The weather over the past week has felt a little more spring-like, with temperatures in the mid 60s. While enjoying Easter Sunday with the Carroll family, we strolled through the woods while the children were on an eggciting extravaganza. Well, some strolled, while there were those of us who were riding along just slowly enough to see the first signs of mayflowers as well as the bright red boxberries. The berries were as delicious as always and there was an abundance of them for all to try. The children enjoyed their first taste of the berry. Hmm, it tastes like mint. The Easter egg hunt at Aquinnah Public Library was a success with 29 kids of all ages from under a year old to a girl of about 14 years of age who was very helpful in assisting the younger kids find the treats. The Easter egg hunt maestro this year was Claus Smith, son of Jed and Nonie, who collected quite a lot of stuff but then was witnessed sharing it with others. Hats off to him! A good time was had by all and the quote of the day came from a young three-year-old-ish girl who said very seriously “beans, beans, ders beans in da eggs.”
This week at the Aquinnah Public Library there will be Legos and cartoons for kids on Saturday April 26 from noon to 3 p.m.
The Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living is hosting an Alzheimer’s Forum and Discussion this morning from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Hebrew Center on Center street in Tisbury. Guest speakers will be John Zeisel, PhD (author of I’m Still Here — a new philosophy of Alzheimer’s care), Suzanne Faith, R.N. (clinical director of Hope Dementia and Alzheimer’s Services of Cape Cod), Nancy Langman, RN, MS MPH DNP (former clinical director at Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, Island Counseling Center and a hospice bereavement counselor), and Eileen Murphy (Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living Supportive Day program supervisor). Please join us for a free informational forum and frank discussion about Alzheimer’s Disease and how our community is addressing the needs of families now and for the future. Please call 508-939-9440 to register or visit mvcenter4living.org or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 33rd Chilmark Women’s Symposium will be held on Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Chilmark Community Center. The theme is Dreams. There will be speakers, small discussion groups and refreshments. The symposium is free although donations are welcome. For further information, contact Bonnie George at 508-645-3214.
The YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard will sponsor a Healthy Kids Day on Saturday, April 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a bounce house, face painting, an obstacle course, hip hop, clowning and more.
The League of Women Voters of Martha’s Vineyard will sponsor an Aquinnah candidates forum on Wednesday, May 7, at 7 p.m. in the town hall. This is your opportunity to hear statements from the candidates who are running for offices in the upcoming election. The West Tisbury School PTO will be hosting a rummage sale on May 31 for the benefit of new playground equipment. Donations may be dropped off at the school throughout the month of May. Welcome home to Noah Mayrand who has arrived from San Francisco where he has been working as a chef while still doing his art work for the past three years. Noah will be working at the Outermost Inn once again and already has the spark plugs for his moped which can be heard by some from the moment he starts it at the inn to his arrival home one mile away. He looks forward to working on his art while at home. Michael and Carol Mayrand have returned to their Aquinnah home after their annual travel to the west coast. Their daughters Alyssa and Sonya have remained on the Vineyard throughout the winter.
Passover seder was a delicious treat at the home of Betty Joslow this past week.
Congratulations to orange belt Aileen Mahoney, daughter of James and Melissa Mahoney of Aquinnah and grand-daughter of Kevan and Marcy Nichols of Tisbury, in winning the grand champion in forms in the fifth annual Blitz Fitness Island Karate Tournament held on April 12 at the Boys and Girls Club in Edgartown.
Noah James Manning is away this week for his school vacation at the home of his grandparents Bill and Joan Kistner who returned to their home a week ago after a long visit with our grandson and his parents Paul and Theresa. Noah attended his first Celtics games at the Garden a week ago with four of his West Tisbury School classmates, as well as with his parents and Coach Joe Schroeder. On Saturday, Noah and his parents attended a Red Sox game at Fenway in which his favorite team won.
Baron Ludwig Peter Von Ochs and his wife Gudrun have arrived from their winter home in Vienna, Austria for the next two months and will be safely ensconced on Lighthouse Road. I have enjoyed telephone calls from Peter over the winter, my annual invitation to Vienna which has yet to be taken, and will look forward to dinner with Peter and Gudrun this evening.
Jenna Petersiel and her most friendly canine companion Marley have arrived for the season. Jenna will soon be opening the Chilmark Tavern for another season.
Our Up-Island Council on Aging director Joyce Bowker will observe her 30th year on May 1 serving the Elders of Aquinnah, Chilmark and West Tisbury. Thank you Joyce for all you do!
Happy Birthday wishes this week to Philip Parent on April 26. Jean Lince will observe her special day on April 27. Ron Tolin will celebrate on April 28 as will Naomi Scott and Michelle Duarte. Alby Rose celebrates on April 29 and shares the day with Judd Fuller. Deborah Moore parties on April 30. Ella Madison Mahoney parties on May 1 and shares the day with Nick Bologna. Jim Wallen celebrates on May 2, after spending an exciting winter in Asia.