We had an active weekend of celebration, complete with birthdays, anniversaries, Cinco de Mayo, Kentucky Derby, family in from out of town… Just recalling it all makes me want a nap. And to think, this is just the beginning of the season of never-ending events.

I ran into Pete Campbell at the Sharky’s Cinco de Mayo party. Pete does not live in Edgartown, but as he so passionately declared his desire to see his name in my column, I’m gonna give the kid 50 words. Flattery won’t get you everywhere, but apparently, it will get you into the Edgartown column.

Also among the Cinco de Mayo revelers were the Uphams, who despite having lived two doors down from me for months now, I still had not had the pleasure of meeting. So here’s a terribly belated welcome to the neighborhood. I hope you’ll find it as perfect as we do.

Friends of Family Planning will host their annual Art Show benefit, which supports the Family Planning of Martha’s Vineyard clinic, an organization that provides reproductive health and family planning services to our community. Kick off the season and head to the Agricultural Hall to admire and purchase artwork — paintings, sculpture, photography, jewelry, and more. The Preview Gala will be held Thursday, May 24, from 6 to 8 pm, and the Art Show and Sale will continue throughout the weekend, May 25 to 27 from 10 am to 6 pm. For more information, please call 508-696-0459 or go to friendsoffamilyplanning.org.

The MV Center for Living will host its final Cultural Luncheon for this year’s series on Saturday, May 19, from 12 to 2 pm at The Grill on Main. The theme for this month’s luncheon is the legacy of farming and its influence on our way of life. Program speakers are: Island Grown School coordinator Melinda Rabbitt DeFeo, Morning Glory Farm owners Jim and Deborah Athearn, and Elisha Smith. For reservations and information, call Leslie Clapp at 508-939-9440.

Congratulations to Tom Dresser on the release of his new book, “Disaster Off Martha’s Vineyard,” which recounts the harrowing tale of the shipwreck of the steamship City of Columbus off Gay Head. The book is now available in several local venues, including the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, Hatmarcha Gifts at the Aquinnah Cliffs, and Bunch of Grapes. Tom will present several talks in the upcoming weeks. For times and places, visit thomasdresser.com.

On Saturday, May 19, from 4 to 9 pm at the Boys & Girls Club, M.V. Junior High football sponsoring a fundraiser for the Relay for Life cancer walk. M.V. Bounce House will provide a house for your bouncing needs, and face painting will be available as well. For more info, contact Elexis Wildanger at 508-326-1155.

The Martha’s Vineyard Cancer Support Group, Inc. is holding its annual fundraiser “An Evening under the Stars” on May 17, 2012 from 6 to 9 pm at Lattanzi’s Restaurant in Edgartown. Mike Benjamin will strum away as you partake of food and beverage while supporting this worthy cause. Door prizes will consist of gift certificates from Island restaurants and businesses. For additional information, please contact: Jane Carroll at 508-696-9849, jcarrollmv@aol.com, or AnneMarie Donahue at 508-627-7958, annmarie@vineyard.net.

Thanks to Barbara McCarron, who has provided us with this week’s birthday report. Happy sweet 16 to Charlotte Rose, who celebrates on May 12th. Mother Barbara, brother Greg, and sister Audrey are glad to provide the balloons. Likewise, Addison would like to wish her mother Brie a Happy Birthday on May 14th.

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