JOHN S. ALLEY
Sunday was perhaps the better day of the long holiday weekend. Roger Blake of North Tisbury reports that business has been quite brisk at his pie gazebo where he daily sells homemade pies baked by his wife, Eileen and daughter Mary. On Saturday, he started out with 100 fresh baked pies and by 5 p.m., none were left to sell. Traffic, particularly downtown, is extremely difficult and congested these days. You have to remember to build another 20 minutes into your travel time.
There were big doings on Music street last Sunday afternoon as 60 people, family and friends gathered to celebrate David McCullough’s 75th birthday. It got off to an inauspicious but loud start as their son Geoffrey backed his car into the only tree by his father’s driveway Saturday night, causing more commotion than damage. A neighbor said that the incident reminded him of a Mortimer Snerd-type adventure. At the wonderful party, Geoff was the toastmaster. Adult beverages were served, there was plenty of singing and lots of dancing. Many toasts were offered, but their daughter Dory’s perhaps was the most touching and heartfelt to mark the special occasion. All of David’s children and 18 grandchildren were in attendance at the gala party. The dinner, with an Italian theme, was catered by Chef Works, Jim and Kim O’Connor proprietors, who did an outstanding job. Music was provided by the John Salerno trio. We thank Nellie McCullough for contributing to this item.
Connie Koch of Washington, D.C., and Edgartown Road arrives tomorrow to spend the summer at her home. She will soon be busy preparing for the arrival of her children who will make their summer visits next month.
Susan and Andy Boass of Hopkinton were at their summer home last weekend. Andy is a beekeeper and sells his product from a card table on the edge of Middle Road. His wife Susan, one of the famous Glimmerglass Girls, is busy preparing for house guests.
Hunter Moorman of Arlington, Va., recently took time out from a relaxing summer on Panhandle Road for a work trip to Nottingham, England, where he was part of an international team reviewing the program of the United Kingdom’s National College for School Leadership, and to Paris, France. Non-work highlights included a few days in London for shows in the West End and new Globe Theatre, the intriguing permanent exhibit at the National Library from the Magna Carta to first-draft, handwritten Beatles’ songs, and sightseeing in Paris, especially the Vlaminck exposition at the Musée deLuxembourg.
Paddy and Ben Moore returned last week from a two-week visit to the West Coast. They stayed with a close friend, Ann Bernstein, in Seattle, Wash., a nephew, Rob Worlock, and his wife in Portland, Ore., Priscilla Stephens in Point Reyes, Calif., including a day’s visit with nephew Ben Phillipps and his family out from San Francisco, and finally a four-day stay with son Jason, his wife Rosemary and son Zahran in Santa Barbara, Calif.
They traveled the coast on Amtrak, including one overnight in the sleeping car between Portland and Oakland. They report that the train is comfortable, the service is excellent, the food good, and costs less for two than renting a car and driving. They can hardly wait to do it again.
Tomorrow, Sarah Friedrichs Moriarty and Nicholas Carter Waldman plan to be married at the Gay Head Lighthouse. Sarah’s parents, Dan and Robin Moriarty, live on Sweet William Way. Sarah’s sister and maid of honor, Anna, is on the Island for the summer. Many family members have come to the Island for the wedding. Nick’s family, Paul and Polly Waldman from Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., Jose and Katie Madrigal from Roslindale, and their daughter Amelia, Billy Waldman with his family, Juliana Monteiro and Wave Waldman from Brazil have all rented the Rosenthal home on State Road. Nick and Sarah currently live in Providence, R.I. They will be honeymooning in northern California.
Henry Bassett of Boston, the grandson of Bob and Susan Wasserman of Music street, has been busy helping his grandmother prepare for the annual library book sale. Grandpa Bob will return home tomorrow from a business trip to London, England.
Abe Jenek, of Ashland, Ore., proudly reports that his daughter Jenna finished 5th in the national rowing competition recently. He attended the Smith pre-Fourth of July party.
Ed Levine and his wife Vicki Bijuir of New York city have been vacationing at her mother’s home off Tiah’s Cove Road. She reports that seriouseats.com operated by her husband has been named one of the top 50 Web sites by Time magazine. Their son, William, will be entering his senior year in the fall in Kenyon, Ohio and Vicki’s first novel, Still Alice, will be published in January by Lisa Genova.
Nina Gabel-Jorgensen and her daughter Alison of Brooklyn, N.Y., are visiting her mother, Andrea Hartman and stepfather George at their Panhandle Road home. They enjoyed participating in the Fourth of July parade.
