Jim and Pam Butterick are delighted to open their home once again for the 5th Annual Evening of Music on the Lagoon. From 6 to 8 pm on September 4, come and hear pianist John Gorman play classical and romantic selections, while sipping wine, enjoying appetizers, and watching sunset over the Lagoon on this final Sunday before Labor Day.
Spend a lovely evening at 359 Barnes Rd., Oak Bluffs and your tax-deductible donation will directly benefit the restoration and ongoing maintenance of the 1895 Hook and Hastings pipe organ at the historic Federated Church in Edgartown. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
It may have been the 150th Fair, but one of the best parts is a fairly recent addition: the Blue Hill Brass Quintet wandering the fairgrounds. They come all the way from Maine to produce music for our days at the fair. Thanks, guys.
Of course, the First Family came to fair on Saturday. Everyone seemed to be enjoying the food offerings, from corn on the cob dripping with butter to a pickle on a stick. The crowds seemed to enjoy not only the horse pulls, but also the frog jumping and the daring young woman on a flying trapeze.
Youngsters' contributions to the exhibits were everywhere. A sweet display of brown hen's eggs with hatched chickens created in clay by children from First Light Child Care caught my eye.
Children of all ages pointed out a young fellow's photograph of fish. Jack Yuen is under 14 and already a good photographer. Other treasures were 15-year-old Emma Berryman Moore's snow scene, a black and white photo showing lots of talent, and Cord Bailey's pencil sketch of a lively puppy. Eleven-year-old Ciara Seccombe did a handsome pencil sketch of a pony, and I did like the happy seal drawing by Maggie Burke (also 11). Violet Cabot (under 10) filled a fish-shaped dish with a lovely display of shell, rocks, and flowers.
Kelsey Ivory is 18 and had an elegant floral display barely contained in a china teacup.
Then there was Sean Cranston's lobster pot created from tongue depressors in the 7- to 10-year-old range. Molly Sylvia may be under seven, but her purple wooden bird house caught my eye.
One beautifully framed painting of an arrangement of pears by Chetta Kelley had a note attached from someone wanting to buy it. Marston Clough painted a serene and colorful seascape. I also liked Janet Ledore's rooster. There was a needlepoint of the ferry Islander as the Ark created by Linda Teece. And you had to smile at Jesse Donnelly's wall hanging featuring "Where the Wild Things Are."
Jasper Berryman Moore made a neat mobile of Legos. Benjamin Davey created a good-sized, sturdy wooden wagon. Some of these had ribbons, some did not. But they were all winners in my mind.
Congratulations to Iole Gardella. She may be 94 years old, but she does know how to live. She took advantage last week of an offer by some visiting cops and firemen from Boston. They were here for the annual Harley Run to the Rock. One of the fellows gave her a helmet and took her for an exciting ride down Franklin Street. She declared the ride "exhilarating" and agreed to try it again next year.
Amy Morgan, formerly of Edgartown, says it is time for the 25th reunion of the Regional High School class of 1986. Save the date — October 7 through 10, Columbus Day weekend. Call Amy at 508-612-5780 or email her at email@example.com or find her on Facebook.
Be sure to take advantage of the special one-day, 10-percent sale at the Louisa Gould Gallery on Friday, customer appreciation day. Support your local artists. Refreshments will be served tomorrow evening from 5 to 8 pm.
Sunday afternoon from 4 to 6 pm is the 2nd annual Potters Bowl at Featherstone. Over 20 potters from across the Island will contribute bowls for this event. When you purchase your bowl, you can receive a free bowl of soup as well as bread, beverage, and ice cream sandwich. Dine with music by Phil DaRosa at the Summer Tent. This is the opening for the Art of Light with Washington Ledesma, featuring ceramic lamps and luminarias. The show runs until September 2. Bowls cost $30 for one and $50 for two.
Phyllis Conway invites you to hear the Boston String Quartet on Sunday at 7 pm at the Chilmark Church on Menemsha Crossroad.
The Rt. Rev. M. Thomas Shaw, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, visited Grace Church for an evening reception last week. The Bishop chatted with parishioners, renewed old acquaintances, and spoke in support of the Together Now Capital Campaign. Grace Church is among the Massachusetts Episcopal churches embarking on the campaign in collaboration with the Diocese. Monies raised here will be used primarily for needed repairs and improvements to the historic church at the corner of Woodlawn Avenue and William Street.
Grace Church will officially launch the campaign on Labor Day Sunday, September 4, at 11 am, at a "Mass in the Grass," a spirited outdoor worship service featuring jazz with Wes Nagy and friends, and a potluck cookout. All are welcome to attend.
Happy anniversary on August 29 to David and Elizabeth Beim who celebrate on Monday.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Sherm Goldstein today. Wish the best tomorrow to Rhoda Tappan and Lois Remmer. Lois is recuperating in Windemere and hopes to return home. Wish the best on Saturday to Percy Burt. Barbara Bruck and Arthur Dickson will party on Sunday. Happy birthday to Cynthia Walker who celebrates on Monday. Wednesday belongs to Jessica Dolliver.
Heard on Main Street: There are parking places on Main Street!