Edgartown: Paint the town Pink & Green

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I think that I may not have been specific enough in my wishes for warmer temperatures and spring weather. This April certainly has brought its fair share of showers. I’m starting to feel soggy.

I’m so grateful for those small snippets of sunshine that reveal themselves every once in awhile. As I recall, the hydrangeas rejoiced a year or two ago following a very rainy spring, and were extra-spectacular all summer. Maybe that will happen again this year.

Ellie Bates wants to share that the Howes House Writers will reconvene every Tuesday starting on May 7 from 11:15 to 1:15. All levels are welcome. Feel free to bring writing of any genre and a snack to share. For more information, call 508-693-2896. Howes House is located at 1042 State Rd., West Tisbury.

May’s Neighborhood Convention, Music with Molly, will be on Tuesday, May 7, at 11 am at St. Augustine’s Church Hall in Vineyard Haven. Special guests will be Molly Conole and Peter Boak. All are welcome. Bring a sack lunch.

The U.S. Coast Guard Station in Menemsha, along with members of the Coast Guard

Auxiliary, the Spouses Association, and Air Station Cape Cod, will host its first annual open house on May 18, 2019, to kick off the start of National Safe Boating Week and to honor Armed Forces Day. The open house will run from 10 am until 1 pm, and includes tours of the station, its boats, and facilities. A helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod will be landing from 11:30 to 12:30 for an up-close look. This is a family-friendly event that welcomes all residents of Martha’s Vineyard. Parking for the event will be in the Home Port Restaurant parking lot, and streetside where legally available. This is a rain or shine event.

Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Paulo DeOliveira on April 28, Holly Mercier on April 29, Matthew Cutter and Sara Hoffmann on April 30, Liz Stobart on May 1, Amy Coffey on May 2, and Sue Costello, Maria Mackenty-Speight, and Julie Converse on May 3.

Edgartown’s Pink and Green Weekend is May 10 through May 12. Kick off spring in Edgartown during the annual celebration of the season and Mother’s Day. Enjoy the Pink & Green Dog Show, sales and shopping specials, Fairyville at Donaroma’s, the Pink & Green 5K and more. Please email info@edgartownboardoftrade.com with your questions.

The Martha’s Vineyard Children’s Chorus, under the direction of Laura Walton, Edgartown School’s music teacher, will be performing at Union Chapel on May 18 at 5 pm. Tickets are $10 per person, $30 per family. These kids sound great, and really love what they are doing with Miss Walton. Mark your calendars to save the date.

Tom Dresser’s new book goes on sale on Monday, May 6. “A Travel History of Martha’s Vineyard, from Canoes and Horses to Steamships and Trolleys” describes how people moved about the Vineyard over the years. The horse-drawn trolley segued into the electric streetcar. The railroad transported tourists from Cottage City to Edgartown. The first Island automobile arrived as the train left; the first airplane landed as trolley service ended.

Books will be available at Bunch of Grapes, Edgartown Books, various Island shops, and on Amazon. Or for $20, cash, check, credit card, or PayPal, you can order a signed copy, delivered by mail or by car as soon as the book is published. For further information, or to order a book, visit thomasdresser.com or contact thomasdresser@gmail.com or tomdresser on Facebook.

Be on the lookout for kids on Wednesday, May 8, as it is our annual Walk and Bike to School Day. Kids and parents will be walking or riding to and from school, so activity on the paths and sidewalks may be busier than normal.

I just looked at the school calendars to see if there were any upcoming events to share with you, and honestly, I started to panic a little bit. There’s so much to get done before school gets out on June 18. Math and science MCAS will be the week of May 14. Kindergarten orientation is on May 16. The annual March to the Sea is on May 24. The Washington, D.C., trip leaves on May 28. Then there are so many other field trips, special events, fun runs, field day, and of course, some of that final-quarter instruction too. I’m overwhelmed just thinking about it.

On Friday, May 3, at 6 pm, the P.A. Club is hosting its Holy Ghost Scholarship Auction, Silent & Live Auction. There will also be a raffle tree, and appetizers will be served. Go, have a good time, buy some good stuff, and support a great cause.

The annual MS bike ride, Bike MS: Ride the Vineyard, is happening this Saturday between 7:30 am and 4 pm. Be on the lookout for the riders, and help keep them safe.

I guess that will do it for this week. Gray skies and showers on the horizon for the rest of the week. Hopefully this rainy spring that will mean a bright and sunny summer for us all. Have a wonderful week.