MV Museum to hold summer opening party in Edgartown


Congratulations MVRHS graduates! I can’t believe how many familiar faces I saw popping up with mortarboards on their heads, surrounded by proud mamas and papas. I tried my hardest to swallow my desire to blurt “I knew you when you were this big.” But holy moly! Everybody’s all growed up.

Luckily, the fresh new crop of tiny E-tonians continues to multiply, and joining their ranks this week is Little Miss Luiza Shemeth DeOliveira, born June 7 to elated parents Justine and Paulo and super-excited big brother Mateo. Can’t wait to see this one climbing all over the firetrucks, like her mother and I did as teeny tinies.

Congratulations to Jillian Pyden, 13, who has been accepted to attend Interlochen Arts Camp, the world’s premier summer arts program for aspiring artists grades 3 through 12. Jillian, the daughter of Greg and Lisa Pyden, will study and perform the trumpet in an intensive, three-week winds and percussion program at the Michigan campus, home of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra. Interlochen considers thousands of applicants from more than 50 countries each year; the process for acceptance is highly competitive. Jillian, now a seventh grader, has performed “Taps” as a trumpet soloist for the March to the Sea Memorial Day procession for the last three years and has been involved in the Martha’s Vineyard School Band and the All-Island School Jazz Band. Best of luck.

Kudos to Molly Pogue (sixth grade) and Matheus Brito (seventh grade), who were recognized for their essays on the topic “Why Is Diversity on My Island Important To Me?” Thank you to MVYLI youth leaders for the Multicultural Sustainability Project, which I understand made the essay contest possible. As we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement, we’re grateful to all who are carrying on this important legacy for sharing our collective dream for a multicultural Island and world.

Author and Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary Director Suzan Bellincampi will be signing copies of “Martha’s Vineyard: A Field Guide to Island Nature,” a full-color guidebook based on Anne Hale’s classic natural history book “Moraine to Marsh” on Saturday, June 14, at 4 pm at Felix Neck. This updated book includes new Vineyard properties, detailed trail maps, professional photography, and illustrated guides to identify Island flora and fauna. All proceeds from book sales will fund community conservation initiatives at Felix Neck. This event is part of Felix Neck’s Fern & Feather Day Camp’s 50th anniversary celebration.

The MV Museum invites you to attend their Summer Opening Party, which will take place on Friday, June 13, from 5 to 7 pm at the Museum in Edgartown. In addition to opening the 18th-century Cooke House for the season, which will feature historic boat-building materials in the back shed once used by Erford Burt and Manuel Swartz Roberts, the Museum will be showcasing a Charles W. Morgan exhibit, in celebration of the historic ship’s 38th voyage, which will stop on the Island June 21–24. Also on display will be select photographs used in the book “Martha’s Vineyard,” recently published by the Museum’s Chief Curator Bonnie Stacy. The book includes over 220 historic photographs from the Museum’s collection, dating from the 1840s to the 1970s, segregated into themes. Visit for more information about upcoming programming and exhibits.

Birthday wishes go out this week to Shannon “Party Shan” Smith and Lars White, who celebrate June 13; to Neal Condlin and Kevin Searle, June 16; and to Sara Tiemann and Michael Valenti, June 18.

An extra special Happy Birthday goes out from Eleanor to the “best gardener and lawn keeper ever,” Jimmy Luce, on June 15. I hope you get a day off from yard work at least for one day.