Young Chilmarkers and friends posed before heading to the prom.

It’s love for keeps for Dyan Schmidt and John Demers. Friends and family donned waders to shuffle their guests by dinghy across Chilmark Pond to the beach at Abel’s Hill where the happy couple said “I do” in the timeless beauty the south shore has to offer. May 18 will always mean something special — it was the day John and Dyan became Mr. and Mrs. Demers.

May 18 was a memorable day for the teen crowd also. The lights were twinkling at the Agricultural Hall as the scene was set for the MVRHS Junior Prom. Girls in long dresses in a rainbow of colors with updos, fresh nail polish and high heels gathered with a handsome group of young men wearing classic tuxedos and boutonnières. Groups gathered around the Island to take pre-prom photographs. One gathering spot, courtesy of Julie Flanders, provided a beautiful backdrop for the group that consisted of most of the former Chilmark School classmates along with numerous new friends collected over the last six years. Jessica and Mariah Campbell, Brigida Larsen, Bradley Carroll, Lexi Willett, Galen Mayhew, and Thorpe Karabees have grown up a lot since the days of May Pole dances and the Turkey Trot.

Oliver Osnoss, son of Jan Buhrman and Rich Osnoss, graduated Green Mountain College with a degree in Environmental Science in Ecological Design and Build with a Renewable Energy & EcoDesign Certificate. He minored in Sustainable Agriculture & Food Production. He begins his internship at South Mountain Company this week. During the interim week, Oliver tended to his bees hives and chickens. Oliver will continue his studies this November, studying ecological design build and farming at the Brunnenburg Castle in Dorf Tirol, Italy.

Last week I called Buddy Mayhew out. I was prompted by the sighting I had of him driving through Beetlebung Corner. That must have been just before he took ill and was flown up to Mass General. Thank you to Jane Slater for the update. We need that character back in town ASAP. So, I call out once again: get better Uncle Bud. We miss you down the shore.

Tuesday night was the first night the Chilmark Tavern was seating guests for the 2013 dining season. Jenna Petersiel and her team has an exciting new menu with some favorite standbys returning. The Tavern will be open through Monday of Memorial Day weekend but then will be closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays until the end of June. Dinner is served from 5:30 pm on. For reservations or information pick up the phone and call 508-645-9400. Curious what’s on the menu? Check out their website

Laurisa Rich, in her capacity as Lagoon Pond Association secretary, shares they will be accepting orders for low-cost ($81) rain barrels through today. They will be available for pick up this Saturday at the M.V. Garden Club Annual Plant Sale, Old Mill, West Tisbury from 10 am to 3 pm. Check out their website for all the skinny. Laurisa also shares that plants will be for sale both Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 2 pm. They will feature annuals and perennials and some veggies, all raised by members in the Garden Club’s greenhouse at the Wakeman Center.

Another event not to miss this Saturday is the “Plant and Yard” sale at the Chilmark Church. Pam Goff shares excitement over exceptional seedlings by Nancy Cabot, divided perennials, Chilmark Chocolates, and a few attic treasures that can be found from 9 am to 12 noon. While you are at it, take home the makings of your first lobster roll for the season. Lobster in containers with rolls and chips will be sure to entice you down the Cross Road.

Memorial Day weekend is here. For many it simply marks the unofficial start of summer. Barbecues, the beach, picnics and outdoor fun. What it really marks is a day of remembrance for those we have lost serving our country. So enjoy the beauty our town has to offer but take a moment to reflect. Wrap up your long weekend and watch the American Heroes Fishing Challenge airing Monday night at 10 pm on the National Geographic channel. Filmed last summer during the Bass & Bluefish Derby, you will undoubtedly be touched by the injured soldiers’ stories and you may just see a few familiar faces, too.

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