have so many oaks which are almost the last to leaf out. Meanwhile, the grass is green and the shad is blooming everywhere, lighting up the woods with its delicate white blossoms. A good spot for shad viewing is back in the woods behind the new Chappaquiddick cemetery. All the opportunistic bushes such as honeysuckle and autumn olive have leafed out and made the roadsides green.

We have sad news that Joe Cressy died earlier this week. Joe was an important part of the Chappaquiddick community. He was instrumental in making the dream of a community center a reality, and he was its first president, serving for many years. He and Mary began the tradition of serving Christmas Eve dinner for all of Chappy, first at their house and then at the community center. Their place was also the location of the first haunted house that scared and thrilled adults and children alike, a tradition that continued for several more years. Joe was the captain of the Chappy fire department for many years, and also served on the marine advisory committee. A gathering is planned for later this month.

In Edgartown, Peter Wells is still telling us where to drive to get to the ferry, but it’s not because of NStar anymore — some in-town roads are being repaved. NStar has cleaned up from the under-harbor cable replacement and moved on. The town wharf is back to normal, except for the viewing deck on the roof that was taken apart for repairs this winter. More repairs were needed than expected and money ran out, so work was halted. With any luck, some of the town’s “free cash” will help the wharf to be put back together in time for summer.

NStar has sent out letters to all Chappy residents about a service interruption on Tuesday, May 17 from 10 a.m. to noon — unless they have to reschedule. No doubt this is when they plan to hook us up to the new cable. It seems very polite of them to notify us about losing power when loss of power happens so often with no notification. In the letter, they do ask us to let them know if we plan to use a generator while the electricity is off, by calling 800-592-2000 — for the safety of their employees. They also say to be sure your main electric switch is open before operating the generator.

The Paris in the Spring film series at the Edgartown library will be showing ’Round Midnight on Tuesday, May 10 at 7 p.m. This is the story of an African American jazzman living in Paris in the 1950s.

The One Book, One Island series continues their programs related to Barbara Kingsolver’s book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, about farming and locally grown food. On Saturday, May 7, there is a discussion and signing of Rebecca Gilbert’s Book of Duck Cookery at the West Tisbury Library at 4 p.m. Rebecca runs Native Earth Teaching Farm on North Road in Chilmark.

The Comsog Plant Sale will be May 7 and 8, and then until May 29, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Homegrown organic plants, herbs and veggies — including heirloom tomatoes, 15 varieties of peppers, hanging baskets and flowers — will be available at Community Solar Greenhouse on New York avenue in Oak Bluffs, located across from the Christian Scientist Church.

In the past week or so, temperatures have been perfect for being outdoors, even more so with the lack of bugs. We typically have a few more weeks of this.

This is my favorite time of year for gardening — after the mosquitoes come, the garden is pretty much on its own. Not that I’ve gotten much done in the garden yet, but I’m scheming and pottering around. I’m hoping to grow some vegetables for the Farmers’ Market that happens on Wednesday afternoons on the porch of the community center in July and August. Sharlee Livingston and son, Jared, plan to be there as usual, as do some other Chappy gardeners. Anyone is welcome to come and sell their Chappy-grown produce or crafts.

The community center tennis court has received its top layer of asphalt, and will be ready for the cushion layer that promises to be easy on old joints. If you haven’t received information about court use this summer, you can check the Web site at chappycommunitycenter.org, or leave a message at 508-627-8222. Joe would be pleased to see this long-planned-for tennis court becoming a reality.