Edgartown

Linley-DolbyWell, Fourth of July was a great day to be a duck. Luckily, the powers that be set their sights on Saturday to fete America, the beautiful, and Mother Nature was happy to oblige with sunny skies and a clear night for fireworks — Arthur be damned.

We all know it takes more than a hurricane to stop the Edgartown party train from rolling (just ask Lucas Butynski about Hurricane Irene, ahem). Out in Katama, an RPI reunion of sorts was taking place at Patricia Giumarra’s, where nephew Michael Zwack, played host to several friends and significant others from his alma mater, including Alex, Christopher, JP, Steven, and Robyn, who made the trip from Troy, New York, and Meghan and Chris from Boston. The crew beached every day, and had some good nights out, dancing at Atlantic and hanging out at the Port Hunter. They weathered hurricane Arthur, seeking shelter at the various watering holes, and even managed to fit in a lobster bake before Saturday’s fireworks. I’m sure they will all be back soon.

Summer Street was taken by dueling storms: that of Arthur as well as a tornado of children, as Billy and Sally Betz hosted several friends from Connecticut. Jenn and Colin Seely, with children Emma, Brian, and Cammy; Anne and Ryan Michaelis, with children Ella, Tessa, and Owen; Jen and Chris Bargas, with children Amelia and Liam; and Kim Jung, with children Henry and Stella were all in attendance. We missed Peter Jung on this trip, as he is busy preparing for a new job in Florida. Oliver and Pearl Betz and their dog, Bear, were happy to show all their young friends the lay of the land at Gramsy and Grandfather’s, and cousins Addy and Andrew Smith were on hand to join in the fun.

It’s a big week for Kathy Benoit: in addition to celebrating a milestone 60th birthday on July 11, she will also celebrate five years being cancer free. Kathy has spent the past two weeks spoiling her grandsons, Charlie and Henry Marsland, visiting from Westwood. Daughter Kelly Boccia will join the crew with her family, husband Jay and children Cloe and John on the 11th for a celebration weekend. Congrats and happy birthday. Here’s to many more!

I’ve had word from Ellie Bates that daughter Amy is here visiting after having completed the Urban Teacher Education Program of the University of Chicago for her Master’s Degree. Amy is taking some well-deserved down time before returning to Chicago in the fall with hopes of teaching in the Chicago schools.

In other smartypants news, Keene State College congratulates Lucas Thors of Edgartown on earning an Enrichment Scholarship. This scholarship recognizes first-year students who display high academic performance. Merit awards are determined from a review of the students’ application for admission to Keene State. Congratulations, Lucas!

I had an email from Molly Foehl last week wishing her parents, John and Sarah Foehl, a happy 50th Anniversary, which the two just celebrated in June. Molly made the trip from Oakland, California to meet up with her parents and siblings, to celebrate this special occasion. Sarah grew up summering on the Vineyard, and some of the couple’s courtship was conducted here, while John painted houses and camped out. I love a classic Vineyard love story. Congratulations, and here’s to many more.

With summer storms fresh on everyone’s minds, get up to Felix Neck to check out upcoming presentation “When Lightening Roars, Go Indoors,”  on Monday, July 21, 5–6 pm. Does lightning strike twice in the same place? Where is the best place to find shelter during a storm? Explore these questions and more with Felix Neck’s own weatherman, John Pearson, and experience electrostatic energy with a Van de Graft generator. For more info, call 508-627-4850.

We have a lot of birthdays this week. Happy wishes go out to Sean Moriarty and Morgan Olson, who celebrate on July 10; to Amanda Hollyfield and Kathy Benoit, July 11; to Annie Sylvia, July 12; to Jaime Gaspar, July 13; to Jay Swartz and Kalle Connelly, July 14; and to Joanne Cassidy, July 16. Hope you all have fun!

Linley-DolbyToday is the day to pull all the red, white, and blue bunting out of storage, shake off the cobwebs, and festoon the front porch with pride. Today is the day to clean the rust off the grill and stock up on franks and buns and apple pie, light sticks and yard games and baseball caps. Today we mow the lawn, set the stage, prepare to hoist the flag. And tomorrow we celebrate. Happy birthday, U.S.A!

