Edgartown: Getting outdoorsy


What a weekend for outdoor time — sunshine and barbeques and numerous flip-flop sightings. I’ve been driving around with my windows down and enjoying every second of this spring. Even the 4 am wakeup calls with my dogs have been enjoyable, with Mars huge in the sky and the pinkletinks still reeling from a late night of partying.

Speaking of the new and exciting, the Avakian family has welcomed a baby girl. Lillian Marie made her debut April 12, weighing in at 8 pounds, 1 ounce, to proud parents Brooke and Derek and big brother Cooper. This girl will never want for pink, frilly things, and has in fact already donned her first hair accessory. Congrats all around, and welcome, little one.

Vinny and Frankie Paciello were psyched to attend their first Bruins game this weekend, and what a good weekend it was for those Bs, having just earned a playoff spot and clinched the best record in the NHL. These kids will never know what it was like to live the heartache of Boston sports in the days of yore. Good for them. And Go Bs!

I ran into Jade Bennett the other day and was thrilled to congratulate her on all the exciting goings-on in her world. She and husband, Joe Rock, tied the knot this past February at Windemere, to ensure that Jade’s grandmother could witness the nuptials. The happy couple has since returned from their honeymoon cruise, in time to put the finishing touches on their new home, which their daughters, Grace and Madison, will surely enjoy. Best wishes for a happy future to you two and your family.

The 22nd annual VCS Earth Day Beach Clean-up will take place on Saturday, April 19, from 10 am to noon. So make your way to Fuller Street, Lighthouse, South (Left & Right Fork), or State Beach (Bend in the Road) and enjoy a morning of fun and environmental service and kick off spring with a renewed appreciation for the natural beauty of our Island. There’s no need to register or call ahead — just come out to your favorite beach where volunteers will be waiting with everything you need. This year’s after party returns to the Harbor View Hotel. From 12 noon to 2 pm, you can compare your treasure hunting stories while enjoying treats from the Harbor View and Scottish Bakehouse. There will also be a free raffle for gift certificates to Bunch of Grapes for the kids, and a garden basket from S.B.S. for the adults.

I’ve had email from T. Batts and  Lauren Ricks, two self-proclaimed wash-ashores who landed on the rock about five years ago who spend their summers working at the Seafood Shanty, and now their free time honing a children’s comedic brand, “Broccolihead and Carrottop.” These veggie characters are coming alive in an interactive book to be released at the beginning of the summer season. In order to get the word out this summer, servers at the Seafood Shanty will be wearing shirts on Fridays inspired by the brand. Check out broccoliheadandcarrottop.com to learn more about T. and Lauren and their new venture.

Birthday wishes go out this week to Megan Shai Brown, who celebrates April 17; to Ron Green, April 20; and to Jason Dyer, April 23. Hope you all have a great time. And to the rest of you, Happy Easter, Happy Passover, and Happy Spring!

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