Edgartown: a little help from my friends


Thank you to all of my online buddies for answering my call for news this week. I spent the weekend on a mat in Boston, contorted into a variety of positions in a Pilates training workshop, and I’ve never been so tired in my whole life. So those of you who stepped up to contribute to this week’s column: My fried brain and achy body are forever in your debt.

Tasha Snowden, Lacey McIntosh, and Alex Loud spent a long weekend with Amanda McIntosh in her new home in Puerto Rico. The crew hit every beach that time would allow, and enjoyed the incredibly welcoming locals. Now all are planning to make it an annual Edgartown Eagle getaway, allowing the one O.B. kid (Alex) to tag along.

Lark and Eric Bakkensen had a momentous weekend, introducing their newborn baby, Hopper, to his mama’s roots on his very first Martha’s Vineyard visit. Hopper was born May 10, a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day. At only one month old, Hopper enjoyed a ton of grandparent time with Joe and Katie Guerin, and was snuggled and cuddled all weekend. Saturday, Hopper took his first trip to Norton Point, the beach on which Lark spent nearly every weekend of her childhood, and had his first lesson in shore casting. The family is now back at their home base in New York City, sleeping off the busy weekend. Until next time!

The Shady Ladies are back on the softball diamond, according to Harriet Broun, and are off to a crushing start to their season, beginning with a big loss against the Rug Sox. I ran into Nicole Le Blond, who confirmed the tragic loss. The team will play again Tuesday, and hopefully they’ll grab a big W. Good luck, Shady Ladies!

Of course I missed a fantastically sunny beach day, which the whole Sunday crew was sure to remind me. Mikey Harmon reports that the ospreys were nailing fish at Norton Point on Sunday, and Amelia Ball tells me Doug Werther’s grilled pizzas were transcendent. Hopefully I’ll get a mulligan on that one.

Nedine Cunningham, Kathy O’Sullivan, Tess Temple, and Kara Shemeth ran in the Mayflower Brewery half-marathon in Plymouth this weekend, and Kara reports that the Amity Island Running Club “Thirsty Thursday” group run that I mentioned in last week’s column is off to a great start, with 12 runners participating in this new weekly activity. Thirsty Thursday runs start at Bad Martha’s at 5:30 every Thursday until October.

Congratulations to the high school graduates who crossed the Tabernacle stage last weekend. Among them were Charlie Morano, who will be heading off to the College of Charleston in the fall; Dunovan Belisle, whose mom crossed that stage the same day as me about a lifetime ago; Erik Faber; Liam Smith; Matt Davies; Luke McCracken; Erin Hegarty; Aubrey Ashmun; Megan Hurley; Gabriella Hoxie; and I’m sure I am missing so many more. Where’s everyone working this summer? And where are you all heading this fall? Let me know!

The Farm Club, a year-round program held on the last Saturday of the month, will meet Saturday, June 27, 11 am to 3:30 pm, at the FARM Institute in Katama. The Farm Club presents a lower-cost option to experience what the FARM Institute has to offer in the summer months. Membership costs are matched and placed into an account to be used for projects and trips. For more information, call 508-627-7007.

The annual meeting of the Friends of the Edgartown Council on Aging will be held on June 25 at 3:30 pm at 45 Kitts Field. Call 508-627-4861 for more information.

Heather Gardens will host the PeaceQuilts Art reception on June 19th from 4 to 6 pm. Beautiful, one-of-a-kind art quilts plus a variety of handmade artisan gifts from Haiti including jewelry, bags, metal art, and other products will be on sale. PeaceQuilts is an economic-development organization creating jobs for women in Haiti. PeaceQuilts founder and Executive Director Jeanne Staples is an Edgartown resident and Vineyard artist. Contact info@HaitiPeaceQuilts.org or HaitiPeaceQuilts.org or Jeanne Staples at 508-274-1104 for more information about the event.

Birthday wishes go out this week to Michael Valenti, who celebrates June 18; to Kelly Boccia, Michael Gazaille, and Ed Gargan, June 19; and to Gary Hathaway and Chris Amaral, June 24.