I’m having trouble believing it is already June. I am still sequestered in the mountains of northwest New Jersey, but if I were to guess what is happening at home, I would say the air is thick with pine pollen, the moths are out in full force, and the smell of barbecued hot dogs and hamburgers is in the air — and tofu pups, for you vegetarian types.
With the sun shining and the mercury rising, the word of the past week has been beach. I rode out on Norton Point last week with Thayer, Mike, and Harley Snowden where we caught some rays and relished in the feeling of the sand between our toes. At almost two years old, Harley also finds the sand to be quite the delicacy, much to her father’s discontent.
I was not as brave as Kate Walpole, who I hear had her first swim of the season at State Beach. It will take me another month to get there, but good for you, Kate.
The Martha’s Vineyard School of Ballet will present “I Do Believe In Fairies: Journey To Never Never Land” at the regional high school Performing Arts Center on Friday, June 4, at 6:30 pm. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $10. The production features the cast of the children from Martha’s Vineyard School of Ballet under the artistic direction of Beth Vages. The role of Peter Pan will be performed by Sarah Pertile of Edgartown and the role of Wendy will be performed by Ava Thors of Edgartown. Other Edgartown ballerinas in the performance include Camille Brand, Evelyn Brewer, Caroline Conover, Sofia Fuller, Grace Hall, Eleanor Hyland, Genevieve Hyland, Kaya Maloney, Ruby Mercier, Hannah Murphy, and Julia Murray. I’m sure it will be quite the show.
Felix Neck will be hosting Butterfly Garden Workdays and Tours on Thursdays from 1 to 3 pm from June 3 through July 29. Help their butterfly garden grow and learn about Island butterflies and their habitats. The events include garden tours with Judy Holland McChesney. For more information, call 508-627-4850.
Felix Neck is also pleased to welcome Cristina Pereira as the new Education Coordinator and Day Camp Director. Cristina has spent summers on the Vineyard for more than 20 years and looks forward to working year-round to educate the community about the Island’s natural history. Cristina will be coordinating all aspects of environmental education programs at Felix Neck and overseeing the Fern and Feather Natural History Day camp for children. Welcome, Cristina.
The Martha’s Vineyard Museum has just opened the second phase of their exhibit, “Those Who Serve: Martha’s Vineyard and WWII,” which features stories from Vineyarders who served both at home and abroad through their words, photographs, and personal artifacts. This exhibit will also detail how Martha’s Vineyard as an island was affected during the war as it became a bustling center of military activity. The M.V. Film Society will be complementing the exhibit with a series of WWII film classics at the Katharine Cornell Theatre beginning Monday, June 7, with proceeds benefiting the museum. For a schedule of the movies to be shown, visit mvfilmsociety.com.
I finally had the pleasure of meeting Troy Cavallo, son of Jonas Cavallo and Anastasia Oliveira, grandson of Coo and Donna Cavallo. What a handsome little man he is, and quite the charmer. He jumped right into my arms, and it was tough to pass him back when Grandpa Coo was ready to go home.
It has been baby city around here. I visited with Kim D’Arcy and her newest creation, Colby, a pretty little one with a full head of hair already. Sister Teagan proudly showed off her newest sibling. Also present for the sunny playdate were Joanne Cassidy DeRoche and daughter Georgia. I have yet to meet Joanne’s latest, but I’m sure it won’t be long.
I’m sure Jim Miller was proudly wearing his Celtics green this past Saturday as the Celtics clinched the Eastern Conference title, solidifying their place in the NBA finals. I know a lot of people who enjoy the basketball playoffs but only a handful who are devoted to the sport all season long, and Jim is among these dedicated few. So yay for you, Jim, and Go Celts!