Welcome home to Ann Maley. And congratulations. She has just returned from California where she met her first grandson, Vaughn Aktipis-Maley, who was born on March 20 in San Francisco. A big boy, he weighed in at over nine pounds. He is home now with Monty (age 5), Avanna (6), mom Athena Aktipis, and dad Carlo Maley. His grandmother was delighted to meet him.
Welcome home to Ken and Laura Beebe. They went traveling across the country, spending time in Colorado, enjoying national parks and family as well. We hope they are happy to be home now.
Do you have decoys? The Martha's Vineyard Museum is looking for some Island decoys to display. If you have any, Anna Carringer at the Museum would love to hear from you. One message was lost when someone called about decoys last month. Could you call again? The number is 508-627-4441 and ask for Anna. Or send me an email and I will have her call you.
The entries in the Island Faces Portrait Contest are on line. You can vote on the "people's choice" voting page: ifcontest.wordpress.com Click on the picture to enlarge it. You can only choose one. What a pity. There are several wonderful pictures. I don't envy the judges. The winners will be on display at the Martha's Vineyard Museum through the summer.
The MV Cancer Support Group is planning their annual Evening Under the Stars. The benefit will be held at Lattanzi's from 6 to 9 pm on May 17. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and desserts to music by Mike Benjamin. The motto of the Support Group is that no one with cancer needs to be alone. For more call Jane Carroll at 508-696-9949.
A. Bowdoin (Bow) Van Riper, son of Jan Van Riper, was honored at the national meeting of the Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association in Boston earlier this month.
He is the editor of "Learning from Mickey, Donald and Walt," a collection of essays on Disney "edutainment" films. As one of the best scholarly books on popular and American culture published in 2011, it received the prestigious Ray & Pat Browne Award. Bow, a history professor and lifelong seasonal resident of Vineyard, is the author or editor of six books and has two more scheduled for publication later this year.
Next Tuesday you can benefit the M.V. Museum by dining at Sharky's, lunch or dinner at both restaurants. All VIP transactions count, dine in or takeout. If you don't have a VIP card, just ask.
You still have time to get your tickets at the Green Room or at the door on Saturday night at the Harbor View Hotel for the fashion show to benefit the EMTs. They want you to be aware of the importance of women's health. In honor of the American Heart Association, the EMTs will Go Red for Women. The time is 7 to 10 pm this Saturday; the cost is only $25.
It is always good when you can do something unusual for yourself and do good as well. Starting this Sunday you can buy tickets for the up-Island garden tour to benefit the West Tisbury Church preservation. Five special properties in West Tisbury and Chilmark will be open to viewers on May 26 from 11 am to 4 pm. Beverages and treats will be offered in a poolside setting. Tickets at $25 are available at Heather Gardens, Vineyard Gardens, Middletown Nursery, and the church office.
Have you seen the new Forever stamps? They say Freedom Forever, Liberty Forever, Equality Forever, and Justice Forever. There's a stamp for us to be proud of.
Ten years ago our son was in a horrible bicycle accident, resulting in two badly broken arms. Twelve days later he was married, casts and all. All are happy and well now, including two lovely little girls. They celebrate a week from Saturday or, as we say in the family, on cinco de Mayhew.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Ronnie Tolin, Melanie Jane Dickson, and Jessica Soleil on Saturday. Sunday belongs to John McCarthy. Wish the best on Monday to Doug Hewson and Andrew Williamson. Ellie Williamson parties on Tuesday. Herb Ward celebrates his special day on Wednesday.
Heard on Main Street: Wampum? I'd rather eat my quahogs than wear them.