Town Column : Chilmark
Big birthday wishes go out to Margaret Maida this week as she celebrates a milestone birthday. Also celebrating this week is Margaret's son-in-law, Robert Coutinho, Lauren McDowell, and Russell Hoxsie. I hope your special days are filled with cake, ice cream, and balloons.
The Ganz/Singer family has gone west. Back in New Mexico, where school is currently under way, the family is already looking forward to a possible October trip back east. Hugh rounded out his summer on the Vineyard with throwing a ball at the fair. I'll bet you are thinking big deal, but did I mention it was the ball that dunked the clown in the dunking booth? Nice aim, Hugh.
Bella Flanders Thorpe's bunny, Milkshake, won a blue ribbon at the fair. Milkshake is so big he barely fit in the cage provided. Thelma and Louise, the goats belonging to Adelaide and Thea Keene, won a first and a second place ribbon. Those naughty goats somehow managed to eat the lovely sign Adelaide had made to mark their stall back when she was two. Goats certainly are good eaters.
It was Menemsha night at the fair on Friday. Cody Coutinho, Jill Placek, and Katie Loveluck held down the fort at the Texaco so my gang could take advantage of the $20 wristbands. We bumped into the Flynn/Morgan family from The Bite, the Fenner/Knight family from The Galley and the Larsen family from Menemsha Fish Market. Surrounded by familiar faces we certainly were.
Max Eber, son of Sharon and Don, recently achieved his PADI Junior Open Water Certification. He is now a certified Scuba diver. Also, Max's grandmother, Edwina Karpells is visiting the Eber family this week to celebrate her August 19 birthday.
Andy Goldman and Susan Heilbron are inching closer to their move-in date. Their home being constructed by South Mountain Company on Menemsha Inn Road is nearing completion. Andy and Susan are surrounded by children and some of the most adorable grandchildren this week.
Riggs and Helen Parker's family visitors have been coming nonstop since May. This week granddaughter Kelly, who was recently awarded her nurse practitioner degree in pediatric oncology from UPenn, is slipping in a quick visit before joining the pediatric brain tumor team at DC Children's Hospital next week. Great-granddaughter Chloe is here with her Mom between bookending horseshow weekends. Only 8 years old, Chloe competed in her first international equestrian competition in July and was awarded overall Reserve Champion in her division at the Appaloosa World Youth Show.
The Deb, Ron, and Will Nagengast, formerly of Pepperbush Lane, are back in town for a visit. Son Derek, who has been here for the summer, caught a beautiful bass, which, I am sure, graced the dinner table. Ron also shared that he and Deb became grandparents this past December. Emily Elizabeth Carpenter, daughter of Callee, is the most recent addition to the family.
Lynn and Granville White are resting easy at the moment after a monumental house turnover this past weekend. Lynn looked too pooped to party when I saw her. Their 1700s farmhouse on Middle Road, with all of its woodwork, is a behemoth to tame, but a sweet spot to relax and enjoy summer when it's in order.
Erika Hirsch, Provisional Deacon at the United Parish of Upton, will preach at the Chilmark Church August 30 at 9 am. Since September 2008, she has been studying for her PhD in History of Christianity at Boston University. She has a Masters in Divinity from Yale and a Bachelor of Arts from Emory University. She has a certificate in Flute Performance from Prague Conservatory, Prague, Czech Republic and has served in a number of Methodist Churches in both New York and Connecticut.
Local author Tom Dresser will discuss his latest book, "In My Life," Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 5:30 pm at the Chilmark Public Library. The book is described as a "coming of age love story set in the 1960s" in a small New England town with the backdrop of the Vietnam War. Admission to his book talk is free and sponsored by the Friends of the Chilmark Public Library. Please call 508-645-3360 for more information.
Congratulations to Sandy Mincone who is the new Athletic Director at the high school. Sandy is a talented educator who, I am sure, will succeed in her new role.