Oysterponds: Architects’ House Tour and local artists’ show and sale

The Orient-East Marion Park District’s annual meeting will be this evening, June 2, at 7 p.m. at Oysterponds School. As always, all are welcome and encouraged to attend. The regular time for this recurring meeting will now be the first Thursday of every month.

Please save Saturday, June 18, for the annual park district beach cleanup at 10 a.m. The rain date is the 19th. Bring your own gloves, rakes or grippers; everything else will be provided. I will remind you again.

Don’t forget the Architects’ House Tour on June 4 from 1 to 4 p.m., sponsored by OHS. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased starting at 12:30 p.m. on the day of the event. At the same time, as well as on Sunday, June 5, there will be a local artists’ show and sale at Poquatuck Hall. One more stop will be the Webb House for a lecture and book signing by Nick Karas, author of “The Last Whaler.” For info on any/all of this call 323-2480.

The Reg/Ruth Tuthill house was all abuzz with happy vibes over the weekend. It was bursting at the seams with parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins (not to forget friends) who had gathered to celebrate the christening of the two newest additions to the Tuthill clan. On Sunday, Julianna Athena Tuthill-Bozzuto, daughter of Carolyn and Kostas, who was born Aug. 9, 2010, in Georgia, and her cousin Elizabeth (Ella) Grace Mulligan, daughter of Julia and Casey, born Oct. 18, 2010, were both baptized at the Memorial Day service at the Congregational church. If you could have bottled the love at that celebration it would be, as the commercial says, “priceless.” May God bless them all.

Speaking of celebrations and love, there was a lot of it going around on Sunday, when family and friends gathered in Poquatuck Hall to continue the festivities for Doris Morgan, who marked a significant birthday on May 8.

And speaking of churches, last week at the United Methodist church, the stained glass window honoring devoted church members and lay leaders Don and Hilda was installed by Orient’s own globally renowned liturgical artist Yan Rieger, who lives a bike ride away. There will be a dedication of this special memorial in the near future.

OYC held its annual blessing of the fleet and commodore’s cocktail party at the dock Saturday night. That’s always the official launch of summer for me. It’s also time to break out the white shoes and white handbags. Of course, I never put them away.

That last paragraph brought a “visualize this” to mind. As kids, we always wore white gloves to church or any “dress up” affair. In her rush to get out the door, my mom was always on the hunt for a matching pair of gloves and she would often “wear one and hold one” if they didn’t match. As we were preparing her last outfit to lay her to rest and launch her to her next life, we were scavenging through her drawers in search of gloves. (We knew she would need them to impress St. Peter.) But all we could find were odds, two lefts or two rights. So at the end of the search we just took them all and tossed them in with her. Her peculiar accessories should be a great conversation starter on the other side.