Authors Posts by Linley Dolby

Linley Dolby

Linley Dolby

From left, Dawn Kingston, Glenda Gotcsik, Janelle Scott, Summer Aiken and Amelia Ball. Photo by Linley Dolby

Here we are at the first weekend of August, which I always find to be a solid time to assess those favorite summer things of which I have yet to partake, and I have to say I think I am doing a pretty good job getting it done this year. I still haven’t had an ice cream, but harbor cruise, fried clams, and coffee on a bench are well covered, so I’m not worried. Plus, I have the Texas cousins arriving today for a week, and I’m sure I’ll be able to knock a few touristy items off the list with their assistance.

While we are on the subject, one thing I have never done is kayak, and I’m fairly convinced that the reason I mention the goings-on at Felix Neck so frequently is because one of these days, I’m actually going to get there to check out some of these very cool offerings. Upcoming in August, Felix Neck will feature kayak tours, both led and self-guided; fun, educational programs for young naturalists, such as their Creature Feature, Tank Time, and Snake and Turtle Tuesdays; seashore and birding tours; and Marine Discovery Tours; during which you may tow a plankton net, use a scallop drag, and check lobster and fish traps for the diversity of crabs, fish, and shellfish that live in the water around the Island. For more info and a full schedule, visit

Glenda Gotcsik had a houseful this weekend, with girlfriends Janelle Scott, Summer Aiken, and Dawn Kingston in temporary residence. The ladies took the Island by storm, with dinners out, dancing, biking, beaching, and of course, supporting the local economy by shopping wherever and whenever possible. Sorry I missed you guys this year — that just means you’ll all have to come back soon.

Jane Ford is excited to share her latest venture, Remedy Cold Pressed Juice, “a straight shot of vital nutrients, an automatic mood lifter, and a great energy boost in every tasty bottle!” These tasty and healthy beverages, with flavors ranging from veggie to fruity to nutty, are being sourced and bottled at Edgartown Meat and Fish, and are now available for retail. Visit for more info. You go, Jane Ford!

The eighth annual Federated Church House Tour will take place Tuesday, August 11, starting at 1 pm at the Federated Meetinghouse. Historian Mary Jane Carpenter will give a free lecture about the beautiful and historic North Water Street homes that are included in this year’s tour. The tour itself runs from 2 to 4:30 pm, with refreshments served for the duration on a lawn overlooking Edgartown Harbor and the Chappy Ferry. Tickets are $40, and are available the day of the tour at the Federated Meetinghouse and at 67 North Water Street. Proceeds benefit the ongoing preservation of the 1828 Federated Church Meetinghouse. For questions, call 508-627-7077.

I recently wrote a heartfelt congrats to a friend who retired from the RMV that some perceived to be a slight on the rest of the department. This was absolutely never my intention, and I wholeheartedly apologize to anyone I may have offended. I have never had anything but stellar service by the staff of our local RMV since I first received my license at the old Oak Bluffs branch back in 1994. Thanks for all you do.

Birthday wishes go out this week to Jane Barbini and Barbara Phillips, who celebrate August 1; to Peter Lambos, August 2; to Derek Avakian and Claire Maxwell, August 3; and to Melanie Rankow Prescott, Pam Dolby, and Zach Ward, August 5.

I’m finally starting to regret not planting a veggie garden this year, as all around me are beginning to quite literally reap what they have sown. Cherry tomatoes, fresh greens, beans, and peas are all coming ripe for the picking, and all I have to show are a couple of sad, inedible geraniums. (If geraniums are, in fact, edible, I assure you that mine are most definitely not. As I said, they are quite sad.) Anyway, if anyone ends up with a tomato surplus and the rabbits are willing to share, I would happily take them off your hands.

We had a visit this weekend from my brother and sister-in-law, Drew and Katie Weagle, and I threw on my tour guide hat to show them some of the new haunts that have popped up since their last visit years ago. A highlight was a trip to Bad Martha, which has become a favorite spot of mine this summer. Sitting beneath the hanging plants listening to live music and sipping a local brew, just far enough away from downtown to avoid the traffic, is just my style. This particular visit, we finally merged groups with a bunch of other Friday-evening regulars: the farmers and managers from Morning Glory and the FARM Institute, as well as one very handsome K9 named Fish. The more the merrier, always.

