Well, summer certainly came overnight. It seems like I just boxed up the winter coats, and now all over the place I'm running into friends coming to and from the beach. Haven't gotten there myself yet, as I've been knee-deep in moving boxes, but I will watch a sunset one of these nights, preferably with sand under foot.
Edgartown in general and my family in particular had a very proud moment Monday night, when my grandfather, Ted Morgan, was featured on the CBS Evening News. Grampy returned to Normandy for the 67th anniversary of D-Day, where he revisited the La Fiere bridge, recounting to a television reporter the courageous story of rescuing a fellow soldier from certain death. If you didn't catch the feature when it aired, you can still find it on the CBS web site. I just can't seem to wrap my brain around the sacrifices service men and women make for our country, but we are certainly lucky they do. Thanks, Gramp. You are truly an inspiration.
Congratulations to Andrew Walsh, who graduated cum laude from The University of Hartford on May 15 with a degree in Art History.
The Annual Auction to benefit the Windemere Resident's Activity programs will take place Friday, June 10, from 6 to 8 pm at the Ag Hall. There will be a live auction, facilitated by the always-entertaining Trip Barnes, as well as a silent auction and a raffle. There will be wine, sweets by pastry chef Frank Leonardo, and light fare provided by the M.V. Hospital and Cronig's. Auction items include classic aviator plane rides, fishing excursions, handmade furniture, art by Stephanie Danforth, Ray Ellis, and Alison Shaw, gourmet baskets, and handmade sweaters.
Rep. Tim Madden will speak to the M.V. Democrats on Saturday, June 11, from 9:30 to 11 am, at the Howes House, directly across from Alley's in West Tisbury. Delegates to the recent Democratic state convention will share their impressions of the six candidates running in the primary in hopes of opposing Scott Brown in the 2012 senatorial election. The public is welcome.
What began as a seedling of an idea in the fall of 2008 has grown into what is now a thriving, working garden and greenhouse at The Edgartown School. As part of Garden Celebration Day, on Friday, June 10, at 3 pm, the school will host a greenhouse dedication and celebration in honor of the dozens of families and businesses who have made the garden possible. A plaque will be mounted in the greenhouse naming all of the garden's supporters. All are invited to attend.
Students will be engaged in garden activities throughout the day and hundreds of little clay pots made by students of all ages will be available for sale. The clay pot project, or "Art for Garden's Sake," was part of the Martha's Vineyard Cultural Council Grant received by Island Grown Schools in 2010 to integrate and support the school's art program with the garden. Ceramic artist Amy Nevin worked with Edgartown School art teacher Lisa Magnarelli to create these simple, elegant pots with the students. For further information, contact Danielle Pendergraft, 508-627-1250 or 281-782-6208 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Edgartown Firemen's Association will host an ice cream social on June 19, from 1 to 3 pm to celebrate the soft opening of the Edgartown Fire Museum. The 1855 hand pumper will start its journey from the M.V. Museum around 11 am to the newly designed space behind the fire station, where it will remain on loan from the M.V. Museum.
Happy birthday to my sister, Shannon Smith, who celebrates June 13. Shannon will welcome her next year this weekend to the dulcet crooning of Hall and Oates with husband, Andy, while our mom, Pam, braves the streets of Manhattan to take care of the kids. Hope you have fun. Birthday wishes also go out to Madeline Fisher, who shares her day, June 14, with Flag Day. So think of her as you wave your red, white, and blue.