The quietest week on the Vineyard approaches. The one where nearly everyone with a child runs off-Island to take advantage of the winter school break. The streets are quiet, and even more businesses close — see you next month 7a, State Road, Little House.

So what to do next week for those still on-Island? Well, maybe it’s time to try something completely different. One word — marshmallows.

On Tuesday and Thursday, the Oak Bluffs library is hosting a Building With Marshmallows workshop. Who knows, in two sessions you might be able to build a nice summer rental — for a chipmunk. Marshmallowy goodness is from 1 to 3 p.m. each day and is for all ages. No word on what happens if all the building materials get eaten in the process.

There will also be outdoor explorations every day from Monday through Friday next week at the Long Point Wildlife Refuge off Deep Bottom Road in West Tisbury, (it’s the winter entrance). The visitor’s center will be open with snacks and hot drinks from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day, and there will be quests and scavenger hunts for all to take part in. Visit or call 508-693-7662.

The YMCA hosts a Winter Break Camp for kids each day beginning at 8:30 a.m. and going until 5:30 p.m. to provide working parents with childcare during the school break week. There will be field trips, swimming, ice skating, arts and crafts and more. The cost for members is $250 and for nonmembers $300.

Visit or call 508-696-7171, extension 117.

And if these don’t fill the void, there are the community suppers around the Island held each night by a different religious organization to feed the hunger for food and conversation during the quietest time of the year. Stay warm, stay in touch and stay focused on the fact that the mating call of the pinkletink can’t be too far away.