The Fourth of July is really Edgartown at its best, so get down there and stake out your spot on the parade route, then hit the harbor for the fireworks. The parade starts at the Edgartown School, where you will see the fellas from the Colonial Navy band getting their hot dogs on in the Cases’ yard. All lined up, and ready to march, the floats, bands and painted poodles will make their way along West Tisbury Road toward Main Street, passing Hilary Grannis and crew sipping mimosas upon her front porch, past people on lawn chairs along Cannonball Park, where some have been waiting for hours while their children cartwheeled, played tag, and climbed the monuments.

Next, the veterans lead the troops right onto Main, into the eager throngs of children hungry for tootsie rolls and peppermints. Through the crowd, the firefighters race the old button tub, the mini horses and llamas delight, and Joe Cazeault chauffeurs his grandkids who bestow sweets upon the masses.

Left at the Monument, onto Pease’s Point, they make their curving way toward Morse Street, bagpipes piping, fifers fifing, ladies on roller skates blowing their bubbles, and onto Morse, where Shannon Smith claps until her hands are numb, as the campers of Jabberwocky boast this year’s clever theme, which will once again win them the grand prize. Left onto Fuller, the parade continues. Some tiny dancers lose a bit of steam; an old car gets a bit overwhelmed – sputters, dies; a horse poops. But there on the sideline, a young spectator hands water and lemonade to weary passing peacocks, a familiar face appears for a chat and a laugh with the stalled motorist, and children giggle at the equine’s olfactory offerings.

As our army turns onto Thayer Street, it is full steam ahead, buglers bugling and jugglers juggling and the color guard pounding the pavement with precision. A well-oiled machine, turning right onto Water Street, with the harbor to their left, where boats prepare for the fireworks, and to their right, viewers in rocking chairs on bunting-clad porches, their white picket fences heavy with this year’s roses.

Past the brick steps of the Colonial Inn, our masses march toward the setting sun, and right onto Main Street, to the viewing stand at the Old Whaling Church, where we pause for a moment, conveniently close to the monumental stones in front of the Courthouse that bear the names of Edgartonians who have served and sacrificed to make possible such a day as this.

Marchers cover their earlier steps, up Main Street to West Tisbury Road, where the last of the young revelers at Cannonball Park cover their ears as the fire trucks go by, honking their horns, the finale and traditional caboose to this annual train.

Now seeking sustenance, our paraders partake of a hot dog, some chowder, a safely stowed candy or two, and prepare to head back down into town, this time as spectators themselves — a child on her fathers’ shoulders, another holding his grandmother’s delicate hand, a teeny tiny asleep in mother’s arms — to be dazzled as fireworks light up the sky, red, white, and blue, punctuating another year of celebrating this, our land of the free and home of the brave.

The parade begins at exactly 5 pm, and the fireworks begin at dusk.

Jaws will be showing each week at Edgartown's Entertainment Cinema

It’s hard to believe we only have one week left until Fourth of July. The kids are out for summer as of Friday, and we have one week left of comparative calm before weeks of full-on nonsense-level insanity. For my part, I have pulled the beach cruiser out of storage and hung up the car keys: it is their turn to collect dust for a bit.

The circus has come to town in the Dolby household, as Addy and Andrew Smith have arrived for another summer of Chappy Beach Club camp, tennis lessons, ice cream cones, and of course their loving Auntie’s lollipops. (Yes, if you ever need a lollipop, I’m your woman.)

Happiest best wishes go out to Kurstin Meehan and Dayce Moore who tied the knot this past Saturday surrounded by family and frends. The two exchanged vows on South Beach, a particularly special place, as the beach has been Kurstin’s “office” for 15 summers, having started out as a lifeguard at age 16 and served as Beach Director for the past several years.  The couple’s reception at the Rod and Gun Club was scattered with homemade touches such as chalk board mason jars and signs painted on paned glass, all thanks to the bride’s crafty hand. Here’s to years of dancing in the sun, you two.

Drew and Paula Smith have completed their London adventure and are now back stateside for a while. The two will be home for the week beginning Saturday to catch up with family and friends and share stories of their time across the pond. Welcome home!

Well, you all know I like to keep you apprised of all the current goings on, so I would be remiss not to report that Entertainment Cinemas will be showing Jaws every Sunday this summer at 6:30 beginning this weekend. Big shark, big screen, and perhaps a big popcorn.

Among the Flowers starts serving dinner this weekend, and let me tell you something. I had Pat’s tuna tartare out at the Field Club last week, and it was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever tasted — mango, avocado, fresh fish. So delicious. I’ve been raving about his lump crabcake for years, but the tartare might take the cake, so to speak.

