Town Column


By Kay Mayhew
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Posted February 22, 2007

Welcome to Fiona Catherine Mayhew. The newest Mayhew arrived last week in the middle of an ice storm in Herndon, Virginia, weighing in at 9 pounds and measuring 21 inches. Fiona is the daughter of Craig Merwin Mayhew and his wife, Laura Mulcahy Mayhew. Her big sister is Rory Elizabeth Mayhew, now 19 months old. Her proud granddad Donald joins me in delighting in the arrival of little Fiona. Her parents made me feel quite honored when they chose her middle name.

The annual Oscar Awards Party will be hosted by the Martha's Vineyard Film Society at the Mansion House on Sunday evening from 7:30 pm to midnight. Celebrate the 79th Academy awards with a night of star-gazing, tasty snacks and desserts, spirited beverages donated by Bossiet America and Offshore Ale, and lots of movie lore. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Mansion House.

At 3:30 pm today all children 6-10 are invited to the Vineyard Haven Library to learn about bees and honey from Neil Flynn of Katama Apiary. Next Wednesday at 1 pm children age 4 and up can see a film about a very cold place and some interesting friends who take a journey. Teens, ages 12 to 18, are invited for the Johnny Deppathon at the library beginning on March 7 at 2:45 pm. Every Wednesday is a new movie. The movies are free and the library will serve popcorn.

Scrabble at the library for all ages will begin next Tuesday and continue on Tuesdays at 2 pm. There are several boards, but you can bring one. Games will be played in the Vineyard Room.

Did you see "Camelot?" The young people at the high school put on a marvelous performance, enthralling an audience made up of all ages. Whether dancing, singing, or moving stage props around, the students were professionally crisp and careful - and delightfully engaging as the various members trouped up and down the aisles. Thank you all for a very entertaining evening.

While the idea of a three-day weekend to honor our presidents is very nice, it just is not the same. When I was a little girl, I loved the idea that George Washington's birthday was just a few days before mine. And, with the ego of a child, I thought it was right and fitting that I should have a week off from school for my birthday. It really did not occur to me that everyone did not get a week off for a birthday. My best friend's birthday was just after Christmas. She got a week off, too.

Happy first anniversary to Elisha Smith and his bride, the former Denise Lagasse.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to George Washington and Ted Kennedy. Friday belongs to Wendy Brophy. Some very special people will celebrate birthdays on Sunday, me for one. Also Judy Cronig and Robin Mathiesen. Wish the best on Monday to Jessica Beigbeder. Happy birthday on Wednesday to Elain Christensen and Susan Goldstein