Edgartown celebrates so many summer birthdays


I had a weekend of birthday celebrations to attend this past weekend, which was a great way to catch up with some Martha’s Vineyard friends amid all of our hectic summer schedules.

First up, Friday night we hit the Square Rigger to toast with lobsters for Amanda Hollyfield, the happy birthday girl. Representing Edgartown at our party of a million, we had Ryan Murtha, Mikey Harmon, and Glenda Gotscik (who incidentally just picked up keys to her new digs, putting her back in E-town). Amanda managed to avoid the paddle at The Wharf, making it a happy birthday indeed.

Saturday, a bunch of us gathered in Yvonne Sylvia’s back yard to surprise Annie Sylvia for her 30th birthday. Her husband, Jake, did a fantastic job wrangling friends old and new, big and small to fete Annie on her milestone day. I had fun catching up with Jen and Grace O’Hanlon, Laurel Zettl, and the newly wed Michael and Mo Klimek. I was talking to Justine Shemeth about how great it was to be in that backyard after all these years, as all of us who grew up as children of firefighters, spending Sunday mornings climbing all over the ladder truck and ringing the bell, spent a lot of time with the Sylvias while the Department was under the purview of the late Chief Albert Sylvia.

Well, one date led to another, and as I sat talking to Ms. Sylvia about years ago, when my father first worked for Albert as an electrician and a young Chris Dolby who could barely walk somehow lead-footed his way through the Sylvia’s garage door, we set a date. And Monday morning I picked up Mrs. Sylvia and brought her over to visit with her bestie, my gram Floss Morgan, and arranged for the two to have mani/pedis while they caught up. The stories those two can tell! Amazing. I can only hope to be sitting at 90 years old with my best bud, laughing and having fun.

Happy belated anniversary to Nonnie and Dave Garvin, who celebrated seven years of marriage on July 14. The two toasted (and toasted and toasted) their day with a whirlwind weekend of wine tasting throughout Sonoma and Napa. Here’s to many more!

Proud parents Leanne and Jade Cash and newly minted big brother Tyson welcomed Cameron Eagle Cash to the fold on July 9 at 11:33 am, weighing in at 8 pounds, 9 ounces. Watch out for this kid and his buddy Aaron Morgan making their names on the b-ball court. Here we go, Vineyard.

Our revolving door of summer visitors begins this week, but it is not all play no work for our buddy, Joe Grotto. Joe is a rep for Smuttynose Brewing Co., and his people have just collaborated with the folks at Flatbread to create a brew exclusively for Flatbread restaurants. The new brew, dubbed Emotional Rescue, is an organic amber Saison brewed with maple syrup. Joe will be pouring at Flatbread, with musical accompaniment provided by Dan Blakeslee, on Thursday, July 17, from 6 to 8 pm. I’ll be there. You should be too.

Hey folks, the Seastreak fast ferry is offering several discounted trips off the Island, specifically geared toward Island residents, but certainly open to all. Upcoming trips include Friday, June 18, to Foxwoods; Friday, June 25, to Six Flags New England; as well as daily adventure pass rides to New Bedford, which include roundtrip ferry, lunch discounts, and admission to any two New Bedford area attractions. For more details, call 800-262-8743 or visit seastreak.com.

Birthday wishes go out this week to Hannah Guerin, who celebrates July 17; to Jade Bennett, July 18; to Angela Welch, Michael Zwack, and Caitlin Rosbeck, July 19; to Susan Shea and Karen Hiemer, July 20; and to Natasha White Snowden, July 21. Have a good one!