I ran into an old friend on the beach this past Sunday: Miss Emma Searle. I could not believe that this lovely lady, whose acquaintance I had first made on the same beach 10 years ago, back when she was 3 and I was helping her spell her name in shells, is now off to high school! My, how time flies. Emma has kept busy this summer dancing with Rise, a passion and talent that continues to flourish. Best of luck with all your adventures, Emma.

One of the benefits of writing this column of which I have rarely — if ever — taken advantage is the avenue for self-promotion. Well, I’m going to share my exciting news, and should it ignite any interest in you, readers, please come join me at Evolve Pilates on Wednesday mornings at 9 am, for beginner mat class. I have been working hard toward this goal of becoming a Pilates instructor, and I welcome you to come see for yourself why I love it so much. The class is a strictly introductory beginner class, so it is a great opportunity to try something new. Call 508-627-6060 to sign up, as signup is required.

The 37th annual Martha’s Vineyard Community Services Art Buchwald Possible Dreams Auction will take place Sunday, July 26th, at 3:30 pm at the Winnetu Oceanside Resort. This year’s auction will be dedicated to the late Norman Bridwell, beloved author and longtime supporter of the Possible Dreams Auction and MVCS. Jimmy Tingle will return, and is ready to sell some amazing dreams, including a week for eight at a private home in Ireland, an evening at Hart Haven with music by Livingston Taylor, a trip to Nantucket on the DiDay with authors Geraldine Brooks and Tony Horwitz, an art-workshop experience with Consenses founder Sally Taylor, and sculptor for a day with Tony Holand, to name a few. For more info or to purchase tickets, visit

The Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival will take place Friday, July 31, to Sunday, August 2, with events spread from Edgartown to Chilmark. Panel discussions, author talks, and signings will be among the offerings, and participants will run the gamut from high-profile journalists to sports writers to novelists. Tickets for the event, which is sponsored by the Vineyard Gazette, are quickly selling out, and can be purchased at

Does lightning strike twice in the same place? Where is the best place to find shelter during a storm? Explore these questions and more at Felix Neck Monday, July 27, at 7 pm with resident weather man John Pearson, and experience electrostatic energy with a Van de Graaff generator. “When Lightning Roars, Go Indoors” promises to be both fascinating and educational. For more info, call 508-627-4850.

Donald and Eleanor Luce wish a happy birthday to Agnes Luce, who turned 92 on July 19.

Birthday wishes go out this week to Nick Prescott and Sara Fall, who celebrate July 24; to Ryan Murtha, Ben Brisson, Hana Moriarty, and Ken Magnuson, July 25; to Jamie Ann Greene, July 26; to Steve Aben and Alex and Adam Elias, July 27; to Vera Dello Russo and Andy Smith, July 28; and to Lauren Averill, July 29.


I served my penance for any weekend transgressions this Monday morning as I hit the trifecta of post office, Stop and Shop, and gas station all in one go — in a car, no less. I felt like a fish swimming upstream the entire time. We did have a few good laughs in the post office line though, as witnesses of the queue offered to go buy us coffee and breakfast sandwiches, and various other business plans were born.

I completely forgot to mention the recent visit of Graham “Soapy” McCamley and Jean Le Blond, who hopped the pond from Scotland to hang out with Jamie and Nicole Le Blond. Soapy, a retired international rugby player, added a new sport to his résumé as he was introduced to beach cornhole — if you’re not familiar, it is a beanbag-tossing game, and it is impossible to drive the length of Norton Point these days without witnessing at least 10 games in progress. He took to the new game with aplomb, much to the competition’s chagrin. There you go, Soapy. You made the local paper. Show that to your mates back home.

Marilyn Adams hopes you will all attend the third annual Blueberry Festival Saturday, July 18, from 12 to 4 pm at the First Congregational Church of West Tisbury, next to Alley’s. This year, in addition to the delicious blueberry goodies you have come to expect and love, the event will include kids’ activities, flower sales, a selection of costume jewelry, and a performance by the Martha’s Vineyard Ukulele Group.

Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library and the Martha’s Vineyard Museum invite you to see a pop-up exhibit of photographs and artifacts that trace the library’s evolution from a room full of books over a Main Street store to the vibrant community center it is today. The event will take place Friday, August 7, from 5 to 7 pm, so mark your calendars.

On Thursday, July 16, 2015, the Chappaquiddick Wampanoag Tribe will hold its annual Gathering Ceremony at the Chappaquiddick Indian Burial Ground. The ceremony will begin at 10:30 am. The cemetery is located on Jeffers Lane on Chappaquiddick. The gathering will include the dedication of a new plaque in honor of the tribal heritage of the graveyard, a celebration of the restoration of the Martin family gravestone, and the yearly Sacred and Naming Ceremonies.  The plaque is being erected by the Edgartown Cemetery Commission. The public is invited to join.

The Edgartown School eighth grade’s annual Garden Tour will take place on Wednesday, July 22, from 1 to 4 pm, with a raindate of July 23. Stroll past rose-covered white picket fences as you enjoy beautiful private gardens in downtown Edgartown. All gardens are within easy walking distance of each other. Tour starts at the Edgartown Public Library. Tickets are available from any Edgartown eighth grader, or at Edgartown Books, Donaroma’s, the Edgartown School, the Edgartown Public Library, or For more details, email Gail Gardner or Darren Belisle at or call the school at 508-627-3316. This fundraiser supports the Edgartown School eighth grade’s trip to Washington, D.C.

Did you know Chappy has its own farmers’ market? Yup, the Chappy Farmers’ Market takes place Wednesdays, from 4:30 to 5:30 pm, on the Community Center porch. So get your fresh veggies on the way home from East Beach, or for you Chappy folk, no need to brave the ferry line for your greens.

Attention MVRHS Minnesingers, past and present: The parent group of the MVRHS Minnesingers is looking for contact information for ANY AND ALL Minnesinger alumni so they may participate in a Fall Extravaganza, as well as other fun events. Please email Debra Grant at with your name, the year you graduated, and the best way to reach you.

Birthday wishes go out this week to Joanne Cassidy, Shane McGovern, and Sandy Stone, who celebrate July 16; to Hannah Guerin and Tanya Chipperfield, July 17; to Jade Bennett, July 18; to Caitlin Rosbeck and Angela Welch, July 19; to Susan Shea and Karen Hiemer, July 20; to Natasha Snowden, July 21; and to Kate Lien, July 22.

The rain threatened earlier in the day, but luckily cleared the way for a festive 4th of July. Thank you to all emergency personnel who were on bikes, boats, four-wheelers, and more to make sure that the theme of the weekend stayed focused on fun and celebration.

We were lucky to get our whole crew out onto Norton on Sunday before the beach once again reached capacity to oncoming vehicles and needed to be closed. We got out there around 9:30 am, and enjoyed breakfast sandwiches straight off of Doug Werther’s grill. Closer to noon, Mikey Harmon grilled up some fresh bass, and between the two of them, we were treated to lamb and pork, then Paul In stepped up to the grill to prepare some amazing Korean barbeque tacos. Still, I believe Tom McDonald stole the show when he rolled up with his smoker and fired up a rack of ribs. You guys once again nailed beach eating. Finger lickin’ good, indeed.

I’m very glad that all my cars are registered and my license is up-to-date, because I rue the day I return to the DMV not to find Karen Jardin sitting behind the desk. As of last week, Karen is now happily retired. Congratulations, friend. Here’s to new adventures.

And then we have a couple of dudes just beginning their illustrious careers: Congrats to Zach Townes and Curtis Chandler on becoming the newest members of the Edgartown police force. I’m sure you will make us all proud.

The 2nd annual MV Sound Festival will take place July 11 and 12 in Waban Park, Oak Bluffs. This year’s lineup includes favorites from Edgartown and beyond, and it’s definitely worth the trip across the border. Good Night Louise, Johnny Hoy, Mike Benjamin — they’ll all be there, and you should be too. Check out for more info on artists, or visit the Facebook page for a full schedule of set times. In addition to righteous tunage, the event will include food, art and artisans, dancing, and fun for the kids.