If you haven’t yet experienced one of the Paint Corner Art Bar painting nights, avail yourself. Behind the Bookstore will be hosting a paint party every Thursday in July in the outdoor patio. No painting experience is needed, and I can tell you first hand, it’s a blast. Visit paintcornerartbar.com for info and registration.

Calling all kids! The MV Museum’s summer Discovery Days programs are right around the corner. Starting July 1, programs will take place on the Edgartown campus every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10 am to 12 noon. Ann DuCharme, the museum’s education director, has revamped and added many activities for even more summer fun this year. Programs will be held throughout July and August, many of them correlating with current exhibits displayed at the museum. Each session starts with an investigation of an object found in the museum. It is followed by an imaginative response, such as painting, sculpting, or journaling.

The programs are specifically tailored to engage kids aged 5-12. Themes include harpooning, lighthouses, tie-dye totes, portrait painting, scrimshaw, herbs, Japanese brush painting, block printing, boats, and more. Reservations are required for all programs, and space is limited. Call Kate at 508-627-4441, ext. 110, to reserve your space.

The Celebration of Life services for Patricia Brown, longtime Edgartown resident and all-Island school nurse, will take place on Friday, June 27, commencing at 11 am at St. Elizabeth’s Church in Edgartown to be followed by a reception to celebrate Pat’s life in the Baylies Room of the Old Whaling Church. All of Pat’s family, friends, neighbors, former co-workers and students are requested to bring their special memories, photos, and tributes (dated if possible) in writing for her memorial display boards or anyone wishing to speak is encouraged to do so as her life was filled with many beautiful stories that have never been told and exemplify her life. It is the hope all these stories will be compiled into a book.

Birthday wishes go out this week to Diane Smadbeck, who celebrates June 28; to Thomas McManus, June 29; and to Megan Anderson, July 2. Have fun, folks!

Linley-DolbyThe tents were a-rockin’ at the Doctor Daniel Fisher House this past Thursday as the Preservation Trust kicked off another summer season with their annual Taste of the Vineyard event. Hundreds of revelers flooded the lawns and dance floor in their finest attire to eat, sip, celebrate, and catch up with old friends perhaps separated by winter wanderings.

I got to catch up with Kevin and Lizzy Ward, who spend their winters in Florida. As many of you know, Lizzy is my new best friend, as evidenced by my recent Facebook status. Let this be a lesson to you all never to leave an iPhone unattended near Lizzy — I got off easy, as she’d be a delightful best friend, but others have not been so lucky. Ask Posie Dolby.

It was a beautiful day for a wedding atop Loon Mountain in New Hampshire this past Saturday, June 14, and luckily there was an eager groom and blushing bride on hand to say their “I do’s.” Kraig Mundt and Ashley Spinney exchanged vows surrounded by friends, family, picturesque vistas of the White Mountains, and of course plenty of MVRHS hockey alumni. Now back to work — no rest for the high-season weary —the two plan to honeymoon sometime this winter. Best wishes for a happy future, you two.

You may catch a familiar face aboard the Gloria Michelle, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) research vessel that will be docked at Memorial Wharf on Thursday, June 19. Senior officer on the vessel is Lt. Anna-Liza Villard-Howe, who grew up on Chappy and acquired her sea legs working on and later captaining the Chappy Ferry. Lt. Villard-Howe will be accompanied by NOAA scientists who will explain the work they do. Science classes from the Edgartown School will be visiting in the morning, then the vessel will be open for visits by seniors from the Anchors from 1 to 2 pm, and finally the general public are permitted to come aboard from 2 to 4 pm.

The 6th Annual Garden Party to benefit the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard will be held on Monday, June 30, from 5 to 8 pm at a beautiful estate overlooking Vineyard Sound. Items up for grabs at the live and silent auctions include a luxury skybox for the finals of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden, a week for up to 10 at a Cabo San Lucas resort, a charter fishing outing, a glider ride, golf, art, oysters, and much more. For reservations, please call the shelter at 508-627-8662.

Join Edgartown Poet Laureate Steve Ewing and MV Poet Laureate Lee McCormack and 14 other performers on Thursday June 19, from 6 to 8 pm at Featherstone to celebrate the Summer Solstice. Bring your picnic, lawn chairs, love of music and the spoken word to the outdoor stage. In case of rain, under the tent.

