Okay, Friday the 13th and a full moon - that is fine as the temperatures have reached the 80s over the past week and kept many very happy. Peonies are popping. Graduation parties are nearly over as is the school year. With all the snow storms, it was predicted that school would be in session at least until the 4th of July. Enjoy Flag Day tomorrow.
In honor of Flag Day, there will be a parade that steps off at 11 a.m., from in front of Saint Augustine’s Church in Tisbury, down Church Street to Main Street and then to the 50th anniversary of War Veterans Memorial Park. Special guests will be the United States Navy Band Northeast. The Boy Scouts will be on hand selling flags. If you have a group that would be interested in marching in the parade, please call Edson Rogers at 508-627-6483.
On Saturday evening, the United States Navy Band will hold a free concert in the Tabernacle in Oak Bluffs. All are invited to attend.
Dogs for Dads is on the menu for tomorrow June 14 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. with a barbecue at the Aquinnah Public Library in honor of Father’s Day! Free hot dogs for Dads on the deck while the children are inside making picture frames for their Father’s Day gift. During the month of June, Thursday afternoon from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. there will be stories and crafts for younger children. On Saturday, June 21 all day is the summer reading sign-up celebration with cookies and lemonade and fun including a fun science experiment involving bubbles.
Martha’s Vineyard Museum will host a Summer Opening Party this evening at the Edgartown campus from 5 to 7 p.m.
A note from Marilyn Miller - “Sense of Place” is the exhibit to kick off summer with a visit to the Chilmark Library for an exhibit of original 35 mm and digital photography by Marilyn. The collection celebrates our Island from farm to sea and day into night. Opening reception on Saturday, June 14 from 3 to 5 p.m. The show runs through July 3.
The annual Howes House Art Show will be held at the Up-Island Council on Aging on Friday June 20 from 12 to 4 and on Saturday, June 21 from 9 to 2. A great display of the work of our up-Island artists.
The Whaleship Essex will be performed on the Patricia Neal Stage at the Vineyard Playhouse from June 19 through July 12, with opening night on June 21. The play was written by Joe Forbrich and directed by Peter Zinn. The book, In the Heart of the Sea, was written by Nathaniel Philbrick of Nantucket where the Essex originated from.
Thank you to Ann DuCharme, Education Director at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, who has gone into the classrooms around the Vineyard and brought the history of whaling to life once more. Of course, we are all anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Charles W. Morgan next week. Not only has Ann provided classroom history but trips to the Martha’s Vineyard Museum as well to view the myriad of whaling artifacts. It has been a pleasure to take the tours with the young docents who had been well-trained by the previous Education Director Nancy Cole. There will be further teaching of the whaling history over the summer for the youth at the Museum.
In the “That is Amazing” heading, Merle Berger (formerly of Aquinnah, then Squibnocket, and now of Chilmark) was driving his doorless jeep on Flanders Lane a week ago when a deer jumped into his lap. Besides a few bruises and a Jeep full of deer hair, Merle is fine, and very glad the deer didn’t have antlers. Maybe the deer had the same thought about the human population.
Stephen and Jan Held were recently at their summer home with family and friends, They will be returning for another brief stay before the start of summer.
The Boston Area Roadsters will arrive this evening for the weekend, staying at the Wesley House for their annual visit. This weekend they will partake in the annual Poker Run which ends at Aquinnah Circle and benefits local charities. The cars will be on display in Aquinnah Circle on Saturday afternoon from noon to 3 p.m. Local car enthusiasts are invited to join in the display.
Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Marlene Perry who passed away on November 18, 2013 following a motor vehicle accident in North Carolina. Her dear friend Browne Hallowell called me this week to let me know there will be a celebration of Marlene’s life tomorrow in Henderson, NC. There will be a memorial service on the Vineyard in August 2015. She is survived by her cousin Buzzy Blankenship of Oak Bluffs and many distant cousins. Marlene, the daughter of the late Joseph Perry and Alice (Schwemmler), was born at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital in 1935. She graduated from New Bedford High School and served in the United States Marine Corps from April 1955 to 1958. Marlene was the proprietor of the original Marlene’s Taxi which has changed ownership many times over the past half a century. She was a worldwide traveler, but mostly enjoyed her visits to her beloved Vineyard and seeing her family and friends.
A memorial service will be held for Joanne Vanderhoop Robey on Saturday, June 21 at 1 p.m. at Community Baptist Church of Gay Head. Following the service, there will be a potluck gathering at the tribal building. Joanne passed away on May 26 and will be honored by her Tribal families in Aquinnah.
Happy Anniversary wishes to Douglas Plummer and Cathleen Sheehan as they celebrate on June 20.
Belated Happy Birthday wishes to Corbin Buchwald who celebrated his 11th birthday on June 10.
A very special Happy 99th Birthday wish to Rena Fischer as she celebrates her special day on June 14.
Happy Birthday wishes this week to those who celebrate on Flag Day - Elmer Vanderhoop, Madeline Fisher, Mike Mayrand, and Cheryl Vanderhoop-Sellitti. Kristina Ann Kestenbaum Williams Hook Leslie will party on June 15 and shares the day with Sylvia Lima Capelli.
Noah James Manning will celebrate his 8th birthday on June 16 with a celebration lasting most of the week. Lisa Lane parties on the 16th, as will Amy Lilavois and Ron Rappaport. Tabitha Rose, Irena Gerhard, Nancy Leport, Greg Borchow, and Flip Scipio all celebrate on June 17. Ashley Johnson and Elliott Berz share the day on June 18. You will find Scott Mullin busy at Brickyard while celebrating on June 19. Dr. Tom Green, Faith Smalley, and Susan Heckler Smith all share the day on June 20.