Tisbury annual picnic celebrates community

Memorial Day remembrances concluded with a picnic overlooking Tashmoo Pond.

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From left: João Lucas Gonçalves, Taynara Gonçalves, Gilmar G. Barbosa, Renata Gonçalves, Josemar Gonçalves, Luciana Fulher e filhos, Meiroca Nunes, Mariane Sousa, Priscila Sousa, Juliana Ribeiro, Hadassa Ribeiro, Simone Ribeiro, Havilah Ribeiro, Ludmila Silva, Josinea Braga, Emily Braga, Sandra Gonçalves, Renata Wanziler. — Photo by Elshaday Photography

Several hundred people enjoyed food, music, and games at the annual Memorial Day picnic held at the Tisbury Waterworks overlooking Lake Tashmoo Monday.

The beautiful weather provided a welcome backdrop to the smell of the grill, tended by Tisbury selectmen, and the sound of children laughing and playing. Small rowboats on the pond adjacent to the old pump station provided a welcome diversion.

The festivities began with the singing of the National Anthem by Tisbury School eighth grader Jennifer Balbino, who also performed the honors at the March to the Sea.

The Flying Elbows, now in their 34th year performing at the picnic, set a lively tone as kids and adults joined in a variety of activities that included chalk art, beanbag races, and three-legged races. Bunnies and alpacas were a huge crowd pleaser.

Lorraine Wells, longtime volunteer and a member of the picnic committee, reminisced about participating in the picnic when her children were little and rowed boats by themselves on such a beautiful and safe little pond. She said those memories keep her participation strong as she and the other volunteers help maintain the tradition.

The picnic also gives community members a chance to catch up with old friends, and make some new ones, as they enjoy fresh watermelon, ice cream, and hot dogs.

Sandra Gomez expressed her gratitude for an annual event that reminds us to honor those who fought for our freedom, and the great sacrifice they made so that we can enjoy days such as this.

Pericles, the ancient Greek orator and statesman, said that the best way to celebrate and commemorate the fallen is by continuing to live and celebrate the nation’s traditions.

On Monday, Islanders celebrated Memorial Day, and a town tradition.