It takes more than a hurricane to stop Edgartown


Well, 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!