The past week has been an interesting variety of wind, rain, snow, fog, freezing temperatures, and then in the 50s by this midweek. Perhaps spring is just around the corner.
Chilmark Chocolates opened yesterday in preparation for the busy Valentine’s Day. It is never too early to buy the heart shaped boxes or the boxes with the small hearts on them — avoid the Valentine rush.
The Chilmark School PTO and Outing Program is hosting a Rockin’ Away Those Winter Blues benefit on Saturday, Feb. 9 from 7 to 11:30 p.m. The evening is for adults 21+. There will be a dessert bar, a silent auction and a live auction including handmade items, vacation spots, clothing, jewelry, etc. Tickets are $15 per person and may be purchased from the parent of a Chil mark School child or PTO Member or at Menemsha Texaco. Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish will perform during the evening. Have a grand time while supporting our youth.
Have you viewed Eleanor Francis Hebert’s photograph at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum? Eleanor and a few of our classmates from Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School Class of 1964 are featured in the Spotlight Gallery through Feb. 12. The exhibit is called Playing Together: High School Sports Since Regionalization. This latest collection of Vineyard history on display is of MVRHS sports formed after the regionalization of the three down-Island high schools into one high school. This occurred in 1959. The exhibit is curated by students in the Sports in America Class at MVRHS with help from teacher Corinne Kurtz.
At the opening on Friday evening, with the assistance of Kenneth Ivory, I was able to identify the unknown few who were on the girls basketball team in 1964 including Pam Brown, Sandra Kelley Clark, Judith Leonard Culver, Victoria Danberg, the late Marjorie Denningham, Eleanor Francis Hebert, Carol Magee, Grace Packish Rogers and Alita Rogers Zalgenas. Cheerleaders from our class included Pam Brown, Shirley Madeiras Donaroma, Kathy Luce Duys, Carol Magee and Judith Frank Vunk.
Of course, we graduated with the greatest football heroes of that era — Thomas Bennett, John Bunker, Ashley DePriest, Don DePriest, Leonard Donaroma, Ralston Jackson and Dr. Robert Tankard. We have a lot to be grateful for as regionalization provided us with friendships that have lasted more than half a century.
The beautiful duck decoys are still on display at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. This exhibit was curated by another member of MVRHS Class of 1964 — Christopher Murphy. His wife Barbara Thomas Murphy (also a member of the class of 1964) volunteers at the museum. There is also an array of Vineyard gifts in the gift shop in time for Valentine’s Day.
Lisa Bibko-Vanderhoop will have her Valentine-themed cards at the Sovereign Bank at Beetlebung Corner. Stop in during banking hours for an early selection. Thank you, Lisa for my 2013 Sea Dogs calendar.
Carla Giles Cuch0 has returned home after spending the past month and a half in Utah with her son Cameron, his wife Marilyn, and her grandchildren Jay Ryder and Arden Grace.
Dr. Thomas Green was at his Aquinnah home over the weekend. It is always such a pleasure to see him in our midst.
Betty Joslow has returned to her home after a brief stay at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital.
Proud grandmother Kristina Leslie is pleased to announce that her ten year old grandson Max performed on the Sunset Strip at Whiskey A Go Go in the Battle of the Bands concert. Max and his brother Charlie are both students at the Westwood Charter School. Their parents are Douglas and Jennifer Staples.
Happy third anniversary wishes to Judd Fuller and his bride Dana Radford as they celebrate on Feb. 8.
Happy birthday wishes this week to Betty Joslow on Feb. 2 who shares the day with Emmett Carroll, Mark Shea and Adam Gebb. Laurie Thompson, Jeff Day and Jeff Lunn share the day on Feb. 4. A very cheerful birthday wish to Wesley Cottle as he celebrates on Feb. 5. Blair Hill will also celebrate on Feb. 5. Spencer Booker parties on Feb. 6. Aquinnah selectman Jim Newman will observe his special day on Feb. 8.