Martha’s Vineyard


Massachusetts Events This June!

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The sun is shining, the weather is beautiful, so that means it’s time to get out and about!  June is the perfect time of year to enjoy some events outdoors with friends and family, and there are tons to choose from.  We’ve narrowed down the list for you and chosen some of the best things going on this month, and trust us when we say you won’t want to miss out!

Salem Arts Festival – This is an event the whole family will enjoy!  Visit Salem from June 6th – 8th for their annual arts festival, which will turn downtown Salem into a giant showcase for all types of artists to display their work.  Thousands of guests will stroll through the streets looking at all types of art including paintings, photographs, sculptures, performers, and much more.  There will be tons of food, entertainment, and fun for the entire family at this event.  If you need a break from the crowds, take a stroll down to the waterfront and catch some rays or grab a bite to eat at one of the local watering holes.  We guarantee you won’t be bored if you stop by this event, and the best part is, it’s FREE!

Martha’s Vineyard Restaurant Week – If you love fresh seafood, or any type of food for that matter, you won’t want to miss this event.  Not only does it give you an excuse to visit beautiful Martha’s Vineyard, it’s also an excuse to stop by restaurants that you wouldn’t normally visit.  You can enjoy either 3 or 4 course prix fixe meals at most restaurants on the island, with lunch being priced between $10-$20 and dinner being priced between $25-$45.  Restaurant week will take place from Sunday, June 15th – Thursday, June 19th, so take advantage of it before it’s gone!

Day Out With Thomas – The kids will love this event at Edaville, USA where they get the chance to meet Thomas the Tank Engine and his boss Sir Topham Hat!  Thomas will be stopping by from June 14th-15th and June 20th-23rd.  Take a 20 minute ride aboard a 15-ton replica of Thomas and afterwards enjoy unlimited use of all of their amusement rides and play spaces!  Sounds like a kid’s dream come true if you ask us!  The event will be from 9 AM – 5 PM and tickets are $20 per person, ages 2 and under are free.

Nashua River Brewer’s Festival – This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy some of the region’s best craft beers, while also doing something good for others.  The Nashua River Brewer’s Festival brings together some of the region’s best craft brewers at Riverfront Park in downtown Fitchburg and it’s all for a great cause!  All proceeds will benefit the Gardner Visiting Nurses Food Pantry and Fitchburg Civic Days, two local charities that benefit many nearby residents.  Tickets are only $10 in advance and $15 the day of the event, and you’ll even get a free tasting glass to keep!  There will be great entertainment and plenty to eat and drink all day long.  This event is 21+ so grab some friends and make your way over on Saturday, June 28th from 1 PM – 7 PM.

We definitely can’t wait to stop by some of these events, what about you?  We hope to see you there!

Photo By: Alexis Fam

 

 

Furry Friend Friday With Tela!

Tela

Happy Friday everyone, hope that you all enjoyed your Valentine’s Day celebrations!  Today I got to chat with a love bug named Tela, she is an eight year old Wheaten Terrier with a lot of energy!

Tela, I have to say you have a very pretty and unique name!

Thank you!  I was actually named after a Phish song, they are my dad’s favorite band!

So Tela, what is your favorite way to spend the day?

My favorite thing to do is sit in my chair in the living room, my parents always laugh at me because I sit just like a human!  I like to call it my perch,  it is right next to the window so I have a great view of our yard and can just sit there while I watch the world go by.  If there is a lot going on outside, like my neighborhood friends going out for walks or some squirrels running by I get VERY excited!  Once I get excited I run outside so I can do some laps and  burn off all my extra energy!

Do you have a favorite treat?

Every day when my babysitter, Maureen, arrives the first thing she does is give me a treat!  I am a very lucky girl because I usually get a mini hotdog treat, they look like the real thing but are just for dogs.

What about a favorite toy?

I have a habit of destroying most of my toys, I don’t even mean to do it though!  I guess I just play a little too rough some times but the one thing that I am very careful with is my lovey, it is a froggie blanket that I sleep with every night.  I don’t even try to play with it though because I don’t want to risk hurting it!

Is there anything that you’re afraid of?

I can’t stand when there is a low battery in the smoke detectors!  The constant beeping makes me nervous and the sound is so high pitched that it hurts my ears so those are probably my biggest fear.  I never know how long it is going to take for my parents to turn it off and what if it happens when I’m home alone?  The sound drives me crazy!

With so much energy you must love to go for walks, do you have a favorite route?

You’re right I do love to go for walks.  I’ll follow my dad around all day if I think he might bring me out, there are so many things to see and smell right outside of my own back yard!  Lately we have been going for walks up the Parkway to the water town in West Roxbury which is nice.  There is a great view of Boston and it’s a nice spot for me to go and enjoy some “me time”.  Other than that I enjoy our family hikes on Martha’s Vineyard, there’s nothing better than tiring myself out on a walk before watching the sun set on the beach!

Do you have any health concerns for the future?

Well my parents recently found a lump on me that made us very nervous.  They took me to the vet but it turned out to be some fatty tissue, I don’t even know how that happened though because I am a very active and sleek young lady if you ask me.  My parents were relieved that it was something so minor, luckily we have pet insurance so either way my medical bills would have been covered.

Fatty tumors are very common on all breeds of dogs but can resemble cancerous tumors.  This is a scary situation for any pet owner and you won’t have peace of mind until you know whether or not it is cancerous.  Tests and biopsies can really add up which is why pet insurance is so essential when it comes to properly caring for your furry friend!  Give us a call at MassDrive and get a pet insurance quote, you won’t regret being prepared to take the best possible care of your pet if the time comes!

Hurricane Earl Losing Steam

Hurrican Earl categorized as a level 4 storm with 145 mph winds yesterday has significantly decreased in forces newly categorized at a level 1 storm. Forecasters following Earl noted it may even lessen to a tropical storm by the time it passes Nantucket. Hurricane Earl has wreaked less havoc than expected as it continues to lose power as it passed through outer coastal areas earlier today. Forcing a 25-minute delay in the New York City U.S. Open and post-poning a Red v White Sox game, residents were thankful damages were detrimental as they could have been.

After sideswiping North Carolina’s Outer Banks with wind speeds of 75mph Earl’s storm drove up the Eastern coast towards Massachusetts today.  The storm was expected to stay further out from the coast in passing through the mid-Atlantic region but to near the coastlines of Cape Cod, Nantucket Island and Martha’s Vineyard late tonight with high winds and rain.

Governor Deval Patrick sends a word of caution to residents living in areas the hurricane is expected to affect tonight:

“The public should continue to take precautions, in particular stay inside and off the roads during the storm… It’s Mother Nature and she changes her mind quickly.”

– Governor Patrick at news conference at the Massachusetts Emergency management Agency

President Obama had declared a state of emergency in 10 counties today according to FEMA. This declaration was intended to make federal funds available to save lives, protect property, and protect public health. In preparation of Hurrican Earl’s expected visit to Martha’s Vineyard FEMA’s sent a supply of bottled water, the town shelter’s been readied for potential visitors, and 50 – 60 tree workers and linemen have been stationed on the island to clear roads and repair power lines after the storm.

For tips on how to be hurricane prepared please visit the FEMA Ready America website here.

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