CONNECT to end violence, the Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Program of Martha’s Vineyard Community Services will hold their 4th Annual SEAWALL Event on Saturday, July 11th from 11 am to 2 pm at the Vineyard Haven seawall. The event is an initiative of CONNECT’s Vineyard Men for Abuse Prevention (VMAP) group, which began in 2012 to bring together a network of like-minded, nonviolent men in an effort to build a safe community for those they love. Vineyard and visiting men are invited to stand on the seawall holding a poster indicating a woman they wish to honor. These men will hold a unified stance against domestic and sexual violence towards women, sending a message to the Island community that the majority of Island men do not tolerate violence against women. For further information or to register, contact Sara Leandro, Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Counselor at MVCS at 508-684-8074 x102.

The MV Film Society will host an event to benefit its youth scholarship programs Friday, July 24, from 7 to 9 pm at the Field Club. The evening will take its theme from Preston Sturges’ 1942 film “The Palm Beach Story.” Join fellow film lovers for a fun evening of cocktails, significant hors d’oeuvres, fun auction items, and live entertainment (including songs sung from the era). Come dressed in your favorite vintage or modern Palm Beach attire. For attire inspiration, event information, & to purchase tickets online, visit or call 508-696-9369.

Check out Vineyard Photographer Randi Baird’s extensive fashion photography collective at Stina Sayre Designs on Winter Street on Tuesday, July 14th, from 5 to 7 pm. Since 2006, photographer Randi Baird and European Clothing Designer Stina Sayre have collaborated to uniquely present fashion through the lens of a camera. A collective of 30+ environmental portraitures will focus on depicting the strength of women as well as the beauty of the designs. Call 508-693-5180 for more info.

Birthday wishes go out this week to Patti Roberts and Jon Laird, who celebrate July 9; to Sean Moriarty and Morgan Olson, July 10; to Amanda Hollyfield, Adam Darack, and Kathy Benoit, July 11; to Annie Sylvia, July 12; to Jamie Gaspar, July 13; and to Jay Swartz and Kalle Connelly, July 14.

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Colleen Carroll as the white Angel in "Gangster's Paradise." – Photo by Joe Mikos

“Wonder” was the theme of the night as the dancers of Spindrift Studios took the stage at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School Performing Arts Center last Wednesday — specifically, Stevie Wonder, as well as the wonderment of children and teens exploring their love of dance and music, and an audience aglow in admiration. The magical night marked the first public performance and recital for Spindrift Studios, the Edgartown-based music and dance studio that opened this spring.

The Mike Benjamin Band provided the musical backdrop, with vocals provided by Joanne Cassidy and her talented voice students Darby Patterson, Lucie Dougherty-Soares, and Samantha Cassidy. Special guest Gordon Healy stepped up to the mic for a few numbers as well.

The dancing began with the youngest ballerinas, tufted in clouds of tulle and cute as can be, and the scene was set with a bedtime story. Sandy Stone, Spindrift founder, teacher, choreographer, and overall maven of the evening, showed the sleepy little girls a classic jewelry-box ballerina, which the girls each tried in turn to play with, but too roughly, as they were shooed off to bed. As the girls nodded off, the jewelry-box ballerina was brought to life by professional dancer and Spindrift teacher Caitlin Cook, who awed the girls with the “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.”

Gordon Healy with young tap dancers in “Ebony Eyes.” – Photo by Joe Mikos
Gordon Healy with young tap dancers in “Ebony Eyes.” – Photo by Joe Mikos

Next up, things got jazzy as students reached for “Higher Ground,” with hot stepping, leaps, and even some acrobatics. The number ended with Joanne Cassidy dramatically spying a spider on the stage, and tap dancers coming to her rescue to stomp the bug and delight with rhythm, while Gordon Healy crooned “Ebony Eyes.”

Hip-hop and modern dance numbers followed, with ample opportunity for students to show their stuff, including a chance to freestyle in the circle of dancers. Hip-hoppers popped and locked to “Gangsters Paradise,” a Coolio track that heavily samples Mr. Wonder’s original “Pastime Paradise,” and spangled girls in overalls leapfrogged to “I Wish.”

