In case you haven't heard, there is a new member of the Menemsha Café staff. Eli Gunner Elvis Danzer Aronie was born on the full moon of June 26. He weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces, and he has Josh's strawberry blonde hair and Angela's beautiful mouth. According to Grandmother Nancy, "he is perfect and healthy, and the new mommy and the new daddy are tired and very happy. And Gramma and Poppie are floating."
Nancy Aronie's Writing Workshops start this Monday and run every week until Labor Day. The workshops are Monday through Thursday, 9 am to noon.
According to my sports commentator, Bill Edison, the fireworks began early on the Fourth at Flanders Field. The parking lot was full by 8 am when four dozen players began choosing sides. The star of the game was the 14-year-old grandson of Marge and Walter Scheuer — Sam Mellicker of New Jersey. Sam robbed the big bopper Ed of potential home runs headed for Chilmark's green monster also known as the poison ivy patch. The teams need a few more teen players to round out the field. Another luminary of the Fourth's showdown was former Stanford professor, Peter Neuman, who travelled all the way from Palo Alto to umpire the event. According to Bill, he never made a bad call. Box seats are still available for these Sunday morning games, with first pitch at 8:30.
Landon, Rowan, Nevia, and June Steere are here with mom Lila visiting grandparents and catching up with old friends. You can catch up with Landon at the Texaco since he is one of the summer crew at the end of Basin Road.
Ernie Gailiunas paid a visit to Menemsha along with daughters Janna and Kara. They make frequent summertime trips on their boat Ancient of Days. The girls are easy to spot with their blonde ponytails blowing in the breeze as they tool around the harbor in their dinghy or run over the hill to the Galley to grab a cone before the 9 pm closing.
Marshall David and family were here for the Fourth on Echo. Marshall is always good for dishing out an old-fashioned ribbing.
Ben Taylor, son of Stephen and Kerry, looks a little different these days. He is sporting a full arm cast after breaking two bones in his wrist and one in his elbow. Fortunately for Ben, a soccer whiz, it does not require surgery and how cool is it that they make cast-wrap covered in soccer balls?
Four-year-old Kestutis Biskis has returned from a three-week trip to Lithuania with his father Tauras. Father and son made the trip to see family and friends. Ellen kept the home fires burning with Grazina and baby Tauras. Thank you to my dear friend Kestutis for bringing me home an amber sun to hang in my window. What a treat to receive a gift from my fellow Lithuanian.
Let's extend a belated happy birthday to TJ Murphy. The son of Lucas and Tricia and grandson of Susan and Lynn Murphy turned three on June 29.
Samantha Jason was down to enjoy the Fourth and take a breather from the real estate business in Boston. I spotted her in Menemsha alongside her father Dennis. The duo enjoyed chocolate-covered donuts for dessert.
Ballywho appeared behind the Texaco this past Sunday evening. As most of you know, they do that every once in a while. Great Grandma Bette was there enjoying the music and the little kids dancing to the beat.
Did you know the Home Port's back door take-out is now open daily for lunch? Yes, it seems to be the big Menemsha secret at the moment. But it is true and 11:00 am is the time the back door opens on a daily basis. Call 508-645-2679 for all of your Home Port dining questions.
John Wightman's photography will be on display at the Chilmark (Sovereign) Bank from July 9 to 16. Called "Island Images," the show will have an opening reception on Saturday from 5 to 8 pm. He has lots of new stuff with shells, wampum, sea glass, clay, hand-tied flies, incorporated into the artwork. John will be offering special show prices, so stop by and take a peek.
Next Thursday, July 15, at 5 pm, the Chilmark Library will host a reception and tree dedication in memory of Chilmark resident Jackie Sexton, who died last June. The Friends of the Chilmark Public Library planted a Stewartia tree in her honor and may we think of her each time a flower falls from the tree. Jackie was a committed library trustee for 18 years, a library volunteer for countless years and my predecessor as Chilmark town columnist.