This weekend promises to be filled with weekend visitors, hopefully warmer weather, Easter Church services, the opening of the Flying Horses (I am dating myself) and of course numerous Easter Egg Hunts. Our family carries on the 40-plus Easter egg hunt tradition of my late mother in-law, Elizabeth Alley. The players of course are changing, as the hunters now include grandchildren and great-grandchildren and the site is now Flat Point Farm in West Tisbury, but the love and excitement carries on as the adults watch the children participate.
The M.V. Gourmet Cafe and Bakery, next to the post office in the David Healey Mall, will open for the season on Thursday, April 12, at 7 am. Friday, April 13, won't be a bad luck day because that is the day backdoor donuts opens, from 7:30 pm to 12:30 am.
The Thursday movie at the Oak Bluffs Library on April 5 at 6 pm will be a satirical documentary that blurs the line between green and greed; truth and believability; environmentalism and marketing. This is a free event
Island churches have busy Easter schedules this weekend. The First Baptist Church, on Spring Street in Vineyard Haven will hold an Easter Service on April 8 at 9 am at Eastville Beach near the Lagoon drawbridge, followed by breakfast at the Parish House. At 11 am they will hold an Easter "Alleluia" Service at the church, followed by an Easter Egg Hunt. All are welcome to attend.
Easter services for Good Shepherd Parish start with a 6 am sunrise service at the Sheriff's Meadow field in West Chop. Easter Masses are at 9:30 and 11 am and a 5 pm with all services being held at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church in Oak Bluffs.
On Sunday, April 29, a memorial gathering for Amanda Hutchinson will he held at the Chilmark Community Center, starting at 1 pm. Pictures and stories will he shared, and refreshments will be served. On behalf of her family, all who wish to celebrate her life are welcome to join them in her honor.
Mary Ellen Rogers was treated to a surprise 70th birthday party on Sunday at the P-A Club in Oak Bluffs. The hall was filled with friends and relatives, many traveling from off Island to help Mary Ellen celebrate this milestone birthday. Her brother, James Rogers, and sisters Susan and Alita, nephew Andy Rogers, cousins Dennis and Kerry Alley along with their spouses and so many other cousins, nieces, nephews and friends, too numerous to name, participated in the fun and reminiscences and, as they say, "a good time was had by all."
Mary Alley, Helene and Fred Hall, Kati Alley, Marques Rivers, Sarah Neubert, and Pam Swan all went to Framingham over the weekend to surprise Fred's sister Heather Holt as she celebrated a milestone birthday. Heather's husband, Leon, made arrangements for a great party at the hotel where she thought she was just going out to meet friends from the Island. It turned out to be quite a celebration .
The Oak Bluffs School will have a noon dismissal on April 9 due to parent-teacher conferences. And don't forget the 2nd- and 3rd-grade Spring Concert coming up on April 12.
The school received thanks from all the volunteers at the Island Food Pantry for their efforts in donating 192 bags of food. Congratulations to you all for your hard work.
The Island school librarians, in cooperation with the Bunch of Grapes Bookstore, are hosting a book fair at the Bunch of Grapes that will open April 5 and run through April 15, 2012.
Fifth-graders will be selling boxes of chocolate from Chilmark Chocolates in the school lobby on Thursday and Friday, April 5 and 6, from 2:40 to 3:30 pm, to help raise money for their Shenandoah Trip. One-pound boxes, which cost $20, and half-pound boxes ($10) will be sold while supplies last.
Last Monday, March 26, was the last Edgartown Supper until Fall. They had a very successful season, with good food, fellowship and community spirit and thanks all who gave their time, talents, and treasure to make this seasonal treat come true.
M.V. Community Services is holding its annual Electronics Disposal Day on Saturday, April 7, from 9 am to 2 pm on the campus of MVCS located at 111 Edgartown Road, right across the street from the M.V. Regional High School in Oak Bluffs. This is your opportunity to get rid of old and tired electronics and electrical appliances. Fees range from $1 to $35.
We send April birthday smiles to Woodside Village residents Merle Beaulieu, Carl Greer, Anita Cimeno, Ralph Silva, Clark Maffit, MaryHofmann, Mary Nichols, Lorraine O'Callaghan, Margaret Leather, Charles McKay, Sandy Ferreira on the 6th, David Tchorz and David Hill on the 7th, and my birthday twin, Ben Hall 3rd on the 8th. Donald Combra and Richard Giordano share April 9, and Tevin Antone Araujo celebrates on the 10th.
Enjoy your week.