Well, lighting a match under you folks certainly worked. I received a ton of emails about people's summer happenings. Thank you, and keep them coming!
Allouise Morgan wrote in to share a few tidbits from her summer. Her grandson, Ben Simmons, age 10, along with his friend Jared Klein, spent four days visiting. Toting heavy canvas bags and hockey sticks, the boys proudly made the voyage on the Island Queen from Falmouth. Activities included, besides of course just hanging out with VaVoa, beach days, walks into town, tennis, and an evening in Oak Bluffs. Following Ben's visit, his older sister, Charlotte, age 12, and three of her friends, Alisa, Claire, and Regan arrived for their four-day stay with VaVoa. The girls enjoyed many of the same things as the boys. On their last evening, they surprised Allouise with a dinner out — on them. The grandkids' visits were followed up by a family visit over the long July 4th weekend, which included their mom, Amy Morgan. All had a wonderful extended weekend, and were proud to watch Uncle Ted Morgan and cousin Dylan lead the parade.
Kara Shemeth has had a revolving door of house guests so far this summer, with Angela Verdoes visiting from Holland, and Nicole and Wayne Morris and their son, William, up from Virginia for the Fourth for a mini Franklin Pierce soccer reunion (the three were tri-captains and won a national championship together). Angela got to try quahogging for the first time, and all had a fun morning on stand-up paddleboards. They loved the Fourth of July celebrations, and Angela was touched to meet Ted Morgan, as her hometown is on the coast of Holland where the Nazis believed the D-Day invasion was going to happen. Says Kara, it was great to get a European perspective on what our WWII vets mean to them; Angela was very moved and honored to be able to meet and thank Ted.
The Dalton and DaRin families will be making their way down from Lake Clear, N.Y., later this month. This will be their 13th year in a row visiting the Island.
They spend most days at South Beach, and I got a chuckle from Darren Dalton's description of the crew: "If you see a slightly overweight, prematurely gray Red Sox fan from upstate N.Y. pulling a pimped out Radio Flyer red wagon on to the beach, that is us." So look out for these guys — they sound like a good time.
Ralf and Teri Pirozzi are excited to report on their newest ventures. Ralf has started an Island concierge service, The Resortman, which you can check out at resortman.com, while Teri has her own personal training business. Good luck with everything.
The Katama Association will hold their annual business meeting and social on July 17 from 9 am to noon at the Farm Institute. The members of the Katama Association work proactively with town government and island, regional and national conservation organizations to protect Katama in perpetuity. They welcome both year round and seasonal residents.
The Martha's Vineyard Youth Leadership Initiative invites you to a celebration of the life of Walter Cronkite, Sunday, July 17, at 5 pm at the Old Whaling Church. The event will include the presentation of the second annual Walter Cronkite Awards by his daughter, Kathy Cronkite. This event is free and open to the public. A patron reception for award winners, speakers, and donors will follow with a slideshow, "Memories of Walter Cronkite." To reserve seating for the patron reception or to make a donation, call 617-304-7821.
The Edgartown Council on Aging is currently performing a needs/priority survey of Edgartown seniors consisting of a brief questionnaire, which asks local seniors what services and programs they would like to see delivered by The Anchors, our senior center. You can pick up a questionnaire at the Anchors, the Town Hall, the Public Library, or someone can even deliver one to your home or P.O. box. Call 508-627-4368 for more information.
Birthday wishes go out to Joanne Cassidy, Saturday, July 16. I hope you enjoy the opportunity to make folks sing to you for a change. To Hannah Guerin, July 17, to Caitlin Murphy and Angela Welch on July 19, and to Susan Shea on July 20, we sound the horns. Have a good one!