Congratulations to Emily Laursen and Dominick Biocchi, who were married on Saturday afternoon. Emily is the daughter of Peter and Marie Laursen. Dom is the son of John and Bonnie Biocchi of Groton.
The bride chose several lovely friends from our town for her bridal party. Elyse Fortes was the maid of honor and the groom’s brother, Leo Biocchi, served as best man. The bridesmaids were Julia Friedman, Shana Patz, and Lily Morris, and the groom’s sister, Melinda VanNiel. They all celebrated the wedding with an afternoon of wonderful music at the Ag Hall. Selections were sung in duet by the bride and groom and the bride with her artist-musician brother, Tim Laursen, as well as best man, Leo Biocchi. Melinda and her husband, Noah VanNiel, also performed. Melinda and Noah are opera professionals in Philadelphia.
The newlyweds were graduated last year from Northeastern University. Dom now manages the Blue Canoe restaurant and Emily manages the Waterside restaurant, which I can tell you is a tasty place for lunch. We can easily predict this couple will enjoy a happy lifetime together, filled with good music and good food.
This evening is the Benefit Art Show preview party for Friends of Family Planning, from 6 to 8 pm at the Ag Hall. The Show will be open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 to 6, offering treasures for you to buy and support family planning.
Look for our Tisbury School children as they March to the Sea tomorrow. They leave the school at 12:30 pm and parade to Owen Park by way of Spring and Main streets. The children will carry flowers in the parade and then toss flowers into the harbor to commemorate those who have given their lives for our country. The ceremony takes about 45 minutes. The school band will be playing and flags will be flying. I hope you will be there.
In case of rain, the children’s Memorial Day ceremony will take place in the Tisbury School gym at 12:30 pm on Friday.
The Tisbury School announces the 4th annual fun run a week from Friday on June 4 (the rain date is June 7). The event begins with the national anthem in the half circle in front of the school at 2 pm. The run goes counterclockwise around Look Street onto Spring Street, then around the K-4 playground. At the finish there will be popsicles and water.
You are all invited to join the cheering section. Janet Packer says this is a schoolwide event to promote good health as well as school and class spirit. It is also a fundraiser to benefit the PTO enrichment programs.
Part II of the exhibit about Vineyarders who were in World War II will preview at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum in Edgartown on Saturday from 3 to 5 pm. Thanks to the efforts of Linsey Lee, you can hear stories from Vineyarders who served at home and abroad.
Sunday, enjoy a duo of klezmer/Yiddish musicians conducting workshops and a service and presenting a concert at the M.V. Hebrew Center. A free public workshop for musicians (singers and instrumentalists) is at 10 am. That evening the Strauss/Warschauer Duo will be in concert of klezmer and Yiddish music at 7 pm, followed by a dance party when musicians who participated in the workshop will be invited to join the dance band. For more, email Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, 450 flags will go up at 7 am on the Avenue of Flags in Oak Grove Cemetery. The American Legion needs your help to put up the flags at 7 am and to help take them down at 3 pm. The parade begins at the Legion Hall at 9:30 am to march to the cemetery. The ceremony honors those who died in service to protect our freedom. An Air Force helicopter flyover will be part of the ceremony. Just show up to help or call Ed Colligan at 508-693-0912 for more information.
A new series of films starts Friday with a fun spy spoof from France. The “Joy of Singing” mixes a nest of spies with opera in a sexy and humorous way. The film starts at 8 pm at the Cornell Theatre.
The Friends of the V.H. Library are putting books in the SSA terminal. They are free to our summer visitors. The Friends can always use your help in moving books and with their many other activities to raise funds and awareness for our wonderful library. The Vineyard Haven Library will have no youth programs during the month of June.
Congratulations to Melvin and Neva Thornhill who will celebrate 50 years of wedded bliss on Sunday, June 6. They invite all their family and friends to join them at the First Baptist Church at 12:30 pm, when they will reaffirm their vows followed by a reception in the church parish hall from 1 to 2:30 pm.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Kristina Ivory. Wish the best tomorrow to Steve Mussell and Cheryl Stark. Saturday belongs to Jane Pallatroni Chandler, who can be found most days at her shop The Beach House at the corner of Spring Street.
Heard on Main Street: Fly the flag. Honor our veterans.