Well, May really has jumped in over the past week to kick the doldrums of April to the curb. I spent so much time outside this past weekend, soaking in the vitamin D and enjoying — finally! — some fresh air. Backyard golf, burgers and dogs on the grill, bikes strewn across the lawn — it finally feels a bit like spring.
Well, blink and you will miss it, because the next few weekends of May are jam-packed with goings-on, at last culminating in Memorial Day weekend, when the boats will start getting jammed with the kids and beach umbrellas and golden retrievers and SUVs all on a mission to get a head start on summer fun. So whether you’re into the Pink and Green, with all of the activities that entails, or you’re looking to help rescue some animal tails, or you’d like to go hear some tales from the stage, on or off Island, we’ve got you covered.
I’ve had word that Brooke Hardman Ditchfield is currently performing in with the Medford Actors’ Shakespeare Project in a production of “As You Like It.” The show will run through May 18, so if you find yourself in the Medford area, go check it out. Visit actorsshakespeareproject.org for more info.
Remember Hannah Guerin and her sisters selling their flower bouquets on Meeting House Road back in the day? Well Hannah is all growed up, but still creative as ever. Now living in Brooklyn, Hannah has launched a handmade jewelry line, called Trinkknacks, which with its barnacle, seashell, and driftwood themes clearly takes some of its inspiration from the Vineyard, while also having that city edge informed by Hannah’s years in New York, where she attended Parsons School for Design. Hannah recently started selling a few of her pieces at Brooklyn Collective in Cobble Hill, and if you happen to be in the area, the store is throwing a party on Friday, May 9, to celebrate the new artists they’ve taken on. Otherwise, check out trinkknacks.com to see what Hannah has been working on.
The Night of a Thousand Paws, a benefit for the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard, will take place Saturday, May 10, at 9 pm at the Seafood Shanty. Get out and dance with The Chandler Blues Band with guest singer Gordon Healy, an avid supporter of our furry friends. If you can’t make it, you can always make donation at animalshelterofmv.org. Barks and meows of thanks resound.
If you’re looking for some nature this weekend, get up to Felix Neck on Saturday from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm to explore the Island’s cornucopia of wild foods. Sanctuary Director Suzan Bellincampi will teach you to identify and prepare select wild edibles that can be found in your backyard or neighborhood. Foraged foods will be used to create a light lunch to share. Register at massaudubon.org/felixneck or call 508-627-4850.
And if a day of beauty is more your jam, get over to Sea Spa Salon, where you can meet with a Decleor Skin Care specialist who will be available to evaluate skin concerns. The event will take place Saturday, May 10, from 10 am to 2 pm, and it will include door prizes and gift baskets too — a great idea for Mother’s Day. Call 508-627-8953 for info.
The MV Cancer Support Group will host An Evening Under the Stars on Thursday, May 15, at Farm Neck from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. The event will include a buffet dinner, drinks, dessert, and music by Mike Benjamin. The MVCSG raises money to help Island cancer patients and their families with the various costs of their treatment. For info, call AnneMarie Donahue at 508-627-7958.
Birthday wishes go out this week to Leah D’Amato, who celebrates May 8. And an extra special birthday wish goes out to my Grammy, Florence Morgan, who celebrates May 8. Don’t worry, Grammy. I won’t tell them how many years. I like me life too much.
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