The weekend weather was reasonable, with a few showers, and the temperature was finally warming up. It has rained off and on all week long. The boat schedule changed on Wednesday and new visitors are here, with more expected this weekend. Many a backyard grill will be fired up for the first family cookout of the season.

Sig Van Raan and his wife Susan Dickler have been back and forth from New York to oversee their kitchen renovation plus get the garden going. Last week they flew to Santa Fe for Sig’s granddaughter’s high school graduation. He reports that Susan has been named chair of the board of the Ms. Foundation — the real pinnacle of a lifetime dedicated to women’s health and equal rights. Sig also had a very successful reading of his play, The Babylonian Talmud, at the HB Studio theatre in New York City last week.

Bruce Blackwell reports that Brandy Mayhew Wight, formerly of Music street and the Red Barn, will celebrate his 101st birthday Thursday at his home in Gainesville, Fla.

Cecilia McCarthy reports that on Easter her daughter Lauren Petkus was visiting from Boston with her boyfriend Marc Veillette, his mother Edith, and his sister Elysse, all from Gatineau, Quebec. They gave them the “Island tour” in the afternoon and stopped at Lucy Vincent Beach for a walk. Halfway down the beach on that beautiful day Marc dropped to his knees and proposed! She accepted and they are now busy planning for a September wedding.

Sofia Anthony reports that the Neighborhood Convention is an interfaith gathering of laity and clergy committed to fellowship and service on Martha’s Vineyard. It is the oldest interdenominational group on the Island. They meet the first Tuesday of every month, October through June, in different houses of worship and hold informative programs.

In honor of Armed Forces Day, Saturday the Oak Bluffs Library will host an afternoon event to recognize veterans and celebrate their service to our country. Herb Foster, Jay Schofield and Tom Dresser will talk about their book, Martha’s Vineyard in World War II, and the role the Vineyard played during the war, including practice bombing runs off South Beach and the use of ferryboats in the D-Day invasion. The program runs from 1 to 3 p.m. and is open to the public.

Kristen Zern reports that the annual electronics disposal day will be held at Martha’s Vineyard Community Services on Saturday starting at 9 a.m.

On May 24, 1945 Shirley Vincent, the nine-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Vincent, was the guest of honor at her birthday party held at her grandmother’s house. Her guests were Margaret Duquette, Judy and Mary Perry, Esther Santos, Francis Medeiros, Gertrude Rogers, Natalie Bosworth and Lucia, Barbara and Walter Vincent. Favors of Indian hats were given the children and canoes filled with candy and nuts were presented by Miss Helen R. O’Donnell, Shirley’s school teacher, who made her home in her grandmother Nellie Vincent’s house. The birthday cake was made by Shirley’s 12-year-old sister, Lucia.

Happy birthday to: Daniel Kaeka, Elliot Bilzerian, Ned Robinson-Lynch, and Dianne Moyer Friday; Veronica Conover, John Dutton, Wayne Clay, Nina Gordon and Lorraine Calio Saturday; Sally Hamilton, Judy Bryant, Stuart Rodegast, Susan Anson and Donald Beaton on Sunday; Eric Whitman, Jane Paquet, Deborah Cini and Nathan Belain on Monday; Brenda Brathwaite, Chuck Hughes, Jason Gale, Dinny Montrowl and Lynn Buckmaster-Irwin on Tuesday; Ann Nelson, Marie Allen, Meredith Aldrich, Matt Hayden, Dan Leventritt, and William Stewart on Wednesday; and Wendy Turnell, Larry Yorke, Gail Shufrin and Richard Conover on Thursday.

Wedding anniversary greetings to Matt and Donna Annese of Webster on Monday, and belated birthday wishes to Mia Spirito. On Sunday Stephanie Fesco celebrates the sixth anniversary of her business, the Rustic Café, in East Lyme, Conn., a must-stop when traveling in that area.

Well that is all of the social news for this week’s edition. If you have any news please call or e-mail me. Have a great week.

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