Well you all definitely made the most of your April breaks: from bowling to BoSox to Bippity Boppity Boo, you really did it all. My nieces, Ellie and Caroline Dolby, attended their first Red Sox game on Marathon Monday, where they ate everything in sight, including cotton candy, hot dogs, kettle corn, Italian ice, and lemonade while donning freshly purchased Sox duds — sparkly of course. Also visiting Fenway for the first time, Steve Aben took in a Sox/Yanks game this past weekend amid the hallowed green walls, before promptly returning to work at the Wharf the next day.
Dee and Jack Laird headed to St. John for some fun in the sun, where Jack mastered snorkeling. Mary Morano tagged along to work on her tan.
Miles and Christian Hayes visited their grandparents and great-grandparents in Western Massachusetts and Middlesex County. Along the way, they checked out a bee apiary and a butterfly apiary. Lindsay Medeiros and sons Ben, Wyatt, and Dunovan Belisle took a three-day whirlwind excursion to New London and Storrs, Conn., Amherst, and Northampton to check out colleges for Dunovan. They enjoyed great food, bowling, a little shopping in Northampton, and finished up the trip with Chinese food on the boat ride home. The Nicholson family came to visit for some Vineyard fun, including a couple of turns on the Flying Horses, where Darby got the brass ring.
For the Townes girls, Camden, 8, and Ava, 5, it was sunny Florida, where they made the requisite pilgrimage to Disney World and stayed in the Lion King Suites. Meanwhile, Allison Savva, Julia Smith, Greer Thornton, and Nonnie Garvin kept it closer to home, with their combined seven kids in tow, taking the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in Falmouth by storm, where Anina, Brynn, Asher, Mya, Hailey, Wyatt, and Penelop, got in some pool time, bowling, and arcade and beach fun.
Sheylah Callen took sons Finlee and Hugo to Newport, R.I., where they visited the Narragansett Bay exploration center and aquarium. Finlee, 5, got to pet dogfish sharks, while little bro Hugo, 18 months, played in the tanks as well.
It’s time for the 12th annual Rainbow Place Rainbow Run, this Saturday, May 3, at 9 am. Preschoolers run from the parking lot at the end of Main Street up to the Old Whaling Church to raise money for the school. It is always quite a sight to behold.
While we’re on the topic of running (ish), allow me to introduce the Amity Island Running Club — a group of runners taking part in a 200-mile relay race from Hull to Provincetown. Team members include Edgartown residents, as well as several teachers from the Edgartown School: Megan McDonald, Nedine Cunningham (who also just ran the Boston Marathon), Darren Belisle, Adam Darack, Amanda Hollyfield, and Kara Shemeth. They will team up with another six from upstate New York and begin Friday morning, May 9, in Hull and finish in P-Town mid-day Saturday. Pati and Chad Nelson are hard at work on van decorations for the Jaws-inspired theme. For more about the race, check out ragnarrelay.com/race/capecod.
Teresa Yuan is excited to announce an exhibition of her art at the Island Art Gallery/Kennedy Studios, Vineyard Haven. A reception will be held Sunday, May 4, from 2 to 4 pm. The collections of her paintings in the show are from 2013 to 2014. Over 20 of them were made this year. Ms. Yuan is a native of Taiwan who came to the U.S. when she was 19, then pursued an art degree from Pratt Institute. She is a longtime member of Old Sculpin Gallery. You can catch the show Monday through Saturday, from 10 to 5 pm.
Belated birthday wishes go out to Sandy Fisher, who celebrated his 98th birthday on April 14. Sandy enjoyed cake and ice cream with three of his children, eight grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
Birthday wishes go out this week to Dave Alton, who celebrates May 1; to Matt Boyle, May 2; to Paige Anderson, May 3; and to Kara Shemeth and a certain anonymous shed-dweller, May 4. Also, a very happy anniversary goes out to my parents, Pam and Mike Dolby, who celebrate May 6. Everyone have fun!