Well, the egg hunt at the Duck Inn was a huge success. I arrived just as the go-ahead was given to start looking for eggs and a wave of children poured over the hill and onto the lawn. Along with eggs (about 400) there were hula hoops, kites, hats, glow sticks and all kinds of fun things hidden about. There was a little controversy when the same girl who found the golden egg last year found it this year as well. But the secrets of the egg hiders (adults and older kids who no longer wish to hunt) are pretty closely guarded, so I’m guessing this girl is just lucky. In addition to all found booty, kids were sent home with Easter favors. Most of the local kids were there and many from down Island as well. This is such a great event to bring in the spring, and although it was a little chilly from the fog, everyone had a great time.
This second annual Wampanoag Environmental Health Consumer Expo is this Saturday from 9 am-4 pm at the MV Regional High School. There will be presentations on eco-friendly backyard gardening, protecting our Island ponds, energy efficiency and health in the home among other topics. There will also be speakers, door prizes, and a watershed model. Admission is free. For more information, contact Cynthia at 508-645-9265 ext. 124 or email Cynthia@wampanoagtribe.net.
On Friday and Saturday evenings at the Playhouse I will be performing in the most adventurous undertaking Shakespeare for the Masses as of yet — a very condensed Richard II, and Henry the IV Parts I & II. This production also features Island actors Brian Ditchfield and Brooke Hardman (just returning from Boston where she played Desdemona with Actors Shakespeare Project), Chris Brophy and many other talented folks. Wish us luck, or better yet come see it at 7 pm for a $5 suggested donation. I cannot mention the Playhouse without mentioning the passing of Nancy Luedeman, who performed and taught with Island Theater Workshop and with the Playhouse. She died peacefully in her sleep on Easter evening. She was a great lady, who taught and inspired many generations of Island theater students, and audience members.
Saturday you can clean out all your broken down computers, monitors, copiers, refrigerators etc. and bring them all to MV Community Services between 9 am and 2 pm for recycling. Fees range from $1-$30 per item. More info available at mvcommunityservices.com or call 508-693-7900 ext. 267.
Next weekend the stores at the Cliffs will be opening for the start of school vacation week. They will be open every day that week, and then weekends until the season really kicks in. Welcome back to Adriana Ignacio, who spent the winter in Utah and is now back to start working with her daughter, Ona, at their store On the Cliffs.
Next Saturday will be the Earth Day Beach Clean-Up sponsored by the Vineyard Conservation Society. Beach crews will meet at 10 am and work until noon. Call 508-693-9588 for specific locations.