The show’s finale, set to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” featured the entire cast as well as some special choreography for the audience. Sandy Stone led the pack from center stage, as dancers spilled out into the auditorium aisles and out the doors. Everyone was having fun, thanks to this great collaboration of talented folks, from professionals to first-timers.
Since opening its doors this past March, Spindrift Studios, located at 258 Edgartown Vineyard Haven Road, has offered an assortment of dance and music classes to children and adults, including ballet, modern dance, hip-hop, tap, Zumba, and other fitness-inspired classes, as well as guitar and ukulele instruction. For info on the studio, its classes, and a schedule of upcoming events, check out the website at, or visit the Spindrift Studios Facebook page.

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Over 30 classic cars were on display at the Harbor View Hotel’s first ever “Car-B-Q.” – Photo by Michael Cummo

What a turnout this past Saturday for the Harbor View Hotel’s first ever “Car-B-Q” classic car parade, show, and barbecue. Over 30 immaculate cars paraded from Bend in the Road Beach through Edgartown, and landed on the hotel’s back lawn. Originally slated for Father’s Day but postponed due to rain, the event included fun folks, pulled pork, and plenty of eye candy for car lovers.

Vehicles of all sizes and colors, representing various eras, lined the lawn, with popped hoods that exhibited pristine engines and shiny chrome. Attendees cast their ballots, bestowing Best in Show upon Andrew Aloisi and his 1956 Continental Mark II. Jim Healey took first place for his 1965 Volkswagen Bus, and James Walpole’s 1958 Metropolitan Nash came in second. Marty Homlish and his 1960 Chevrolet Corvette came in third.

The Harbor View chefs cooked up a bounty of delicious picnic treats, including finger-lickin’ barbecued pork sandwiches and hamburgers, accompanied by potato salad, mac ’n’ cheese, and chips. And, of course, ice-cold beer.

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum provided a bit of history with its photo exhibit of antique Vineyard autos, and a musical backdrop of guitar and ukulele music completed the casual outdoor soiree.

The organizers hope to make the event an annual affair. Proceeds benefit the Tisbury Firefighters Association, which also hosts an annual car show in Vineyard Haven.

Here we are at Fourth of July weekend, and it’s all really just beginning. I had to remind myself that this weekend, when our weekly Sunday date with Norton Point was thwarted by rain for the second time in as many weeks. But here we go into the real season — the kids are out of school, the streets are filled with tour buses and ice cream cones, and I can get into the water up to my ankle without recoiling in horror.

So let’s talk red, white, and blue; parades and fireworks; backyard grilled delicacies and apple pie. (We’ll leave out baseball this year, because WOW, Sox. Ahem.) Happy birthday, USA! I celebrate you, I salute you, and I’m proud to call you home. So let’s all grab a hot dog (tofu pup, if you prefer) and a flag and get ready to party.

Here are the details on the festivities. The Edgartown parade starts at exactly 5 pm on July 4th. The parade begins at the intersection of West Tisbury Road and Pinehurst Road. Next it takes a right onto Main Street and then a left onto Pease’s Point Way (next to the monument). It follows Pease’s Point Way and then takes a right onto Morse Street, a left onto Fuller Street, and a right onto Thayer Street. At the end of Thayer it takes a right onto North Water Street. Next it takes a right up Main Street and pauses in front of the reviewing stand (in front of the Whaling Church). It continues up Main Street, and then takes a left onto the West Tisbury Road and finishes at the Edgartown School. If you would like to participate in the parade, you can find all the info you need on the Town’s website, The fireworks start at dusk on the harbor.

Sara Piazza will host her fifth annual 4th of July Trad (Irish Traditional Music) Session on the porch of her 117 Upper Main Street home. Musicians will begin exchanging riffs and melodies Friday, July 3, at 5 pm and continue on and off through Sunday at 8 pm. It is definitely worth a walk by to hear these talented musicians throw down.

