We’re in that spring limbo of wool sweaters one day, tee-shirts the next, with raincoats always on hand, just waiting for Mother Nature to make up her mind, already. Well, one thing’s for sure: it is already raining tourists. I couldn’t believe the number of people downtown this weekend. Saturday was the first day of the season that we had to circle the block a couple times to find parking.
Alex Avakian is home for the summer after completing an intense four-year culinary arts bachelors’ program at the Culinary Institute of America. He has not yet decided where he will hang his chef’s hat this summer, but wherever he chooses, the food is bound to be delicious.
I ran into Stuart and Karen Fuller out on a date night last Thursday. We have Mr. Fuller to thank for another harbinger of spring, as familiar as the pinkletinks and crocuses — the orange traffic cones peppering our streets and sidewalks. Hopefully he’ll have everything all gussied up in time for our summer guests.
The St. Andrew’s Church Women’s Guild will be holding their annual fundraiser, The May Breakfast, on Friday, May 7, from 7 to 9 am. Get on down there to enjoy farm-fresh Morning Glory eggs, homemade baked goods, and you might even end up on MVTV, as Papa Tuck will be there filming his show, “Cooking with Papa Tuck.” This event is open to all, so get out there and meet your neighbors. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling the church office at 508-627-5330. All proceeds benefit Island charities.
Moms are the focus this weekend, with brunches and walks and celebrations galore. Vera Thornton Dello Russo has sent a reminder about MV Goes Pink, an annual Mothers’ Day Weekend walk; the proceeds go to the MV Cancer Support Group and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. This year the walk is on Saturday, May 8, starting at 10 am, beginning at the Little Bridge on Beach Road, then continuing to the Edgartown Lighthouse and circling back, with a total distance of about 10 miles. Don’t forget to wear your pink!
While you’re out there sporting your pink duds, throw on a green scarf and bring your mom over to Donaroma’s for their annual Pink and Green party. This year’s party will be held Friday, May 7, from 5 to 7 pm. Wear pink and green and you might win a prize.
Birthday wishes go out this week to my grammy, Floss Morgan, who celebrates her day May 8. Gram, you don’t look a day over 35. Happy birthday also to Kara Shemeth, who is a good one to have on your team, particularly if your house is on fire or you need to be resuscitated, as this EMT and firefighter may come to your aid in either situation. Cake and ice cream all around!
Speaking of ice cream, I have come to learn that the butterscotch dip debacle is quite the hot topic, complete with petitions and Facebook pages devoted to the cause. If you care about butterscotch dip, fire up your Google machine and find a forum through which to have your voice heard. Perhaps there are more important things going on in the world, but how are we expected to endure them without the comfort of our butterscotch dip?
The Edgartown Library is offering a free introductory program on genealogy at 2 pm on Saturday, May 8, presented by the Vineyard chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists. The program will present a short overview on how to begin researching your family tree, including why you may want to avoid relying too heavily on the Internet, and why your local library might be your best ally. For more information, call the library at 508-627-4221.
And while we’re on the topic of where we came from, I’d like to look back 38 years ago today, when two doe-eyed kids met at the altar of St. Elizabeth’s Church and told each other “I do.” Those kids were my parents. If you see Pam or Mike Dolby out and about today, wish them congratulations on a job well done. Much love, Mom and Dad! Keep up the good work.