Last night was the Chilmark School's end of the year concert and theater production. A long-standing tradition is to make a group expedition to the Galley for sundaes with all the kids in their Sunday best. Many thanks to Frank, Merrily, and Barbara Fenner for the overflowing dishes of ice cream, fudgy sauce, and whipped cream. What a treat to eat it with friends and family while watching a glorious Menemsha sunset.
Saturday the Chilmark School will host its second annual yard sale. All of the proceeds will go towards the Outing Program which funds the three trips the students take over the course of the year — a week of school at sea aboard the schooner Alabama, half a week of ski school, and a day-long kayak adventure. The yard sale is at the CCC from 9 am to 2 pm. Donations of items would be greatly appreciated, and they can be dropped off at the school anytime today or tomorrow at the CCC.
John Maloney pulled up to the pumps on Saturday and said something about the tents with soaring flags in the breeze and how it was so nice to actually know the folks having their wedding at the Allen Farm. I was a little confused about his tremendous excitement until I realized it was his and Kristin's son Owen who that afternoon was to marry a lovely young woman named Erica Finger, daughter of Paul and Leslie of Andover. They met at the Allen Farm and coincidentally
attended UMass Amherst. I wish the happy newlyweds every joy life has to toss their way.
This Sunday, the Chilmark Community Church will have its morning service at Dutcher Dock at 9 am with a Blessing of the Fleet. My little bit of research tells me the Blessing of the Fleet was first recorded in ancient times in Mediterranean fishing communities. The blessing is meant to ensure a safe and bountiful season.
I have a news flash from Cathy Thompson. Her bother Dan Askow and new bride, Shari, of Wilmette, Illinois, have been in town to visit her, their Kuh family relatives, and to show Shari around the old stomping gounds. I was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the happy couple strolling around Menemsha, enjoying the sunshine, the warm breeze, and all the sights and sounds it has to offer when boats are gearing up for a busy season. Fluke season opened this past weekend and the draggers are moving about.
There are a few changes at the Beach Plum but, lucky for us, they are still offering a yummy, nicely priced breakfast from 7:30 to 10:30 daily, with chef Robin Forte baking up her amazing baked goods, smoothie of the day, as well as hot breakfast dishes from eggs as you like to yummy Dutch baby pancake. The inn is also offering something they refer to as Beach Plum Bites (a fun way of saying afternoon snack). Chefs Teddy Diggs and Jason Borajkiewicz have come up with a new dinner menu with many items coming from local fisherman and Island farms
The newlyweds Lauren Greenberg and Abel Jaomarulaza paid a visit to Bernie Levy and Suzanne Greenberg at their Prospect Hill home on May 30. Lauren met Abel seven years ago while serving in the Peace Corps in Madagascar. Martha's Vineyard is tiny compared with Madagascar but, as Suzanne said, you could see in Abel's eyes a love and familiarity to island life.
I spotted Samantha Jason and pup Cooper in town. The pair was down for the weekend to catch up with father Dennis, brother Denny and maybe catch a glimpse of grandmother Hilda who I spotted in the passenger seat of Lenny's car just a few days ago. I still think about how generous she was when Marshall and I married nearly 17 years ago. She roasted a ham and two turkeys for the feast of a meal we had at Bliss Pond Farm. Let me thank you once again, Hilda.
Tomorrow marks the right of passage for the fifth-grade students at the Chilmark School. At 10 am, the graduation ceremony for Kelly Klaren, Liam McCarthy, Levi Moreis, and Suzanne More-Straton will begin. I look forward to hearing the essays they have written to share at the ceremony. Additionally, this is the first time in a very long time that the Chilmark School PTO has offered a scholarship to a graduating high school senior. Part of the application process was to write an essay describing how their time at Chilmark School influenced who they are today. This year's recipient was Amalie Tinus. She will graciously read her essay at fifth-grade graduation.