The Haucks are off to new adventures, which sounds like a lot of fun for them, but a loss to the rest of us. Betsy announces that she and Mel have sold their Edgartown home and left the Island after living in Edgartown for 30-plus years. Their travels will first take them to Maine for the summer, then to Costa Rica for an indeterminate amount of time. Mel worked at Walter Smith Plumbing, and Betsy was a teacher at Edgartown and then worked at MVRHS for the past five years. Best of luck to the two of you. Have fun!

Newlyweds Erica Rodney and Jon Cohan of Stow and Chappaquiddick recently wrapped up their Chappy honeymoon, following their June 13th wedding. Hope you guys had a great time, and that it is only the beginning of a lifetime of wedded bliss. Best wishes.

Get your tickets, if you haven’t already: Featherstone will host its annual Gala at Farm Neck July 9, from 6 to 8 pm. On tap is a wonderful evening filled with a festive buffet, delicious desserts, a silent auction, and music. In addition to its educational programs, Featherstone offers its Musical Monday series, where you can pack a picnic and bring a chair to enjoy music out on the Featherstone Summer Stage; the Tuesday Flea and Fine Arts Market, which boasts vendors selling jewelry, clothing, artwork, and collectibles; Jazz Thursday, with weekly musical guests; and so much more. So get up there and support Featherstone Center for the Arts, the only year-round arts center on Martha’s Vineyard. Visit for more info on all the center’s offerings.

Birthday wishes go out this week to Megan Anderson, who celebrates July 2; to Kate Walpole, July 3; to Maggie Morrison, July 4; to Tina Humber-Floyd and Danielle Willet, July 5; to Greer Thornton and Shelley Hollibaugh, July 6; and to Adam Natusch and Greg Ellrodt, July 7.

Hey kids: You only have two more days of school, and one of them is Field Day and the other one doesn’t really count! Two more snow days, and the kids really would have been in school in July. Finally it’s time to hop off the yellow bus and onto a beach towel. Enjoy it.

Congratulations to the Edgartown School on their recent special citation from the Massachusetts Treasurer and Receiver General for exemplifying the goals set for achieving economic literacy. The school has had a banking program for the past 20 years, began by Patti Leighton of the Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank. The award was presented at a special banking awards ceremony on Tuesday, June 16.

Sandy Stone is so excited to present her tiny dancers from Spindrift Studios in their first recital. Check out “A Night of Wonder,” an evening celebrating the music of Stevie Wonder, Wednesday, July 1, at 7:30 pm. Musical accompaniment will be provided by the Mike Benjamin Band, with special guests Joanne Cassidy and Gordon Healy, and Spindrift students will be joined by professional guests from the Yard and former members of Kelly Peter’s crew. Check out for more info.

Kicking up our heels seems to be a theme this week, as we have all just survived yet another Taste of the Vineyard weekend. This year, I was lucky to attend both nights of the annual benefit for the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust, the steward to so many of our cherished local landmarks. The raucous Thursday-night Stroll is always a fun time to catch up with folks I haven’t seen in a while, as we all shake off the cobwebs and celebrate summer. The Saturday night event is a bit more civilized, with a sit-down dinner and live and silent auction. This year, people are getting pretty excited about the Carnegie building — the current public library, that will soon be vacated as the stacks settle into their new digs. The old red brick building where so many of us got our first library cards will become a welcome center and maritime museum, and it will be quite a gem. For more info on the preservation properties, visit

The Harbor View Hotel will host a Car-B-Q Classic, Saturday, June 27. A Power Cruise Parade will kick off at 10 am with a procession of classic cars and ride down from Bend in the Road Beach through Edgartown. From 11 am to 2 pm, the Harbor View will host a Classic Car Show on its lawn, a photo exhibit of antique Vineyard autos by Martha’s Vineyard Museum, and a BBQ with favorites cooked to order. Classic cars can be entered for just $25 to win trophies ranging from Best of Show and first/second/third place. The BBQ and a professional snapshot of the car are free with entry fee, benefiting the Tisbury Firefighters Association Car Show.

The Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard will hold its 7th annual Garden Party Monday, June 29, from 5 to 8 pm at a private home in Edgartown overlooking Eel Pond. Offerings will include food and beverages, live music, and live and silent auctions. Among the auction items will be a very special package to attend the 140th annual Westminster Dog Show, a private cruise on the catamaran Dream Catcher, a three-goat package from Scapegoat Goatscaping, and much more. All proceeds will benefit the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard. For more information, contact Lisa Hayes at the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard at 508-627-8662.

