Spring is springing with the dogwoods in bloom, the forsythia with bright yellow blossoms, crab apples are blossoming, daffodils still dazzling, pinkletinks are in loud chorus, robins finding their worms, neighbors opening their summer homes and Forrest Alley definitely has the greenest lawn in Aquinnah, while Angela Waldron already has her Christmas lights lit.
Container Vegetable Gardens: Getting a lot of Food From a Small Space will be the topic of discussion and creation on Saturday, May 3, at 2 p.m. at the Aquinnah Public Library.
On Saturday, May 10, from noon to 2 p.m., comes Mugs for Mothers — a kids craft — at the library. Stop by and decorate a mug for your mom. At 2 p.m. there will be a traditional Mother’s Day English tea party including scones and treats. No fancy hat required.
The YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard rescheduled the Healthy Kids Day from last weekend to tomorrow, May 3, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It promises to be a fun time for families. The kids can play in the bounce house, have their faces painted, be challenged with the obstacle course, show their moves with hip hop, and clown around with the clowns. Have fun!
The annual musical tea will be hosted by the First Baptist Church on William street in Tisbury on Saturday, May 3, from 1 to 3 p.m. Music will be provided by Martha Child and friends. Tea, sandwiches and cakes will be served throughout the program. Stop by for an hour or stay for the entire program. There will also be a bake sale and a white elephant table. Wear a hat creation for this year’s hat contest. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12.
Thank you to Barbara Stewart Lopes for providing musical accompaniment as organist for the Easter sunrise service. And thank you to Chilmark Chocolates for providing a basket of jelly beans.
The Aquinnah Shop Restaurant is tentatively scheduled to open this weekend. Please call first. We will all look forward to the Vanderhoop family and their delightful delicacies. Anne and her family have been working very hard to get everything in order to be able to open as soon as possible.
Reminder — the Aquinnah candidates forum will be held on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. at the Aquinnah town hall. The forum will be sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Martha’s Vineyard. Hear the campaign promises of your favorite candidates. Remember, democracy is not a spectator sport! You still have time to write to Aquinnah town clerk Carolyn Feltz to obtain your absentee ballot for the upcoming election.
Happy 11th anniversary wishes to Gordon and Dona Perry as they celebrate on May 3.
Happy 42nd anniversary wishes to Michael and Pam Dolby as they celebrate on May 6.
Belated happy birthday wishes to Leonard Green, father of Dr. Thomas Green, who celebrated on April 29. At this time of year, he misses his visits to Aquinnah, and especially the jelly beans.
Belated happy birthday wishes to Tony Lombardi who celebrated on May 1. He is director of Alex’s Place, the teen center at YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard. I have enjoyed lunch time with Tony and Matt Ferro over the past few weeks. We strategize most of the time. Alex’s Place has an online website; check their wish list of affordable necessities if you are so inclined to donate. There will be a special musical program over the summer and funds will be raised to support the program — perhaps a number of local musicians would like to assist in this fundraiser? If so, please speak with Tony.
Happy birthday wishes this week to Jack Runyan on May 3 as he turns three and shares the day with Av Morrow, Betsy Feil Vanlandingham, Amy Vanderhoop and Duncan Caldwell. Jonathan Zack parties on May 4. Karen Duffy will observe a major milestone on May 5 and looks the same as she did as a MVRHS cheerleader in the 1960s. Alexandra Taylor will party on May 6.