It's good to be back on M.V. after another week in the mountains. I had the pleasure this weekend of seeing two of my favorite people — my roommate from Emerson and my husband's roommate from Wentworth — tie the knot in a beautiful ceremony in the White Mountains. The relevance to this column? The two met each other right here in Edgartown when Dave and I wed seven years ago. It really is a magical place, this little town of ours.
Janice Belisle has written in on behalf of the Friends of the Edgartown library to invite all to a meeting at the library on Monday, Aug. 9, at 9:30 am. The Friends welcome all to come snack on breakfast goodies while hearing an update on the progress of the new building committee and talking about future plans for the Friends.
The 19th Annual M.V. Rotary Club Pancake Breakfast will be held Sunday, Aug. 8, from 7 am to 1 pm down at The Anchors. This is one of the Rotary Club's signature events, through which they raise funds to support Island organizations such as the Food Pantry, the new hospital, the Boys and Girls Club, the Y, and the Della Hardman Essay Contest. This year, the Rotary Club will be aided by some of the high school students who were sent by the club to a Rotary Youth Leadership Award Conference on the Cape this spring. The students had such an inspiring experience on their weekend that they have volunteered to help out at the breakfast.
If you missed it the first time around, Herb Ward is presenting an encore of his talk about his great grandfather, Captain Levi Johnson on Friday, Aug. 13, from 7 to 8 pm in the Parish House of the Federated Church. Mr. Ward will again tell the story of the brave fishermen who risked their lives to save 14 souls, and who went on to receive Carnegie Medals for their bravery and heroism. For more information, call Herb Ward at 508-693-7683. To reserve a spot, please call Mary-Jean Miner, church secretary, at 508-627-4421.
You have one more month to take advantage of free Sunday classes at the Mansion House. Sure, you have to leave Edgartown, but "free" is universal. For more information, or to find out what class they're offering this week, call 508-693-2200.
It couldn't be easier writing this column these days thanks to Facebook. Now you know the secret to where a lot of my information comes from. It is such a great way to keep up with how everyone is spending their summers, and it often seems that no one takes advantage of this Island's summer offerings quite as fully as Morgan Lucero. From picnic dinners in Ocean Park to Flying Horses rides to weekend trips to Cuttyhunk, and with a revolving door of visitors, Morgan really seems to be making the best of these summer months. It's fun every Monday to catch up with her past weekend's events.
The Condlins have a busy week coming up. Paul celebrates both his birthday and his retirement August 7. On the 8th, the family has two more birthdays to celebrate, as well as Alicia and Andy's second wedding anniversary. I know I mentioned the Chief's retirement back in April, but now that it's official, Chief, thank you again for your years of service. A tip of the hat to you, sir. And to Tony Bettencourt, best of luck filling those big shiny police boots.
Happy birthday to Melanie Rankow and Zach Ward, who both celebrate today. Likewise to Zach's mom, Lizzy, who celebrates August 7, and to Amelia Ball on August 10. For the sake of my health, I will omit any other pertinent birthdays that may or may not be taking place, but if it happens to be your birthday, and you happen to be the awesome mom to the town columnist, then best wishes for a lovely day to you.