Seniors, the FOBCOA (Friends of Oak Bluffs Council on Aging) are heading to Foxwoods on Tuesday, July 22, and Tuesday, August 26, and you are invited. The cost is $30 per person, which covers bus transportation from Woods Hole to the casino and back. Participants provide their own SSA ticket and spending money. You’ll depart on the 7 am SSA boat leaving Vineyard Haven and return on the 6:15 pm. For information or to reserve your space, call 508-693-4509, ext. 3.

Happy 30th wedding anniversary to Tim and Laura Bryan, who celebrated this milestone on June 16. Here’s to many more, you crazy kids.

Birthday wishes go out this week to Michael Gazaille, Kelly Boccia, and Ed Gargan, who celebrate June 19, and to Chris Amaral and Gary Hathaway, June 24. Have fun!

Linley-DolbyCongratulations MVRHS graduates! I can’t believe how many familiar faces I saw popping up with mortarboards on their heads, surrounded by proud mamas and papas. I tried my hardest to swallow my desire to blurt “I knew you when you were this big.” But holy moly! Everybody’s all growed up.

Luckily, the fresh new crop of tiny E-tonians continues to multiply, and joining their ranks this week is Little Miss Luiza Shemeth DeOliveira, born June 7 to elated parents Justine and Paulo and super-excited big brother Mateo. Can’t wait to see this one climbing all over the firetrucks, like her mother and I did as teeny tinies.

Congratulations to Jillian Pyden, 13, who has been accepted to attend Interlochen Arts Camp, the world’s premier summer arts program for aspiring artists grades 3 through 12. Jillian, the daughter of Greg and Lisa Pyden, will study and perform the trumpet in an intensive, three-week winds and percussion program at the Michigan campus, home of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra. Interlochen considers thousands of applicants from more than 50 countries each year; the process for acceptance is highly competitive. Jillian, now a seventh grader, has performed “Taps” as a trumpet soloist for the March to the Sea Memorial Day procession for the last three years and has been involved in the Martha’s Vineyard School Band and the All-Island School Jazz Band. Best of luck.

Kudos to Molly Pogue (sixth grade) and Matheus Brito (seventh grade), who were recognized for their essays on the topic “Why Is Diversity on My Island Important To Me?” Thank you to MVYLI youth leaders for the Multicultural Sustainability Project, which I understand made the essay contest possible. As we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement, we’re grateful to all who are carrying on this important legacy for sharing our collective dream for a multicultural Island and world.

Author and Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary Director Suzan Bellincampi will be signing copies of “Martha’s Vineyard: A Field Guide to Island Nature,” a full-color guidebook based on Anne Hale’s classic natural history book “Moraine to Marsh” on Saturday, June 14, at 4 pm at Felix Neck. This updated book includes new Vineyard properties, detailed trail maps, professional photography, and illustrated guides to identify Island flora and fauna. All proceeds from book sales will fund community conservation initiatives at Felix Neck. This event is part of Felix Neck’s Fern & Feather Day Camp’s 50th anniversary celebration.

The MV Museum invites you to attend their Summer Opening Party, which will take place on Friday, June 13, from 5 to 7 pm at the Museum in Edgartown. In addition to opening the 18th-century Cooke House for the season, which will feature historic boat-building materials in the back shed once used by Erford Burt and Manuel Swartz Roberts, the Museum will be showcasing a Charles W. Morgan exhibit, in celebration of the historic ship’s 38th voyage, which will stop on the Island June 21–24. Also on display will be select photographs used in the book “Martha’s Vineyard,” recently published by the Museum’s Chief Curator Bonnie Stacy. The book includes over 220 historic photographs from the Museum’s collection, dating from the 1840s to the 1970s, segregated into themes. Visit mvmuseum.org for more information about upcoming programming and exhibits.

Birthday wishes go out this week to Shannon “Party Shan” Smith and Lars White, who celebrate June 13; to Neal Condlin and Kevin Searle, June 16; and to Sara Tiemann and Michael Valenti, June 18.

An extra special Happy Birthday goes out from Eleanor to the “best gardener and lawn keeper ever,” Jimmy Luce, on June 15. I hope you get a day off from yard work at least for one day.

Can we talk about the ticks for a second? They are everywhere! What was once a seldom occurrence in my household has become a daily encounter. The dogs are covered, the husband is covered, and I constantly have that phantom sensation that they are crawling all over me. So let’s consider this a public service announcement: check once, check twice, then check again. Yuck.

