I hope that you all had an enjoyable week. It sounds like the annual Pink and Green Weekend events were reasonably successful and managed to evade the forecast nor’easter. And I saw many happy photos and reports of fun events for Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day for me is a mixed bag. It’s sort of like a relationship on Facebook. When asked about my day, I’d have to check off “It’s complicated.” I miss my mom, but I enjoyed some quality time with my kids, so I can’t complain. Any extra time with teenagers means I’m a lucky gal.
Charlie Fenske passed his Eagle Board of Review this past Thursday, and is now officially an Eagle Scout. His parents, Caroline and Reiner Fenske, would like to recognize the many people who have been so kind and generous with their time along the way, including scout leaders (his current one being Mike Noel), merit badge counselors, and staff at the Cape and Islands Council. Charlie and his family would like to give special thanks to Jamie Craig, who was his scoutmaster as well as a great role model for Charlie for almost five years.
Featherstone’s third annual House Tour will be on June 14 from 12 pm until 4 pm, with a rain date of June 15. Five fabulous houses will be open to visitors in Farm Neck, and tea will be served at 3 pm. For reservations and information, please call Featherstone at 508-693-1850.
Ellie Bates asked us to share that the Writing Group will continue to meet weekly every Tuesday at UICOA: Howes House, West Tisbury (across from Alley’s Store), from 11 am to 1 pm. Bring a bag lunch or snacks to share. Former members are welcome back, along with new members, to give supportive feedback on work in a variety of genres.
A support group for caregivers caring for a loved one with a physical illness or dementia will meet on Thursday, May 18, from 10:30 am until 12 pm at the Martha’s Vineyard Community Services campus, Building C1. The group provides a forum for caregivers to meet and connect with others in similar circumstances. Group support and discussions include topics such as wellness, meditation, challenges and joys of caregiving, reducing stress, and increasing knowledge on caregiving issues and needs.
On Memorial Day weekend, the Martha’s Vineyard Garden Club will host its annual plant sale at the Old Mill across from Mill Pond at 690 Edgartown–West Tisbury Road in West Tisbury. The plant selection is wide and interesting, including, but not limited to, geraniums in all sizes and colors, begonias, buddleia, tomatoes, lettuce, eggplant, peppers, nepeta, herbs, figs, hydrangea, lavender, papyrus, Dr. Van Fleet roses, rosemary, sage, streptocarpella (individual plants and hanging baskets), azalea, holly, skimmia, succulents, and other perennials. These are carefully tended plants that will make a lovely addition to Vineyard gardens. Gardeners should come early. The general public is invited to the sale on Saturday and Sunday, May 27 and 28, from 9 am until 2 pm.
Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Pia Gundersen, who celebrated on May 16, and Gary (Rob) Baldino on May 17.
Don’t forget the annual Rainbow Run fundraiser on June 3 at 9 am. This will be the 15th year. If you’d like to sponsor the event and get your very own rainbow on a stick, you can contact me and I’ll help you make contact. Even if you can’t contribute, it’s a fun event to watch, all those little kids running their hearts out the wrong way up Main Street.
I wish you all a wonderful week ahead. The forecast is for warm sunshine, which I find most exciting. I can hardly wait to get outside and soak up some sunshine and get some extra vitamin D into these weary old bones of mine. Remember to keep your wits about you as we head into this busy season. Be kind whenever possible, and remember that it is alway possible. Not always easy, but always possible.