Five-card drive? Or five-car draw? Either way you call it, Saturday’s Poker Run — where classic cars drive to five spots to get a playing card, and the best poker hand wins — is a great charity fundraiser, part of the annual Island Power Cruise. The poker run begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Wesley Hotel, but kids and their parents will be the local winners if they come to Al’s Package Store on Upper Main street in Edgartown — the second-card stop — any time between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
There kids are welcome to hop into a hot rod, a 2008 super latemodel Dodge Charger.
While enjoying the race car, kids also can have their fingerprints taken. Parents then can take home a safety kit with their children’s fingerprints and a lock of hair, which they can hope never to need for any identification purposes.
The race car also was part of the successful Oak Bluffs Police Public Safety Day last weekend, where chief Erik Blake and Sgt. Michael Marchand brought together, among other things, food, music, the state K9 dogs unit, a spraying Coast Guard display of power, and even a car demolition featuring the jaws of life at work.
The race car also will be part of the Tisbury Volunteer Firefighters’ annual event, on June 28 this year, which showcases hot cars at Shirley’s Hardware on State Road in Vineyard Haven. Then you’ll see the car again at the Edgartown Fourth of July parade.
The car races in Thompson, Conn., with Vineyard Haven driver Chris (Fibber) Magee behind the wheel. Al’s Package Store has been a longtime sponsor, lately joined by Edgartown National Bank and Tashmoo Insurance. Kings of hearts all.