The fallen trees are not all chopped up yet, the basements barely dry, and here comes another one? Wild winter here. I certainly do hope we raise the grade on Five Corners when we get to redoing that road. I am tired of having to decide between a car or a kayak when I go to Cumby’s for coffee.

If you are reading this on March 8 please join us for a Stand Together in recognition of International Women’s Day. We will gather at Five Corners — another reason I like that area dry! Stand Together is from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Signs are welcome. In case of bad weather the event is cancelled. If you are a feminist of any gender, join us. If you are not, get out of our way.

The First Baptist Church is holding another much-loved dinner. On Saturday, March 10 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. a traditional corned beef cabbage, carrots, potatoes, corn bread, dessert and beverage dinner will be available for your delight. Fill your tummies with great food while we fill the air with an Irish sing-a-long. The feast is a mere $12 per person. Takeout is available. Call 508-693-1539 for more information.

More excitement for Saturday night: we spring ahead. I don’t like losing an hour’s asleep, but I really don’t sleep well anyway. It will be worth it to me to get more light at the end of the day. I feel like I’m living in Alphaville.

I smile whenever I think of Daffodil Days because it makes me think of Dorothy Bangs. Dorothy was devoted to getting the news to me about this annual Island fundraiser. Daffodils will be available on Friday March 16 at the hospital from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. On Saturday March 17 you may pickup your blooms from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Edgartown Stop & Shop, Reliable Market and Cronig’s. Only $10 a bunch. All proceeds go to the Martha’s Vineyard Cancer Support Group on-Island. It is a great time of year to see yellow flowers.

I am very much enjoying Jeff Canha’s posts on his series Living Lokal. He is informative, well-spoken, and gets to the point. He has been passing on news of the water leaks in Stop & Shop. I must say I admire the entire crew in there. I am so sorry they must deal with this mess. Why do I keep hearing that song, the Arkansas Traveler, in my head?

I was saddened to see, but thanks for the memories, that Harvey Schmidt, the author of the Fantastiks, has passed away. Harvey was 81. My mother took me to my first off-Broadway play, the Fantastiks, when I was 10 years old. I went again when I moved into the city at 18 years old, and went again several times. to the point where my own son was able to accompany me at age 10. Thank you, Harvey Schmidt.

The birthday bandwagon pulled along Sam Byrd on March 5. I think I made an error on the Seward twins birthday, they did celebrate on March 6. The first two Islanders I met on my first visit here were John Alley, then David Seward. You cannot do better than that!

David’s youngest son, Jesse, celebrates on March 8. James Taylor observes March 12. JT will be touring with Bonnie Raitt this summer and I am beside myself with happiness. But the birthday cake goes to our dearly departed legend, Johnny Seaview, a.k.a. Oliver Perry, who always had our best wishes on March 14. Many happy returns.

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