We now see the warm days giving way to cool nights. It’s almost time to start snuggling under blankets and pulling a couple of sweaters out of winter storage. I was glad to see last week’s spate of high temperatures and abundant sun, because so many of our neighbors who bust their tails all summer in the service industry were finally able to get out to the beach and get their toes sandy.
I had news from the Rossi family this week that Alex and his now fiancée, Cassie Roberts, got engaged on the Island on Aug. 30. Mike Creato took the two up for a biplane ride on a beautiful day, early in the evening. When they landed, Alex got down on one knee and proposed. Some of Alex’s family and friends were there to celebrate with champagne and cake. The two currently live in Jersey City, N.J. Good luck with your plans, and here’s to years of happiness!
We had a visit from New Orleans this past weekend from Al Kirkendal and Teresa Martin. Much as we do when in New Orleans, these two focused much of their visit on appreciating the local culinary offerings. In other words, we ate our way from one end of Edgartown to the other. Oysters, lobsters, swordfish, quahogs — no creature of the sea was safe. And man, was it delightful. You two are welcome back anytime, as long as I can once again tag along for all your meals.
Lauren Elias celebrated the big 3-0 this past Monday, and what a great day it was. It started with a relaxing day at Norton Point with husband Alex, K9 buddy Brackish, and a ton of friends, and it wrapped in Oak Bluffs with a delicious meal at the Red Cat. Lauren and Alex, who tied the knot in a small ceremony in St. John this past spring, will celebrate their wedding with a big ol’ party at the Elias house in Western Mass. this coming weekend. Here’s to many celebrations to come.
We ran into the Port Hunter crew out on the beach on Monday. These guys are definitely among the folks I mentioned earlier, who I was thrilled to see getting a little taste of summer now that they are not laboring away in the kitchen, behind the bar, or on the dining room floor. I was talking to Alyssa Starzyk, who, in addition to tending bar at the Port Hunter, manages In the Pink. This particular beach day was Alyssa’s third of the season (the other two were also within the past week), as well as the first day she hadn’t stepped into the store since May! Glad to see you all getting the chance to wind down.
Amanda Cohen will once again be hosting an autumn yoga retreat at the Chappaquiddick Community Center, Saturday, Oct. 11, from 9:30 am to 12 noon. This extended practice offers the opportunity to be in your body, to play, stretch, move, awaken your spine, and deeply relax. The retreat will focus on pranayama (breathing) and asana (mindful movement). Amanda’s teaching invites deep relaxation while strengthening and energizing the whole body. Her long experience at teaching multilevel classes allows every posture to meet each person wherever they are in their practice. Amanda teaches with clarity and gentle humor, welcoming the whole person to be present for deep rest and rejuvenation. All levels are welcome. Please bring a blanket and water. For more Information or to register, call Amanda at 508-274-9570, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Birthday wishes go out this week to Bill Jacob, who celebrates on Sept. 13; to the lovely Sydney Mullen, Sept. 15; Bonnie Kingsbury, Sept. 16; and Penny Vanderhoop and Darren Belisle, Sept. 17.
Belated wishes go out to Captain Porky, who celebrated a big one Aug. 31. I had misread the report and thought his birthday was September — oops. Hope it was a good one!