The school vacation went off without a hitch. Jeremy Dunham and Melaney West took their two sons off to Sweetwater Forest and Family Campground on the Cape. They had great weather and a fabulous time. I am always impressed with Jeremy’s skill in incorporating Melaney’s vegan diet preferences into family mealtimes, even while camping. The boys are very confident in cooking at camp and love their outdoor time.

Carol Osborn is enjoying her adventure in Kenya and Uganda. Carol is visiting friends and attending a wedding there. Last weekend she traveled by train from Kenya to Kamala, Uganda, to attend the wedding. I can’t wait to debrief with her on all she has seen and done.

Arthur Hardy-Doubleday reports that the Pride flag will fly in Oak Bluffs. It passed a vote on Tuesday. June is Pride Month.

Congratulations to MVRHS sophomore Nikeya Shavani Tankard who won the Robert Hayden Black History Month creative writing contest. This poet is going places!

And we come to the end of poetry month. Be sure to have a poem in your pocket to recite to me over the next few days of April.

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum has a new exhibition, They Planted the Seeds: Creating the Jewish Community on Martha’s Vineyard. The work of establishing a strong Jewish community here on the Island began soon after 1900 and has grown and continued to this day.

Our Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse has another Wicked Good Musical Revue this weekend on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The featured works are by my favorite writer, Stephen Sondheim. I’ll see you there.

Special thanks to my neighbor, Katie Dawson, who always helps me when I am in a jam.

The Island has lost a great man. Paul Jackson has passed. Our condolences to all.

Get well wishes go out to Ellen O’Brien.

The birthday bandwagon pulls along a passel of people on April 27: Brian Spiconardi, Katharine Kavanaugh, Mary Elizabeth, Nicole Stagg Rizi, Jill Rosenkrantz, Mike Sisco and Riccardo Tabanelli. And on May 3, Wes Stokes takes the cake. Many happy returns.