Wow! What else could you say about this last week? The buds on the trees have burst open, and a lot of the plants have sprouted. What a week.

Happy birthday to all who celebrated this past week. Big balloons go out to Alexandra Habekost, Caroline Hurley and Ana Ribeiro, who celebrated their day April 25, and Korrine Alteri, Kyle Alteri and Jennie Lindland who celebrated April 27.

Special birthday wishes go out to Alfred Perry who celebrated his magic day April 24, and to Jonas, Coo, and Donna Cavallo who celebrated their day April 26, 27, and 28. Also to Tony Bettencourt and David Alton who celebrate their day today May 1.

It was such a beautiful weekend and the weather was hot on Sunday; half of the beach gang actually gathered at the beach. We couldn’t believe that we were actually at the beach in shorts and T-shirts and we didn’t have to put on sweats in the middle of April. David Weagle was the brave one to actually go in the water. Of course it was only for a second but he said the air was so warm it didn’t matter. We had a great time and we all noticed how much Mother Nature had rearranged the area.

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School Minnesingers annual spring show, The Beat Goes On will celebrate 50 years of high school graduating classes, with music from the last five decades. The Minnesingers have recently performed at Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory and they also won a bronze medal at the 2009 MICCA choral festival. They are looking forward to performing for their home audience. Directed by Jan Wightman, and choreographed by Lianna Loughman, this show will be a crowd-pleaser on Saturday, May 9 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 10 at 4 p.m. at the high school Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10 at the door, with a Mother’s Day Special on Sunday of $25 for a family of four. For information, call Joanne Lambert, 693-5255.

Jim and Mary Ellen Kresel celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary on Saturday, April 18, before they headed for a wonderful relaxing vacation in the Irish countryside. They traveled with Jim’s sister Veronica and her husband Jim. Word has it they traveled a lot of back roads and saw many different sights and that they sampled some of the local beverages.

Our sympathies go out to the family of Ray Billings. The Billings were our next-door neighbors in Vineyard Haven and there were many fond memories of our families. Ray was a quiet man but he had a great sense of humor and loved his antique car which he always shared with us in the Fourth of July parade. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and he will be missed by many.

Janice Donaroma is home after the winter in St. John. I think it was Janice who actually brought the warm weather with her.

Have a great week and keep the home candles burning.