Sorry to say the computer gremlins were on the loose in the last few days and the text of this post was lost in some spots, garbled in others. I am working to clean it up ie remember what was in place and redo as I can.
Original posting - 3/31/18
People always wonder what happens on the Island in the Winter. Even though Winter officially ended over a week ago, it is taking its time vacating the Island and the surrounding waters. It seems to be a habit for this season.
Snow and ice were evident November until now actually. A review of images on Facebook and the gracious permission of said photographers allow me to share this review of the just past Winter season.
For those of you who are able to see the rose-tones with Rock Island on view in the opening slide, that photo is Melinda’s too.
This photo is from November. It might have been the first snowfall. When I first saw this image, I was struck by the creature made so evident by the snow. Then, I saw what I thought was a very happy puppy!
She sure seemed like a puppy. When I asked it turns out Mamie is already three years old! Time flies and I am so glad Cathy was able to capture both scenes. Cathy has an amazing eye for composition. It shows in her art. Her work can be seen in the summer at the Art and Nature Center. Her Winter might also have been busy preparing for the - not one but - two sessions of art classes she will be teaching through the Washington Island Art Association this May and June.
(Interested? See: https://www.washingtonislandarts.com/ )
The TPAC once again turned into a neighborhood movie theater showing films which included Dunkirk, Gifted, June Falling Down, and Darkest Hour among others. The TPAC Board has been busy this Winter interviewing and determining the staff for the coming season. Betsy Wallman and Emmett Woods are hard to replace. Do let them know their efforts are/were appreciated as you see them on the Island this Spring.
This December, an ice rink transformed the baseball field!
a note from Emily Small:
Thank you Joel Gunnlauggson and the WI Lions Club and the Town and whoever else had a hand in this. We had a lot of fun trying out the new ice rink and (for some of us) ice skating for the first time. What a great thing to have in winter! (Also it was 5 degrees and we lasted over an hour. Just have to brag a little 😁) Planning on lots more skating this year!
Thanks, Corinn Grandy Sevcik for sharing pics from your family’s afternoon on ice.
Jackson Harbor kept trying to open up a bit but lost the battle in March and Melinda was there to chronicle it.
What else happens in Winter? Some folks - like Anna Gibson - found time to work on her home/business at Island Style.
Hmm ... I wonder what will be here when I return this Spring?
The Washington Island Art Association also has/had an exhibit at the bank.
On the Nature Front, here's an observation and photo essay from Susan Ulm.
Cardinal rule: Bird love signals a very early Spring.
1. Female sees handsome male below.
2. She descends to check him out.
3. She rechecks her instincts.
4. She circles the object of her a desire.
5. She steals a kiss.
The Mosling Recreation Center was closed for a time in February for needed repairs to the pool, deck and whirlpool. Manager Katie is to be admired for her efforts in all the organization of these projects!
There is also a new website in place. www.moslingreccenter.org
Winter allows time for some people to be creative. Here’s a new work from Eric. I hope it will be on view somewhere during the Washington Islands Birding Festival this May!
photo: provided by Sievers
Quilts of Valor continued at Sievers Schoolof Fiber Arts for the sixth consecutive year. Ellen Graf continues to serve as its leader on the Island. Here, Pat Watts works on her creation.
See www.sieversschhol.com for more information on this year’s event.
From Melinda Ellefson, March 26:
"Jackson Harbor.... slick ice at last ... “
Spring will be here sooner or later.
til next time.