Belated birthday wishes go out from Don and El to Jimmy Luce, who celebrated his day June 15. Also, Madeline Fisher celebrated June 14. Sorry for the late notice, guys. Hope you had a good one!

This week’s birthday wishes go out to Ruby Antik, who celebrates June 27; and to Diane Smadbeck, June 28.


Thank you to all of my online buddies for answering my call for news this week. I spent the weekend on a mat in Boston, contorted into a variety of positions in a Pilates training workshop, and I’ve never been so tired in my whole life. So those of you who stepped up to contribute to this week’s column: My fried brain and achy body are forever in your debt.

Tasha Snowden, Lacey McIntosh, and Alex Loud spent a long weekend with Amanda McIntosh in her new home in Puerto Rico. The crew hit every beach that time would allow, and enjoyed the incredibly welcoming locals. Now all are planning to make it an annual Edgartown Eagle getaway, allowing the one O.B. kid (Alex) to tag along.

Lark and Eric Bakkensen had a momentous weekend, introducing their newborn baby, Hopper, to his mama’s roots on his very first Martha’s Vineyard visit. Hopper was born May 10, a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day. At only one month old, Hopper enjoyed a ton of grandparent time with Joe and Katie Guerin, and was snuggled and cuddled all weekend. Saturday, Hopper took his first trip to Norton Point, the beach on which Lark spent nearly every weekend of her childhood, and had his first lesson in shore casting. The family is now back at their home base in New York City, sleeping off the busy weekend. Until next time!

The Shady Ladies are back on the softball diamond, according to Harriet Broun, and are off to a crushing start to their season, beginning with a big loss against the Rug Sox. I ran into Nicole Le Blond, who confirmed the tragic loss. The team will play again Tuesday, and hopefully they’ll grab a big W. Good luck, Shady Ladies!

Of course I missed a fantastically sunny beach day, which the whole Sunday crew was sure to remind me. Mikey Harmon reports that the ospreys were nailing fish at Norton Point on Sunday, and Amelia Ball tells me Doug Werther’s grilled pizzas were transcendent. Hopefully I’ll get a mulligan on that one.

Nedine Cunningham, Kathy O’Sullivan, Tess Temple, and Kara Shemeth ran in the Mayflower Brewery half-marathon in Plymouth this weekend, and Kara reports that the Amity Island Running Club “Thirsty Thursday” group run that I mentioned in last week’s column is off to a great start, with 12 runners participating in this new weekly activity. Thirsty Thursday runs start at Bad Martha’s at 5:30 every Thursday until October.

Congratulations to the high school graduates who crossed the Tabernacle stage last weekend. Among them were Charlie Morano, who will be heading off to the College of Charleston in the fall; Dunovan Belisle, whose mom crossed that stage the same day as me about a lifetime ago; Erik Faber; Liam Smith; Matt Davies; Luke McCracken; Erin Hegarty; Aubrey Ashmun; Megan Hurley; Gabriella Hoxie; and I’m sure I am missing so many more. Where’s everyone working this summer? And where are you all heading this fall? Let me know!

The Farm Club, a year-round program held on the last Saturday of the month, will meet Saturday, June 27, 11 am to 3:30 pm, at the FARM Institute in Katama. The Farm Club presents a lower-cost option to experience what the FARM Institute has to offer in the summer months. Membership costs are matched and placed into an account to be used for projects and trips. For more information, call 508-627-7007.

The annual meeting of the Friends of the Edgartown Council on Aging will be held on June 25 at 3:30 pm at 45 Kitts Field. Call 508-627-4861 for more information.

Heather Gardens will host the PeaceQuilts Art reception on June 19th from 4 to 6 pm. Beautiful, one-of-a-kind art quilts plus a variety of handmade artisan gifts from Haiti including jewelry, bags, metal art, and other products will be on sale. PeaceQuilts is an economic-development organization creating jobs for women in Haiti. PeaceQuilts founder and Executive Director Jeanne Staples is an Edgartown resident and Vineyard artist. Contact or or Jeanne Staples at 508-274-1104 for more information about the event.

