What's new, people? Everyone's getting their summer on and forgetting about Li'l ol' Linley, sitting here at her computer, waiting for news of your goings-on. Throw a girl a bone — or, more usefully, an email. Let me know what you're up to. The camps, the swim lessons, the barbecues, trips to the mainland, visits from friends — whatever. You know, visitors are often tickled to see their names in the paper, so let me know who's in town, I'll report on it, and then you'll have a clipping to send them. Everybody wins! (End pep talk.)
The Edgartown School honors this year's retirees, Conrad Kurth, Beth Carr, Bob Yapp, Debbie Yapp, Barbara Reynolds, Joyce DelTorto, Pat Herr, and Jolene Pepper. I have to say, when I heard these names (thanks, Pam Cassidy), I had a "Wow" moment: I have many of those on this list to thank for my own education as a tiny Edgartown Eagle. So thank you all, congratulations, and best wishes for the future.
Zach and Brooke Ward are back for the summer with parents Kevin and Lizzie. Zach was telling me about camp at the Farm Institute, where that day, he had given water to all the animals. I was telling him about my dream of owning a goat, but he is partial to the pigs. Whatever livestock may be in my future, I will be lucky to have this little farmer assist me with it.
My family enjoyed a gray Sunday on Norton Point with Graham and Susie Murray and children, Zachary and Hannah. It was a day filled with sand castles and sea life discoveries, which included horseshoe crabs, periwinkles, and minnows. We even had a cameo appearance from Miss Katama Murray, who was accompanied by her mom and dad, Jamie and Ian, for a brief visit to the sand and sea before heading home for her afternoon snooze.
Comedian Marty Nadler will do a performance of standup comedy on Saturday, July 9, at 7 pm at the Grace Church Parish Hall in Vineyard Haven. The event will benefit the Martha's Vineyard Center for Living. Nadler will entertain guests with his new "Very Vineyard 2011" show, featuring all new material based on anecdotes about "life on the Vineyard." The event will include wine and cheese, and seating will be at round tables in a cabaret style. Seating is limited; call Leslie Clapp at 508-939-9440 for tickets.
It is Farmer's Market time again at the Edgartown School. The Market is held each Friday in July and August from 9 am to 12 noon, and it includes a mixture of artisans, farmers, flowers, and food. The Market has moved to the Robert's Way entrance on the rear side of the school, next to the student garden.
So many birthdays! Happy Day to Jon Laird, who celebrates July 9. To Sean Moriarty and Morgan Olson, July 10. To town IT guy, Adam Darack, July 11, I say 10010101, which I believe is binary code for Happy Birthday (not really though, so don't quote me on that). To Annie Sylvia, July 12, I say Happy Birthday, neighbor, and I hope the donkeys keep it down.