June 6 is the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the outset of the Normandy landings, which have been called the beginning of the end of WWII. My grandparents, Ted and Floss Morgan, have headed down to the National WWII Museum in New Orleans to commemorate the event. During their visit, Grampy will be presented the French Legion of Honor medal for his service in helping liberate France from Nazi rule. My mother, Pam Dolby, will be there, as well as Uncle Teddy and Aunt Cindy, who live in New Orleans, and the group will be joined by the San Antonio contingent, Timmy, Marty, Matt, Debbie, and Riley Morgan. Additionally, the ceremony will feature representatives from the Museum, Allied countries, veterans, and a local student who will honor the memory of a New Orleans soldier who lost his life on D-Day with performances by Sharon Turrentine, the Museum’s Victory Belles, and the Military Band.

Tommy and Liam Smith headed across the pond to spend some time with Paula and Drew Smith in London. Highlights of the trip included a visit to the Cutty Sark, a street crossing at Abbey Road, straddling the Prime Meridian, toasted cheese sandwiches, and of course, an obligatory selfie with Big Ben. Looks like you chaps had a smashing time.

Be sure to check out the newly upgraded Katama Farm Trail at the FARM Institute, which was officially unveiled last Friday. With support from the Edey Foundation, TFI partnered with Vineyard Conservation Society to create educational signage for an interpretive trail covering the Farm’s history from its glacial origins to today’s efforts to renew Island agriculture. One unique aspect of the trail is that it is one of the most accessible on the Island. The area is very flat (as is all of Katama), and the paths are either dirt roads or mowed grass on firm ground. Also, thanks to the Vineyard Independence Partnership, an Island disability advocacy group, a state-of-the-art all-terrain wheelchair can be checked out from TFI’s farm stand. To reserve the chair in advance, call 508-627-7007.

June 14 is “Shorebird Saturday.” Join the Trustees of Reservations for a tour of active bird nesting sites on Saturday, June 14. Meet at 8:30 am at Norton Point Beach in Katama. Call 508-693-7662 for more info. Or for another option, walk the beach with Felix Neck staff to record field data, search for birds and nests, and identify bird and mammal tracks in the sand. Meet at 9 am at the State Beach access trail on the Oak Bluffs side of Big Bridge. For more info, call 508-627-4850.

You have one more day to shop healthy foods to help islanders in need at Stop & Shop. Through June 7, the “Share Your Bounty—Buy One, Give One” Healthy Food Donation Campaign encourages you to help increase the availability of nutritious wholesome food that complements and supplements what clients are given at the pantries and senior programs. The program aims to educate Vineyarders on how to make better choices about the food that they give to the Island’s food assistance programs: The Island Food Pantry, Serving Hands Food Distribution, and MV Center for Living. The campaign encourages folks to give foods that they love and use. Check that containers are unopened and the date on the container is not past the expiration date. Find out more at hungercommittee.org.

Birthday wishes go out this week to Susan Sellers and Denise Searle, who celebrate June 6; and to Courtney Berwind, who celebrates June 7. Hope it’s a good one!

I somehow survived the long weekend. Something like 16 barbecues later, here I am back at my desk, craving green vegetables after multiple burgers, steak tips, and ribs. Definitely not complaining, but it is absolutely time for a salad or three.

I logged about five miles walking around Edgartown on Saturday in the beautiful weather, the smell of lilacs in the air. My walk took me through the old side of the cemetery, where I wandered among the headstones of residents passed, paying close attention to the flags of those who served. It felt like an appropriate way to commemorate Memorial Day in my own quiet way, and meditate on those we’ve lost.

Members of the Martha’s Vineyard Public Safety community posed a challenge this past weekend: jump in the frigid water or make a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project. Once “nominated,” the nominee must make and document his or her plunge and pay forward the nomination to a few other colleagues. So far, I have watched the Cold Water Challenge videos of James Dropick, Kara Shemeth, Kate Conde, Paulo DeOliveira, Jake Sylvia, Mike Gazaille, Will Bishop, Zach Townes, and Michael Klimek. It is great to know our rescue men and women can rise to this challenge. I have yet to hear of anyone who has declined, to the detriment of the chosen charity, so in honor of our brave, shivering rescue personnel, I’m going to make a donation to Wounded Warriors Project — feel free to join me if you feel so inclined, woundedwarriorproject.org.

I had an email from Ed and Maryanne Jerome about an upcoming fundraiser in son Joseph’s name being held June 14 at the Chappy Golf Course to benefit Island families with chronically ill children. As the Jeromes have learned first-hand, the cost for Island families to get their chronically ill children back and forth to the Boston hospitals, on the SSA, stay overnight, park their car, pay for gas and food, etc. can be overwhelming, especially for those who make many trips there in a year. For the Jeromes, there were years in which they spent nearly 100 days in hospitals. So, the Jeromes have created this fund to help those Island families facing this heavy financial burden. They have already been able to help several families this year and plan to help many more.

