Hope for the Flowers: Island Time, March 24

Hope for the Flowers: Island Time, March 24

March 24, 2022
Pansies and tulips popped up at Island nurseries this week, while crocuses and daffodils in our yards (not to mention baby lambs at Island farms) finally signaled the arrival of spring on the Vineyard. We’re thinking about how to make our gardens and yards more sustainable this year (see classes below), gathering for more in-person activities (like the spring Island Community Chorus concert), and looking forward to more and more restaurants and shops opening for the season and for the first time. (Keep updated on that front with What’s Open on Martha’s Vineyard.)
Remember that The Complete Martha’s Vineyard Calendar is updated online regularly so be sure to check it frequently to find out about all the events and happenings on the Island for this week and beyond.
Conductor Peter Boak and the singers of Island Community Chorus take the stage of the Old Whaling Church this Saturday and Sunday for their seasonal concert. They will welcome Thomas La Voy, the composer from whom they have commissioned works including “Toward the Dawn” to celebrate the Chorus’ 25thanniversary. Performances are on Saturday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 27 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15; free for students.
Visit Joan LeLacheur’s Ocean Jewelry studio in Aquinnah from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day through March 26. Joan handcrafts necklaces, earrings, pendants, bracelets and mosaic tiles from quahaug, conch, moon snails and abalone. Call, text or email ahead of your arrival.
For those curious about ways to garden more sustainably, two free events are happening this weekend:
• At 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 26, the Chilmark Public Library will host an online program with Roxanne Kapitan titled Reduce Your Lawn Footprint the Regenerative Way. Sign-up ahead for Zoom link.
• At 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 27 at the Agricultural Hall in West Tisbury, farmer/researcher Charles Benbook will give a presentation called “So….What is Roundup (aka Glyphosate)?” and will discuss how the herbicide affects human health, soil and community.
Growing up in West Tisbury, author Sofi Thanhauser shopped The Dumptique. Her new book Worn explores the history of clothing and what it’s made of, how our garments have transformed our societies, planet and lives. Join the Aquinnah Public Library online at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29 for an author talk with Sofi. 
The Oak Bluffs Public Library has extended Wake Up Wednesdays through the end of June. The library opens at 8 a.m. and offers early morning time to read, work and meet with neighbors. Tony’s Market donates free coffee.
On Saturday, March 26, from noon to 3 p.m., show your support for Ukraine by participating in the Martha’s Vineyard Museum’s Seeds of Hope Plant-Along for Ukraine. Make your own recycled-paper pot and plant sunflower seeds (to take home) along with Museum education staff, who will transplant their sunflowers into the museum’s living exhibits in Vineyard Haven and Edgartown. No pre-registration is required – just drop in. 100% of the proceeds from donations ($10 suggested) will go to refugee assistance organizations.

What’s Open on Martha’s Vineyard

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The Complete Martha’s Vineyard Calendar

Photos: Top and bottom by Tim Johnson; middle, Ray Ewing

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