I have been thinking about hats a lot lately after seeing some incredible creations in the New York papers that were to be viewed at the annual Easter Parade. Then I kept seeing Kate Middleton on her Australia trip with those fanciful English hats that, if worn in America, would have one picked up for psychiatric examination. Would that I could keep a hat on my head and not have the Vineyard breeze blow it away. Well, your chance will come tomorrow at the annual May Tea at the First Baptist Church. The parish hall will be open for food, fellowship and frolicking. Goodies will be sold, white elephants available and high tea served. There will also be a hat contest, so bring your most imaginative creation. Grown-ups are admitted for $10; children for $5. For more information, call 508-693-1539. See you there.

I attended a wonderful presentation at our Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center last Friday morning. The Center for Living, directed by the peripatetic Leslie Clapp, sponsored the event. Presenters were John Zeisel, Suzanne Faith and Nancy Langman. Alzheimer’s and dementia in our aging population was discussed. Rebecca Sesney showed her beautiful documentary, which featured two dear friends of mine, Marvin and Saralee. Our senior centers and the Center for Living are doing a wonderful job with adult day care programs and pay close attention to individual problems. Unfortunately, the program is moved from center to center on different days because we do not have a single location large enough for daily use. Time to step up to the plate and give Leslie a call. This has been a very dear issue to me because of my dad, many friends, and family members affected by it. I’ll see you at the next meeting.

Dr. Mareda Gaither-Graves arrived in our neighborhood to open her house for the season and visit with Nonna. Mareda assures us we missed nothing by not being in New York this winter; the weather was atrocious.

I told you in my last column, and I remind you again, that the Martha’s Vineyard League of Women Voters will present Melinda Loberg, candidate for town of Tisbury selectman, at the Tisbury Senior Center on Thursday. May 8, at 1 p.m. Refreshments will be served. The election is Tuesday, May 13.

Tom Dresser, Herb Foster and Jay Schofield spent a lot of time hanging out at Woodland Variety and Grill while plotting their newly published book about Martha’s Vineyard in World War II. I could not attend their signing at Woodland yesterday, but I hope to catch up with them soon. You know how to reach them. They’re all in the book.

The birthday bandwagon pulls along Celso and Wes Stokes today. Tomorrow is claimed by Laurie Marotta. Our Legion’s favorite Poppy Girl, Anna Duarte, turns 89 on May 4. Stop by Windemere and give her a birthday kiss. She shares her day with Jonathan Spencer Norton. May 6 shines on Joey Murphy, Sarah Francis and Jim MacDonald. And on May 7, Ellen Dubraska takes the cake. Many happy returns.