The golf tournament will take place at the Royal and Ancient Chappaquiddick Golf Links, est. 1886, followed by a silent Auction, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres at Brad Woodger’s camp house atop the beautiful cliffs of Chappaquiddick overlooking Edgartown Harbor. For further information, contact Doug DeBettencourt 508-560-1286, Susan Mercier 508-939-0063, or Ed Jerome 508-627-8510.

Vineyard Montessori will host two fundraising events on May 31. First, Flyin’ MV, a day of aviation fun for the whole family, will take place 11 am to 2 pm at Katama Airfield. Next, parents can put the kids to bed, swap out sneakers for dancing shoes, and hit the Field Club for “Fly Me to the Moon,” an evening of dancing, cocktails, small plates, and auction items, which will take place from 7 to 11 pm. For further info or ticket purchasing, either call up one of your Montessori parent friends, or call 508-693-4090.

Paint Corner Art Bar continues their lineup of fun events with a painting party at Among the Flowers Café, Thursday, May 29, from 6 to 9 pm. Art Bar leaders will guide you step by step in creating your own masterpiece, while eating, drinking, and mingling with friends. No experience required. Visit paintcornerartbar.com for info and to sign up.

The Relay For Life, an event to raise money for the American Cancer Society (ACS), will take place this weekend starting Saturday, May 31, at 9 am, and continuing until Sunday, June 1, at 9 am at the MVRHS track. There is still room for teams, volunteers, and survivors who wish to participate. Visit RelayForLife.org/MarthasVineyardMA for more information on getting a group together and signing up.

Birthday wishes go out this week to John “Duzza” McCarron, who celebrates May 31; to Hilary Grannis and Mary Johnson, June 2; to Taylor Pierce, June 3; and to Neil Flynn and Kate Conde, June 4. Hope you have a good one!

Kids attending Felix Neck's Fern & Feather camp might be lucky enough to spot this black crowned night heron. — Alison Shaw Photography

Linley-DolbyHere they come, people! Get ready! On Friday, those ferries start spouting summer residents, vacationers, day-trippers, bikes, babies, and black Labradors, and that deluge of new faces and frenzied paces is due to continue clear into September. Summer season is officially upon us. Time for endless days of sunshine, fried clams, ice cream, and social calendars promising an abundance of fun.

We got a taste of summer this past weekend, when we decided to take a ride out to Norton Point. A “ride” turned into “might as well bring a grill and chairs,” and the next thing we knew, six hours had passed in a sandy, sunny, sausage-with-mustard-y haze. A couple of brave souls even jumped into the ocean. That’s one way to clean out those winter cobwebs right quick.

Last week, we celebrated the opening of The Port Hunter, our favorite summer spot. The soft opening granted a great opportunity to reconnect with some of our migratory friends, such as Lee and Cheryl Welch, who once again spent their winter on their boat, cruising around the Caribbean. From port to port, island to island, a pirate’s life for these two. We are thrilled to have you back in the home harbor.

I ran into Kevin Searle the other day, who is currently facing another round in the ring with cancer. Kevin will be undergoing surgery at Falmouth Hospital on May 30, and requests all happy thoughts, good vibes, and prayers you wish to send his way. And if you would like to go a step further, cards can be sent to the hospital or to 51 Chase Road in Edgartown. Good luck, Kev. You got this!

Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary is marking the 50th anniversary of its Fern & Feather Day Camp with a series of celebratory events commencing this month and extending to the Columbus Day Weekend. The creation of the Fern & Feather Day Camp was a pivotal moment in the history of the wildlife sanctuary. Conservationist Anne Hale and friends believed the island community needed a place where children could roam free to explore the outdoors and learn from knowledgeable naturalists. The group founded the Martha’s Vineyard Natural History Society in 1964 and started the day camp at Felix Neck that year. A number of special 50th anniversary events are planned over the next few months to commemorate Fern & Feather, including book signings, various educational programs, and visits from renowned naturalists. The wildlife sanctuary is also undertaking a 50 for Fifty scholarship drive, with a goal of raising $50,000 to ensure that all Vineyard families can participate in this enduring tradition. For more information on Fern & Feather Day Camp and the 50th anniversary events at Felix Neck, visit massaudubon.org/fern-feather-fifty.

