Edgartown will dress in festive spring colors this coming weekend as the third annual Pink and Green Weekend introduces loads of events, parties, special sales, contests, and open houses over three days. The festival is sponsored by the Edgartown Board of Trade.
“It’s a really fun event,” said Sydney Mullen, Pink and Green Weekend chairperson. “A lot of people from off and on Island come out for it. We’re modeling it after Christmas in Edgartown for Islanders and visitors alike to come and support businesses in town.”
The dichromatic festival evolved out of an annual spring event hosted by Donaroma’s Nursery for many years. The Edgartown nursery is known for its fabulous displays and themed events such as their annual Christmas in Edgartown party.
Owner Janice Donaroma explained the inspiration for the color theme: “Edgartown provides the perfect backdrop for the festival with double pink Kwanzan Cherry trees in full bloom and freshly emerging greenery lining its streets. Behind this perfect setting lies a history of pink and green dating back to the 60s when Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis wore a dress designed by Lilly Pulitzer, which became an instant sensation and made Edgartown a mecca for the movement.”
Ms. Mullen noted that former stores Fligor’s, The Village Store, and Murray’s fostered the pink and green trend, while present-day shops such as Lilly Pullitzer’s In the Pink and Vineyard Vines help carry on the tradition.
A festive party at Donaroma’s on Upper Main Street kicks off the festivities. This year’s theme is Cirque du Pink and Green. “There will be a circus atmosphere,” Ms. Donaroma said. “With a little bit of clowning around, a little bit of strong man, and a little bit of trapeze. The kids will have their activities. In the labyrinth there will be a tree where kids can hang a note to their mothers.” Pink and green refreshments include fruit, a pink punch, and a circus themed cake.
On Saturday night, The Field Club hosts the third annual Pink and Green Ball. “It’s a really fun night,” Ms. Mullen said. “A lot of people get dressed up in pink and green.”
The ball offers a great prelude to the summer dinner/dance season. Food will be provided by Kitchen Porch caterers, and there will be dancing to live music by The Sultans of Swing and a silent auction. The decorations will include vintage Lilly Pulitzer table cloths, pink and green lanterns and, of course, pink prosecco.
Four-legged friends will be honored at the second annual Pink and Green Dog Show on Saturday from 12 noon to 2 pm at the Mini Park. Appropriate canine — and human — attire is encouraged. There will be organic dog treats for all, a “Smooch With Your Pooch” kissing booth, and items for sale with proceeds benefiting the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard.
Also on Saturday, Santander and Edgartown National Bank host open houses with refreshments, the Martha’s Vineyard Museum will demonstrate the art of making silhouette cameo cards, and there will be a tour and real estate open house events.
On Sunday, special Mother’s Day brunches will be offered all over town. The Harbor View’s buffet brunch features a presentation of the winning “Mom of the Year” essays by Island school kids.
Throughout the weekend, stores, salons, and restaurants will offer special deals, giveaways, and refreshments. You can do some bar hopping and sample various pink and green cocktails at a number of bars and restaurants and vote for your favorite.
Just about every business in town is participating in one way or another. “People really get into it,” Ms. Mullen continued. “It’s so fun to see people dressed up and see how different businesses put it all together. It’s a great kickoff to the retail season in town. We’re always looking for ways to extend the shoulder season in retail.”
For more information about Pink and Green Weekend, visit edgartownboardoftrade.com or call 508-939-0199.