Friday marks the start of a holiday weekend. Patriot’s Day is Monday and town offices will be closed. When will spring weather arrive? Crocuses, daffodils and snowdrops are in bloom. The Blue Barque’s south side sports a significant amount of them in full bloom as Jen Wool’s hard work planting them has paid off. The baseball field on Monday hosted a game and the tennis courts were also busy.

The 122nd Boston Marathon is on Monday and the Vineyard will have four runners including our own Mary Lee Schroder. School spring vacation is all next week.

Monday is the last day to file your tax return with the federal government (although you have until Tuesday to file state returns). There used to be long lines at the post office with folks getting their returns postmarked before the deadline. But now you can file online in a snap and save a lot of time.

Mary Pat Hough-Greene of New Freedom, Pa., will be at her family home, The Book House, for the remainder of the month of April.

Sig Van Raan is visiting his son Jackson who is herding goats at a kibbutz in the Negev desert. His wife Susan is anticipating the birth of a grandchild shortly. His play, Babylonian Talmud, begins a one-month run in Havana and he plans to go down to Cuba

Saturday morning the MV Dems will meet at the Howes House from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The guest speaker will be Lily Welch, the campaign field organizer for Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Beatrice Whiting reports that Saturday night at 6 p.m. at the Ag Hall is the Agricultural Society annual spring potluck. Bring a dish to share and your place settings. Live music and dancing, too. 

Twenty-five people from the church and a group from the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center will be traveling to Atlanta, Ga., on Sunday where the Rev. Cathlin Baker will preach at Ebenezer Baptist Church, the spiritual home of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Friday some members of the group will attend Shabbat services with The Temple, the synagogue that partners with Ebenezer Baptist Church. The group will visit The King Center and the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park, the Center for Civil and Human Rights, and Morehouse College. Attend church on April 22 to hear about the trip.

Olivia Larsen at the library reports on a busy schedule next week. Saturday at 3 p.m., the library will host a rock concert for kids with The Pinkletinks. On Wednesday at 1 p.m. join them at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center for a free interactive screening of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Costumes are welcome. On Thursday at 3:30 p.m.,The Yard’s Leah Crosby will lead an Earth Day-themed dance workshop in the YA Room for kids ages 9 to 13. Sign-up is required.

See the Gazette calendar for more activities during school vacation week.

Happy birthday to: Kim Baker, Ronald Dagostino, Gina Solon and Marion Ellis Friday; Diane Nolan, Paris Major, Mike Post, Deborah Magnuson, Joanne Scott and Ann Bresnick Saturday; Janet Bank, Ted Kramm, Linda Vadasz, Nancy Clair, Michael Watson and John Burrows on Sunday; Maggie Schwartz, Anne Maley, Tom Wetherall and Britney Stone on Monday; Norman Lobb, Lynne Whiting, Laurie Pereira, and Marina Sharkovitz on Tuesday; Rosemarie Tedeschi, Mary Dinitto, Diane and Lucas Emin, Lee Revere, Martha Flanders, Lorraine Eldridge, and Justin Kelleher on Wednesday; Carol Coles, Kathleen Stevenson, Jeremy Berlin, Rykerr Maynard and Rebecca Ward on Thursday.

Well, that is all the social news for this edition. If you have news to share, please call or e-mail. Have a great week.

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