Beginning on May 26 and running until August 31, the 1828 Meetinghouse of the Federated Church will be open from 1 to 3 pm every day. Hosts will be on hand to answer questions, and information about the history of the church will be available. Sit in the pews both downstairs and upstairs and imagine what it is like to hold worship services in this special place, which was built 186 years ago. It has changed little since then, from its large chandelier adorned with old whale oil lamps from the days of whaling to the large windows that  provide ample sunlight. Frederick Baylies Jr., the architect of the Meetinghouse, later designed the Baptist Church on School Street and the Old Whaling Church on Main Street. For more information, please call Marna at 508-627-4421.

I’ve had word from Judy Bruguiere regarding an upcoming celebration of Pat Brown’s life that will take place June 27, beginning with an 11 am service at St. Elizabeth’s Church followed by a reception. Pat was a lifelong resident of Edgartown and the school nurse for all of the Island schools as well as Judy’s oldest and closest friend. Pat’s friends, neighbors, former coworkers, and students are encouraged to submit their special memories, photos, and tributes (dated if possible) by email to Jennifer Marlin (Jennifer.w.marlin@ampf.com) or mail to Jennifer W. Marlin, P.O. Box 1311, Edgartown, MA 02539. These will be shared on memorial display boards, and anyone wishing to speak at Pat’s celebration will be encouraged to do so: her life was filled with many beautiful stories that have yet to be told.

Birthday wishes go out this week to Nicole Le Blond and Janice Donaroma, who celebrate May 22; to Jerry Bennett, May 23; to Ashley Van Murphy, May 24; and to Eliza “Disco” Dolby and Denise “Diamond D” Solomon, May 27. Have a good one, party people.

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This weekend was all about the mamas, and it was fun to celebrate. Main Street looked so fun decked out in pink and green bunting, burgees, and flags, and the barrels of pink hydrangeas and hanging plants really helped it all pop. Great job, Board of Trade — you’ve really outdone yourselves.

My uncle Timmy Morgan was here visiting from San Antonio for the week to celebrate Grammy’s birthday as well as Mother’s Day. Tim’s visits always deserve a mention not only for their eventfulness, but because he is an avid follower of this column. A highlight of Tim’s trip was meeting the newest additions to the Morgan clan, Dylan’s wife, Nili, and their newborn son, Aaron Raymond Morgan. It has truly been an exciting year.

Speaking of Dylan, the last time Lord Stanley’s Cup touched upon Edgartown, we at the Wharf felt we owed some thanks to a visit facilitated by Dylan from one of Tom Taylor’s taxidermied bears, which crowd-surfed the Pub decked out in Bruins gear. Well, this past week, the bear made a return trip on the shoulders of captain Eli Bonnell, just as the Bs went into overtime, and within two minutes, the Bs scored and took the win. Keep that bear nearby, please. Things just got a little hairy on Monday…. Go Bruins!

This weekend I met a fellow named Brian Smith, who was just finishing up his Vineyard visit. He and girlfriend, Laura Wright, had been visiting from Northampton. The two stayed at Harborside and spent time driving around the Island checking out the sights, and also made it out to the Edgartown Lighthouse.

The Edgartown Firemen’s Association is hosting a Fire Museum Opening Day on Sunday, May 18, from 11:30 am to 2 pm to welcome back the 1952 Mack fire truck after a winter restoration. The event will include a cookout at the museum located behind the fire station, children’s activities, ice cream, tee-shirts, and of course, fire trucks to climb on and bells to ring.

The Martha’s Vineyard Cultural Council (MVCC) is proud to announce the first annual Grant Recipient Celebration on May 20, from 6 to 7:30 pm at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center in Vineyard Haven. Past recipients of grants from the MVCC, this year’s grant award recipients, and the public are invited to attend the celebration. Grant recipients will share their work including salsa dancing, poetry readings, troubadour recitals, film clips, and music. Appetizers and beverages will be served. For more info, contact Jennifer Christy at 508-627-0958.

Another note from the Film Center: They will be bringing Boston’s Berklee College of Music’s Silent Film Orchestra to the Vineyard for a live performance of the silent film “Safety Last” on June 26. They could use your help finding lodging for the 16 visiting musicians/composers for two nights mid-week. If you can help, or have an idea on lodging for these students, please contact Brian Skidmore at brian.skidmore@comcast.net or 781-479-4559.