Birthday wishes go out this week to Michael Valenti, who celebrates June 18; to Kelly Boccia, Michael Gazaille, and Ed Gargan, June 19; and to Gary Hathaway and Chris Amaral, June 24.

After that little cold snap, it is finally beginning to feel a little like summer might be on its way. I feel like I should pay some recognition to a few brave souls who were already so committed to shorts and flip-flops that a dip back into the 50s could not break that unflappable determination. You know who you are. And I’m not talking about those odd birds who wear shorts in a snowbank (ahem, Buck Martin), just those who had already pulled out the summer bins and were not regressing to Ugg boots no matter what Mother Nature had in store.

Luckily that cold broke in time for a happy June celebration. Sunshine and smiles were the order of the day this past Saturday, as Willy Bishop and Grace Murphy said “I do.” Here’s to a lifetime of happiness, you two.

I’ve had word from Kara Shemeth that the Amity Island Running Club will hold its first Thirsty Thursday Group Run on Thursday,  June 11, beginning at 5:30 pm, in partnership with Bad Martha Beer. Meet at Bad Martha, and take off for an out-and-back run. There will be mile markers, so you can choose to run 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 miles, then head on back and sample some brews. Check out the Amity Island Running Club’s Facebook page for more info and future events.

Erin and Sean Ready are hosting a National Flag Day fundraiser at Edgartown Meat & Fish Market, from now through June 14. They are asking faithful patrons and wonderful friends to consider a $5 donation to the American Heroes Saltwater Challenge, an event that brings wounded warriors to the Island every fall to partake in one of the Vineyard’s great traditions, the annual Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass & Bluefish Derby. As a thank-you for your contribution, you will receive a small American-made American flag.

The seventh annual Windemere Auction to benefit the recreation department will be held Friday, June 12, from 6 to 8 pm at the Grange Hall, next to the West Tisbury Town Hall. All are invited to join for light fare, wine, sweets, and a live and silent auction. For more information, call 508-862-1933.

The Tisbury COA and the Edgartown COA have joined efforts to provide a fun day away, to the Newport Flower Show on Saturday, June 20, a once-a-year event at Rosecliff Mansion on “The Avenue” in Newport. There will be gardens galore, landscape designs, beautiful and artistic arrangements, free lectures, and demos, as well as an interesting array of unique shopping opportunities. Enjoy a delicious luncheon at the Atlantic Beach Club, and sit back and relax with luxury motorcoach transportation. You’ll save money with discount pricing, and you won’t have to drive! All adults are welcome. You will be free to browse the show independently. Call the TCOA now at 508-696-4205 if you would like to go and for more information, or call ECOA at 508-627-4368, if it is closer to you.

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum is kicking off summer with the unveiling of two new exhibits and the seasonal opening of the 18th century Cooke House. “Loïs Mailou Jones: Selected Works” and “Identifying Eisenstaedt” will both open at the Summer Opening Party on Friday, June 12th, from 5 to 7 pm on the Edgartown campus. The Loïs Mailou Jones exhibit focuses on Jones’ long career, with an emphasis on work she created on Martha’s Vineyard. Made up entirely of loans, it is a rare chance to see these privately owned works. Alfred Eisenstaedt, known for his iconic, history-making photographs, also took pictures of everyday life here on Martha’s Vineyard. Elegantly framed and deftly captured, the timeless images by one of the 20th century’s most celebrated photographers remain iconic of their era. “Loïs Mailou Jones: Selected Works” will be open through August 23; “Identifying Eisenstaedt” will be open through August 2. Visit for more information about upcoming programming and exhibits.

Birthday wishes go out this week to my lovely sister, Shannon Smith, who celebrates a milestone 40 turns about the sun on June 13. She will be back on Martha’s Vineyard for the summer season next week, so if you run into her, go ahead and tell her she doesn’t look a day over 25 — because she certainly doesn’t act it! Kidding; love you, sis. Additional bday wishes go out to Annie Cooke, June 15, and to Kevin Searle, June 16.