Tractors and lanterns and fireworks, oh my! We have reached the trifecta week of summer, with the Fair in West Tiz and the Grand Illumination and Fireworks in Oak Bluffs. You know what that means? The odds of finding parking downtown on a Friday night just increased exponentially.
I was helping my dad prepare his Fair entry yesterday, which led to a father/daughter ride around Edgartown. This turned into a new August pastime of "Spot the local," as we drove down Main Street, stopping to chat with the familiar faces lightly sprinkled through the throngs of tourists.
Ellen Chasen has some good news to report: on July 22 she and husband, Stuart, welcomed their first grandchild, Cole Henry Thomases! Cole made his debut on the same day as the new prince, which kept the family entertained during the wait. Cole's parents, Dana and Seth Thomases, will be bringing their own little prince for his first visit to M.V. later this month.
A first for me occurred this weekend, as a bunch of us feted Melanie Rankow Prescott on the big 3-0 at State Beach. I ran into Kim Lovell and her fam and came to find out I am a bit of a celebrity in the Lovell house. Connor and Molly were excited to meet the "lady from the paper" and beyond thrilled that this new association could bring them sudden fame. Not to be missed, the Lovells' buds, Liam and Keira Welch, were promised a nod as well. So there you go, kids — now you've made it!
Bring those insatiable pancake appetites down to the fire station this weekend for the Firemen's Association annual open house pancake breakfast, Sunday, August 18, from 8 to 11 am. Check out the fire trucks and have some fun. Parking is available at the Edgartown School.
Happy anniversary to John and Kathy Benoit, who celebrated 25 years August 14. Quips daughter Kelly, "These kids grow up so fast."
The M.V. Museum is pleased to welcome Art Historian Henry Adams as he presents his book, "Tom and Jack: The Intertwined Lives of Thomas Hart Benton and Jackson Pollock." Famed for his biographies on American artists, Adams tells the story of two trailblazing artists from different artistic genres who have forever left their marks on the world of American Art, and he explores the link by which they are connected. Henry Adams will speak at the Federated Church, Thursday, August 22, beginning at 5:30 pm. Books will be available for purchase and signing following the talk
In other news at the Federated Church, there will be a change of pastor at the end of September, as Jerry Fritz is retiring after 14 years. The interim pastor, Rev. Terry Martinson, who will start October 6, will share the Federated pulpit with Jerry on August 25 in a special transitional service.
Birthday wishes go out this week to Braden Moriarty, who celebrates August 16; to Corrigan Mello, August 18; and to Laura Townes, Lynne Ditchfield, and Katie Fahey August 21. In honor of Señora Ditchfield, Cumpleaños feliz!