Sixteen years ago Allison Flanders was a flower girl at my wedding along with her sisters, Sarah and Genevieve. This past weekend she was the maid of honor for her best friend from childhood Gwen Mayhew. I felt a tear well up in my eye as I thought of that little spunky girl who has now blossomed into one of the most beautiful young woman I know. Ali, along with the newly married couple Gwen and Eric Carroll, wandered through Menemsha in their most beautiful wedding attire. They were making a pit stop for a few pictures along the dock with the Unicorn as the backdrop. Gwen is the daughter of Lois and Greg Mayhew. They were certainly a sight to see and I was lucky enough to have my camera to grab a few shots of them in their glory.
There was a steady flow of children jigging up bait and catching crabs along Dutcher Dock this weekend. Tegan and Laila Fenner, Quinn and Grady Keefe, Brooks and Bradley Carroll along with a gathering of teenaged girlfriends, Gregory Clark, Quinlan and Corrick Slavin and a whole slew of friendly but unnamed faces. The Keefe kids were lucky enough to have Lori's folks visit from Middletown, N.J. Ritchie and Nona Largey, better known as Nana and Pop-Pop, were keen on anything the kids had in store. For Allie, reading with Nana and a sticker book were at the top of the list. For the boys, fishing was on their bucket list, so to speak, and they managed to squeeze a lot in. Pop-Pop became the master of removing little fish from the Sabiki rigs the kids all had tied on to their poles. It was Flatbread Pizza and Back Door dinners after dark on Squid Row for the children of the night while jigging up squid and catching an assortment of baitfish.
Rebecca Gilbert and Randy BenDavid remind us all that it's time to socialize, and what better place to do it than Native Earth Teaching Farm's Popcorn Festival. Saturday October 8 from 10 am to 3 pm the farm will be open for a free day of fun, filled with fiber arts, natural dyes, animal visits, fall fun and games and, of course, tons of popcorn. The farm is at 94 North Road. Call 508-645-3304 if you need more info.
Angie Waldron sends a shout-out to all of her high school buddies from the class of 1964 wanting to let you all know that she is available to help with Medicare issues. She is there ready to assist you with any questions you might have. Turning 65 and need to enroll? Angie will help. Need a drug plan or want to change plans? Angie can help. Email or call her: firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-955-9045.
Marianne Neill will be showing her recent gouache paintings at the Chilmark Library for the month of October. She set out her pieces for display on October 3 and they will be up until October 29. Everyone is welcome at her opening reception on Saturday, October 8, from 3 to 5 pm.
Bella Thorpe and Imogen Taylor rolled in the ribbons at this past weekend's M.V. Horse Council Fall Fuzzy Horse Show. Bella placed first in walk/trot/canter equitation, fourth in walk/trot/canter pleasure and was reserve champion for her division. Imogen also earned a reserve champion ribbon. Way to go Chilmark third-graders!
Here's to a speedy recovery for Kerry Taylor, mom of aforementioned Imogen. Kerry underwent shoulder surgery and is on the steady road to recovery.
This weekend marks the second annual three-day Martha's Vineyard Yoga Festival. Home base is at the Beach Plum Inn where you will find offerings in a variety of styles and levels by a remarkable assortment of teachers. In addition to yoga, you will find morning beach meditations, an evening kirtan, shopping for all the latest yoga gear, brown bag lunch discussion groups and more. For more information or to sign up please call 508-274-4682. Tickets are also available through TicketsMV. You can also check out the whole schedule and all of the great details at mvyogafestival.com.
Don't forget, Tuesday nights are pizza night at the Chilmark Church. Come one, come all. Either kick a ball or have a ball; 6 pm is the gathering time for pizza. There typically is a salad brought by this person and some cookies brought by that person. Pizza is a definite and the rest just sort of happens. Call Julie Flanders at 508-645-3723 and give her the heads-up if you are a new face planning to attend.