Greetings dear friends and kind readers and welcome back for our first May visit here on the Front Porch where we are all working overtime to love the rain as we pray for the sun to return. Soon. Soon.
Here's a good sign of sunny days ahead: the green umbrellas are up at the Weekapaug Innlet which means that Sprock, Ann and Angela Urso must be preparing for the new season! Yay!
Teddy Bears are on the way to Texas for sweet little Clara Jean Eberly, brand new baby daughter of Jake and Bridget Eberly, who was born on April 25. Clara Jean is the granddaughter of the Rev. Wayne and Julie Eberly, of Westerly. Wayne, the pastor Dunn's Corners Community Church Presbyterian, and Julie, a fundraising and development professional who was very involved in the success of the Westerly Library and Wilcox Park's 125th anniversary celebrations, are a much-loved couple who will now get to experience the love of a new grandbabe.
Speaking of beautiful granddaughters, I understand that Peyton Irving, granddaughter of Bruce and Joanie Coon and Sandra Irving, and daughter of Stacey Coon Beaulieu and Eric Irving, sang a gorgeous version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" during Jennifer Christina Holden's annual piano recital at the Westerly Library recently. Keep up the good work Peyton!
Our Front Porch Facebook spotters were tickled to see a photo of Westerly's Miles Temel with presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren recently. Warren hosted a "meet & greet" at Dartmouth in April, and Miles, the son of Elaine and Derin Temel of Westerly and brother of Dylan, who attended Dunn's Corners School before heading to Bishop Hendricken, is a student at Dartmouth. Our FB spotters also noticed a photo of Dylan — a student at Columbia — with Salman Rushdie. Those Temel boys are destined for great things!
In the "Oops" department, a big apology to Brian Drye, who is currently drawing rave reviews for his Broadway performance in "Hadestown" which has just been nominated for Tony Awards in 14 categories, including "Best Musical." Brian plays the trombone.
Please bear with me, dear readers, as I continue in the "Oops" department and attempt to untangle a knotty mess I created last week in the caption of the lovely Easter photos at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Bradford that were sent in by Bill Aiello and Lois Anthoch. A big thank you to Sandy Bliven for explaining that Nancy Gries was one of "the biggest supporters and arrangers of the flowers and altar," who made the "over-sized host" and that the good folks at Broadview also donated many hours of their time to make the church look so beautiful. Again, the photos were all taken at St. Vincent de Paul Church, so, to all the members of the church who worked so hard to bring Easter joy to so many, mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.
Speaking of churches, what an honor to chat with Anne Pearce, a parishioner at St. Clare's Church who is a member of Westerly's "Peace Pole Project." The group is working on planting more poles — hand-crafted monuments that display the message "May Peace Prevail on Earth" — at different spots around town. There are tens of thousands of Peace Poles in 180 countries, that serve as reminders "to visualize and pray for world peace." A lovely idea!