Regional high school students are the latest guest curators to open an exhibit in the Spotlight Gallery at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. Students from Corinne Kurtz’s Women’s Studies class have spent months studying the history of female criminal activity on the Island, and they will now debut their work in the form of an exhibit entitled Women and Crime: Victims and Perpetrators, which will open at the museum on Monday, May 19, with a reception from 5 to 7 pm for parents, families, and the general public. The exhibit will be up through June 1. Visit www.mvmuseum.org for more information.

I’ve had word from Tom Dresser about a couple of upcoming events in support of the book he has penned with Herb Foster and Jay Schofield, “Martha’s Vineyard in World War II.” On Tuesday, May 20, they will speak at the Oak Bluffs Library beginning at 6:30 pm. They will talk about the old days on Circuit Avenue, and the role Vineyarders played in the war effort. On Saturday, May 24, the trio will be signing copies of their book on the front porch of Edgartown Books.

Birthday wishes go out this week to Sara Moses and Leanne Cash, who celebrate May 15; to Jamie Le Blond, May 17; to Casey O’Connor, May 19; and to Brandon Willett and Tim Klein, May 21. Have fun, folks!

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Well, May really has jumped in over the past week to kick the doldrums of April to the curb. I spent so much time outside this past weekend, soaking in the vitamin D and enjoying — finally! —  some fresh air. Backyard golf, burgers and dogs on the grill, bikes strewn across the lawn — it finally feels a bit like spring.

Well, blink and you will miss it, because the next few weekends of May are jam-packed with goings-on, at last culminating in Memorial Day weekend, when the boats will start getting jammed with the kids and beach umbrellas and golden retrievers and SUVs all on a mission to get a head start on summer fun. So whether you’re into the Pink and Green, with all of the activities that entails, or you’re looking to help rescue some animal tails, or you’d like to go hear some tales from the stage, on or off Island, we’ve got you covered.

I’ve had word that Brooke Hardman Ditchfield is currently performing in with the Medford Actors’ Shakespeare Project in a production of “As You Like It.” The show will run through May 18, so if you find yourself in the Medford area, go check it out. Visit actorsshakespeareproject.org for more info.

Remember Hannah Guerin and her sisters selling their flower bouquets on Meeting House Road back in the day? Well Hannah is all growed up, but still creative as ever. Now living in Brooklyn, Hannah has launched a handmade jewelry line, called Trinkknacks, which with its barnacle, seashell, and driftwood themes clearly takes some of its inspiration from the Vineyard, while also having that city edge informed by Hannah’s years in New York, where she attended Parsons School for Design. Hannah recently started selling a few of her pieces at Brooklyn Collective in Cobble Hill, and if you happen to be in the area, the store is throwing a party on Friday, May 9, to celebrate the new artists they’ve taken on. Otherwise, check out trinkknacks.com to see what Hannah has been working on.

The Night of a Thousand Paws, a benefit for the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard, will take place Saturday, May 10, at 9 pm at the Seafood Shanty. Get out and dance with The Chandler Blues Band with guest singer Gordon Healy, an avid supporter of our furry friends. If you can’t make it, you can always make donation at animalshelterofmv.org. Barks and meows of thanks resound.

If you’re looking for some nature this weekend, get up to Felix Neck on Saturday from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm to explore the Island’s cornucopia of wild foods. Sanctuary Director Suzan Bellincampi will teach you to identify and prepare select wild edibles that can be found in your backyard or neighborhood. Foraged foods will be used to create a light lunch to share. Register at massaudubon.org/felixneck or call 508-627-4850.

And if a day of beauty is more your jam, get over to Sea Spa Salon, where you can meet with a Decleor Skin Care specialist who will be available to evaluate skin concerns. The event will take place Saturday, May 10, from 10 am to 2 pm, and it will include door prizes and gift baskets too — a great idea for Mother’s Day. Call 508-627-8953 for info.

The MV Cancer Support Group will host An Evening Under the Stars on Thursday, May 15, at Farm Neck from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. The event will include a buffet dinner, drinks, dessert, and music by Mike Benjamin. The MVCSG raises money to help Island cancer patients and their families with the various costs of their treatment. For info, call AnneMarie Donahue at 508-627-7958.

Birthday wishes go out this week to Leah D’Amato, who celebrates May 8. And an extra special birthday wish goes out to my Grammy, Florence Morgan, who celebrates May 8. Don’t worry, Grammy. I won’t tell them how many years. I like me life too much.

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