I love some of these random cool days we've been having. Such great weather for a good night's sleep. As I type, the heavy wind provided by a tropical storm down south rustles the oak leaves, the sound similar to that of waves on the shore. Who needs a noise machine? Throw open those windows and it's all right there. Although, I must complain that one cricket who sang outside my bedroom window all night long is no friend of mine. I was just lying there thinking, "Get some rhythm, dude."
It is a little-known fact that the two most devoted fans of this column are not even from Edgartown. Uncle Tim and Cousin Matthew, of the Texas Morgans, have a weekly challenge to see who can be the first to find my column online. Therefore, while the two are here in Edgartown visiting, I thought it only appropriate to mention this fact. Timmy, Aunt Marty, Cousin Matt, and Matt's daughter, Riley, have had a fun-filled visit, complete with beach, bike rides, clamming, sailing, plentiful ice cream consumption, and backyard barbecuing. Yee-haw!
We took a ride up to Flatbread's Pizza the other night in pursuit of a good meal, minus the side dish headaches of traffic and parking. It was a first for me, but it definitely won't be a last. We ran into some friends from the other end of the island — the Wild Wild West of Chilmark/Aquinnah — and enjoyed a leisurely pizza dinner far from the madding crowd.
Hey middle school Islanders: now is the time to sign up for Junior High Cheerleading for this fall. The program focuses on leadership, teamwork, school spirit, conditioning, community service, choreography, and, of course, cheering. Sign-ups are ongoing this summer, but the sooner you sign up, the better. If you are interested, please call Sue Costello at 508-627-9568. Cheer camp (open to Islanders and summer visitors alike) is also being offered through the MVRHS summer camp programs. Go Vineyard!
Dr. Stan Rome of Windemere will lead an informational session regarding phlebotomy study, EKG, coding, and other nursing topics on August 4 at 6:30 pm in the Windemere conference room. This session will help to define goals in learning about these allied health study areas, leading to a certificate and work on the Island and abroad. Note: this is not the practical nursing program. Contact Dr. Rome at 617-767-4484 for further information.
Bill Buckley has an art show coming up Saturday, July 23, at L'Elegance Furnishings in Oak Bluffs. The opening reception will be held that evening from 7 to 9 pm and is open to the public. On display will be a series of paintings entitled "Vineyard Views." Visit www.paintingsbybillbuckley.com for a first glimpse.
Happy birthday to Cheryl Welch, who was feted in style under a tent in her yard Saturday night, at a party thrown by her children. The party attempted to be a surprise, but good luck keeping a secret from Cheryl! Her actual birthday is July 22, so when you see her out and about, wish her a happy one.
Additional birthday wishes go out to Natasha Snowden, July 21; to Lindsay Lewis Trance, July 22; to Nick Prescott, July 24; to Ken Magnuson and Ryan Murtha, July 25; to Jamie Ann Greene, July 26; and to Alex and Adam Elias July 27. Hope you all have a good time!