Chilmark as we remember it is still here! Under all that snow the spring bulbs were persevering and are now visible in most spots. The dark rainy days were welcome and now we are ready for some sunshine. The big thaw has allowed the work to begin on the far jetty.

So off we go from standing still to running. Everyone will feel the pressure of busy times coming and begin to fret about the shortage of time to get ready for the coming seasons. It is as old as time . . . the various speeds of life.

Pathways at the Chilmark Tavern invites us all to a Spring Equinox Celebration Dance Party on Saturday night beginning at 6:30 p.m. Peter Simon will be the special guest disc jockey. Admission is free and there are refreshments offered.

Paul and Beth Mayhew had an enjoyable weekend visiting with some of Beth’s family. Her sister in law Joyce Lindsey Isaac and her daughter Gillian Isaac Anderson came from Connecticut. They were joined by Beth’s grandniece Jenna Cutter who is attending Roger Williams College in Rhode Island but hails from Melbourne, Australia. The group stayed at the Harbor View Hotel. The Mayhew’s grandchildren, Paul Henry Jeffers-Mayhew and Emma Mayhew joined the family for a celebratory luncheon. Their Island connection is fun to review. Years ago Joyce came from Epping, England, and worked for a summer at the Frosty Cottage on Circuit avenue in Oak Bluffs. Beth, after meeting her, suggested to her oldest brother, home for a summer visit to the family, that he meet the pretty girl at the Frosty Cottage. He introduced himself and two weeks later they were engaged! They were married in 1961 and were married 33 years and have Gillian and Gareth. Bob died in 1995. Some may remember Gillian who worked at the Menemsha Market back in the early 1980s when Dan Bradley ran the store. It was a nice reunion for the family.

Now, if time is hanging heavy, I have the perfect solution, take a real-time safari on the National Geographic site on line. It is an addictive experience and as real as it gets. Someone kindly sent the website to me and I immediately wanted to stay put and keep watching. If you like wild life and African adventure, this will keep you watching,

Pizza nights are Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Church. All are welcome.

Josh Aronie and the food truck will continue in front of the Chilmark store until May.

The Vineyard Conservation Society tells us of a Sunday walk on March 29 on the Signal Hill Conservation Restriction property. The hike will feature scenic views from the high ground between Squibnocket and Menemsha Ponds. The walk is free and preregistration is required so please call 508-693-7662 or email the Vineyard Conservation Society at

The annual town election will be on April 29 and the polls will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Might be a good idea to make note, as the date will be here before you know it.

Students of the Island schools, 60 of them, have put together a 65-page book of drawings, poems and short stories about the Gay Head Light. The sale of the book is to support the lighthouse relocation effort. The book, titled I Will Save You!, will be on sale at Island bookstores. Of particular note is that the cover features a bold drawing by Chilmark student, Jakie Glasgow of Grey Barn. Cheers to all!

We send condolences to the family and friends of Noah Block who died on Feb. 22 at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. Noah’s parents William and Sophie Block were familiar members of the busy summer community first, and then they were active retirees settling in West Tisbury. Noah grew up spending his summers up-Island and returned to settle here in his retirement. His friends here will miss him.

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