It was a great weekend. People seemed to be everywhere. The weather, Passover, Easter, Patriots Day and school vacation were wrapped in one. It was a long weekend for some of us and many of you went off-Island to be with family and friends.

This is the first year in the last 20 that I did not travel off-Island to visit friends or family for Easter. Anna went to see some old friends in Connecticut and Sam and I held down the fort. It was perfect weather to wear your new clothes and Easter bonnets to church. The temperature reached 75 degrees for a short time on Monday. Saturday is Earth Day so it is a good time to pick up your yard.

Sam Alley returned home Friday night after spending a few days off Island before his return to work. He stopped by and visited his sister, her husband, and four nephews before returning. His mother Anna came home Tuesday night after a visit with friends for Easter and stopping by to see the grandchildren at their home.

Leon and Brenda Braithwaite, of Vineyard Meadow Farms, invited Sam and me for Easter dinner at their home. We dined along with Julia Burgess, Cathy Brennan, and Ray Cutrer, and his daughters Sophie and Annabelle. It was a wonderful meal and a good time was had by all.

Tony Rezendes reports that his wife Doreen arrived home on Wednesday. She had been in California visiting friends with their daughter Amy. Tony has been busy getting his restaurant, The Square Rigger, open hopefully by the end of the month.

Olivia Larsen, over at the library, reports that next week will be busy. On Sunday at 3 p.m., join them for their biannual community poetry reading featuring community members reading their own poems and/or the poems of others. Help keep the tradition alive by attending as a reader, listener or both. This event is hosted by poet laureate Emma Young. On Monday at 11:30 a.m., Kanta Lipsky will lead a free balance workshop, and at 7 p.m. WMVY’s Dave Kish will present a music documentary with a discussion to follow.

On April 29, 1957 a soapbox derby was held on Scotchman’s Bridge Lane. Contestants in the races were Chris Murphy, Johnny and Julie Scannell, Albie Scott, Prudence and Allen Whiting, Roger LaHart and Mark Kurth. Chris and Allen were the participants in a runoff that was won by Chris by a wide margin. Chris claimed the prize of $1.25 to be spent at Albion Alley’s store. The race was the brainchild of Allen and Chris who, by themselves, went to see selectman Nelson Bryant and asked him to close the road for the afternoon so the race could take place.

Happy birthday to: Joe Gervais, Sam Berlow, Terri Keech, Felicity Russell, Peter Webster and Danny Segal Friday; Stevie Kernick, Brent Taylor, Dorothy Whiting, Nelson Bryant, Peter Fyler, Heidi Ganser, and Chantale Legare Saturday; Mike Diaz, Holly Diggs, Stefan Knight, Hasty Runner, and Rachel Vanderhoop on Sunday; Charlotte Fallon, Jordan Ronson, Todd Stempien, and Wendy Nierenberg on Monday; Darah Schwartz, Susan Reidy, Alicia Bramhall, and Ina Andre on Tuesday; Bob Yapp, Martha Tack, Brain Donnelly, and Veronica Murray on Wednesday; and Shirley Mayhew, Nicole Cabot, Mike Goldsmith, and Sally Graham on Thursday. Belated birthday wishes to Jackson Eno.

Well that is of the social news for this edition. If you have any news you would like to share please call or e-mail me. Have a great week.

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