It's finally beginning to feel like spring out there, and maybe — just maybe — it's here to stay. I just can't get enough of being outside in the sunshine, which was a lovely backdrop for a Cinco de Mayo fiesta out in Katama on Patricia Giumarra's back deck. I did not get over to Sharky's to witness the mechanical bull, but I can't wait to hear stories about it.
The windows downtown are filling up with spring colors in anticipation of the big Pink and Green weekend that is upon us. I know I have mentioned it before, but seeing as the Edgartown Board of Trade includes my best friend, and I will be missing the entire thing visiting friends in Boston (gasp!), I beseech you all to partake in my stead. And if at least five of you tell Melanie Rankow Prescott it was my idea for you to attend the Pink and Green Ball at the Field Club Saturday night, maybe she'll still speak to me on Monday. For a full list of events, check out edgartownboardoftrade.com. And tell them all Linley sent you!
So nice to have some new spots to hit these days. (Not that I ever get sick of the old standbys, mind you: credit where credit is due to those businesses that keep their doors open to us all winter long.) This past Wednesday a friend and I caught opening night at Détente, just down the bar from Stacy Ickes and Cheri Mason, who really were out to entertain. The ladies were offering a very interesting vocabulary lesson, which none of us will soon forget.
Tom Dresser has written a new book celebrating several prominent women who made significant contributions to the Island community. From Edgartown, he has selected Emily Post and Patricia Neal, both whom were well-known beyond the Vineyard shores. The book combines the story of their Vineyard lives with their more national status. Tom will be signing "Women of Martha's Vineyard" at Edgartown Books at 11 am on Saturday, May 11. The book is also available at tomdresser.com.
Honoring a tradition that stretches back for decades, the Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Society will present its Annual Spring Concert on Sunday, May 26, at 4 pm in Edgartown's Old Whaling Church, featuring Boston Symphony Cellist Dejardin and Clarinetist Wayne. The program will include music by classic composers Beethoven and Franck, then move to the 20th-century with works by Piazzolla, Connesson, and Uhl. For more information, visit mvcms.org.
Join M.V. Democrats on Saturday, May 11, from 9 to 10:30 am to plan MV Democratic participation in the campaign for the June 25 U.S. Senate election. The meeting will take place at Howes House in West Tisbury. For more info, contact MV Dems at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mass Audubon and many other Island organizations offer all sorts of ways for regular folks to get involved in scientific monitoring and research projects that increase our knowledge of the natural world. Head up to Felix Neck on Saturday, May 11, from 10 am to 2 pm to learn more about these initiatives and ways you can get involved. Get introduced to ongoing citizen science projects at this open house type event. Search the beaches for spawning horseshoe crabs and nesting shorebirds, check cover boards in the woods for red-backed salamanders, measure rainfall with our weather monitoring project, dissect scat, and more. Call 508-627-4860 for a full list of events.
Happy Mothers' Day to all the mamas out there. Thank you for all that you do. Make sure those kids of yours spoil you rotten, as you do for them the other 364 days of the year.