On Saturday, May 12, Zachary Robert Coutinho graduated from Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New Hampshire. His graduation was attended by his parents, Linda and Robert, his brother, Cody, his grandmother, Margaret Maida, and his uncle, Jeffrey Maida. Chilmark was well represented on a glorious spring day in southern New Hampshire.
Dylan Walsh graduated from St. Michael's College in Vermont this week and was surrounded by his mother, Barbara, and sisters, Kara and Marisa, as well as uncles, aunts, and many cousins and friends. Dylan completed an internship in commercial real estate at Redstone Commercial Real Estate and plans to enter this field. The graduation was especially memorable as his father, Tom (Dilly) Walsh, who died from ALS in 2009, was also a St. Michael's graduate, in 1969.
Olivia Larsen, eldest daughter of John and Susan, also enjoyed her commencement exercises at Lasell College in Newton. Youngest sister, Brigida, was a bit appalled with having to rise for the first boat, but certainly, along with parents and sister Abigail, decided it was certainly worth it to see Olivia accept her college diploma.
While we are on a school trend, Heather Quinn, director of Chilmark Preschool, will hold an open house this Saturday, May 19, from 9 to 11 am. It is an opportunity for prospective families and community members to tour the classroom, meet the teachers, and learn about the school's curriculum and philosophies.
May 19 happens to be the day of the local flea market that Coco Adams has been organizing. It's 9:30 am to 2 pm, and tables will be chock full of goodies to purchase: food, antiques, books, household items. And the Charter School will be selling raffle tickets for an iPad. Space is still available and at $15, it's quite a deal. Call Coco if you have any questions (508) 645-3414.
Peg Regan, coordinator of the grant received by Island schools, called "Safe Routes to School," as part of the initiative, Massachusetts in Motion, shares that this week is Massachusetts' Ride Your Bike Week. So keep your eyes open and brake for young riders trying to keep their bodies moving and healthy. Bella Thorpe was spotted sporting a bright green helmet, riding her new purple bicycle home on Monday. Phys Ed instructor and cool game whiz, Channon Capra, and I will be the Chilmark School representatives.
I bumped into Cathy Thompson at the post office the other day, and she shared with me all the neat programs the Aquinnah Library will be hosting in the upcoming months. To spotlight a few: May 22, Judy Shunk will present her study on historic US carousels; May 24, Rusty Shunk will offer a workshop for those anxious about public speaking, and on May 29, Tom Dresser will discuss his new book about the steamer City of Columbus. Call the Aquinnah Library for more details (508) 645-2314.
Tickets have gone on sale for Labor Day weekend's Vineyard Yoga Festival. Founded in 2010 by Kathy Bega and now co-produced by Mollie Doyle and her, the long weekend of events is certain to entice anyone with even the littlest hint of yoga interest. For those who might find class prices a bit too steep for their pockets or just want to get involved, the group is in need of volunteers. For every hour served, a volunteer gets a free hour of yoga. Please contact Kathy Bega at (508) 274-4682 for more information. Log on to their website for the whole layout of good stuff going on: www.mvyogafestival.com.