Betsy McIssac of Runner Road returned home earlier this week from a 10-day trip to Rwanda, Africa. She was a member of the delegation of the Citizens Ambassador Program. She reports that the flight was 36 hours long with an 8-hour time difference. She is glad to be back home, although it will take a few days to catch up with the jet lag.
Martha Tack of Waldron’s Bottom Road and London, England, arrived recently to spend a glorious Fourth of July and the remainder of the month at her house. She is expecting many family members to visit soon.
Ann and Bob Gilliland of Oklahoma City, Okla., visited Malcolm and Judy Hall of Deep Bottom this week after spending a week in Maine. Ann is chairman and chief executive officer of the central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity and Bob is a former law school classmate of Malcolm’s. This was their first visit here and they both said it will not be their last. Malcolm reports that they enjoyed a variety of activities, exploring the Camp Grounds and Chappy, The Last Five Years musical in Vineyard Haven, and clamming. They appreciated the friendliness of everyone they met. They both liked the time and attention shown to them by Malcolm and his son Houston in making them aware of the Island uniqueness, history and beauty. He took them up to Aquinnah and showed them the area where it is reported that the Vikings landed, and Cuttyhunk island, where Bartholomew Gosnold established a brief settlement.
Sig Van Raan and his wife Susan Dickler of Cambridge report that they are settled into their Music street home for the summer. Last weekend they hosted Phil and JoellenKarber from Cambridge and theirfamily. Phil is a world traveler and a distinguished travel writer. They hosted the Cohens and the Karbers for a backyard barbecue on the Fourth and were regaled with tales of traveling in Vietnam and intriguing sailing tr ips. Sig’s daughter, Sofia, is spending the summer working here on the Island. His son Jackson is at a camp in Vermont where he is a junior counselor and teaches tennis. His older daughter Zoe is duenext week from Santa Fe along with his two granddaughters. Susan’s daughter, Wille, is in Baltimore for the summer and plans to come up in August.
Bob and Anne Ganz of North Road attended the Fourth of July parade in Edgartown and Bob proudly marched in his Army uniform. He reports investing in okra seeds much like Malcolm Hall has in his garden. He is looking forward to a bumper crop and is seeking fried okra recipes.
Cherrilla Brown, in addition to waiting on customers at Alley’s General Store, produces By the Sea salt with Leslie Monast. It is a combination of kosher salt and selected herbs made right in Cherilla’s kitchen from her mother’s special recipe. She also developed Jose Can You Sea Salt that has a little kick to it. They have received a trademark for both items and report selling more than 8,000 bottles last year Islandwide. In addition to being a helpful item to any spice cabinet, it is a useful souvenir to take back home or send as a gift. Cherrilla recently returned home from a 10-day trip to San Miguel De Allende, Mexico, to visit Arvin Kagen.
Remember the Friends of the Library benefit book sale at the school begins in two weeks on Friday, July 25. The sale also will be held that Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., (all books half price on Sunday) and that Monday from 9 a.m. to 1p.m. (with all remaining books free). Also, they are still accepting books for the sale and it is reported that they have had some serious book donations in the last couple of months. For more information about donations or the sal e, call the library at 508-693-3366.
The Garden Gate Development Center will hold its annual fundraiser on Tuesday, July 22 at the Grange Hall. The event will include a silent auction, music and dancing, and adult beverages.
Kristin Buck of Panhandle Road reports that the Vineyard Nursing Association will be having its annual clambake fundraiser at the Field Gallery on Wednesday, July 23. The clambake is provided compliments of the Martha’s Vineyard Clambake Company. Tickets and other information are available by calling 508-696-0785.
Happy birthday to Anthony DiNitto, Mike Colaneri and Andrew Woodruff today; Anna Alley, Denise Mount, Levi Flanders, Clare Rattet and Martina Mastromonaco tomorrow; Paul Karasik, David Perzanowski, and Michele Ortlip on Sunday; Tina Miller, Jay Schwartz and John Walsh on Tuesday; Margaret Logue, Rosie Shgrue and Lenny Fogg on Wednesday; and Eleanor Thayer, Cynthia Bloomquist, Mary Giordano and Rebecca Hodgson on Thursday. Belated birthday wishes to Dudley Eppel.
Well, that is all the social news for this edition. Please call or e-mail me with your news. Have a great week.