July 31, 2013 12:24PM
By Nancy Burns-Fusaro / Sun Staff
Greetings dear and faithful readers and welcome back for another July visit on the Front Porch. Thank heaven for fans, sea breezes and lemonade I say! I trust you all enjoyed a safe, happy and eventful Fourth of July full of epic celebrations.
While we’re still in the patriotic mode, let me share a true proud moment for the Red, White and Blue moment that I witnessed last week when two recent Stonington High School grads, Matthew Tetreault and Harley Pyles, gathered for a little goodbye ceremony at Mel’s Downtown Creamery. Matt, the son of Scott and Donna Tetreault, joined the U.S. Army and left for basic training at Fort Sill at the end of June while Harley, son of Danny Pyles and Scott and Donna Tetreault, takes off tomorrow for Fort Benning. Best of luck fellas!
Speaking of Mel’s, I’ve been meaning to mention for weeks that Melanie Parciak Goggin, the darling proprietor, is now offering gluten-free waffle cones to go with her many flavors of ice cream, thanks to gluten-free baker Suzie-Uie of Voluntown, Conn. The cones are definitely delicious and such a treat for cone-deprived Celiac-ers. You may remember that Taylor Swift paid a visit to Mel’s creamery earlier this summer, that’s how sweet things are on West Broad!
Speaking of Ms. Swift, newspapers around the globe (including the U.K’s “Daily Mail”) have been reporting the story of Taylor’s new signs — the ones adorning her Bluff Avenue property. According to DM, the signs warn trespassers to steer clear of her bluff-top property with “something of a musical flourish, by referencing a line from her 2012 dubstep track, ‘I Knew You Were Trouble.’” The signs use the lyrics ‘I knew you were trouble when you walked in,’ above the words, in bold capital letters: ‘NO TRESPASSING.’” Taylor, meanwhile, celebrated at her new Watch Hill home on a brief break from her “Red Tour,” and shared her Fourth of July celebration with fans on her blog, writing: “Happy belated 4th of July. Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays of the year. This time around, my touring family joined me at the beach and I wanted to show you some of the pictures because you’re the reason we all get to be on tour together... Here’s what we all look like in RED, white, and blue.” People reporter Alison Schwartz further reported, “In addition to her high-waisted red-and-white bikini, the singer rocked through several other equally spirited wardrobe changes, including a striped tee, a blue skirt and a summery dress. Her accessory of choice: face paint, of course. On their to-do list? A scavenger hunt-style game, dancing, “high intensity, low coordination volleyball,” she joked, and no surprise here – fireworks.” The OH’s, no doubt!
Back to our patriotic theme, the late Sgt. Michael Vogel was duly honored last month when several of his former Westerly High School classmates held a golf tournament in his memory at Winnapaug followed by dinner and fun at Seaside. Organizers, including Colby Castagna, raised an impressive $12,000. Colby says $10,000 of that will go to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, which helps in assisting soldiers with PTSD. Mike Serra won the grand raffle prize (a TV) and Donna Vogel, mother of Michael, won a pair of New England Patriots tickets, which was unplanned and, says Colby, “was probably the best moment of the night.”
Felicitations to Morgan Jones and Ricky Champlin who announced their engagement at Ricky’s big surprise 30th. As soon as the guests sang “Happy Birthday,” Ricky got down on one knee and popped the question! Fireworks and celebrations indeed! Happy birthday Ricky and best wishes to you both! What a beautiful couple. Until next week dear readers, keep cool, stay tuned and ciao bella!