~ Spring Letter from the President ~

Welcome to the 2018 summer of the Watch Hill Memorial Library and Improvement Society! Our first membership meeting will be Saturday, June 16th at 9:30 AM. The earlier time is to avoid a conflict with the memorial service for Peter Griffin.

We start off the season with Lauren Corrinet and Emily Zanios organizing the 4th of July Bicycle Parade; this year on the 4th - a Wednesday. The programs for the children have grown in both quality and number. The many children’s programs are listed in more detail on the website in the Members section.

Three fairly new members are in charge: Marny Homan, Meredith Flynn and Lauren Corrinet.

Volunteer sign-up opportunities will be available on the website very soon and you can also sign up to join in the fun at meetings.

Hidden Gardens of Watch Hill is the name of our July 19th and 20th garden tour under the leadership of Heidi McWilliams, Kathy Whittemore and Joan Patton. The committee has been working throughout the spring to make this tour of 8 gardens along the Foster Cove side of Watch Hill a grand success. There will be a Pre-Garden Tour Cocktail Party on the 18th at Sunset Hill. Informative presentations will kick-off the garden tours.

Our hard working Landscape Enhancement group under Joan Lemp and Susan Harkins will be sending out their schedule to spruce up our village. They have already started planting at the library, both in front and on the back patio. To assist this energetic committee and get their location details email Joan Lemp.

Our Harbor Park on Bay Street is almost complete now that the masonry repointing has been finished on The Dreamer statue. Joan Beth Brown, Susie O’Connor and Joan Patton report that the rest of the Rugosa roses will be replaced with hydrangeas this summer. Marion Coffin, the original landscape designer of the park in 1937, would be overjoyed by the revival!

This is the Art Show summer and many agree that each year the art work surpasses itself. Laura Parker and Stacy Clapp will be looking for volunteers for this July 30 – August 5th event. The Opening Reception is on Sunday, July 29th at 5:30 pm.

Donna Simmons will chair the Summer Boutique on August 3rd and 4th. The fundraiser is in capable hands as Donna organized it a few years ago. Hope for sunny days when the big white tent goes up in the park.

As this year is the 80th Anniversary of the ’38 Hurricane, Patricia Lovejoy and Penny Kelly, co-chairs, are planning an August 25th program, at One Bay Street at 5:00, Reflections – Hurricane of ’38. This panel presentation will include current warning systems and the impact on topography and the environment. They are looking for old photos of the hurricane to display.

The Memorial Library will be open from July 2nd through August 24th, Monday - Friday 9:00am - 1:00 pm. Story Time will be held on Wednesday mornings at 9:15 am. Contact Vicki Saglio and Jane Hottensen, Co-Chairs, if you would like to volunteer.

Last, but certainly not least, is the Video Oral History Project, Chaired by Olga Goff with professional help from Paul Dewey and Bill Miller. The goal is an edited video production of a series of interviews with notable residents of the Watch Hill community sharing their recollection of their lives and experiences in the village.

Lastly, our website, www.whmlis.org, is your resource to get more details on events, volunteer and pay dues, deadline July 1st. Dues are $50.00 and after you pay, you get an acknowledgement so that you have a record. Maybe not fun, but easy.

Looking forward to seeing everyone. Thanks so much for your smiles and your support!

Ardi Schneider
President, WHMLIS