Lo and behold, it's Labor Day Weekend. Alas, summer's end is nigh. We had a little taste of the mass exodus this past weekend, thanks to the uninvited Hurricane Irene. It was fun to be downtown Sunday afternoon and see familiar faces in every direction. I hope everyone fared well in the storm.
I'd like to send a shout-out to our ever-diligent emergency personnel, always at the ready. Thanks to Adam Darack, in conjunction with police chief Tony Bettencourt, fire chief Peter Shemeth, and the board of selectmen for keeping us informed via the various emergency notification systems as well as the town website. If you are not currently subscribed to receive text messages or phone calls during emergencies, visit the town website, www.edgartown-ma.us, to learn how to get set up.
I'm afraid the gardens may not have fared as well through the storm. Luckily, Joel and Elaine Graves were generous with their harvest, bestowing on Dave and me an assortment of tomatoes and hot peppers. What a beautiful bounty — and it won't last long around here. Salsa, anyone?
I enjoyed another culinary treat in the backyard of Jon and Dee Laird, where the two hosted a pig roast. Munching a plateful of Jon's red beans and rice to the sounds of Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish pretty much equals happiness for this girl.
Congratulations to Peter Lambos and Bethany Graham, who were married Friday, August 26, at the White Cliffs Country Club in Plymouth. The two honeymooned in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic — a well-deserved vacation for these two hard workers. Peter runs the show over at the Boys and Girls Club, while Bethany works at the hospital as a physical therapist. Best wishes for a happy future.
The United Methodist Church of Martha's Vineyard will host a Labor Day Weekend bake sale this Saturday, September 3, from 9 am to 12 noon at the Arcade next to Sharky's in Oak Bluffs. They will also host a Tivoli Day Pancake Breakfast Saturday, September 17, from 8 to 10 am at Trinity Parish House in the Campground in Oak Bluffs, featuring a full breakfast that includes pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, and beverages. For further information about either event, contact Lois Virtue, at 508-693-3254 or email@example.com.
On Sunday, Sept. 4, Peter D. Weaver, Bishop of the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church, will be at Trinity Church in Oak Bluffs for the 11 am Communion Worship of Praise and Thanksgiving. A community potluck lunch will follow at 12:30 pm in the parish house. Bring a covered dish or snack to share.
Friends of the Edgartown Council on Aging will host a lobster roll lunch Friday, September 16, at 12 noon, at The Rod and Gun Club. Offerings will include chowder, lobster rolls, coleslaw, drinks, and dessert. Contact the COA to reserve your space. Also, seniors, if you have not yet completed your 2011 Program Survey, please do so. Residents over 55 are encouraged to offer their input as to the programs, trips, etc. you would like the COA to offer this year. You can pick up the survey at Town Hall, the library, the Anchors, Federated Church, St. Andrews Church or download it from www.edgartown-ma.us. Or give a call and they'll mail you one: 508-627-4368.
The Boys and Girls Club will hold their 27th Annual Fall Golf Tournament, Saturday, September 10, from 8 am to 5:30 pm at Edgartown Golf Course. The tournament format will be a handicap-adjusted four-player scramble, with tee times at 8 am and 1 pm. You are welcome to organize your own foursome, or partial foursome, if you wish. Individual players and partial foursomes will be placed by the tournament committee. Spaces are limited. Registrations will be accepted in the order in which they are received. Register at Edgartown Golf Club, or online at http://www.active.com/golf-tournament/edgartown-ma/27th-annual-fall-golf-tournament-2011; for further information, contact the Boys and Girls Club at 508-627-3303 or www.mvbgclub.org/events.
Emily Drazen will be showing her photography at the Old Sculpin Gallery until September 9, with an opening reception September 1 from 5 to 7 pm. So stop by and check it out.
Happy, happy birthday wishes out to Michael Poirier, September 3; and to Lyra Paciello, Lisa Barbini, and Sarah Townes on September 6. Hope you have a blast.
One week left before the teachers and kiddies are back in school, so have fun, guys!